If you’ve taken an interest in diet and exercise (which I’m assuming you have since you’re reading this), you may be familiar with an elimination diet. If not, or if familiar in name only, an ED is a diet where you eliminate certain foods for a period of time and slowly reintroduce them, monitoring your body for reactions or symptoms.
The best ED will eliminate the greatest amount of food. The more restrictive the better. If you suffer from gastrointestinal discomfort or issues, an ED may be extremely useful to you. It may help identify foods that keep you from feeling, looking, and performing your best. Because of this, even those without GI issues have taken an interest in an ED. Foods eliminated on an ED may include:
If interested in an ED, I wanna recommend a modified version of a more traditional ED. I find this version to be a little easier to understand (I mean, honestly, without looking, do you even know what a nightshade vegetable is?!). Items eliminated on this ED include:
Something else that makes this ED different from others is that instead of eliminating everything at once and then slowly reintroducing them, you eliminate just one thing at a time, reintroducing it rarely, if ever. Instead, you replace it with something better.
Ultimately, if you remove something without replacing it with something else, you’ll simply go back to filling the void with what’s familiar, easy, and comfortable. Some things to consider replacing the old with the new are:
I often quote Richard Bach. “You teach best what you most need to learn.” I didn’t make a list of only things I’ve eliminated. I made a list of many things I need to eliminate. Some of them I’ve already eliminated once (or ten times) before. There are several things I have eliminated that will likely find their way back into my diet and life. Like a junk drawer, no matter how often I eliminate the “junk”, things find their way back in. And when they do, I’ll eliminate them again and again until I need a smaller drawer or no drawer at all.