I have been plagued by allergies my whole life. Until my 30’s it was just seasonal allergies, or so I thought. But my on-and-off stomach pain and distress beginning in my late teens was actually allergies to food, little did I know it. I was diagnosed with cheese and milk allergies when I was a young girl and then supposedly outgrew them. My IBS was “stress induced” in college. And my ulcerative colitis in my 30’s was “endurance sports induced”. OK so I see a pattern….lots of blame but no underlying root cause.
When I was in my early 30’s I started investigating due to so much stomach discomfort. I have had skin and blood allergy tests which come up with completely different results….I mean completely. That doesn’t give you much hope for diagnosis especially when it’s so hard to give up food groups. The last time I ended up in the hospital for extreme stomach pain I resolved to give up gluten. That was eight years ago. I have been mostly pain and symptom free since, but I have this nagging feeling that there are more to foods to give up to feel even better.
This is where the gold standard -the elimination/provocation diet- comes in. This is a legitimate approach to removing food groups for two weeks then one by one adding them back in and recording your body’s reactions for sensitivities. Now you would know if you have a true IgE food allergy, but you don’t necessarily know if you have a sensitivity because your body produces a low-level of inflammation which leads to any of the below examples.
If you are experiencing these symptoms then it’s time to try an Elimination Diet
- Weight Gain / Weight Loss
- Fatigue / Lethargy
- Foggy Thinking / Memory Issues / Lack of Focus
- Moodiness / Anxiety / Depression / Racing Thoughts
- Aggression / Hyperactivity
- Gas / Diarrhea / Constipation / Bloating / Cramping
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Reflux (GERD)
- Recurring Nausea & Vomiting
- Muscle Pain / Joint Pain / Chronic Pain
- Headaches / Migraines
- Sinus Congestion / Chronic Coughing
- Skin Rashes / Eczema / Psoriasis / Hives/Acne
- Heart Palpitations / Rapid Pulse / Rapid Breathing
- Numbness / Tingling
Back to seeing yourself as an experiment and not taking yourself too seriously…..
When we get too attached to food or drinks or lifestyle we are inevitable setting ourself up for a hard time. Habits are hard to break and both mentally and physically. I can already tell you giving up eggs and nuts will be hard. But it’s the reward at the end that I know will be the big payoff. I will be less attached to food and drink and have figured out if I have any more food sensitivities that are keeping me from feeling my best.
If you are curious but need guided support to begin your own elimination diet on Feb 1st I will be starting an elimination/provocation diet group class. I will give you a guided step by step plan to complete this diet in a supportive group setting. We will meet once a week for six weeks with days 1-2 being detox, 3-17 being elimination and 18-42 being reintroduction. I will be doing exactly what I am asking you to do and know just how much work and the challenges this shift in diet and lifestyle will bring. But for a better/healthier you isn’t it worth it?
Location: Riverdell Herbs 2211 East Broadway Avenue Maryville, TN 37804
Dates: Feb 1, 8, 15 March 1, 8