Often when autoimmune disorders affect us, it’s helpful to give the gut a rest by removing the foods that most commonly cause inflammation. If you do a search, there are a variety of food plans that are titled “elimination” eating plans. They can be helpful, and it’s important to tailor them to the person who is seeking better health.
Risks Associated With Elimination Eating Plans:
Elimination diets can sometimes trigger negative emotions around food. Prolonged elimination of multiple foods changes the balance of gut bacteria and can promote food intolerances.
Long periods of eliminating multiple foods can cause nutritional deficiencies. Elimination of multiple foods can trigger fatigue, headaches, and body aches. Restrictive food choices can have negative social effects.
Safe Ways to Try Elimination Eating:
- Limit the eating plan to 30 days or less.
- Try a progressive plan: start by simply eliminating processed foods and sugar.
- Consider Food Inflammation Testing for more accurate guidance.
- Be sure that you eat plenty of colorful plant foods and adequate quality proteins.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid daily.
- Have a careful plan for adding back foods and “testing them” to see how you respond.
Elimination plans can provide helpful insight into food intolerances or sensitivities that promote inflammation and autoimmune disorders. The best way to progress through this type of eating plan is with the guidance and support of a practitioner.