The Elimination Diet: How It Works

As I mentioned in my first post, my Elimination Diet was developed by Aglaee Jacob, RD and is explained in her book Digestive Health with REAL Food.  I came across the book in a comment on another blog, and looked at the reviews on Amazon, nearly all of which were glowing.  I had been on the FODMAP diet for a couple of months and was searching for another approach.  I started reading about GAPS and SCD diets, and had decided to try one when Aglaee’s book arrived from Amazon.  I started reading it that evening, and when I saw the diet was even more restrictive than GAPS / SCD, I decided I should try it.  I figured if this didn’t work, GAPS or SCD probably wouldn’t either.  Plus I felt good about the comprehensive information she presented and her own success healing her Post-Infectious IBS.

I will tell you I find the book itself to be very useful.  It explains in plain English how the intestinal processes work, and how it gets to the point where it goes so wrong.  Then goes through the options for trying to heal and improve your GI tract.  It’s multidimensional and discusses mind-body issues, chronic stress, nutrition, enzymes… really everything.  I know I sound like an ad for the book, but it is extremely helpful to have all of this information in one place, versus scattered across the blogosphere.  Especially when you’re already sick and feeling out of options.

Here are the Elimination Diet rules of the road:

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