Vivienne Pither - Dietitian with a holistic touch
THE ELIMINATION DIET STEP- BY- STEP
1. FAMILY HISTORY - We ask you to look into your family's background with the help of a prompt sheet to properly assess a possible history of food sensitivity.
2. WHAT TO EXCLUDE? - After assessing the severity of the symptoms, we can then determine the degree of elimination we need to do (strict, moderate or simple approach) +/- any food proteins (gluten, milk, soy, egg).
3. ELIMINATION - We eliminate the necessary foods for 3-4 weeks until we have no symptoms for 5 straight days. Children often respond faster as their smaller bodies quickly metabolise and remove the affecting chemicals. We also treat micronutrient deficiencies and supplement with probiotics to support essential gut repair.
4. CHALLENGES - we then begin challenging each chemical group (amines, salicylates, glutamates) and food protein (if necessary) separately.
5. REINTRODUCE FOODS TO TOLERANCE - Once the problem substances have been determined, we will then begin gradually reintroducing foods to the individual's threshold. As children grow and mature they will usually be able to tolerate a greater chemical load. We can reassess your child every 6 months to try and reintroduce more foods.
FULL LIST OF FOOD INTOLERANCE SYMPTOMS
Eczema, hives, rashes
Swelling of lips, eyelids
Sore, red vagina
Excessive sweating, body odour
Dark circles under eyes
Pallor - pale skin
Hayfever, blocked/runny nose
Frequent nose bleeds
Chronic throat clearing
Frequent tonsilitis, colds, flu
Frequent ear infections, glue ear
Recurrent mouth ulcers
Diarrhoea and/or constipation
Rapid heart beat
IMPAIRED MEMORY / CONCENTRATION
OPPOSITIONAL DEFIANCE BEHAVIOUR
Unable to concentrate
Difficulty reading and writing
Talks too much
Makes silly noises
Temper tantrums / outbursts
Constantly says 'no'
Angry, resentful, defiant
Difficulty in making friends
Fights with siblings
Always butts in
Deliberately annoys others
Can't explain behaviour
'Can't help it'
(Table adapted from Dengate, S 2008 'Fed up: Understanding how food affects your child and what you can do about it'.)