Sometimes I fear I won’t be able to truly help women who are suffering because so many of us are in the dark to our food sensitivities because they are unknown to us we assume we do not have any issues with food.
If you are unsure of whether or not you have food sensitivities let me ask you one question: have you cut out processed foods yet still experience some kind of physical or mental pain?
I used to answer an easy YES to that question and I am sure you can relate. I honour everyone’s health journey as their own yet I can’t help but want to intervene to save you wasted time and energy on your road to health. Sure there is a lesson to be learned in everything and I don’t regret my own journey, but it would have been nice to shave a year or more of distress off of my experience.
Following an elimination diet is the gold standard in uncovering your hidden food sensitivities. While an elimination diet can seem long and extreme (extremely long?), the benefit of being essentially pain free far outweighs those cons. An elimination diet is intentional and strategic, which is incredibly satisfying for both my sensitive nature and A-type personality. It helps identify your specific food sensitivities, while also nourishing your body so that you can stop feeling so BLAH – finally.
In the beginning, the elimination diet is pretty restrictive depending on how you currently eat. This may make things challenging when it comes to dinnertime and it may feel like there is nothing you can eat. I’ve learned that this is just fear talking from being raised in a society that doesn’t focus on real, whole foods.
Instead of looking at your restrictions as a prison cell, get creative within your confinement! If you can let go of the mind shackles that eating vegetables looks and tastes a certain way (ahem, gross and disgusting) you will be free. The elimination diet allows you to eat in brand new ways that truly awaken taste buds.
Uncovering your hidden food sensitivities does not have to feel like you are serving a sentence. But it can and it will if you choose that to be your truth.
During the elimination phase you avoid gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, citrus, nightshades, yeast, refined sugar, soy, corn and a few other foods as well as caffeine and alcohol. To ensure a nutritionally balanced meal, build your plate in the following way:
- Fill half of your plate with allowed vegetables and include green
- Add protein from one of the allowed sources such as legumes, hemp hearts, organic chicken, turkey or lamb, or wild salmon
- Include fat from avocado, coconut, olive or seeds on your vegetables or protein or enjoy as a side
- Optional: add ½ cup of allowed gluten free grains such as brown rice or quinoa
To awaken your taste buds play with different herbs and spices. I promise this is where the magic comes from and will make your experience enjoyable. My favourite is using Ceylon cinnamon on roasted butternut squash because I used to barely be able to eat winter squash. They tasted too… squashy!