What is an Elimination Diet?

Posted On: August 10, 2016

Every day at Beetnik we speak to people about their lives, their love of food and their search for good ingredients.

We carry many gluten-free items and most of our prepared meals are Paleo approved, so we sometimes we attract folks that know what their bodies can digest and understand what they need in order to feel healthy. We also receive a lot of questions from future Beetniks; people who are just starting out on their journey to feeling better. We answer them as best as we can and often end up talking about much more than just food – we talk about life and how grass-fed beef, organic chicken and natural products influence their every day interactions with their family and loved ones.

One of the topics than comes up in conversation is the implementation of an elimination diet. An elimination diet can last from 10 days to 3-4 weeks. One must eliminate certain foods in an attempt to identify the items that make you feel ill or unwell.

An example of one version of an elimination diet:

University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine

University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine


According to the Wall Street Journal, “Some doctors say the connection between many symptoms and gut health isn’t well understood. Increased intestinal permeability “can be linked to disease, but by itself it isn’t linked to things like headaches, fatigue and general malaise. If it makes people feel better, I’m not sure why we should oppose elimination dieting.,” says Jerrold Turner, associate chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Chicago. “

In order to see how you feel after 3-4 weeks, you slowly introduce the items you removed, one by one. That way you can notice how a specific food makes you feel. The diet is restrictive in nature, but it can help pin point the foods that may be causing an illness or issue within your body.


The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physi­cian or other health care worker.

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