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Day 17 – ALLERGENIC & INFLAMMATORY

DAY 17 – FRIDAY!food has dirt

I probably should have done this early in the challenge – it’s important to the experiment, but also helps it generally make more sense.

The reason we do these things is very simple: for a short period of time, remove potentially inflammatory and allergenic foods from someone’s diet, theoretically letting them settle in to a nice, balanced internal state of digestion, absorption and health, and then – after a set number of day, 21 this time (30 ideally) – add back the foods you miss the most (one of the reasons I posed that question yesterday – with a massive response I might add!).  When you do this, one food at a time, you’ll notice pretty rapidly if you notice any adverse reaction. Then, you can decide if it’s a reaction you can live with.  Joint aches, headaches, etc…might be things you can’t live with. So you make that decision personally based on your own individual experience.  n=1.

Why take away the foods we did in the beginning? Because they’re known allergens or causes of inflammation. We were easier on the known allergens so I’m giving them to you as we do have one or two women for whom eggs may pose the joint ache problem.

Known Inflammatory Foods

  • Industrial oils (corn, canola, soy, etc)
  • Sugar
  • Trans-fats
  • Gut irritants (gluten, gliadin)

Known Allergenic Foods

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Fish & Shellfish (wild right?)
  • Tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, Shea nuts, walnuts)
  • Peanuts (legumes)
  • Wheat
  • Soy

The most extreme of the “elimination diets” which should all be trials as a base from which to work through to find the optimal energy levels and health for you individually, would be the Autoimmune Diets. There are several sites you can Google to find these, but they’re SUPER RESTRICTIVE, and for good reason….all known allergens and inflammatory foods including FODMAPS and Nightshades are removed. You’re left with a very, very restrictive list of foods to eat. Over a period of time people who have health issues and symptoms tend of find relief. The subsequent step is to put one desired food back in at a time and see if you react physically or even emotionally to it. If so, it may be a culprit to health issues, so you remove it an try another. Again, n=1, everyone is different…but it’s a fun experiment, especially if you’re in a group! (misery loves company!)

 

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