Elimination diets are not miracles, though sometimes are touted as such, and can bring their own set of challenges. When managed well and used as a tool to identify food sensitivities that can be linked to larger issues, an elimination diet is helpful.
When I was researching, before starting the elimination diet, I found some fairly extreme versions that sounded like too much for me to handle. I settled on going gluten, dairy and egg free – and that has been challenge enough.
Not getting enough calories:
Whenever eliminating whole food groups from your diet, there is a risk of not eating enough simply because there is less available to eat. To avoid this issue, I’ve started tracking my food on MyFitnessPal – both to make sure I hit my daily caloric need, and to keep a log in case my son has a reaction.
The foods you eliminate can have different adverse effects on your digestive track. According to this article, going gluten free can cause diarrhea, going low carb can cause constipation and eliminating multiple food groups can cause bloating. Rest assured, there are easy fixes for each issue.
Missing out on nutrients:
There are many nutrients that our bodies need that are more difficult to get when on a restricted diet. It’s definitely possible to get the needed nutrients, but you’ll have to pay a little more attention to eating whole grains when gluten-free, and calcium rich foods when dairy-free.