Elimination Food Plan

The Elimination Diet helps uncover what food(s) may be the culprits in adverse food reactions, whether they are true allergies, intolerances, or sensitivities. Often, symptoms that have failed to respond to conventional medical therapy will resolve by following an elimination diet. After the initial period of eliminating foods, many chronic symptoms should improve or disappear. Many people with food sensitivities don’t even realize how awful they feel until the “trigger” foods are removed from the diet. Then, through a guided reintroduction process, individuals can become more aware of trigger foods and the kinds of symptoms they experience when exposed to those foods. If a patient reintroduces trigger foods and still experiences negative symptoms, further testing might be indicated with a functional medicine practitioner. Because a goal of the Elimination Diet is to eliminate food triggers, only the foods listed on this plan’s food list should be consumed. Therapeutic foods are not highlighted on this list. Instead, potentially problematic foods are called to attention so that they may be easily avoided, if necessary. These include fermented foods, high-histamine foods, and nightshades.