My 3 Favorite Elimination Diets
If you are having chronic migraines that won't go away, there's a good chance that something you're eating is causing them. This can feel pretty overwhelming, but it's also really good news, because it means you might have a lot more control over your pain than you ever realized.
That's where the elimination diet comes in. The purpose of an elimination diet is to identify your hidden headache food triggers. It's not something you do forever, but something that lasts for a short period of time, and in a controlled, scientific manner. It can be a lot of work, but the results can be life-changing.
Before you begin your elimination diet, it's really important that you are 100% committed. If you aren't and you cheat or stray away from the program, then you are sabotaging your success. When things like gluten are involved, even the tiniest nibble can cause massive headaches. If you are skeptical about the elimination diet and expecting it to fail, it most certainly will.
Doing my first elimination diet was the single greatest step I ever took with my own headaches. I discovered gluten and soy allergies, and when I removed them from my diet, my migraines almost disappeared completely. I'm so excited that you are taking this step, because there's a whole world of healthy possibilities on the other side.
So, if you're ready to jump in, here are my three favorite elimination diets to date. Each one has a book that will walk you through the process step by step, and guide you through to completion.
- Whole 30. This is my favorite, because it is so well-known, and there are so many great Whole 30 resources out there. It eliminates just about every trigger food you can think of. The one thing I will caution you on is that it is also very heavy on the eggs, so I recommend either cutting them out for the month as well, or at the very least making sure you buy soy-free eggs for the duration.
- Clean. I love this book. The author provides so much great information about the toxic impact of our modern lifestyle on our health, and lays out a detoxification program that is straightforward and easy to follow. It is also a little more moderate in terms of allowing gluten-free grains.This program has a lot of supplements they sell, but I'd recommend staying away from those just for now, to keep things simple. Supplements are tricky when it comes to headaches, so stick with real, whole foods for the time being.
- The Autoimmune Fix. This book is a real gem, and the author is a genius when it comes to the negative health impact of gluten. If you really want to understand the science behind what is going on in your body, then this one is for you. It provides a step-by-step guide to eliminating allergens, and is incredibly thorough.
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are so many great resources out there, and I highly recommend doing your own research to find something that works for you. When I did this the first time, I was vegan, and have since ventured over to the paleo side of the spectrum because I don't tolerate grains very well. Whatever you choose, just remember to stick with the program and commit. You are a scientist on a mission to identify your hidden headache triggers, and health is waiting on the other side.