Modified Elimination Diet
Most people who complain of fatigue,
recurrent bowel problems (especially diarrhea), food intolerance or sensitivities,
chemical or environmental sensitivities, and chronic headache, muscle, or joint pain of
unknown origin have been helped with the following dietary changes.
This diet is dairy & gluten-free and
generally well tolerated.
Guidelines | Secondary Guidelines | 5-Day Sample of a Hypoallergic
of Foods after an Elimination Diet
Fine Tuning the Elimination
In order to evaluate one's constitutional food intolerance, an
elimination diet can be one of the main diagnostic determinants. But once these food
intolerance's are found, the elimination diet no longer is a diet but a way-of-life for
the person since these food intolerances are constitutional....they have been present
since birth and as of yet there is no known way to overcome them...perhaps N.A.E.T or EPD
- Enzyme Potentiated Desensitization - might be a potential answer.
- Eliminate all dairy products, including milk, cream, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt,
butter, ice cream, and frozen yogurt. Avoid products like soy cheese, which are made
with casein (a milk protein).
- Eliminate fatty meats like beef, pork, or veal. Chicken, turkey, lamb, and cold
water fishes such as salmon, mackerel, and halibut are acceptable if you are not allergic
to or intolerant of these foods. Select from free range meat products whenever
- Eliminate gluten. Avoid any foods the contain wheat, spelt,
kamut, oat, rye,
barley, or malt. This is the most difficult part of the diet, but it is also the
most important. Unfortunately, gluten is in many common foods, including bread,
cereal, pasta, crackers, and products containing flours made from these grains.
Products made from rice, millet, buckwheat, and gluten-free flour, or potato, tapioca, and
arrowroot may be used as desired by most individuals.
- Drink at least two quarts of water, preferably filtered or distilled, daily.
- Avoid all foods containing alcohol, this includes, but not limited to, beer, wine,
liquor, and over-the-counter products that contain alcohol. Also avoid
caffeine-containing beverages, including coffee, caffeine containing teas, and soda pop.
Be sure to read labels of cold medications and herbal preparation as they
frequently contain caffeine and/or alcohol.
- Avoid foods containing yeast or foods that promote yeast overgrowth (processed foods,
refined sugars, cheese, commercially prepared condiments, peanuts, vinegar, and alcoholic
lamb, frog legs
Cold-water fish such as salmon, halibut, mackerel, trout
cold cuts, frankfurters, sausage, canned meat, fish, clams, crab, shrimp,
pork, bacon, ham
legumes, dried peas and lentils
cholesterol-free egg substitutes
substitutes such as rice milk, nut milks, and soy milk
cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, cream, non-dairy creamers
sweet potatoes, arrowroot, rice, tapioca, millet, gluten-free products
gluten-containing products, including pasta, all corn starches, and corn-containing
quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, soy, potato flour, tapioca, arrowroot, or
gluten-free flour based products. Ezekiel or Essene bread
from wheat, buckwheat, corn meal or flour, spelt, kamut, or gluten-containing grains
vegetables (unless listed), preferably fresh, frozen or freshly juiced: beets, carrots,
lettuce, squash, sweet potatoes
plant, celery, green beans, mushrooms, spinach,
tomatoes, garlic, onions, pepper, corn
fresh, frozen, freshly juiced, or water packed, canned fruits: apples, apricots,
cranberries, kiwi, peaches, pineapple, raisins
cherries, melons, grapes, plums, prunes, lemons
coconut, oranges or citrus, fruit drinks, ades, cocktails, citrus, strawberries, and dried
fruits preserved with sulfites
vegetable-based broth, homemade vegetarian soup, chili made with ground turkey or chicken
or creamed soup
Any with glutenous flours or grains
prepared or unsweetened fruit or vegetable juice, pure water, non-citrus herbal tea,
water that is chlorinated and/or softened
dairy-based products, coffee, tea, cocoa, Postum, alcoholic beverages, soda pop, sweetened
beverages, citrus drinks, soy (adults)
expeller pressed, unrefined, light-shielded canola, flax, olive, pumpkin, sesame, and
walnut oil, salad dressings made from allowed ingredients
shortening, butter, refined oils, salad dressing, and spreads, corn, soy and coconut oil,
nut oils except walnut, peanut oil and peanut butter
cashews, flax seed, pecans, pumpkin, sesame, squash seeds, sunflower seeds,
nut/seed butters made with allowable ingredients
pistachios, peanut butter
rice syrup, fruit sweeteners, honey
sugar, molasses, maple syrup, corn syrup, fructose
vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar
vitamins (?yeast), vinegars other than apple, yeast
sugar, chocolate, mustard, yeast, food coloring and flavoring agents, brewer's or bakers
(**) = Dried peas and beans, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts are not very
allergic foods, but they cause abdominal gas which may be confused with an allergic
reaction. Therefore, eat them in small amounts if at all during the testing.
While anyone can become allergic to any food, some foods are more apt to cause
allergies than others. When you are eliminating foods and testing allergies do so in
the following manner.
Most commonly cause allergies: Corn,
eggs, fish, milk, nuts, and wheat.
Often cause allergies: Alcohol
berries, buckwheat, Cane sugar, chocolate, coconut, coffee (adults), mustard, oranges or
citrus, peanut butter, peas, pork, potatoes, soy (adults), tomatoes, yeast.
Sometimes cause allergies: Bananas, beef,
celery, cheese, cherries, chicken (females), coloring agents, cottonseed, flavoring agents,
garlic, green beans, melons, mushrooms, onions, plums, prunes, spices, spinach,
vitamins (?yeast), tap water that has been chlorinated and/or softened.
Seldom cause allergies: Apples, apricots & their
juice, barley, beets, carrots, chicken (males), cranberries & their juice, honey, kiwi
fruit, lamb, lettuce, lobster, oats, peaches & their juice, pineapples & their
juice, raisins, rice, rye, salmon, salt, soy (kids), squash, sweet potatoes tapioca,
vanilla extract, vinegar (apple cider)
Sample of a Hypoallergenic Diet:
To be added later
of Foods after an Elimination Diet:
It is best to remain on the elimination
diet for four weeks. During this time you should experience a clearing of all or
most of your symptoms(***). These changes depend on many factors, but some
improvement should be witnessed.
When you begin to challenge foods back into your diet, do so from
the "most suspicious" allergenic list first moving toward the "okay"
foods. Do this challenging as follows:
1) Challenge a single food at a time - pasta
pizza, milk NOT ice cream
2) Challenge only one new food each two to
three days - this allows for delayed allergic reactions that may take the full three days
to show up
3) Record symptoms in a diet and symptom diary
4) Do not challenge with a new food if still
experiencing an allergic reaction
5) In certain people, food addictions are
really food allergies. They are allergic to the food but need it in an
"addictive" way so as not to initially experience withdrawal. As time
progresses and the food is continued to be eaten, the intense reactions become blunted and
move into a chronic response, as described below.
Stage 1 - intense
reactions of symptoms
Stage 2 - "chronic
adaptation" - intense symptoms become masked; symptoms occur 3-4 hours after
exposure, then relieved on re-exposure
Stage 3 - "chronic
response" - the body becomes worn out, intense symptoms resurface & chronic
with this type of food allergy, is that when it is eliminated for 2 to 4 weeks and then
re-introduced into your diet, you may have a severe reaction - including skin reactions
like hives. To the best of my knowledge, anaphylaxis has not been a result of food
re-introductions...only a worsening of the below signs & symptoms and skin reactions
like hives. If anyone in cyber space knows differently, email me.
Elimination diets with re-introduction of foods is a serious undertaking. If you
feel that you have an "addictive food allergy" you may want to re-introduce the
food under the care of a healthcare professional.
the Elimination Diet:
1) Adjusting the diet to take into account the person's blood type.
See Eating for Your Blood Type
2) Making sure the diet is eaten in the correct food combinations.
See Food Combining
3) Eating a diet high in fresh, organically grown, well-prepared
foods and low in total calories, total fat, refined carbohydrates, food additives,
stimulants (salt, tea, coffee, and tobacco) and processed foods.
4) Chew all foods well in a relaxed peaceful atmosphere. Couple
this with fresh air, sunshine, exercise, good hygiene and rest. All of these
modifications help the person to stay healthy. Adding in mind-body therapies will
help the person to recover health to an optimal level.
Again, realize that the Elimination Diet is not a diet but a
lifestyle change that is necessary to regain and maintain OptimalHealth.
(***) = Major Signs and Symptoms-Note these changes in your diary!
Physical - headache, fatigue,
rapid pulse, rashes, or eczema, muscle aches, digestive complaints, sugar cravings
Neurological - mood swings,
sullen, tense, irritable, confusion, hyperactivity, concentration problems, perception