Elimination Diet

So on my last post I mentioned that I was going to do an elimination diet.

What is This?

An elimination diet is a method used to identify foods that an individual can’t have without having some kind of adverse effects. For me a lot of the effects are due to food intolerances rather than a full blown food allergy.

Pretty much this is a trial and error diet. For two weeks you detox your body by removing all foods that you may potentially have a food intolerance to – this can pretty much be described as a wheat-free, sugar-free, mostly raw diet. After this period you introduce one food for one day, eliminate it for two and record down how your body reacts to it.

Elimination and Me

This is my second time doing an elimination diet and I must admit I am excited to do this again because of the success I had with it the first time around.

My sexual health doctor – Dr. Jane Morgan, who is absolutely amazing, recommended that I give this diet a go after I told her about some of the problems that I was having. She suggested that perhaps the reasons that I was getting bloated and feeling crampy could be due to foods that I was eating that I could be having trouble digesting.

Now Jane isn’t a nutritionist but she gave me the low down on what I needed to do and directed me to a few different sites where she said I would be able to find enough information in order to begin this challenge.

After my two week detox all of my bloating was gone and I no longer looked as if I was a few months pregnant. This in itself was motivation enough to keep going. During this first elimination I focused on introducing foods that I was eating on a daily basis and had some shocking results. From this diet I was able to include that fruits such as oranges and mandarins would make me bloat and feel absolutely terrible. By taking out these simple foods my health markedly improved.


After going sugar free I have introduced a few new foods that I wasn’t eating that much of before especially nuts and dried fruits. Something that I have been eating over the last three weeks has caused me to have some adverse side effects so I have decided to embark on another elimination diet.

Here is pretty much a run down on the foods that I can and can’t eat during the detoxing stages.


Foods to Include

Foods to Exclude


Almost all fresh fruit

Citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon,   lime etc)


Almost all fresh raw, steamed, sauteed, or roasted vegetables

Tomotoes, eggplant, potatoes (sweet potato and yams are okay)


Brown or wild rice, buckwheat, quinoa

Wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, oats, all gluten   containing products



Soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, all beans, peans, lentils

Nuts and Seeds


All seeds and nuts

Meat and Fish

Fish, turkey, lamb, wild game

Beef, chicken, pork, cold cuts, bacon, hotdogs, canned meat,   sausage, shellfish, meat substitutes made from soy

Dairy Products and Milk Substitutes

Unsweetned rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk

Milk, cheese, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream,   non-dairy creamers, eggs


Cold-expeller pressed olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil

Margarine, butter, processed and hydrogenated oils, mayonnaise,   spreads


Drink plenty of fresh water, herbal teas

Alcohol, caffeine (coffee, black tea)

Spices and Condiments

Sea salt, fresh pepper, fresh herbs and spices

Chocolate, ketchup, mustard, relish, chutney, soy sauce,   barbeque sauce, vinegar


Stevia (if needed)

White or brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup, desserts



Although the name implies ‘diet’ I see this more as a detox. Getting rid of all the bad stuff in your body so that it can actually function at its best. Even though there is a list of foods that you can’t eat, it doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on as many fruits and veggies as you want


Initially I thought that something like this would be crazy difficult but when you learn how good your body can feel… you kind want to keep it that way.

Any questions you have on this feel free to ask



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