Elimination Diet: Food Intolerance Journey Part 3

Welcome to part three of my four-part series on food intolerance. I’ve already written about my reasons for undergoing food intolerance testing and the process itself (Part 1), as well as my food intolerance results and what they meant for me (Part 2).

I began my elimination diet in March 2015. No dairy, eggs, yeast or gluten to be consumed at all. So what did I eat?

This mainly visual post will show you many of the items I did include in my diet for the first month on the elimination diet…

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Breakfast smoothie – with vegan protein rather than whey based protein powder.
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Breakfast: Protein Smoothie
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Chocolate Proats (Protein Oats) with ground almond and a homemade dark chocolate heart. I used unsweetened almond milk or rice milk in place of dairy milk, I also used gluten-free oats. The protein powder I added to this recipe was vegan rather than whey-based.
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Breakfast Smoothie – for thicker and creamier smoothies I used the likes of chia seeds, avocado or coconut milk as opposed to dairy based ingredients like greek yogurt.
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Snack: Papaya and Coconut Yogurt (Coyo)  with Pumpkin Seed and Ground Almond

 

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Lunch: Tuna Salad with red onion, avocado, spinach and sesame seed.
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Dinner: Salmon and Stir Fried Veg
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Dinner: Courghetti (spirallised courgette) with turkey breast an avocado sauce.
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Lunch: Vegetable soup with lentils
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Gluten, Yeast, Egg and Dairy Free homemade Loaf (Not exactly the same as real bread of course but was nice to have a substitute with a bowl of soup!)
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Dinner: Indian Curry
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Dinner: Another Chicken Curry with Brown Basmati and Homemade Garlic and Onion Flat Bread
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Tomato and Herb Bread – yeast, dairy, egg and gluten free

 

Elimination Diet: Results One Month In:

Of course all of the above meals were entirely gluten, dairy, egg and yeast free. As you can see, my diet was super ‘clean’ and very much non-processed. In combination with eating this way and cutting out all dairy, eggs, gluten and yeast (including alcohol of course), I also took on a new weight training programme which involved full-body weight-training three times a week (about an hour or so per session). After four weeks on the elimination diet the before and after photos looked like this; 
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I was delighted with the results. However, I still wasn’t convinced that the elimination diet (i.e. removing dairy/eggs/yeast and gluten from my diet) was the major reason for the physical change. I knew that eating a healthy diet and training consistently would get me back in shape regardless of elimination; I was extra bloated in the before photo because I had not eaten well leading up to the intolerance test. I had wanted to make sure that all possible allergens were present for the blood test, this meant eating too much processed food, and it shows. I also had not been training regularly before the testing – fitting gym sessions in sporadically rather than consistently. It was my healthy, unprocessed diet and my training that got me these results in such a short space of time, but thus far, four weeks in, the elimination diet it wasn’t the miracle cure I expected.

Elimination Diet: Dietician’s One Month Review:

Having initially consulted a dietician upon beginning my elimination diet, I now arranged a follow-up call and explained to her that despite four weeks of total and careful elimination of dairy, eggs, yeast and gluten, I was still experiencing some digestive discomfort and bloating. She agreed that by now this should have resolved, and whilst she encouraged me to keep going on the plan she suggested I also explore other avenues. At this point I had finished my four week supply of Symprove (the probiotic she had recommended). It would cost another hundred euro to get the next two month supply and I was apprehensive about splurging on it as I wasn’t experiencing the results I had hoped for. The dietician encouraged me to complete the course of Symprove even if I wasn’t going to continue the elimination diet, so I went ahead and got another month’s supply (the third month would be free once I had already paid for two months in a row, so it cost a total of 200 euro for a three month supply).

I also continued the elimination diet for another month, with a few exceptions on the yeast part – I had some alcohol (gin) on two occasions during the following month (clear spirits and champagne contain the least amount of yeast). I suppose as I wasn’t experiencing any major change in terms of digestion, I was feeling less motivated than the initial four weeks, when I had really put my all into carefully following the process. I will say however that my skin was absolutely crystal clear following this first month on the elimination diet. I had tonnes of energy too. I was back in shape and happy to be eating well and training consistently. Ultimately however, eliminating dairy, eggs, yeast and gluten from my diet had thus far not resolved the issues I had hoped it would.

Week five of my elimination diet marked the turning point for me.. I’ll write about it in my next update

The Clean Coconut x

 

Click here to find out my verdict on food intolerance in the final instalment of this four-part series.

 

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