How to Conduct an Elimination Diet


Posted 1.28.14 | Rob McCandlish, RDN


Many people who find their way to Neocate as part of an elimination diet. Sometimes this is for moms nursing their infants, whereas other times an elimination diet is used for older children with allergies. If you are exploring an elimination diet for yourself or your child, here are some resources and a few suggestions.

1 – Know the Basics

The general idea behind an elimination diet is that certain foods are strictly eliminated. This video, featuring members of our team, explains the basics behind an elimination diet, such as eliminating dairy and soy ingredients. You can also read some of our related posts: Elimination Diets and Breastfeeding, and Resources for Your Elimination Diet.

2 - Ask for Advice

We always suggest that you check with the healthcare team and follow their advice for an elimination diet. Your healthcare team can provide much more detailed and tailored instructions on what foods you should eliminate and how to avoid them. It can help to take a list of questions to the healthcare team – here are some suggestions to help prepare for the appointment.

3 – Remember the Risks

Make sure the healthcare team explains what should improve with the elimination diet and how quickly. Also look to understand any risks. For instance, in cases of multiple food allergies there is often a need to eliminate more than just dairy and soy. This can lead to a diet that is low in one or more nutrients, which could pose a risk of deficiency. Please read this previous blog post about a child on an elimination diet to make sure you’re aware of some potential risks.

What experience can you share with others who are exploring an elimination diet?

- Rob

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