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?
Additionally, prepare new recipes for your hypoallergenic diet and inform those you regularly eat or prepare food with. Common types of food that cause symptoms of allergies or intolerances are citrus fruits, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs, corn, beef, gluten, and shellfish.
Step 2: Eliminate
For two weeks, your diet will shift to the hypoallergenic diet plan. During this stage, you will have to be extremely careful about what you eat. If you accidentally eat something you’re supposed to avoid, then you’ll have to start over.
If you notice that there haven’t been any changes in the symptoms you usually experience, extend the elimination period to four weeks. You have the option to start eliminating another type of food if symptoms still persist during this time, but it’s best to consult your doctor first.
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