Do you ever feel like something is off with your body but can't quite put your finger on it? You may have a food intolerance or sensitivity.
To find out what's causing your digestive discomfort, aches, pains, or headaches, you might want to work with a nutrition professional and try an elimination diet.
You'll start by removing the foods that are well-known for causing chronic inflammation and digestive symptoms. Then, you'll slowly reintroduce the foods you eliminated one at a time and take note of any symptoms. The process takes about six weeks, and if you have a food sensitivity or intolerance you'll be able to see which food is causing your body distress and avoid it.
The Way Elimination Diets Work
There are two phases to the elimination diet. The first is elimination, where you remove the foods that could trigger the symptoms you're experiencing. You'll stop eating them for 2 to 3 weeks in what we call a wash-out period. These foods are commonly known allergens such as soy, dairy, nuts, wheat, gluten, eggs, and seafood.
After that, you'll reintroduce the foods you eliminated. You'll take your time observing for 2 to 3 days after reintroducing each of the eliminated foods to see if any of them cause a reaction.
Common symptoms of food sensitivities and intolerances are rashes or changes in the skin, pains in the joints, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, bloating, and stomach pain or cramps. When you don't have any symptoms after reintroducing a certain food group, you can safely continue to eat it. But if you notice these symptoms, you've found your trigger food and can now work to keep it out of your diet.
How Elimination Diets Help
If you've been experiencing these symptoms of discomfort for a long time and are ready to figure out what's causing them, this is a great way to do that in the comfort of your own home.
It can significantly benefit you to determine if something you're eating is to blame for the way you feel. Those that eliminate foods that cause reactions in them start feeling better within days, and in weeks, they can feel completely reborn.
Believe it or not, food intolerances and sensitivities are more common than you think. If you uncover some intolerances or sensitivities, know that you are not alone. Knowing which foods set you off is an extreme asset, which is why choosing an elimination diet can help you find out once and for all what's going on with your body and how to restore balance.
If you think that you have a food sensitivity or other digestive concern, I am happy to discuss with you free of charge to see if I may be able to help you! I offer at your own pace masterclasses, small-group programs, and one on one coaching services all designed to help you create your shining best life through nourishing your mind and body.
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