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There are many ways you can go about doing an elimination diet. It may take some time to discover and confirm your sensitivities, so a few rounds may be necessary. Consider testing yourself for some or all of the following foods, which many people are sensitive to:

  • Gluten (found in wheat and other grains, and derivatives of these grains)
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Dairy (especially from cows, and especially pasteurized milk and products made from it)
  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Nuts (especially peanuts)
  • Vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes)
  • Citrus fruits

The following are two ways you can do an elimination diet. There are many other methods, but these are two of the most common:

Method A: If you think you know the specific food(s) that might be sensitive to, you can selectively eliminate those foods from your normal diet. Experts typically recommend that you avoid your target foods for 7-14 days. After this period, you can add back one food at a time in intervals of 2-5 days, and see if or how your body responds.

For instance, if you want to test soy and dairy, you will avoid all soy- and dairy-containing foods for 7-14 days. On day 8 or 15, you can reintroduce soy by eating a tofu stir-fry. Wait 2-5 days and see if and how your body responds. After your test period for soy is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy.

Symptoms to look for: sleepiness

  • Sleepiness after a meal
;
  • "
brain
  • Brain fog" or fuzzy thinking
; a
  • A change in your bowel movements, such as diarrhea
; headache; stomach ache or nausea; stuff nose; itchy skin; phlegm
  • Headache
  • Nausea or cramps
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Phlegm in your throat
; achy
  • Achy joints
; etc. (Symptoms
  • Etc.--symptoms can be many and vary from person to person

.) After your test period for soy is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy. Method B: If you suspect that you have food sensitivities but aren't sure which foods are the culprit, you can go on a special diet and then re-introduce foods as you would in Method A. This special diet is recommended by Liz Lipski, PhD, a well-respected clinical nutritionist and author. The diet excludes most of the foods that people tend to be sensitive to. For 7-14 days, you eat fruits (minus citrus), vegetables (minus the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants), and white rice. You can use olive oil and safflower oil for cooking and salad dressings or marinades. If you want extra protein, you can make smoothies with enriched rice protein. On day 8 or 15, re-introduce one category of food at a time, in intervals of 2-5 days, looking for symptoms such as the ones listed above.

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An elimination diet is just what it sounds like--a diet where a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. With this method, you deliberately eliminate certain specific foods to see if certain symptoms disappear or diminish your health improves when you don't eat those foods. After a specific period of avoidance (typically 7-14 days), you reintroduce the suspected food(s) into your diet and see what reactionssymptoms, if any, you experience.

An elimination diet is a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. People use elimination diets to test for sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, specific fruits, and other foods. This can be a low-cost, low-tech way to understand more about how your body responds to different foods and substances.

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There are many ways you can go about doing an elimination diet. It may take some time to discover and confirm your sensitivities, so a few rounds may be necessary. Consider testing yourself for some or all of the following foods, which many people are sensitive to:

  • Gluten (found in wheat and other grains, and derivatives of these grains)
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Dairy (especially from cows, and especially pasteurized milk and products made from it)
  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Nuts (especially peanuts)
  • Vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes)
  • Citrus fruits

The following are two ways you can do an elimination diet. There are many other methods, but these are two of the most common:

Method A: If you think you know the specific food(s) that might be sensitive to, you can selectively eliminate those foods from your normal diet. Experts typically recommend that you avoid your target foods for 7-14 days. After this period, you can add back one food at a time in intervals of 2-5 days, and see if or how your body responds.

For instance, if you want to test soy and dairy, you will avoid all soy- and dairy-containing foods for 7-14 days. On day 8 or 15, you can reintroduce soy by eating a tofu stir-fry. Wait 2-5 days and see if and how your body responds. After your test period for soy is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Sleepiness after a meal
  • "Brain fog" or fuzzy thinking
  • A change in your bowel movements, such as diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea or cramps
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Phlegm in your throat
  • Achy joints
  • Etc.--symptoms can be many and vary from person to person

Method B: If you suspect that you have food sensitivities but aren't sure which foods are the culprit, you can go on a special diet and then re-introduce foods as you would in Method A. This special diet is recommended by Liz Lipski, PhD, a well-respected clinical nutritionist and author. The diet excludes most of the foods that people tend to be sensitive to. For 7-14 days, you eat fruits (minus citrus), vegetables (minus the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants), and white rice. You can use olive oil and safflower oil for cooking and salad dressings or marinades. If you want extra protein, you can make smoothies with enriched rice protein. On day 8 or 15, re-introduce one category of food at a time, in intervals of 2-5 days, looking for symptoms such as the ones listed above.

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An elimination diet is a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. With this method, you deliberately eliminate specific foods to see if your health improves when you don't eat themthose foods. After a specific period of avoidance (typically 7-14 days), you reintroduce the suspected food(s) into your diet and see what symptoms, if any, you experience.

People use elimination diets to test for sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, specific fruits, and other foods. This can be a low-cost, low-tech way to understand more about how your body responds to different foods and substances.

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There are many ways you can go about doing an elimination diet. It may take some time to discover and confirm your sensitivities, so a few rounds may be necessary. Consider testing yourself for some or all of the following foods, which many people are sensitive to:

  • Gluten (found in wheat and other grains, and derivatives of these grains)
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Dairy (especially from cows, and especially pasteurized milk and products made from it)
  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Nuts (especially peanuts)
  • Vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes)
  • Citrus fruits

The following are two ways you can do an elimination diet. There are many other methods, but these are two of the most common:

Method A: If you think you know the specific food(s) that might be sensitive to, you can selectively eliminate those foods from your normal diet. Experts typically recommend that you avoid your target foods for 7-14 days. After this period, you can add back one food at a time in intervals of 2-5 days, and see if or how your body responds.

For instance, if you want to test soy and dairy, you will avoid all soy- and dairy-containing foods for 7-14 days. On day 8 or 15, you can reintroduce soy by eating a tofu stir-fry. Wait 2-5 days and see if and how your body responds. After your test period for peanuts soy is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Sleepiness after a meal
  • "Brain fog" or fuzzy thinking
  • A change in your bowel movements, such as diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea or cramps
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Phlegm in your throat
  • Achy joints
  • Etc.--symptoms can be many and vary from person to person

Method B: If you suspect that you have food sensitivities but aren't sure which foods are the culprit, you can go on a special diet and then re-introduce foods as you would in Method A. This special diet is recommended by Liz Lipski, PhD, a well-respected clinical nutritionist and author. The diet excludes most of the foods that people tend to be sensitive to. For 7-14 days, you eat fruits (minus citrus), vegetables (minus the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants), and white rice. You can use olive oil and safflower oil for cooking and salad dressings or marinades. If you want extra protein, you can make smoothies with enriched rice protein. On day 8 or 15, re-introduce one category of food at a time, in intervals of 2-5 days, looking for symptoms such as the ones listed above.

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Lipski, E. (2004). Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (3rd Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.

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How to do an elimination diet:

There are many ways you can go about doing an elimination diet. It may take some time to discover and confirm your sensitivities, so a few rounds may be necessary. Consider testing yourself for some or all of the following foods, which many people are sensitive to:

  • Gluten (found in wheat and other grains, and derivatives of these grains)
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Dairy (especially from cows, and especially pasteurized milk and products made from it)
  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Nuts (especially peanuts)
  • Vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes)
  • Citrus fruits

The following are two ways you can do an elimination diet. There are many other methods, but these are two of the most common:

Method A: If you think you know the specific food(s) that might be sensitive to, you can selectively eliminate those foods from your normal diet. Experts typically recommend that you avoid your target foods for 7-14 days. After this period, you can add back one food at a time in intervals of 2-5 days, and see if or how your body responds.

For instance, if you want to test soy and dairy, you will avoid all soy- and dairy-containing foods for 7-14 days. On day 8 or 15, you can reintroduce soy by eating a tofu stir-fry. Wait 2-5 days and see if and how your body responds. After your test period for soy is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Sleepiness after a meal
  • "Brain fog" or fuzzy thinking
  • A change in your bowel movements, such as diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea or cramps
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Phlegm in your throat
  • Achy joints
  • Etc.--symptoms can be many and vary from person to person

Method B: If you suspect that you have food sensitivities but aren't sure which foods are the culprit, you can go on a special diet and then re-introduce foods as you would in Method A. This special diet is recommended by Liz Lipski, PhD, a well-respected clinical nutritionist and author. The diet excludes most of the foods that people tend to be sensitive to. For 7-14 days, you eat fruits (minus citrus), vegetables (minus the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants), and white rice. You can use olive oil and safflower oil for cooking and salad dressings or marinades. If you want extra protein, you can make smoothies with enriched rice protein. On day 8 or 15, re-introduce one category of food at a time, in intervals of 2-5 days, looking for symptoms such as the ones listed above.

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There are many ways you can go about doing an elimination diet. It may take some time to discover and confirm your sensitivities, so a few rounds may be necessary. Consider testing yourself for some or all of the following foods, which many people are sensitive to:

  • Gluten (found in wheat and other grains, and derivatives of these grains)
  • Soy
  • Eggs
  • Dairy (especially from cows, and especially pasteurized milk and products made from it)
  • Corn
  • Sugar
  • Nuts (especially peanuts)
  • Vegetables from the nightshade family (potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes)
  • Citrus fruits

The following are two ways you can do an elimination diet. There are many other methods, but these are two of the most common:

Method A: If you think you know the specific food(s) that might be sensitive to, you can selectively eliminate those foods from your normal diet. Experts typically recommend that you avoid your target foods for 7-14 days. After this period, you can add back one food at a time in intervals of 2-5 days, and see if or how your body responds.

For instance, if you want to test soy and dairy, you will avoid all soy- and dairy-containing foods for 7-14 days. On day 8 or 15, you can reintroduce soy by eating a tofu stir-fry. Wait 2-5 days and see if and how your body responds. After your test period for soy is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Sleepiness after a meal
  • "Brain fog" or fuzzy thinking
  • A change in your bowel movements, such as diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Nausea or cramps
  • Stuffy nose
  • Itchy skin
  • Phlegm in your throat
  • Achy joints
  • Etc.--symptoms can be many and vary from person to person

Method B: If you suspect that you have food sensitivities but aren't sure which foods are the culprit, you can go on a special diet and then re-introduce foods as you would in Method A. This special diet is recommended by Liz Lipski, PhD, a well-respected clinical nutritionist and author. The diet excludes most of the foods that people tend to be sensitive to. For 7-14 days, you eat fruits (minus citrus), vegetables (minus the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants), and white rice. You can use olive oil and safflower oil for cooking and salad dressings or marinades. If you want extra protein, you can make smoothies with enriched rice protein. On day 8 or 15, re-introduce one category of food at a time, in intervals of 2-5 days, looking for symptoms such as the ones listed above.

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Edited Enter Page Title...: References 8 years ago

Lipski, E. (2004). Digestive Wellness: How to Strengthen the Immune System and Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion (3rd Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill.

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Edited Enter Page Title...: Overview 8 years ago

How to do an elimination diet:

There are many ways you can go about doing an elimination diet. The following are two possibilities:

Method A: If you think you know the specific food(s) that might be sensitive to, you can selectively eliminate those foods from your normal diet. Experts typically recommend that you avoid your target foods for 7-14 days. After this period, you can add back one food at a time in intervals of 2-5 days, and see if or how your body responds.

For instance, if you want to test peanuts and dairy, you will avoid all peanut- and dairy-containing foods for 7-14 days. On day 8 or 15, you can reintroduce peanuts by eating a peanut butter sandwich or two. Wait 2-5 days and see if and how your body responds. Symptoms to look for: sleepiness after a meal; "brain fog" or fuzzy thinking; a change in your bowel movements, such as diarrhea; headache; stomach ache or nausea; stuff nose; itchy skin; phlegm in your throat; achy joints; etc. (Symptoms can be many and vary from person to person.) After your test period for peanuts is up, you would then go through the same process with dairy.

Method B: If you suspect that you have food sensitivities but aren't sure which foods are the culprit, you can go on a special diet and then re-introduce foods as you would in Method A. This special diet is recommended by Liz Lipski, PhD, a well-respected clinical nutritionist and author. The diet excludes most of the foods that people tend to be sensitive to. For 7-14 days, you eat fruits (minus citrus), vegetables (minus the nightshade family, which includes bell peppers, white potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants), and white rice. You can use olive oil and safflower oil for cooking and salad dressings or marinades. If you want extra protein, you can make smoothies with enriched rice protein. On day 8 or 15, re-introduce one category of food at a time, in intervals of 2-5 days, looking for symptoms such as the ones listed above.

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Elimination diets are for testing yourself for food sensitivities, not food allergies. Some food allergies can be life-threatening, so do not experiment with foods that you know or suspect you might have a severe reaction to.

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An elimination diet is a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. With this method, you deliberately eliminate specific foods from your diet to see if your health improves when you don't eat those foods. After a specific period of avoidance (typically 107-14 days), you reintroduce the suspected food(s) into your diet and see what symptoms, if any, you experience.

People use elimination diets to test for sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, specific fruits, and other foods. This can be a low-cost, low-tech way to understand more about how your body responds to different foods and substances.

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An elimination diet is just what it sounds like--a diet where you deliberately eliminate certain foods from your diet to see if you feel better when you don't eat them. After a specific period of avoidance (typically 10-14 days), you reintroduce the food into your diet and see what reactions, if any, you experience.

An elimination diet is a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. People use elimination diets to test for sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, specific fruits, and other foods. This can be a low-cost, low-tech way to understand more about how your body responds to different foods and substances.

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Edited Enter Page Title...: References 8 years ago
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Edited Enter Page Title...: Overview 8 years ago
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The idea behind an elimination diet is that you avoid consuming a specific food for long enough that it clears out of your system and your body stops reacting to it. (A reaction could be anything from a stomach ache to fuzzy thinking to a stuffy nose.) Then you can re-introduce that food and see if your body responds negatively. If you experience unpleasant symptoms, there is a good chance that you have a sensitivity to that food (or a component of it), and you will feel better if you do not consume it as part of your regular diet.

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An elimination diet is a way to test yourself for food sensitivities. With this method, you deliberately eliminate specific foods to see if your health improves when you don't eat those foods. After a specific period of avoidance (typically 7-14 days), you reintroduce the suspected food(s) into your diet and see what symptoms, if any, you experience.

People use elimination diets to test for sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, nuts, specific fruits, and other foods. This can be a low-cost, low-tech way to understand more about how your body responds to different foods and substances.

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