Well, if you are suffering anything from mood swings and depression to gas/bloating to pain and constipation or diarrhea; someone who cares about you believes in health and loves nature – may recommend an Elimination Diet.
But how to?
An Elimination Diet is a good way to gain insight and understanding further into the nature of DETOX and how certain foods may actually be causing more harm than good.
We’ve discussed the nature of STRESS and how it can accumulate from many sources.
In fact FEED – is, of course, a stress response and a way of taking back the sense of “control” when we essentially have been triggered into a place of powerlessness, worthlessness or another state of fear.
A stress response is usually triggered due to an external emotional “stressor,” and taps into our habitual stress body patterns that we have developed over decades and store in the bodymindheartspirit as REACTIVITY.
A reactive pattern – under duress, with the FEED stress response – therefore may include reaching for “comfort foods” such as bread, pasta, muffins, other carbs and starches, as well as chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, processed, refined or fast foods – with high sugar, salt and artificial flavour enhancers, content.
There are very few people who aren’t subject to food intolerances. Even if they appear to be in good health – there may be an under lying problem such as mucoid or cholesterol plaque accumulation or build-up in arteries, veins or other soft tissues which can cause suffocation and dehydration; making blood flow, absorption and distribution of nutrients a problem – creating long term health issues.
Food allergies and intolerances are a common problem these days due significantly to the refinements, processes, herbicides, pesticides, additives and preservatives which are employed within modern agriculture and food production.
These processes have made once normal organic, easily digestible bio-available nutrient dense foods, in their natural state – much more difficult to break down and assimilate.
Our bodies are not designed to manage and deal with synthetic chemicals and chemical processes which may have been added in order to create “fat-free”, “sugar-free” or “caffeine free” products and ingredients which produce a long “shelf life”.
This in turn causes more accumulated states of dis-ease in the body in the form of leaky-gut, inflammation, chronic fatigue, IBS, constipation, eczema, acne, arthritis, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, behavioural issues like ADHD, weight gain, obesity, muscle & joint pain, nutrient deficiency, migraine headaches, cognitive decline including Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s and even autoimmune diseases.
An Elimination Diet consists of cutting out the following acidic foods for a period of 3 – 6 weeks. Cut out all common allergens, including:
Most elimination diets last for about 3–6 weeks. It’s believed that antibodies — the proteins your immune system make when it negatively reacts to foods — take around three weeks to dissipate. So this is usually the minimum time needed for someone to fully heal from sensitives and to notice improvements in their symptoms.
There are of course many benefits to an elimination diet. One of the main benefits is that it allows the body to rest for a prolonged period without the onslaught of many of these acidic and inflammatory foods. Other benefits include:
So, after having successfully cut out many of the usual foods you eat for 3 – 6 weeks, you may notice an improvement in your overall health as well as your specific health conditions.
You should find that you have more energy, vitality, focus and drive as well as better and more regular bowel movements, fewer aches and pains and hopefully improved mental clarity & health.
So what to do next?
A really healthy person would only ever eat the foods you have now eliminated, in very small quantities. As a “treat”.
You will find they are more dehydrating and take a great deal more energy to digest, leaving you with very little get-up-and-go as a result.
I recommend starting with ONE of the foods on the elimination list and see how it makes you feel: in the immediate sensation, within an hour or two as well as how do you feel the next day?
Often we wake up sleepy, bloated, constipated or hungover in some way and don’t necessarily make the connection between what we put IN our bodies.
Begin to try to make these connections for yourself.
Whenever you feel under the weather ask:
What did I eat just now? Earlier? Or Yesterday?
If symptoms persist begin to keep a Food Diary to include what you eat and how you feel after. This way you can start to get a clearer picture of how certain foods are affecting you and what you need to eliminate completely and which foods you can have as an occasional treat.
Inflammation forming foods should always be enjoyed in moderation to obtain, create and maintain optimal health. 80% alkaline | 20% acid
Remember our bodies are a living organism which will THRIVE when we put only the purest, organic and most nutrient dense bio-available foods into it. Add to this plenty of fresh, pure water and good hydrating oils, exercise, oxygen & rest and you have a recipe to be fully ALIVE!
Holly founded Breathe Detox in 2008. She has been actively involved in Holistic Therapies and Alternative Lifestyle since 1995. With her background in body therapies, she has a deep knowledge of the connection between body, heart, mind & spirit. In particular, Holly uses the power of Kinesiology/muscle testing for direct communication with the unconscious mind for optimum results. She facilitates a space of simple yet profound understanding and discovery to enhance your personal journey.