spring cleanse- elimination diet aka hypoallergenic diet

Here’s a detox you may not have seen before. It’s perfectly detoxifying as you omit most allergenic and toxic foods, much like the candida diet or the brown rice diet but has a little more flexibility in that you can eat most gluten-free grains, some fruits and a little more protein. it also has additional benefits in detoxing all symptoms of allergies before beginning a rotation diet if you suspect food intolerances. It will also reduce your overall allergenicity to animals, chemicals and nature. Based on your level of symptoms you should do this diet for 2-6 weeks. If you have few symptoms located to 1-2 areas of the body then 2 weeks, if you have many symptoms covering all detox organs; liver, endocrine, stomach/intestines, colon, kidney/urinary tract, skin, lungs/bronchial and/or lymph then you need to do it for 4-6 weeks. Then you can start reintroducing some of the allergenic foods to see if you react to them.

Food Guidelines

• This diet is very strict and difficult to do properly witout professional supervision, however if you’ve done it before, or are knowledgeable about food then you will fend just fine.
• Eliminae all gluten (non sprouted grain products) including wheat, spelt, oats, kamut, bread, bagels, pasta, cookies, muffins, cake, crackers, flour made from those grains. Most common food allergies are from the over consumption of grains with gluten—by avoiding these foods for a few weeks it gives your body a chance to relax and detoxify. You may not even know you have an allergy to these foods because the symptoms may be so subtle
• Dairy products are also among the most likely foods to cause allergies. Eliminate cow dairy including yogurt, milk, cream, cheese, butter, corn and corn products including meal, syrup, maltodextrin, popcorn, corn oil
• Eliminate eggs and egg products- whites and yolks
• Eliminate soy, soy milk, soy sauce, miso, tofu, tvp, soynuts, soybeans, edamame, fake meat
• Eliminate nightshade vegetables including tomatoes, white/red potatoes, peppers, eggplant, cayenne
• Eliminate citrus including orange, grapefruit and juice but excluding lemon and limes
• Eliminate all moulds: mushrooms (except shitake), melons, peanuts, macadamias, bacteria, products with yeast breast, alcohol
• Eliminate all distilled foods: similar to above, vinegar (except apple cider vinegar ok), pickles, olives, ketchup, mustard, alcohol, beer
• Eliminate all packaged, canned, frozen, refined, processed and store bought food items unless you can be sure it’s certified organic with no food additives/allergens •If you are allergic to latex then avoid the following foods as well as they are cross-reactive: kiwi, banana, chestnuts, pineapple, strawberries, carrots, avocado, cherries, apples, plums, melons, peaches, pears, almonds • Be sure to read all food labels thoroughly to find added ingredients you may need to avoid.
• If you notice a reaction to something while on the diet, then eliminate it.
• If there are specific foods that cause a reaction to you: tingling, itchiness, swelling, smarting, hives, acne, bloating, gas, sensation of fullness, heartburn do NOT eat them. You are definitely sensitive to those and you will need to eliminate them for at least 3-12 months

• See Website http://www.foodyoucaneat.com or http://www.foodallergycookbook.com

What to eat for 2 weeks
• Basically eat brown rice, quinoa and millet for 2 weeks breakfast lunch and supper with soaked and cooked (not canned) beans /peans/legumes, raw nuts and seeds, fresh green and orange vegetables.
• Eat vegetarian. Beans/legumes and rice/quinoa with some nuts (almonds, filberts, brazil) and seeds (flax, sunflower, pumpkin) being your main sources of protein, sprouts, spirulina for added protein. You can eat fresh caught fish or organic or wild game meat, but sparingly.
• Fruits: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, organic apples, pears, plums, unless you’re allergic to them • The only real condiments you can use are garlic, ginger, onion, fresh herbs, apple cider vinegar, lemon/lime, tahini, olive oil, flax oil. Do not cook or heat flax seed oil
• All fresh vegetables (incorporate onions, carrots, beets, leeks, celery, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, green beans, broccoli, asparagus, leafy greens- kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, spinach, swiss chard
• Try sprouting esp. mung beans, alfalfa, red clover as they can help with detoxification
• Eat organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Wash them thoroughly to remove pesticides and contaminants. Use dishsoap or hydrogen peroxide for washing fruits and vegetables. • Rinse well.Can be eaten raw, steamed, baked, lightly sauteed. No frying
• Eat fruit by itself or ½ hour before or 2 hours after a meal, unless using in fruit smoothie
• Don’t heat flax oil, instead mix into cooked quinoa porridge, drizzle over salad/steamed veggies/grains, ad to fruit smoothie..or just eat the seeds.  you can soak them in water for tea or to add to smoothies/porridge.

1. Try warm water with a ¼ squeezed lemon in the water; it aids digestion and liver detoxification.
2. Drink liquids ½ hour before or 1 hour after eating or it will dilute the enzymes in the stomach needed to properly digest the food.
3. Meal Suggestions:
a) Buckwheat/millet/brown rice porridge with cinnamon and apples, pears and almonds and rice/almond milk
• Add fruit, nuts and spice to porridge while its cooking; makes fruit and nuts more digestible and also adds flavour to buckwheat and millet together
b) Fruit smoothie, blend together the following
• 1 cup of rice/almond milk, 1 cup of fruit (berries, pear, mango), 1 tablespoon flax seed oil
½ tblpsoon tahini or almond butter, a few almonds or pumpkin seeds
c) buckwheat flakes/rice flakes, rice crisps/millet flakes with rice or almond or soy milk (with soy is a complete protein)
d) wheat-free/gluten-free plain or blueberry waffles
Lunch and Dinner:
a) approved meats or meat substitutes, fish, grains, legumes, cooked or raw vegetables soups, salad with beans and nuts/seeds in them. Olive oil and lemon or apple cider vinegar dressing.
a)rice crackers with almond butter, tahini mixed with miso paste and veg (sprouts, cucumber, cooked beets)
b) avocado with rice crackers or by itself
c) rice cakes
d) fruit
e) raw vegetables (carrot and celery sticks)
f) handful of nuts (unsalted and unroasted…unless you roast your own)
g) chips: sweet potato, taro chips, vegetable chips as long as they have no forbidden additives

This may be perceived as a boring or bland diet but after 2 -4 weeks on it you will feel great and all signs of allergies, inflammation and other itching should be gone. if they’re not, you may need 2 more weeks on the diet.After the diet is done, you reintroduce the foods in the challenge phase.

good luck and happy eating!

xox dr millie lytle nd

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