From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Elimination Diet

on August 10, 2013

I have  been reading Digestive Health with REAL Food by Aglaee Jacob.  It is an incredibly comprehensive book covering all aspects of IBS and other digestive issues.  She covers symptoms, treatment, underlying causes, supplements, testing.  If it relates to digestive distress you can bet she covers it in this book!  While most of the information was not new to me, it is great to have it all in one place as a reference.  Through reading the book, I have been inspired to do an elimination diet.  I have tried multiple elimination diets over the past few years, but never exactly as she lays it out.  I would try doing the autoimmune protocol for a while, then the low-FODMAP diet, then the 21 day sugar detox.  Sometimes I would feel a little better, sometimes a little worse.  Then inevitably something would creep back in.  These diets are tough!!!  Life is busy, other family members want different meals (who wouldn’t), finances get tight, etc.  Also, now that my health isn’t as bad as it was it is hard to find the same motivation.  But, “not as bad” is not the same as GREAT!! And I want great!  So, for the next 3-4 weeks (her timeline) I am going to do this elimination diet.  I am choosing to blog about it daily because she highly recommends keeping a journal and I would rather keep it on here than on paper.  Plus, maybe it will encourage someone else to do it:)  The guidelines look like this:

I can eat:

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Organ Meat

Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, Ghee, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Duck Fat, Tallow or Lard

Bone Broth

Carrot, Zucchini, Spinach, Green Beans

Unrefined Salt, Chives, Cinnamon, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs, green part of green onions, garlic/herb infused oil

Sparkling Water, Rooibos tea

I am not going to lie…it sounds boring as hell.  However, as a person who still turns to food when bored or stressed, I am praying that this elimination diet will help in that domain as well.  I don’t see how turning to those foods to relieve boredom and stress would be very effective!

According to Jacobs, I need to be symptom free for 5 days before I consider introducing a new food.  I will be keeping up with symptoms on each  blog post or at least giving each day a rating.  Just so I don’t forget, here is what my BEFORE symptoms look liked:

Symptom Frequency Severity
Bloating Almost Daily Moderate
Abdominal Pain 1-2 X Times per week Moderate
Flatulence 1-2 X Times per week Moderate
Belching Rarely Mild
Feeling of Urgency Rarely Mild
Acid Reflux 1-2 X per week Mild
Fatigue 1-2 X per week Mild
Depression 1-2 X per week Moderate
Brain Fog Almost Daily Moderate to Severe

Bowel Movements:   Frequency 1X a day  4 on poop scale

Other:  headaches (especially around my cycle), itchy hands and feet ( few times a week), itchy bumps on arms and legs ( comes and goes), irritated gums, sensitive skin

Alright.  There it is.  I have no delusions about this being easy, but I know it needs to be done.

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