If you have suffered from allergies – with symptoms ranging from runny nose, sneezing, headaches, congestion, or even digestive problems or skin problems – you have probably wondered exactly WHAT it is that you are allergic to.
In Chinese medicine theory, we want to treat the “middle” first. That is, we want to make sure that the stomach and digestive organs are healthy before we address any other health complaint. If your digestion is good, then you can absorb the nutrition your body needs to heal. In the NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) system of allergy treatment, we always first address common food allergies and sensitivities.
One of the most accurate ways of determining food sensitivities is the elimination diet. Basically, you eliminate the most common food sensitivities from your diet for 21 days (3 weeks) and then re-introduce them one at a time to check for reactions.
Even if your allergy symptoms are mainly related to your sinuses, you may still benefit from doing this. In Chinese medicine, your Lung function determines the health of your sinuses. Your Lung is the Yin partner to your Large Intestine. If your Large Intestine is not absorbing nutrition due to imbalance or sensitivity, you may notice problems with your Lung. They are intricately connected.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ELIMINATION ALLERGY TESTING:
For one week prior to the testing, it is recommended that you remove all major toxins and stimulants from your diet. This includes: alcohol, drugs, soda, sugars and candies, artificial sweeteners and colors, tobacco products, and processed foods.
Then, starting the elimination process, take out the following from your diet for 21 days:
- Wheat (whole wheat, white breads, pastries, pasta, crackers, cereals, etc.)
- Dairy (milk, creamers, yogurt, cheese, etc.)
- Soy (soy milk, tofu, tempeh, soybeans, soybean oil – often used in restaurants)
- Corn (popcorn, corn chips, tortillas, etc.)
- Peanuts (peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil)
- Shellfish (crab, lobster, oysters, shrimp, crawfish, etc.)
- Nightshade Vegetables (potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, spinach, and tomatoes)
I recommend eating your meals at home to ensure that none of these items are hidden in your restaurant food, which is highly likely.
These foods are OK to eat during the 21-days:
|Arugula||String beans||Apricot||Wild Rice|
|Bamboo shoots||Sweet potato||Banana||Quinoa|
|Beans||Swiss chard||Blackberry||Rice Noodle|
|Bok choy||Zucchini||Cherry||White Rice|
|Cabbage||Dill||Grapes||Beans & Legumes:|
|Collard greens||Mint||Raspberry||Chick peas|
|Dandelion greens||Rosemary…||Honeydew||White bean|
|Kale||Nuts & Seeds:||Nectarine||Peas|
|Red Leaf lettuce||Sesame seed||Pork|
|Seaweed||Nut butters: Almond butter, etc.||Beef|
|Oils & Condiments:||Dairy substitutes:||Snack Ideas:|
|Olive oil||Almond Milk||Rice cakes|
|Sesame oil||Rice milk||Rice crackers|
|Coconut oil||Coconut milk||Fresh fruit|
|Flaxseed oil||Water||Carrot sticks|
|Sunflower oil||Mineral water||Celery & almond butter|
|Apple Cider Vinegar||Coconut water||Avocado w/ lemon|
|Balsamic Vinegar||Vegetable juices||Veggies & hummus|
|Red wine vinegar||Herbal Teas:||Roasted seaweed snacks|
|Rice vinegar||Mint, Ginger,||Protein shakes mixed with|
|Pesto (cheese free)||Chamomile,||fruit or rice milk…|
|Wasabi||Spice, Dandelion, etc.|
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- After the 21 days, reintroduce each of the eliminated food categories (in red, above) one at a time.
- Include that food for 2 – 3 days along with the other “OK” foods.
- Then return to the elimination diet for 1 – 2 days. Do you notice any changes in that 3 – 5 day period?
- Repeat this process for each of the likely food allergens
Keep a log charting any changes in response to each category.
Food reintroduced: WHEAT
gut/bowel: more constipation
congestion: little more sneezing
skin: more discoloration
energy level: lower
joint pain: knees a little more creaky
muscle pain: none
Have you ever tried this elimination diet technique? If so, what did you learn?