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Have you ever tried an elimination diet?

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    • kunama

      177d

      I'm trying the carnivore diet at the moment. I'm not far into it yet, just a few weeks, but I've heard from friends with ME/CFS (my condition) that it helped them have fewer crashes in energy and less brain fog. Hoping for the same results 🤞

    • kunama

      177d

      I'm trying the carnivore diet at the moment. I'm not far into it yet, just a few weeks, but I've heard from friends with ME/CFS (my condition) that it helped them have fewer crashes in energy and less brain fog. Hoping for the same results 🤞

    • mamauwu

      178d

      I learned that I was lactose intolerant 🤣

      • mamauwu

        178d

        @mamauwu Which, funnily enough I have been since birth, but my parents mistakenly thought I grew out of it when I didn't

    • hmmmm

      192d

      my mom and i tried an elimination diet for our hashimotos and got about a week in before giving up. she said she was feeling better from it, but i was irritable and hungry because i am a picky eater (mostly from my autism) and so i wasn't eating enough with my options limited and i didn't feel any difference otherwise.

    • Rebby1992

      194d

      Does a plant-based diet count? 😅

    • florals.and.fatigue

      194d

      Cutting out foods that trigger my ibs made me miserable. The same bland crap every day. I'd rather have daily flare ups than remove flavour from my diet

      • zozo131

        190d

        @florals.and.fatigue I feel this so much!! I really struggle when going out to eat as I wanna eat what everyone else eats but I have such a limited menu so I end up just eating normal and suffering later!

    • jaesun

      222d

      i had to cut out most food because i developed IC/PBS, so any salt, caffeine, or acidic food will bring me a lot of pain from an overactive bladder. its especially tough being so sensitive to salt / sodium, its literally in EVERYTHING. the pain would be so bad, just a small bag of salted chips made me almost black out from intensity. it took months to figure out what my triggers were, but once i started cutting those foods out i have a much better time and mostly just dull flares now 👍

    • Denotchka

      223d

      It worked for me until I got married and I had to put up with a bunch of baloney and I am now getting ready to go back to being single and I really don’t want to , but I’m not sure if marriage was a good idea for me right now.

    • Bre19

      226d

      Tried to cut out sugar to help with anxiety

    • Smileys

      231d

      Hi so sorry I just saw this. I don't get notifications. Histamine is a compound released by mast cells in response to an allergen. You can think of it as the bouncer at the door of a club, there to get rid of the bad guys. In response, you have sneezing, itching, common allergy symptoms. Histamine can also cause less commonly known symptoms, like shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigue. It's easier to think of high histamine foods because the list is shorter. A low histamine diet is miserable, so ppl can try cutting the top foods and see if that makes a difference in symptoms. Some high histamine foods are cheese, canned food, leftovers, chocolate, tomatoes.

    • Kittypop

      232d

      I cut out gluten bc I'm convinced I have a sensitivity & that's what was causing the symptoms of my tight junctions. It really did help! It just wasn't sustainable for me personally & the lifestyle I want to have going forward, so I switched to taking a digestive enzyme & probiotics daily. That way I'm able to eat essentially whatever I want w/o having to worry about an attack

    • sacrificialvirgin

      233d

      I cut out a few of the major things and found massive improvement, however I could only make this work by substituting. I stopped drinking coffee and went full on with herbal teas for example 😇

    • nniiccoolleeyy

      233d

      Cutting milk and pork entirely helped me a lot with bloating I am eating tonnes of veg every day and excersising more!

    • BJSTREEHOUSE

      240d

      I have been tweaking my diet for the past 5 years. Gluten was the 1st to go. I have IBS-D and I already knew that wheat was a problem. I consulted with a functional medicine Dr all of last year and was tested to find all my food sensitivities. I did the elimination diet and started adding things back one at a time. My biggest discovery was that dairy sets off my RA & OA big time! I also found out that my mouth sores were caused by yeast overgrowth so I have to really watch my sugar intake. I rarely eat out and cook all my own food from whole foods. I eat meat, fish, only cooked vegetables, and berries. No potatoes. I use coconut milk and olive oil. My IBS is literally cured and I eat very healthy. We raise our own beef & pork and eggs. I just haven't been able to lose any weight!

    • Grammy6

      240d

      I have done the elimination diet in the U.S. through my functional doctor. It has helped. There are still several foods I don't eat. Or when I do, it's minimal and rarely. I do feel a difference; less bloat, less stomach issues. Am I a little better? yes

    • Koalaluver05

      243d

      Sort of I removed corn, dairy, wheat, sugar, and something else I apologize I don't remeber what it was it was for inflammation and found out there was a huge difference in my children's behaviors when.they were off the gluten and sugar. We did end up doing a sensitivity test through our Dr and it tested a ton of foods . It may be a better way to begin .

    • carter._.16

      244d

      Yes I have. I went vegan before my symptoms really started. But since then, I have tried eliminating different things and have tried to find what triggers certain symptoms

    • RedandBlackFan

      244d

      It didn’t do anything

    • RedandBlackFan

      247d

      I haven’t noticed any specific diet help my spina bifida in anyway. I know everyone is different but I’d say be careful with the keto diet. I got so sick off of that after three weeks.

    • Endo_Warrior

      248d

      I want to cut things out and eliminate stuff but I don't know where to start 🥲

    • TabbysMom

      249d

      I am a gluten free vegetarian. It has helped with somethings but not others. What I have discovered is limiting preservatives, additives & sugar. Am I perfect at it? Well . . . I do try & mostly succeed. 😁

    • julesss21

      251d

      I tried the low FODMAP diet and from there when I reintroduced certain foods I could see what effected me in negative ways. So coffee, a lot of gluten, onions, lactose (I already knew) etc I cut from my diet and have been way better health wise

    • faerywyrm

      252d

      My doc took gluten, grains, and dairy out of my diet. Now I only eat meat and veggies. Feeling a bit better, but I miss the carbs.

    • Kehena

      252d

      Yes, I have IC so there are a lot of foods I can’t eat. How did I you post a picture? TIA

    • CatMamaForever

      253d

      I went to an allergist and after testing showed allergic/sensitive to 80 out of the 100 things I was tested for. I met with and herbalist and a nutritionist because I really prefer holistic options and lifestyle changes over pharmaceuticals if possible. I did a food elimination program over 8 months of many categories that can cause issues Ex (gluten, sugar, dairy, nuts, eggs, processed foods, etc). It was very difficult to stick to (all at once) and I even did a candida protocol for leaky gut syndrome which I am convinced I had due to Drs keeping me on antibiotics for a year! My poor body thought everything I came into contact with was trying to kill me. Lol Nothing I eliminated helped my worst symptoms but I lost 50lbs because I was so miserable I finally stopped eating anything at all! I finally fired my nutritionist because I believe she was too militaristic about it even though she knew I had a lot of anxiety associated with food. It felt so empowering to choose to “fire” someone who did not SEE or HEAR me when I expressed my needs and concerns. I felt SO proud of myself when I told her she was NOT helping me and I would not be back after she told me she thought I just had a “bad attitude” after 8 months of turning my life upside down and buying special foods I couldn’t really afford! There is lots of info online about food elimination protocols and some people have found relief from symptoms by eliminating a (ONE at a time!!) particular category for 3-4 weeks and then introducing it gradually back into their diet to see if they feel better or worse. At least if you can identify that then it’s your choice if you want to consume it and live with the consequences. (Pain or symptoms) I will say that giving up gluten did help heal my gut some but wasn’t sustainable for my life or wallet and I have found that if you actually learn to read labels you discover that sugar is in EVERYTHING!! Now I am very aware of how much sugar I consume because if I go crazy and eat to much sugary stuff in a short period of time my symptoms get much worse! Best wishes to all and hope you find solutions & educate / advocate for yourself. No One will ever take better care of you than you are willing to take care of yourself. Be Well🌺

      • MiriamShtetl

        250d

        @CatMamaForever my sister experienced something like this. She could hardly eat anything for years since she was so sensitive. She started following the FODMAP diet (with some alterations of her own) and now she's way more comfortable, and even able to eat some little treats occasionally.

    • LaciDawn

      254d

      I did one last year for 3 months, and the only thing it helped with was my heartburn, and I lost about 15 lbs. The reintroduction fase did not help as I had almost zero reactions to a normal portion once a day. It is only when I have multiple servings within a small amount of time.

    • hydroepilepic21

      254d

      Right now, I'm trying to cut back on sugars and salt to lose some weight, but for my chronic illness, I can't have much milk, milk sensitivity.

      • kariTee

        243d

        @hydroepilepic21 same here

    • Daxandro

      254d

      Good morning! I wanted to share my thoughts about dieting. Unfortunately we all have been lied to about on how to live a healthy life style. The truth is that the food we eat is poison, 90% of hours he foods in the súper markets is all process and is bad for our body’s, this is why we all experienced health problems. If you really want to make a change you have to to your life you have to take action. Watch the video and educate your self more about fasting and you guys would like to know my experience please don’t hesitate to message me. I hope this helps https://youtu.be/Xe6GrYs9tkY

    • Mafuyu

      254d

      I personally have cut out fast food, dairy (milk specifically), and just about anything that is greasy and it has helped a lot when I stick to it! If I eat a burger, I’ll get sick bit as long as I stick to it I’m usually okay.

      • Bre19

        191d

        @Mafuyu good for you I'm so happy that you found something that works for you

    • Kadair

      254d

      I was advised to do a low oxalate diet because of my chronic kidney stones, well, since I have moved to where I am at now, there is not a place I can purchase these lower oxalate foods/ingredients. So my diet has changed to just regular foods. Plus, with the prices of foods now, it is so hard to attain these foods as well!

      • Rambo

        249d

        @Kadair You will definitely take away the kidney stones you have by taking coconut water daily. Drinking coconut water helps and has many other benefits. I used it as part of the ketogenic diet for seizures and coconuts also helped me lose weight. I'm a guy who used to look 5 months pregnant but not anymore. I was happy when I noticed coconut released my kidney stones. I even stopped seeing doctors who wanted to give me medicine for my kidneys.

    • mogzz

      255d

      If you are in the UK you can purchase a food intolerance test. A small sample of blood is tested and they will tell you what you cannot eat. It's a great start and if there are other triggers in your diet it's much easier to find them.

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      • kariTee

        243d

        @mogzz hey do you have the name of the test by chance?

      • Tracks

        252d

        @mogzz I just heard about getting one of those in the UK. I think I’m gonna look for one. I’m really curious what throws me off. I know it’s my name is not friends with fruits and some veggies (if raw). I am interested if there’s any other food tho. Thanks for sharing.

      • LemonCat22

        253d

        @mogzz What's the test called please and how do you go about purchasing it?

      • Andreius

        254d

        @mogzz wow, this is amazing, thanks for sharing! I wonder if anything like that available in US, I’m going to look for it, if it’s all proven to be true. It is the best way to start, IMO

        • Smileys

          231d

          @Andreius there's alot in the US and different types. There's IGg tests, and MRT, LRA tests. Great Plains labs, Vibrant Wellness and Doctors Data all have food blood tests. They're ordered through a practitioner. I will say though, I did the igg and lra and cut out foods but it didn't make a difference for me, and when I ate the foods again months later I didn't notice any negative effects. But the body's chemistry changes often. Many factors. They can provide some direction if youve never tried food elimination. I recommend the MRT over the igg because it's more accurate.

    • Erid

      255d

      What is this ?

      • BadMamaJamaOfOne

        255d

        @Erid Elimination dieting is cutting food out of diet that can exacerbate your illness

    • Smileys

      255d

      Going Paleo helped my rashes, I think primarily from gluten and dairy. Cutting legumes and beans helped my bloatkng. But the food isn't the issue most of the time. The underlying gut issues is causing the food sensitivity and needa to be addressed. Diets like low fodmap and low histamine are too difficult to adhere to with little benefit for most.

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      • VDRXXX

        254d

        @Smileys I see. I want to ask, what foods are considered low histamine? And what is histamine exactly because I don't really know.

        • Smileys

          231d

          @VDRXXX Hi so sorry I just saw this. I don't get notifications. Histamine is a compound released by mast cells in response to an allergen. You can think of it as the bouncer at the door of a club, there to get rid of the bad guys. In response, you have sneezing, itching, common allergy symptoms. Histamine can also cause less commonly known symptoms, like shortness of breath, headaches, and fatigue. It's easier to think of high histamine foods because the list is shorter. A low histamine diet is miserable, so ppl can try cutting the top foods and see if that makes a difference in symptoms. Some high histamine foods are cheese, canned food, leftovers, chocolate, tomatoes.

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