Why I’m choosing to do an elimination diet
what is an elimination diet?
The purpose of an elimination diet is to find out which (if any) foods are causing you digestive and health-related problems. Common symptoms or reactions to the food you eat may include:
- certain food cravings (hello, sugar)
- missing periods
- skin issues (such as acne)
- brain fog/trouble focusing
- food allergies or sensitivities
So why am I choosing to do this?
For awhile now I have been having a really hard time being able to focus (re: brain fog), and have been experiencing some crazy mood swings. And since my son Benoit was born two years ago, and even before then when I came off birth control, my skin started going crazy and breaking out. It’s come to the point where I don’t want my picture taken, have lost some self-esteem, and definitely do not want my face to have a million scars all over (yes, I’m a picker).
I figure, if these symptoms could all potentially be resolved by something as simple as taking certain food(s) out of my diet, it has to be worth a shot.
So here’s what I’ll be eliminating for the next 21 days:
- Peanut butter
- Rice or white potatoes
- eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes
- …and meat (though as you know, I don’t eat that anyways)
Am I following any plan such as the Clean Program or Whole 30?
No, I’m not. If I could afford the Clean Program, then yes, I’d probably do it! But at the moment I can’t. However over the years I’ve gotten to be pretty smart in the kitchen and with what I eat (toot toot!…that was my horn) so I feel pretty comfortable doing this myself, given I have done enough research and meal planning and prep. Do I recommend going off and doing it yourself? No! Only you know your own body and if you think you need to see a physician beforehand or follow a program, you should!
What will my diet look like?
Almost the same as before. Almost. Except for no pizza, no bread or bakery (unless gluten and dairy free), no coffee or caffeinated tea.
I’m basically following the Clean Program diet guidelines, except instead of two smoothies a day, I’m allowing myself to have two meals and one smoothie if I so choose. So every morning I will have one smoothie that’s equally loaded up on veggies and fruit, and a lot of healthy fats. For lunch and dinner I will make healthy meals that fulfill the YES list of foods.
Also Adam is up for the morning smoothies I’ll be making, so that will make things a bit easier for me.
If you’re looking for ways to prepare yourself for an elimination diet, check out my tips! And each week I’ll be posting how I felt each day and what my meals were to serve as a guide.