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 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 foods that may be causing symptoms and, with proper reintroduction, helps patients identify the foods that may be triggering their symptoms. Reintroduction involves adding back one food at a time and observing whether that food is associated with negative 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