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The Elimination and Detoxification Diet ~ It's about Feeling Good!

Posted Jan 01 2010 5:41pm
Happy New Year everyone! January 1st brings about all sorts of New Year's resolutions, intentions for eating healthy, and exercising regularly. It is a time to shed the old and create the future you dream about.

If you have felt sluggish, have had chronic health complaints, or just not felt quite right this past year then an elimination diet is a useful tool that may help bring you to that optimal state of health you desire. Yes the elimination diet usually results in, on average, a 10 to 15 pound weight loss, but more importantly it promotes healing at the cellular level by identifying foods that are causing an immune reaction.

Health Conditions that can be helped by following an Elimination Diet:
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • IBS
  • Chronic Migraines
  • GERD
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation / Diarrhea
  • Sinus problems
  • Weight loss / Weight gain
Please refer to page 361 of our book for a complete description and detailed guidelines for following this diet. Or, begin by reading an article we published last January for our newsletter: What is an Elimination Diet and how Does it Work?

Beginning tomorrow morning, I'll be commencing this diet right along with you! I'll be honest here and tell you that I'm really not looking forward to the 2-day green smoothie fast. Don't get me wrong, I love green smoothies and drink them nearly every day, but my Vata constitution (in ayruvedic medicine) has a hard time with cold, cleansing foods in the winter. I am sure I'll be drinking plenty of hot herbal tea throughout the day to keep myself warm.

We know the first 2 weeks of this diet are very difficult and we want you to succeed, which is why we are sharing this series of posts on our blog. If you have already tried this diet and not succeeded we urge you to try again, with our support and hopefully with the support of other readers. Please leave comments with tips and easy recipes that you have found to be useful as often as you like this month.

If you have not succeeded because you have not felt well while doing the diet then look forward to a future post we will be sharing on gluten cross-contamination. This issue is the main reason many people fail at this diet.

Items to stock in your pantry and fridge:
please make sure you use "organic"
  • dark leafy greens (dandelion greens, kale, collards, chard, bok choy, mustard greens...)
  • cabbage (all varieties)
  • lettuce
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • onions
  • yams
  • winter squash
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • carrots
  • celery
  • avocados
  • cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • blueberries
  • cherries
  • raspberries
  • pears
  • apples
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • teff
  • wild rice
  • adzuki beans
  • mung beans
  • lentils
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • flax seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • pumpkin seed butter
  • wakame and nori seaweeds
Visit the Elimination Diet page on our website for downloadable "phase specific food" documents, FAQ's, and recipe lists from our cookbook.

I know there have been many, many emails about the elimination diet that we have not had time to answer. If you leave your question as a comment on this blog you will have better luck that we will answer your question. Those emails just quickly get buried in the sea of emails we receive.

If you would like specific, one-on-one assistance with your diet and health then you can contact Tom Malterre, MS, CN to set up a phone consultation.

I'll be sharing our Winter Green Smoothie recipe this weekend. For more smoothie recipes click here or refer to the smoothie recipes in our cookbook.

Here's to a healthy and happy new year! -Ali, Tom, and family :)

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