Elimination Diet

This page was created to answer your questions and provide you with additional information that pertains to the 28-Day Elimination and Detoxification diet in our cookbook, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.

Please email us at info@wholelifenutrition.net with questions or concerns. For more Elimination Diet recipes please visit our blog, www.NourishingMeals.com. You may also want to read a few success stories of those who have already been through this diet

You may want to begin by reading an Overview of the Elimination Diet to see if it is right for you. Here you will find links to all of the new recipes posted to the blog since our book was published.

Common Questions about an Elimination Diet

Who should go on an Elimination Diet?

People who experience or have the following symptoms will greatly benefit from going on this diet:

  • weight gain / weight loss
  • -chronic migraines / headaches
  • -GERD
  • -diarrhea / constipation
  • -gas / bloating / nausea
  • -hair loss
  • -autoimmune diseases
  • -rheumatoid arthritis
  • -irritable bowel syndrome / disease
  • -chronic pain
  • -osteoporosis
  • -anemia
  • -seizures
  • -chronic skin rashes

How long is each phase? I can’t find that information anywhere on your site!

The details of the Elimination Diet, as well as each phase length, are located in our cookbook, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.

Can I go on the diet if I am pregnant or nursing?

You can do a modified elimination diet while pregnant or lactating. You do not want to detoxify while breastfeeding because the released toxins will migrate into your milk, so do not do the 2-day smoothie fast, though continue with green smoothies during each phase. You can certainly get plenty of nutrition from beans, whole grains, seeds, vegetables, and fruits, though we recommend adding in fish and meat during phase 1 if needed. Make sure that you are only consuming wild caught salmon and organic/pasture-raised meats and poultry. Please talk with your health care provider for further information.

Can I put my child on this diet?

Yes, but do not do the first 2 days of green smoothies. Children need a consistent calorie intake, though you can still give them green smoothies throughout the diet. Please talk with your doctor more about this before beginning.

I am an athlete, how will I get enough nutrients and calories?

You may want to add in wild salmon during Phase 1. Adding flax or chia seeds along with avocado is okay during the green smoothie fast. As long as you are eating enough calories (from all of the Phase 1 ok foods) you will be getting plenty of nutrients to fuel your activity level.

I am on day 10 – 12 and I feel no change. Should I be feeling different by now?

For some people it may take 21 to 60 days (and even longer) to detoxify from gluten and dairy and to begin to feel better. You may want to consider a supplementation protocol to give you a boost. We tailor the elimination diet for our clients and often add in a unique supplementation program to help jumpstart their health.

The green smoothies are causing gas and bloating. Is this normal?

We receive emails all the time about this concern. Yes this is normal for some people. As the gut detoxes, gut microflora change. Your body may take some time to adjust. For some people, especially those with severely damaged guts, the gas and bloating could be caused by a fructose intolerance, gastric acid insufficiency, or a pancreatic enzyme deficiency. We recommend removing apples, pears, dates, honey, and agave nectar from the diet for a period of time to see if your symptoms improve. If not, speak to your health care practitioner about utilizing gastric acid and enzyme support supplements. *Tip: replace the apples and pears in the green smoothies with fresh or frozen blueberries, cucumbers, and avocados. A small amount of frozen cherries may work for some people.

Can I drink coffee or tea on the diet?

Wait to add coffee or tea until the challenge phase. Caffeine is a stimulate and affects liver detoxification. Herbal teas such as chamomile, mint, ginger, raspberry leaf, and nettle are fine.

What about herbs and spices, can I have those?

Yes you can have dried herbs and spices that are gluten-free. Please check with the manufacturer to make sure they are processed in a gluten-free facility. Of course all fresh herbs are in.

Can I add in all citrus in Phase 2?

No just stick with lemons and limes. Some people react to oranges but not to lemons and limes.

When can I add in vinegar, I don’t see it on the list?

Keep all vinegars out until the challenge phase after you challenge yeast. Vinegar contains yeast and this is why we keep it out until the end of the diet. Raw, organic apple cider vinegar can be added back during Phase 2.

When can I add in mushrooms?

Phase 3.

When can I add in vanilla?

Add in alcohol-extracted vanilla during the challenge phase when you challenge alcohol. Non-alcoholic vanilla can be used during all phases.


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