4 Tips For A Successful Elimination Diet
An elimination diet is an important part of becoming headache free. There are many hidden food triggers out there when it comes to migraines, and if you've never tried an elimination diet before, then it is seriously worth the work. That being said, it's really important to do it properly, otherwise all your hard work will be in vain. Here are a few tips on doing it right.
- Choose a guide. I recommend doing some research before you jump in. There are so many great books out there on gluten intolerance, autoimmunity, food allergies, and the like. Do some exploring, and pick one to try that is based on research and data that you feel good about. Here are my 3 favorites, if you'd like some suggestions.
- Make time to plan. Research meal plans and new recipes. Stock up on new pantry staples, and visualize how the month will play out. Consider obstacles and how you might address them.
- Commit 100%. If you're on the fence or feeling skeptical about doing an elimination diet, then you are in danger of sabotaging your success. Things like gluten can cause major headaches with even the most minimal exposure. Do yourself a favor and make sure you're ready to give it all you've got.
- Remember it's not forever. An elimination diet doesn't last for the rest of your life. Chances are that you will not have issues with every possible food trigger out there. The goal is to find yours, so be patient with the process. Once you make the necessary discoveries, then you can start to focus on what forever is going to look like. Just take it one step at a time.
Completing an elimination diet is hard work, but keep your eyes on the prize. The end goal is reducing your headaches and getting your life back. If you can achieve this, then all of your hard work will be well spent. There is the very real possibility that a pain-free life is waiting for you on the other side.