Aside from that, food intolerances can also be determined by adopting a hypoallergenic diet plan or an elimination diet. This is a simple way to determine which foods your body doesn’t like. From the name “elimination,” this diet consists of completely removing and then reintroducing certain types of food into your diet to see which one causes a negative reaction.
It’s important to note that a hypoallergenic or elimination diet plan is best done under the supervision of a healthcare professional or a dietitian. Although an elimination diet will help you identify foods to avoid, you may accidentally deprive yourself of important vitamins and nutrients.
Step 1: Prepare
Preparation for a hypoallergenic diet plan consists of identifying possible food intolerances and the symptoms you experience. Depending on the severity of symptoms, your doctor might be able to identify only one food to avoid.
Be sure to take note of the following:
- Which foods do you eat most often?
- Which foods are your comfort foods?
- Are there any foods you feel a craving for?
- Are there any foods that I might not be able to avoid or eliminate from my diet?