Today I started the 28-Day Elimination Diet from Whole Life Nutrition. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons:
- To start eating healthier – less sugar mostly.
- To determine if I have any food sensitivities or intolerances.
I hope you’ll join me in this diet as together we can be more successful.
**Before you start this diet, it’s important to note that for 28 days you must refrain from all alcohol, coffee, and cigarettes.
To get started, take a look at Whole Life Nutrition’s Elimination Diet overview. There are five phases in my opinion, although the book lists them as three:
- Getting Started (Days 1-2, “Green” Smoothies only)
- Phase 1 (Days 3-9, Eating solid, hypo-allergenic foods from an approved list. Wild caught salmon, lentils, mung and adzuki beans are ok and good sources of protein during this phase.)
- Phase 2(Days 10-15, Adding lemons, limes, and gluten-free tamari back into diet one at a time)
- Phase 3 (Days 16-28, Adding nightshade veggies, poultry, tree nuts, and soy products back into diet one at a time)
- Final Food Challenge (Adding the following foods back in to your diet at your discretion: eggs, dairy, gluten, oats, corn, and yeast one at a time. Of course there are other items you can add too, like red meat for example.)
Stock your pantry for success
To guarantee success it’s important to be prepared, which means stocking your pantries and refrigerators with everything you’ll need for at least one week at a time. Take a look at this Recipe List for each phase and use this to make your grocery list.
What about those sweet cravings?
If you have a sweet tooth like me, try this recipe for Cinnamon-Sunflower Truffles which is allowed after the Getting Started phase ends on day 3. Also, you’ll be eating plenty of yummy fruits to help keep sweet cravings at bay.
My tips with day one underway
- Buy 2x the amount of fruits and veggies you think you’ll need. I already need to head back the store and I’ve only made three smoothies so far.
- Don’t forget to buy organic – otherwise you’ll douse your body with harmful pesticides and such.
- Purchase organic apple juice with filtered water and apples – nothing else. I’ve used this to partially substitute for water in some of the smoothie recipes and it gives them a richer flavor.
- Use RIPE fruit. I bought my fruit yesterday and it’s definitely not ripe enough. I’m having trouble with lack of flavor and really pulpy smoothies.
- Speaking of pulp, I’m using a regular blender. Maybe a Vitamix would be better, but I’ve never tried one.
- Bathroom – be sure to know where the closest bathroom is at all times. The first two days are a detox/cleanse. You know what that means!
Recipe reviews – “Getting Started” Phase
- Minty Green Smoothie – page 97 (from The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook)
- Refreshing and light – a good smoothie to have on hand for variety.
- Cabbage and Cranberry Smoothie – page 98
- Very fruity and tasty. I like this one as it’s more like the smoothie’s I’m used to.
- Tom’s Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie – page 99
- Good, but very green tasting. This was not a good choice to start the morning with. Maybe better for lunch.
Click here for some online recipes for the Getting Started green smoothie phase. Scroll down to the “Getting Started” section.
Stay tuned for more Elimination Diet updates in the following days…….