- Discuss your diet change with family members or others living with you so that you will have support during your elimination diet. Better yet maybe they will join you in the experiment 🙂
- Do the elimination diet at an appropriate time for you – not during finals or your honeymoon.
- Clean out your cupboards of tempting foods that are not allowed on your elimination diet.
- Find some recipes you’d like to try and go shopping before you start so you have lots of options!
- Bring food (i.e. leftovers) with you to work to make your life easy.
- Always have elimination diet friendly snacks on hand (in your bag, car, desk etc…)
- A food and symptom diary can be very helpful before and during the elimination diet especially during the challenge phase.
- Use organic foods whenever possible during the elimination diet, especially in the challenge phase, so the outcome isn’t confused by pesticides and other chemicals present in conventional foods.
- Eat until you are full but not stuffed.
- Drink 2 quarts of filtered water a day. Drink no more than 8oz of water with meals. It is best to drink water ½ hour before or 1 hour after meals to avoid diluting your digestive enzymes.
- Some people like the convenience of having a non dairy/ non soy protein powder you can use to make quick smoothies. There are many made of rice, pea, pumpkin seed and cranberry.Go for something plain (no added sugars/artificial sweetener) and add your own ingredients to make a great smoothie.
- Check out informative websites and blog posts – they often have great recipes!
- The Gluten Intolerance Group
- Gluten Free and More
- Nourishing Meals
- Elimination Diet RD
- The Inspired Home – Elimination Diet Recipes
- The Frugally Rich Life – Elimination Diet Recipes
- Scratch Me Not – What’s an Elimination Diet Really Like
Also check out:
Elimination Diet – Food and Symptom Diary Worksheet
Elimination Diet – Part 4 – What to Eliminate? There are so many different foods people are sensitive to so where do you start? I am going to suggest a middle of the road approach by removing some of the ‘usual suspects’.
Elimination Diet – Part 5 – The Challenge Phase