The Elimination Diet

The Elimination Diet

Unlike most diets, the elimination diet serves a unique purpose other then strictly aiding in weight loss. The goal of the elimination diet is to help those suffering from certain digestion, skin and other body issues determine if something they are eating could be contributing to the problem. Eliminating items from your diet is one way to find out more.

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Although there are many different variations to the elimination diet, there is one common component: eliminate one food group from your diet for an extended period of time. 

These food classes include, but are not limited to: soy, eggs, dairy, nuts, wheat, processed sugars, corn, citrus and gluten. The elimination of these food classes have proved to reduce the symptoms of certain conditions like asthma, eczema, constipation, anxiety and even infertility. The important thing to remember when participating in the elimination diet is to track your eliminated foods and the changes that you are noticing to your body—both positive and negative.

One of the best aspects of this diet is that it is affordable. There are no books or instructional CDs involved—only will-power and discipline. Better than that are the changes people feel wen they eliminate something negative from their diet. Increased energy levels and improved digestion are just two rather immediate changes. Weight loss is a more long term result.

If you’re interested in trying the elimination diet, there are many helpful websites—and even recipes—to help you get started. has two entire posts devoted to the elimination diet, one in which an instructional information on a variation of the diet is included. This 28 day trial focuses on the elimination of gluten, dairy, eggs, yeast and soy. It has three phases: the detox phase, the reaction phase and finally the integration stage. 

The detox phase lasts two days and the only foods consumed during this period are green smoothies. The reaction phase involves the slow introduction of foods back into your diet. Individuals should document any changes they see in their bodies.  

Phase 3 continues the process phase two started with more foods integrated into the diet.

If the elimination diet is something you are considering, talk with your doctor about which class to eliminate first.