Gut Health: Elimination Diet {with Fibro Live video}

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Why is the gut called the second brain? Why are digestive issues linked to various chronic illnesses? Is there a way to get the gut healthy again, and if so, how? For today’s show we are going to discuss the importance of gut health and the role elimination diet can play in getting the gut healthy again. Are you ready? Get your pen and paper ready because I’ve got some things worth jotting down.

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Gut Health: Elimination Diet

This week I’m going to discuss the elimination diet then next week the cleanse followed by preventative care the following week.

The first thing I did to get back on track with a healthy gut was start an elimination diet. I started this about a week before I did a cleansing. The reason I did this was to avoid a full retaliation by my body (added discomforts, headaches, etc). I knew a eliminating foods I’m use to eating followed by a cleanse would be new, and I wanted to ease into it.

If you are traveling soon and are thinking about putting off the elimination diet because of it, read this article for tips on Traveling on an Elimination Diet by Dr. Kara Fitzgerald.

An elimination diet benefits:

  1. Reveals food allergies
  2. Helps reduce IBS symptoms
  3. Helps heal leaky gut syndrome
  4. Provides relief for skin irritation
  5. Helps migraines and headaches
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Foods to avoid in an elimination diet:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Caffeine
  • Peanuts
  • Citrus fruits
  • Added sugars
  • Certain oils

If you take all of that away, you may be asking yourself, “What is left to eat?” There are plenty of options to choose from!

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Foods to include in an elimination diet:

  • ‘Clean’ proteins: cage-free eggs, organic, grass-fed beef, wild caught fish
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts and seeds: cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Healthy fats: avocado, coconut milk, olives, cooking oils such as grapeseed, olive (extra virgin)
  • Gluten free grains: gluten free, organic quinoa, oats, rice
  • Fermented foods: kraut and kimchi

Rule of thumb for your plate:

  • 40% vegetables
  • 30% protein
  • 20% healthy fats
  • 10% whole-food carbs and fruit


Track your food!

During this time, I track my food with a simple food diary. I write down everything I eat and drink as well as any associated pains such as stomach issues or headaches. By doing this, I can make any connections to the foods I’m eating.

Apps to track foods:

  • Cronometer (I’m using)
  • Fooducate (I’m starting to use on Monday)
  • My Fitness Pal
  • Lose It

Next week I’ll be discussing cleansing for your gut and the healthy, safe ways to do that.

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Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

2 thoughts on “Gut Health: Elimination Diet {with Fibro Live video}

  • June 13, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Hi Brandi, thanks for this great information on the elimination diet. I have always had so many problems with reactions to foods and did this diet 20 years ago through the RPA Hospital in Sydney where they still run their Allergy Clinic. I was diagnosed then with wheat and dairy sensitivities. Even though I stuck to this diet I went on to develop autoimmune diseases and also Fibromyalgia. The interesting thing though is that my allergies have developed further. I did the elimination diet again recently, due to extreme stomach issues that landed me in hospital 3 times. The dietician discovered 3 full blown allergies including salicylates which I did not have before and said that this could happen. The immunologist confirmed that new allergies and intolerances can develop at any time.

    • July 3, 2018 at 10:29 am

      That’s astonishing! The elimination diet is helpful, and I’ve discovered some intolerances as well. It seems as though my stomach is getting worse; however, I’m trying the suggestions from Amy Myers, MD in her Autoimmune Cookbook. It outlines how to reverse autoimmune disorders, and so far it’s helping my stomach.


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