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  • January 06, 2017

Trying the Elimination Diet

This weekend was not a good one for diet or exercise, but that led me to a great decision – trying out the elimination diet!  It all started when I attended a fun retro game night with some friends that included unlimited delicious “retro” snacks like airheads and bugles, as well as pizza and beer.  The next night I went to a gala for work, and after four courses of food (including two types of dessert) decided that a plate of cheese and the scone that they sent me home with were also a good idea. Not to mention all of the wine….

At home I ate just as poorly (tater tots, anyone?). Unused to more than an occasional glass of wine, I was feeling pretty bad by Sunday.  I’ve also missed several key runs because of illness lately, and knew that I needed to change my habits. It might be too late to make an impact on the race coming up in a couple of weeks, but there are more races!I eat pretty healthy, whole foods most of the time, but still don’t feel as energized as I should. Since I have several food sensitivities that I am aware of, I thought I would give an elimination diet a try. There could be more sensitivities lurking!

I saw a doctor discussing something called the elimination diet on the Dr. Oz show last week, and incredibly I thought it sounded like a good idea. Although I don’t usually give random diets I see on television a try, the elimination diet followed sound nutrition and seemed like just what I needed this week after my weekend of excess.I’m not an advocate of diets. As someone who has “dieted” since I was a little kid, I know that they don’t work. However, life is so busy right now that I felt like a routine would help take the stress out of my food choices for the week. The elimination diet would not be fewer calories than my normal day-to-day eating, so I knew I wouldn’t feel deprived. Hopefully, I can also use this to uncover items that I may also be sensitive to.  This is also a diet for health and uncovering sensitivities, not for weight loss.The elimination diet should ideally last for a few weeks and then foods are slowly reintroduced, allowing you to uncover what your body may be sensitive to.

Unfortunately, I already have several dinner plans this week and next (as well as a birthday celebration at work), so I will not be undertaking the elimination diet as completely as I should. Instead, I’m thinking of this as a trial run until after the holidays when I can fully follow the diet and uncover sensitivities.I’m also hoping that by following the meal plan closely when I can, and eating as healthy as possible when dining with friends, that I can begin to get back some of the energy and health the fall has seemed to zap from me.  This week I plan on following the elimination diet, which includes fish.

Here are some snapshots of day one of the diet:I just love roast cauliflower! I made mine with just a drizzle of olive oil and some diced garlic.I prefer to eat vegetarian as much as possible, so may need to change up the diet with a vegan meal option when I follow it in the winter. I have also taken the liberty of adding a cup of coffee to the diet. This is for my mental sanity – I’m just not in the right place to give up coffee yet! Maybe during round two! Much more info on the elimination diet is available from Dr Oz’s website – this is just how I’m choosing on eating for the next few days!

Question of the day: Have you ever tried an elimination diet?

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