Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Day 1 of 21: Start of Elimination Diet

As a healthy way to start 2012, my sister, her fiance, and I have decided to challenge ourselves with a 21-day elimination diet.  We are going to follow the Elimination Diet guidelines with a few modifications.  This diet revolves around eliminating foods known to cause allergies and disruptions to our digestive process.  The diet has a list of approved and eliminated foods.  Technically, you are supposed to have one solid meal (lunch) and two liquid meals (breakfast/dinner).  I will be following the approved/eliminated food guidelines, however I will be eating a liquid for breakfast and solids for lunch and dinner. 

I am following the Elimination Diet from the Clean Program by Dr. Junger.

Gluten, coffee, dairy, beef, alcohol, some vegetables/fruits/nuts, sweeteners, ketchup, soybeans, tofu, and more.

Most vegetables and fruits, some nuts, seeds, beans, non-gluten grains, some dairy substitues, small amounts of dried fruit, cold water ocean fish, free range chicken, wild game, lamb, buffalo, some oils and spices, tea, and more.

I was sick today (Day #1) so its a perfect day to start my healthy diet.

So let's see what I ate:  

Smoothie with organic frozen mango, blueberries, raspberries, almond milk, and 1 Tbsp of flax seed

Cooked brown rice toasted with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped almonds, and currants
Apple and Carrots with Hummus

Dried Seaweed and Carrot Juice

Cooked red quinoa tossed with lemon juice, sautéed cauliflower/mushrooms/zucchini, olive oil, radicchio, white beans, salt, and pepper

Keep posted for diet updates!


  1. Wow. Good for you! I'm going for a mostly meat-free January, but I'm not sure I have the willpower to do the elimination diet :) Keep it up!

  2. Good luck with that! I'll be interested to hear how it goes.

  3. I am so with you on this! There's no way I'd be able to stick to a shake for dinner, so maybe I'll modify it the way you did. I think the best part of meal plans like this is that it just gets you eating more healthy foods again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. wow! you make this diet look and sound DELISH! excited to hear how it goes. good luck!

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  5. WOW good luck on your diet! I can't wait to see all the amazing things you're eating. You make everything sound & look so good!

    xo Jackie

  6. @Vanessa A shake for dinner for me is nearly impossible. haha. Yes, this meal plan is all about detoxifying your body! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  7. @@jackiegiardina Thanks Jackie! I must say though it's been tough. I mean it's pretty hard to pass up fries when you out with friends. Only a couple more weeks though!

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