So, you cut out some “gut irritating” foods to help heal your gut or boost your metabolism…and now you may be wondering:
- Will I always have to eat this way?
- When is it OK to try an old food again?
- Is it bad to want to occasionally eat some dairy or sugar?
Answer: Food reintroduction is king for total health and a balanced lifestyle!
Food Reintroduction is Essential for Health
Long term restrictive diets don’t do your body any favors. Variety and “80/20 balance” is essential for a happy, healthy gut microbiome.
And although real food is your body’s preferred fuel the majority of the time (80 percent of the time), 20 percent of the time, it’s OK to let life happen!
As you prepare to reintroduce foods into your diet, consider it an experiment and try reintroducing foods with this 3-step approach. Your body will tell you what it does (and does not) like.
Step 1: Limit Your Elimination Diet to 30-90 Days
An elimination protocol that removes inflammatory or trigger foods is recommended for at least 30 days to allow your body and gut time to adjust to being free from the trigger foods. Consider an elimination protocol like a dirty windshield: The dirtier a windshield is; the less dirt you can see on it. But consider a clean windshield where even a small amount of dirt stands out. It takes about 30 days to wipe the slate clean in your gut, then you can do some experimenting.
Some of the top inflammatory foods on an elimination protocol may include:
- Beans, peas and peanuts
- Nightshades (vegetables/spices)