This is not a diet, this is an experiment.
“I’ve lost weight before but I have to be incredibly strict, I have to eat almost nothing”
This is one of the first things I hear that start alarm bells ringing, diets shouldn’t have to be too strict in order to lose weight, high nutrient density should be enough to allow steady weight loss to occur.
The person who needs the EE will often have multiple other symptoms other than thinking themselves different to the rest and struggling to lose weight.
-Excess body fat, especially on the stomach
Low level food sensitivity can place the body under constant THREAT and that threat can leave the body in survival mode permanently. This survival mode leaves the body in a state where it is constantly protecting it self from attack.
Things like repair of muscle, joints, skin, gut, hair are jobs for a body looking to thrive i.e. looking towards the future. A body in survival mode will ignore these vital processes while also looking to store fat for the purposes of survival. Low level constant stress left uncheck can leave a body to deteriorate further and further.
When we encounter someone with these problems you will also encounter a host of stories that they have created to explain to themselves why they are emotional for no reason, can’t lose weight. Often they will deem themselves to have little or no will power.
If this sounds like you then the elimination experiment is for you.
The Elimination experiment can and does create the single greatest change in a person in the shortest time frame that I have ever seen. Without this tool we are nutritionally guessing.
All food that we consume is taken to our gastrointestinal tract, this huge organ is responsible for breaking down the food through digestion and absorption. This process creates nutrients which are chemical messengers for the body.
The GI tract actually has it’s own independent nervous system and is beginning to be thought of as the second brain. Home to 70% of the body’s immune system the GI tract is rich in hormones, neurotransmitters, chemical messengers, enzymes and bacteria. This second brain governs much of our health, energy, mood, body fat, muscle gain and much more besides. A GI tract under stress can make change IMPOSSIBLE.
Many things can go wrong in the gut:
Food sensitivities can contribute to every one of these issues along with stress, postures, lack of sunlight lack of movement- their is often a great deal we can do to resolve these issues very quickly but we must first begin by eliminating the problem.
What is it?
The EE is a complete removal of foods most commonly known to produce a GI reaction. This information has been gathered through medical journals and through experience working with individuals who have reported the above problems.
Who is it for?
It is important to note that the elimination experiment is not a diet. The categories here are not GOOD and BAD they are simply the quickest way to identify what foods best serve YOU and an individual.
Almost all fruit
Almost all veg
Rice and buckwheat (unless you suspect rice)
Fish, Turkey, Lamb, Wild game
Rice milk, Almond milk, coconut milk
Cold pressed Olive oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil
Lots of water, herbal teas
salt, pepper, fresh herbs, spices
Citrus fruit- oranges, lemons, lime, grapefruit
Potatoes, tomatoes, Aubergines
Wheat, corn, barley, Oats, Rye, Spelt- all gluten
Legumes: soybeans, tofu, tempeh, all beans, peas, lentils
All Nuts and seeds
Beef, Chicken, pork, cold cuts, bacon, sausages, shell fish- meat substitutes
Dairy: Milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, ice cream, eggs
Margarine, butter, processed and hydrogenated oils, spreads, mayonnaise
Alcohol, caffeine, fizzy drinks
chocolate, ketchup, mustard, chutney, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, vinegar, sugar, honey, syrup,
The elimination phase should last for 21 days in order to allow Gi repair and recovery before re-introduction begins. Drinking 2-4L of water per day will help the processes along.
Re-introduction- choose one row from the exclude column and re-introduce spread across 1 day. Then return to the plan for 2 days before testing the next row. Anything that produces no symptoms can be permanently re-introduced. Anything that produces ‘symptoms’ can be left out of the day to day diet.
Symptoms to looking for:
-Difficulty sleeping, getting to sleep, waking up in the middle of the night, difficulty getting back to sleep
-fatigue, general tiredness
-Joint pain or inflammation
-rashes and skin conditions
-indigestion, stomach cramps, GI pain, changes in bowel movement
-Sinus or respiratory issues
-Anxiety or mood swings
This list is by no means exhaustive, you should be on the lookout for anything that hasn’t been present in the last 3 weeks. Indeed re-introduction can sometimes be met with a burst of stress hormones that actually increase heart rate and provide a temporary increase in energy.
Use you diary to record anything they experience. Even a change in bowel movements
Life: the whole process should take approximately 5-6 weeks, make sure your are prepared to commit to this length of time.
Remember you are human: if slip ups happen and they will, do not berate yourself, instead create a plan for how you will approach this problem the next time it arrises.