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"The more strict you are with the elimination diet, the better. If you're not quite sure if something should be on your list of things to eat, then don't eat it during this time period." - Rob Dionne
"A lot of people see diets as something that they have to do for the rest of their lives and that's a really daunting thought for them. However, with the elimination diet, it allows you to figure out everything that you need to eat in order for your body to function properly and it only takes 6-8 weeks." - Rob Dionne
On this week's episode, Devon and I are giving you the full 411 on elimination diets. But what even is an elimination diet? For starters, it's actually not much of a diet. It's more of a short reset period during which you can discover which foods you should eat and which ones you should avoid.
In a nutshell, you eliminate any foods that can potentially cause problems with your body and then add them back in one at a time to assess the issues that occur or don't occur.
While you do an elimination diet, you'll want to make sure your health is good shape: no stress, easy workouts, spend time with friends and family, and get plenty of sleep.
Discover which foods you can digest, ones that cause allergies, or what foods are sensitive to your body.
An elimination diet typically takes 6-8 weeks to fully complete, but it may take some people more than 8 weeks. On the bright side, you'll have so much great information about your body by the time you wrap up the diet.
There are different kinds of elimination diets that are more strict while others are more easy going. Some elimination diets include:
"You don't have to be unwell to do an elimination diet. You can be totally healthy, but you feel there's some improvement you can make with your health. If you're having a hard time losing weight, this could be good for you." - Rob Dionne
If you have the following reoccurring symptoms that just don't seem right or normal, it could be a sign of poor nutrition health:
If you ignore them, they can lead to worse problems like autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's Disease, or a leaky gut.
"You can spend so much money on blood, genetic, or allergy tests, but the elimination diet is a really simple, inexpensive way to find out what works for you. It's less scientific, but more detailed for the individual." - Devon Dionne
Begin an elimination diet by getting rid of any potential foods that can harm your body for 3-5 weeks. If there are any foods that you suspect are giving you health problems, be sure to include those.
It might sound strange, but there can even be different fruits or vegetables like night shades that can also be causing you to have individual health problems. In general, night shades do have a lot of great benefits, but they can also cause health problems for some people.
After 3 weeks, you can begin to reintroduce foods one at a time. Choose one food, eat a serving of it and then wait for 3 days to see any side effects before adding that food back into your diet.
If you experience any side effects, that's a sign that your body doesn't like that particular food and we don't recommend you continue to eat them.
Add back in foods that were the most important to you first or foods that provide the most nutrition the quickest:
There shouldn't be any downsides or risks, but there can be if you have diabetes. When in doubt, you should go see a doctor or even a naturopathic doctor who's familiar with elimination diets.
Don't do it with your children because it could affect their growth and development. Also, certain people might have extreme reactions once they've reintroduced these foods back into your diet. Allergies, migraines, and acne for example.
Contact an expert or a dietitian that specializes in elimination diets if you're worried about it.
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00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
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6:40 Sign up to do one-on-one coaching with either Rob and Devon!
8:20 Today's topic: The Elimination Diet
10:20 Why should someone consider doing an elimination diet?
18:00 How to Start an Elimination Diet
23:10 Elimination Diets for Vegetarians
23:45 A Paleo Approach to the Elimination Diet
30:00 Foods that you should avoid for the elimination diet
36:00 The process of reintroducing foods back into your diet
39:35 Adjusting your lifestyle along with the elimination diet
43:00 Any downsides or risks to the elimination diet?
45:30 Shopping and meal prepping for the elimination diet
47:00 Final tips and advice for the elimination diet
48:50 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
49:55 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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