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Elimination protocol prior to food intolerance testing?

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Created January 25, 2012 at 2:39 AM

I'm looking for a 5-7 day food elimination protocol to prep my body for reintroduction of the usual food intolerance suspects. I've heard of people using lamb, pears, and spring water (I'm fine with a hardcore diet like this if it gets me there faster) but was wondering if you folks have had success with other protocols.

Also planning to do pulse test before and after reintroducing foods, and would appreciate feedback on this method. Thanks!

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In germany a conventional elemination diet would start with white rice and potato only. Since we're paleo, lamb and water should be a good choice.

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Agreed. Pears are not a good idea.

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on January 25, 2012
at 02:13 PM

I agree with Sara that a longer elimination period is more typical. Three to four weeks is considered pretty standard for adults and gives your system a chance to clear out any offending proteins - both for testing and recovery.

As for the pulse test, I am not familiar with it, but most food allergy or sensitivity tests only offer a partial perspective that can be helpful, but may not give you complete information. Some people test fine on a certain food, but know that they feel like crap when they eat it.

For example, I have numerous food sensitivities. Each presents itself differently. Some things do cause a heart rate increase. Others cause congestion or rashes or I fall asleep. The range of reactions is kind of fascinating, actually. And, many of the foods had long-term additive effects that went away over the elimination period (but which I would not have noticed in a week).

Elimination diets are probably the most-effective way to identify food issues. And, part of introducing foods back into your diet is learning whether and how your body reacts to them - because a test may not be foolproof.

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on January 25, 2012
at 12:04 PM

Five to seven days is really short for an elimination diet. I'm not sure that's going to give your body time to do anything. Usually elimination diets are for a month or more. The shortest time I've come across in my reading was a couple weeks, but normally I see a month.

For substance, you might want to pick a protein, a green veggie, and a starch, for example, lamb, kale, and sweet potato. Alternatively, you could just pick lamb and one of the other two, depending on how much carbohydrate you feel comfortable on.

As for the pulse test method, I'd do more searching on it. I've read both that it's only effective for a true allergy (i.e. like a peanut allergy) and I've also read that it isn't effective at all. So my guess is that there are a lot of types of reaction that it doesn't cover. There's also the issue of getting your gut healthy before reintroducing foods, as you'll have an unnecessary reaction to foods if you still have a leaky gut. To that end, taking a probiotic and eating fermented foods, fermentable foods (prebiotics, foods such as onions, apples, oranges, mushrooms, sunchokes), and bone broth, are all important for general gut recovery.

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on January 25, 2012
at 09:27 AM

What about the pears? I would start with lamb and water only!

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on January 25, 2012
at 10:02 AM

In germany a conventional elemination diet would start with white rice and potato only. Since we're paleo, lamb and water should be a good choice.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 25, 2012
at 09:38 AM

Agreed. Pears are not a good idea.

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