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July 8, 2010 / Michelle Ferris

Elimination Diet

What better time to try to cure myself than the present?

My body been exponentially falling apart at the seams for the past decade. In the last year it has become nearly completely debilitating. As it turns out, it might have been a food allergy this whole time that has so completely rocked my boat, caused such pain, stopped me from 99% of my activities (dancing, snowboarding, running, yoga, even walking…) and destroyed my joints. Who knew food could be so evil.

After thousands of dollars spent on doctors who had no clue as to what was going on with me, I visited Dr. Peterson at Seattle Arthritis Clinic, who referred me to their in-house nutritionist / arthritis specialist, Heidi Turner.

Heidi laid out an elimination diet for me (and my wonderful roommate, who has decided to take it up as well, both as a show of support and a matter of curiosity about her own body). I’m hoping that this diet fixes some of my issues with mental health, allergies, sensitivities, and general well being.


The particular elimination diet I’m doing is for targeting food allergies, sensitivities, preservatives, and amines (amines are in ripe banana, avocado, aged foods like cheese, pickles, meats, etc)).

We are starting this weekend. It takes 3 weeks to “clean out” the system, then you start the process of adding of foods back in, which takes several weeks. I suspect most people would only need a few weeks for this. But I eat a lot of weird stuff. This might be a while. And I’m totally okay with that.

It’s a blessing and a curse that I’m a foodie…

  • Eating out will be very difficult.
  • I can’t eat anything with preservatives in it.
  • Thank God I know how to cook.
  • You can keep most seasonings.
  • It limits what I can eat.
  • Perhaps I’ll come up with some new, creative recipes.

Wish me luck!


UPDATE as of 9/8/2010:

Well so far, this diet has been incredibly enlightening. We have to do meats, caffeine, sugar, and a few retesting items… and then we’re done! Less than a month and we will be finished!!!

My roommate found out that she (the vegetarian) is incredibly allergic to Soy. She also had major problems with Wheat, Gluten, and Kiwi. She’s going to retest several that gave her issues but she’s not ready to give up without retesting (again), too… Citrus, Nightshades (Tomato, Potato, Eggplant, Peppers (including hot peppers)), and Oats.

I found out that I have problems with Wheat and Gluten (which is surprising, given that I cut them out for a month and tested it on it’s own, but didn’t seem to react. This time, I certainly did), Cantaloupe, Sugar/Snap Peas (they tried to murder me, I’m pretty sure), Carrots, Celery, and Amines (a naturally occurring chemical in foods that are ripened or aged, such as: nuts, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, ripe avocado or banana, aged meats, pickles, cheese, anything fermented, alcohol, and a number of other things. If you react to this, do a search for MAO Inhibitor Diets (monoamine inhibitors) to get a cheat sheet of foods you’ll probably react to.


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  1. Heather Clopton / Jul 14 2010 9:10 am

    Day 5! Woot! This is where we lost our way the last time we tried this diet. This time I think we are going strong. Amazing what some painful motivation can make us do 🙂 My tummy discomfort has decreased exponentially. It’s funny, I didn’t realize how apprehensive I was about eating breakfast and drinking coffee each morning. I never know how it will make my tummy feel that day. Now, I miss coffee terribly, but I don’t dread food. I like it.

    • myspork / Jul 14 2010 9:28 am

      This time we’re doing much better, that’s for sure. Of course, I’m sure it helps that we really cleaned out our cupboards, pantry, fridge, freezer… we don’t have to look at anything or give anything a second thought as to whether we can or can’t eat it. Go us. We’re doing well with it. 🙂

  2. lessie / Sep 8 2010 11:40 am

    I’m really proud of u guys 😉 good luck
    ❤ u2

  3. myspork / Jul 12 2010 1:53 pm

    Thanks. Hope it helps someone out there.


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