Nutrition: The Problem with Elimination Dieting

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“I cut out meat and I feel so much better.”

“I cut out gluten and I feel so much better.”

“I cut out dairy and I feel so much better.”

There is nothing wrong with eliminating something that does not make you feel good, and YOU know your body the best. However, it also helps to know the facts. If you have a serious health issue, please follow you doctor’s advice FIRST. Do not replace this information with professional diagnosis or treatment.

When you eliminate a food group, your body is going to look for a replacement. For example, if you eliminate gluten, then whole grains are wiped out from your diet, B vitamins and all. If you’re already a vegetarian or a vegan, this is a big problem, because B vitamins are already hard to come by. If your body is still really craving bread, you might replace it with gluten free products. But which gluten free products? A lot of gluten free breads, donuts, and muffins are devoid of nutrients and list sugar as their first ingredient.

Your body needs certain vitamins and minerals to function, and whole foods are always preferred. If you’re thinking of eliminating a food group, like gluten, for example, you might want to experiment with sprouted grains or sourdough. You might want to journal your foods to see if maybe there is another reason you haven’t been feeling so hot. Maybe you haven’t been drinking enough water and just a little too much coffee (ask me how I know this—haha!).

Don’t eliminate foods just because you think you should. Also, if you have already eliminated certain foods and DO feel better, sometimes that means your body is just shifting pathways; it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a long-term solution for you. It’s important to get to ROOT cause before you start stressing your body out with all these eliminations.