Happy New year! My tradition for the last 5 or 6 years (I've lost count) has been to put myself on an elimination diet that so many of my patients need to follow for the month of January. This change in diet pushes me to try new foods, new products and recipes, and gets me cooking and feeling creative. This year I have my own forum to share what I learn, as I just started this website a few months ago. I hope you enjoy taking the journey with me.
What is an elimination diet? Well, it's just like it sounds eliminating some food from your diet. Many of my patients have Eosinophilic Esophagitis or EoE for short , food allergens trigger the eosinophils and therefore the removal of the allergens via the elimination diet can reduce the eosinophils in the esophagus. This can be one food or several foods.
Last year, I avoided dairy, egg, soy, wheat, peanuts/tree nuts and fish/shellfish. This is a standard 6 food elimination diet for many children with EoE. In June 2017 a study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology came out that showed a 4 food elimination diet was almost as effective and is now very common recommendation for patients with EoE. So this year I am avoiding four foods: dairy, eggs, soy and wheat. Having done the 6 food elimination diet, I am happy to keep nuts and fish/shellfish in my diet!
Everyone always asks which food is the hardest to avoid? This is different for every family, in my case I miss eggs the most. Eggs are a staple for breakfast and in my cooking and baking. My breakfast has been oatmeal, now 3 days in a row. I need to try out some new ideas so I do not get bored or hungry and frustrated. It is so important to keep it interesting and have many options for each meal and snack so that you do not feel deprived. Can't wait to try a sweet potato breakfast bowl that I read about and sounded delicious! I will also bring back some of my old favorites, savory avocado tomato bowl (my daughter says this does not look like breakfast but I love it) apple ring pancakes and easy hash browns or tater tot waffles!
For this month, I will blog about my experiences, ups and downs and share recipes that myself or my family has enjoyed. In the last few days, I've made delicious energy bites that have been a perfect in between snack, brought back sweet potatoes to our dinner table with huge success and currently researching wheat and egg free bread that I can make in my new bread machine that I got for Christmas! Looking forward to the journey ahead, thank you for your inspiration and your dedication to your families to provide delicious meals while making nutrition a priority!
If you are struggling on an elimination diet...let me help!