Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Preparing for the Elimination Diet

Way back when I was first learning about Rheumatoid Arthritis, I heard a little about the Elimination Diet.

“Wow that sounds hard,” I thought.  “I wonder how much diet even helps.”

I thought about it a little along the way, but I never really noticed one food that triggered inflammation.

Then I started avoiding red meat because I know that red meat naturally causes inflammation in the body.  That was a start.

A short time ago my sister-in-law told me about her friend who had tremendous success controlling her RA with diet.

That’s when I thought it was worth looking into again.  I was now ready to try.

I wanted something natural to help control my RA so I could depend less on medications.  I wanted to discover something helpful, something that I could do to prevent some flare-ups.

So after a lot of research, I decided to give it a go.  So here are some suggestions, some things I learned that would be helpful for getting started.

(Note:  I did the Elimination diet without the help of a doctor.  This is not recommended.  Please consult your physician before starting any diet or changing any medication.)

Make a list of the foods you are eliminating.

Here is my list:

  • Meat, except fish
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruits
  • Nightshade Vegetables–tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers
  • Gluten (wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc)
  • Corn
  • Dairy products
  • Peanuts
  • Refined sugar and aspartame
  • Soda

These were not in my diet, but also exclude:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (coffee, tea, etc)

Then make a list of foods you can and will eat

This is a list of possible substitutions for foods you are cutting out.  It is definitely not all inclusive.  I found the possibilities are endless!  It’s fun exploring new foods!

Now this is my list (hopefully everything on there is ok!)  Yours may be a little different.

  • Almond Milk or Rice Milk
  • Salmon and other fish
  • Pure maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, brown rice syrup
  • Nuts–almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseed
  • Almond Butter (or any nut butter made from these nuts)
  • Dry beans and lentils
  • Olive oil
  • Gluten-free grains, such as rice, millet, buckwheat, quinoa
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Lots of Fruits and Veggies!

It’s important to know not only what you can’t eat, but also what you can.

Open your mind to new possibilities.

Visit the health food store.

Do some research.

There are many helpful books and websites, including vegan cooking blogs.  The earth is filled with delicious, healthy foods that can help your body.

Check back for more tips and recipes.  I’ll keep sharing what I learn through my experience with the Elimination Diet!