There is growing evidence that Elimination/Anti-inflammatory diets can be helpful in a wide varity of chronic medical conditions including:
- Chronic Fatigue
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Neuropathic Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Memory problems
- Bad Breath
- High cholesterol
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Celiac Disease
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Fungal Infections
- Autoimmune Diseases
What is an Elimination Diet?
The goal of an elimination/anti-inflammatory diet is to remove substances from your and/or your child’s diet that may potentially be causing or making their symptoms worse.
There are a lot of different foods that may be making your symptoms worse. Common culprits include:
- Sugars (both high fructose corn syrup, and cane sugars)
- Certain meats
- Certain grains
- Processed foods
However, instead of trying to figure out what foods you can’t eat, we will focus on those that are unlikely to cause a negative reaction.
When eating an elimination diet, it is important that you (or your child) gets a balanced meal and proper nutrition. At every meal, you (or your child) need protein, fruits and vegetables. Make it your goal to eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Adding in gluten free grains can be a healthy source of extra calories. For children and people who are under weight, it is important to monitor their weight to make sure they are not losing weight.
- Nut butters
- Wild game
- Organic turkey
Fruits: One to two servings at every meal (serving size is the size of a closed fist).
Vegetables: One to two servings at every meal (serving size is the size of a closed fist)
Gluten Free Grains:
- Whole grain rice
- Do Not - eat processed “gluten free foods” even if it says “natural” on the label.
Water: Water should be the only thing you drink, and drink plenty of water!
An average elimination diet will have you strictly follow the diet for the first 3 weeks. If there is improvement, you can slowly add one type of food back into your diet at a time. See which particular foods are making the symptoms worse. If your symptoms become worse again, then back off on those foods. Avoiding certain foods could last a life time.
Give it a try, you will be happy with the results!
Dr. Jeff M.D.
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