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I need a 12 step program to keep me from introducing more than one variable at a time!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 30, 2012 at 1:23 AM

I know, I know: eliminate everything for 30 days and then introduce one thing at a time, waiting 3 days or so before adding the next item.

Why the heck is that soo difficult for me to do!!!

I'm embarrassed to say I've been trying to hack my diet for over a year, trying to get to the bottom of what I'm pretty certain is some kind of food intolerance.

I feel better, introduce something new, still feel better then a few weeks later, things go to hell.

It's clearly not a classic 'food allergy': eat a peanut, throat swells up right up.

Whatever it is, it seems like it takes a week to 'build up'.

I've individual tested through elimination and challenges each of the top 8 food allergens, as well as tested various hypothesis such as tyramine (cause I had a history of migraines), msg, sulfites, nightshades, electrolyte imbalances, fermented foods, etc.

This time, I'm making a pledge to myself (as well as a public commitment right here, right now) to work very hard to limit the variables.

Question: Am I the only one either too impatient, or too stupid to implement this very logical system of food elimination and food challenges?

Let me know, it will make me feel less dumb.

Thanks, Mike

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on July 12, 2012
at 12:51 AM

Hahaha. You crack me up. I have the exact same problem. I go on an elimination diet and feel great but when it is time to introduce a food item, I introduce almost everything I eliminated. It sounds so simple to do but I just can't do it.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:58 AM

I have trouble being patient also, particularly when it comes to modifications of sleep.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I have a food diary to end all food diaries: columns A to CU. On one of Robb Wolf's podcasts, he made the point that if you are going to start tracking things, you gotta track everything. For example, say you have migraines, and you have columns for cheese, choc, oj, etc. But, you don't have a column for barometric pressure. If it's barometric, you won't figure it out from the diary, but worse yet: it will be extremely frustrating trying to find patters in the noise.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:15 AM

good point. yes (two years ago, when this whole thing started). It was done to rule out candida, etc.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Have you had a poop test to see if your bacteria is all accounted for?

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:25 AM

I'm currently trying the The RPAH Elimination Diet and geez it is hard. But I hope it will be worth it.

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on April 30, 2012
at 01:55 AM

It sounds like with your pattern you need to change 1 thing and wait 2-3 weeks to change another, not three days. And of course that would take superhuman commitment! Sometimes keeping a food diary with all your symptoms etc. in it will allow you to see patterns. Depending on your problems, you might be able to look back at the days or weeks before hand and realize that each time you got symptoms you had the same food three-four days previously. Bingo! I did this myself for many years. I was on a low oxalate diet and I was able to pick out many high oxalate foods (previously thought to be low oxalate) before they were retested because I finally learned that it took about three days for me to have severe symptoms after eating an offending food. It was hard work, but maybe easier than your wait 3 weeks to try another food strategy.

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on April 30, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I have a food diary to end all food diaries: columns A to CU. On one of Robb Wolf's podcasts, he made the point that if you are going to start tracking things, you gotta track everything. For example, say you have migraines, and you have columns for cheese, choc, oj, etc. But, you don't have a column for barometric pressure. If it's barometric, you won't figure it out from the diary, but worse yet: it will be extremely frustrating trying to find patters in the noise.

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on April 30, 2012
at 01:59 AM

I agree totaly, but I am trying to simplify things to see what happens. My goal over the next month is to have a bullet proof type coffee in the morning, take about a cup or so of bone broth around noon; and have a lunch of salad, smoked herring, cut up raw veg at about 2 pm and then have a dinner/supper of meat, veg and rice or patato/sweet potato. I figure if I stick with this for a month or so, I will have a good idea what foods may be a problem if I re-introduce them after. This obviously involves IF and I'm not even trying an elimination protocol, but rather trying to keep things simple; at least during the work week. I figure It keeps the food budget consistant and my goal of losing a few pounds.

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on April 30, 2012
at 01:39 AM

No, I absolutely cannot stand changing one thing at a time.

I tend to do many things to attempt to fix problems I am having.

You're not alone.

What are your symptoms like?

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