I know, I know: eliminate everything for 30 days and then introduce one thing at a time, waiting 3 days or so before adding the next item.
Why the heck is that soo difficult for me to do!!!
I'm embarrassed to say I've been trying to hack my diet for over a year, trying to get to the bottom of what I'm pretty certain is some kind of food intolerance.
I feel better, introduce something new, still feel better then a few weeks later, things go to hell.
It's clearly not a classic 'food allergy': eat a peanut, throat swells up right up.
Whatever it is, it seems like it takes a week to 'build up'.
I've individual tested through elimination and challenges each of the top 8 food allergens, as well as tested various hypothesis such as tyramine (cause I had a history of migraines), msg, sulfites, nightshades, electrolyte imbalances, fermented foods, etc.
This time, I'm making a pledge to myself (as well as a public commitment right here, right now) to work very hard to limit the variables.
Question: Am I the only one either too impatient, or too stupid to implement this very logical system of food elimination and food challenges?
Let me know, it will make me feel less dumb.
It sounds like with your pattern you need to change 1 thing and wait 2-3 weeks to change another, not three days. And of course that would take superhuman commitment! Sometimes keeping a food diary with all your symptoms etc. in it will allow you to see patterns. Depending on your problems, you might be able to look back at the days or weeks before hand and realize that each time you got symptoms you had the same food three-four days previously. Bingo! I did this myself for many years. I was on a low oxalate diet and I was able to pick out many high oxalate foods (previously thought to be low oxalate) before they were retested because I finally learned that it took about three days for me to have severe symptoms after eating an offending food. It was hard work, but maybe easier than your wait 3 weeks to try another food strategy.
I agree totaly, but I am trying to simplify things to see what happens. My goal over the next month is to have a bullet proof type coffee in the morning, take about a cup or so of bone broth around noon; and have a lunch of salad, smoked herring, cut up raw veg at about 2 pm and then have a dinner/supper of meat, veg and rice or patato/sweet potato. I figure if I stick with this for a month or so, I will have a good idea what foods may be a problem if I re-introduce them after. This obviously involves IF and I'm not even trying an elimination protocol, but rather trying to keep things simple; at least during the work week. I figure It keeps the food budget consistant and my goal of losing a few pounds.