Adverse food reactions are a major contributor to a long list of chronic health conditions, including (but not limited to) digestive problems, headaches, joint aches, skin irritations, eczema, asthma, low energy, depression, mood swings, weight gain, and more.  

Many people suffer from these symptoms for long periods of time without realizing they may be caused by the foods they are eating. Often, a specific food or food category needs to be removed from the diet for a short period of time to confirm the connection between food and symptoms. 

The Elimination Food Plan is a fundamental tool used in functional medicine. It is a 3 week (minimum) program that removes common inflammatory foods and, with proper reintroduction, helps patients identify the foods that may be triggering their symptoms. 

The Elimination Food Plan:

  • Identifies food triggers
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Supports a healthy microbiome
  • Reduces overall toxic burden in the body
  • Emphasizes eating healing phytonutrients to the gut
  • Promotes body awareness to food

The Elimination Food Plan has 3 Steps:

Step 1: Eliminate inflammatory foods
Step 2: Reintroduce foods
Step 3: Monitor the body’s reactions and make a long term plan

Elimination Shared Medical Visit

For patients who are interested in the Elimination Food Plan, we offer an Elimination Shared Medical Visit. During this foundational class, you will learn practical steps to remove inflammatory foods from your diet. 

This class is a great option for patients who experience digestion or absorption issues, headaches, low energy or fatigue, skin irritations, joint aches, asthma, weight gain, depression, and inflammation, or those who are curious if their health symptoms are correlated to food. 

The Elimination Shared Medical Visit is part 1 of 2 of a nutritional protocol, and is intended to be followed by the Reintroduction Shared Medical Visit

What to Expect During This Shared Medical Visit

This hour-long shared medical visit with a functional nutritionist and other FMI patients will cover:

  • Benefits of the Elimination Food Plan and what to expect
  • Food sensitivities and intolerances
  • How leaky gut affects our overall health
  • How stress hormones affect your gut health
  • How to reduce inflammation

You will be given a comprehensive Elimination Food Plan Guide that includes:

  • A list of inflammatory foods to avoid
  • A list of the healing foods to include
  • Food substitution tips to manage cravings
  • A weekly food planner
  • Recipes
  • A tool to help you track your symptoms throughout the process


The Elimination Shared Medical Visit is offered in our Meridian Wellness Clinic every week:

  • Mondays at 9am and 4pm
  • Wednesdays at 3pm 

Call our office at (208) 385-7711 to join an upcoming shared medical visit.

Billing Information

Our in-network patients pay a copay for the Elimination Shared Medical Visit, and their insurance will be billed.

For out-of-network patients, we offer a 15% cash-pay discount for this shared medical visit. We accept all HSA and FSA cards as a form of payment, and can provide you with a detailed receipt to submit directly to your insurance for reimbursement.

Shared Medical Visit FAQs

What is a shared medical visit?

Shared medical visits (SMVs) are hour-long sessions where patients are seen by a provider, nutritionist, or health coach in an educational, interactive, group setting. This improves patient access to care and educational resources, and has been linked to better patient outcomes. 

How many people will be in my shared medical visit?

Shared medical visits can vary in size, but no more than 10 patients will be in a session.

May I bring my spouse, kids, or friends to a shared medical visit?

Shared medical visits are group medical experiences designed specifically for functional medicine patients. All FMI patients are welcome to register for shared medical visits, but only patients who have registered will be admitted into the visit. Non-patients or patients who have not registered for this visit will not be allowed to attend.

Please do not share the Zoom link for any virtual shared medical visits. Every registered patient will receive an email directly with the Zoom link for the visit.

When does my insurance get billed?

Each visit will be billed to your insurance directly after you’ve completed it.

If you are a current patient and would like to sign-up for this Shared Medical Visit, please call our office at (208) 385-7711 or email us at