Elimination protocol is not something you do cause it sounds cool or is a quick diet, it has not been a decision I’ve taken lightly. Its not been an easy or rushed decision to make. I’ve have x-rays and blood tests to try and determine what is causing me alot of pain in my hips, on an daily basis. The more I walk, the more pain I’m in, I minimise my activity when I can and it doesn’t seem to help either.
This is a last resort.
I do not recommend anyone just taking on elimination process without alot of support and knowledgeable guidance, not a Google search, real, actually professional help.
Its not something anyone would do just for the hell of it, its taken me several weeks of consultation, researching, investigating before even coming to the conclusion that an elimination process will help figure out what may be causing me pain and inflammation.
I believe that food is and can be medicine (unlike some I am well-trained and have research behind me), doing this elimination will help me figure out if there are trigger foods for my pain. My doctor was at a loss last time I saw her for test results, she can’t explain it. I don’t want to be taking paracetamol or ibuprofen every day to “manage” it. I want to be well, I want to be able to get out of a chair easily, I want to feel good after walking all day, I don’t want to be in constant pain. Even though it will start with eliminating alot of certain food groups and feature a slow reintroduction of the foods I know I will miss and hope that they don’t cause me pain, it will be an answer, it will give me direction.
At this stage, its the most sensible path I can take. Before you decide to undertake an elimination protocol such as GAPS, AIP or even the Whole30, consult a qualified nutritionist who knows how to work with elimination diets, who understands triggers and reactions, who doesn’t offer over-priced blood tests and tells you to simply stop eating whatever. Research, find a good fit and look after yourself.
I’ll be updating my progress once I start, its a slow process, I’m starting in a week after spending alot of time figuring out what I can and can’t do and how I will manage having to prepare two different meals constantly. I would never do something that I see as “drastic” if I didn’t truly believe it was a way out, a way to eliminate my pain and be a real, active human again.
Keep updated and stay informed, who knows if this will work, but its a start.