EverlyWell: Food Elimination Plan
Customers have reported success with elimination diets. There are many types of elimination diets. Listed below are the two most common for reference.
The first type of elimination diet focuses on foods with high or moderate reactivity first. It is only after those foods are eliminated for several weeks (3 weeks) that they begin to introduce one food back into their diet at a time. If physical symptoms return after re-introduction then an individual has identified a food that they are intolerant to and can choose to avoid it. It's good to wait 3 days before moving onto the next food. Simply repeat the process until all of the high or moderate reactivity foods have been reintroduced. Some individuals find that their greatest source of unwanted symptoms is with low reactivity foods. If symptoms persist after high and moderate reactivity foods have been evaluated, it may be necessary to repeat this process for low reactivity foods.
The second type of elimination diet requires removal of ALL food with any amount of reactivity (1, 2, or 3) for 30 days. When one begins to reintroduce foods, it is a slow process that begins with the class 1 foods first followed by classes 2 and 3. The process of reintroduction for each food is the same. Foods are introduced one at a time over a 4-day period. On day #1, eat as much of the food added back as desired. On days #2-4 do not eat that food again but pay close attention to any symptoms. If there are no symptoms after day 4, then start the process over again with the next food. While this type of diet may seem tedious, it can be very accurate at pinpointing which foods are causing the most symptoms.
Figuring out which foods are problematic for you is the ultimate goal. Elimination diets, such as the ones explained above, are the best way to determine which foods that your IgG reacts to are the ones causing the negative symptoms you experience.
Below are the reference ranges used for each marker. There are four classifications of reactivity, 0-3, with 0 being Low reactivity and 3 being High reactivity.
- Class 0 (Low Reactivity) - less than 0.200
- Class 1 (Mild Reactivity) - 0.200 - 0.299
- Class 2 (Moderate Reactivity) - 0.300 - 0.399
- Class 3 (High Reactivity) - greater or equal to 0.400