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The ED Diet: Tips and Ideas

Tips for eating from the ELIMINATION DIET:
  1. Remove processed and minimize packaged foods that often contains unhealthy additives and preservatives. If you do eat pre-made foods – check the ingredient list and avoid anything that contains ingredients from the exclude list.
  2. Reduce potential allergens. There are several foods in the standard American diet that often create food sensitivities. Some of these include gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, shellfish, certain nuts and nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants).
  3. Reduce acidic and mucus forming foods such as red meat, milk products and wheat.
  4. Remove foods that create an inflammatory effect on the body – processed and refined grains, sugars and damaged fats – anything hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. These are very toxic.
  5. Remove caffeine that taxes the adrenal glands 
  6. Remove foods containing molds (such as peanuts) and any foods that feed yeast such as sugar, alcohol and dairy products.
  7. Remove foods that suppress certain aspects of liver detoxification such as grapefruits and oranges.
  8. Remove all foods containing pesticides, artificial growth hormones and any genetically modified foods. The most important thing to spend money on are organic animal products, because toxins accumulate as they go up the food chain. Look for organic, hormone-free chicken and meat, and choose wild fish over farmed fish if possible.
What can I eat: included/excluded foods

Breakfast ideas
  • Smoothie made with frozen fruit, nut butter, nut or hemp milk and brown rice protein
  • Hot cereal made with a gluten-free grain, fruit, nuts and cinnamon
  • Left over fish, chicken or vegetables from your previous night’s dinner

Coffee/caffeine.  Coffee is has an acidifying effect on the body and caffeine is very taxing on your adrenal glands. Some alternatives:
  • Green tea and yerba mate. The ideal scenario is to have no caffeine over the 21 days. However moderate use of green tea and yerba mate is allowed. Their health benefits balance the caffeine and for heavy coffee drinkers it is a good compromise between no caffeine and coffee.
  • Green juice. This is the best thing to remineralize and hydrate the body and give you a slight kick in the morning. Try 8-16 oz of fresh green vegetable juice daily made at home or from your local juice bar. This is a base of cucumber and celery with greens (Kale, parsley, romaine, etc.) and a little apple or carrot for sweetness, and some ginger and lemon.
  • Raw cacao powder (raw chocolate). Add 1 tablespoon to warm water, a little nut milk, and some stevia (or sweetener of your choice).

Sugar. The sweet taste in general, is meant for us to consume in small amounts. Natural fructose in whole fruits and honey are available seasonally and come “packaged” with beneficial fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to having sweets readily available whenever we want. We consume too many empty calories and this has detrimental effects on our bodies and emotions.
Some alternatives:
  • Stevia
  • Agave
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Small amount of local, raw honey
Bread. Processed flours have become a huge part of the standard American diet resulting in a lot of ill health effects. While it is best to eat things as close to the way the are found in nature as possible (whole grains vs grains that have been processed into flour) there are some good gluten, sugar and yeast-free bread products in many health food stores as well as recipes. If buying premade, again make sure to check the ingredient list for any exclude ingredients.
Some options:
  • Brown rice (or other gluten-free flour) bread or biscuit
  • Brown rice tortillas
  • Rice crackers
Snacks. Wanting something crunchy, salty, sweet? Snacking between meals when truly hungry (and not for psychological or emotional reasons) is allowed on the Clean program.
Here are some elimination diet friendly options:
  • Hummus or guacamole with vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw nuts or seeds
  • Roasted chickpeas (on a cookie sheet roast for 20-30 minutes or until crunchy at 400F. Toss with favorite seasoning and olive oil. Yum!) 

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