This week, I started an elimination diet as an optional opportunity with a functional medicine course I’m current taking. I figured if I’m going to be prescribing this diet to my patients, it’d be great to know the challenges and benefits that come of it for myself.
An elimination diet is used to identify food sensitivities, allergies, and intolerances & typically lasts 3weeks - 3months with foods slowly re-introduced into your diet while monitoring for any subtle symptoms, such as bloating, headaches, pains, indigestion, etc. I am excited to say I have been without processed sugars, wheat, eggs, soy, dairy, corn, and a few other ingredients for the last 7 days. I won’t lie, the first two days were tough & I noticed some sugar withdrawals. However, I tried to focus on what I could eat, rather than what I could not eat. By having lots of healthy snacks and prepping my meals, things have been going rather smoothly.
Though it seems quite restrictive, it’s encouraging me to eat more veggies & fruits than I previously was, and also pay better attention to those sneaky ingredients hidden in our foods. It actually feels quite liberating, giving my body an intentional break from the candy and junk foods I would eat, and nourishing it with the healthy, fresh foods my body & mind deserves.