I am a tireless advocate for individualization in all things.
Including allergic conditions.
And the associated hypoallergenic dietary strategies.
My clinical experience has demonstrated that the best hypoallergenic diet for each unique individual is optimally tailored to that individual.
That said, however, the following hypoallergenic diet and food plan provides a basic dietary blueprint for the elimination of food allergies and sensitivities.
It is not appropriate for all individuals, particularly those with known allergies or sensitivities to the recommended foods.
However, in my clinical experience, it has reliably proved largely safe and effective in the identification and elimination of food allergies in the majority of individuals with a preexisting Standard North American Diet (SAD) diet.
Hypoallergenic Diet & Food Plan Indications
- Autoimmune conditions
- GI symptoms
- Gas / bloating
- Diarrhea / constipation
- Nausea / vomiting
- Mood disorders, particularly ADD/ADHD and autism
- Chronic fatigue / low energy
- Dark circles or puffiness under the eyes
- Fluid retention
- Sinus congestion
- Abdominal discomfort / pain
- Joint inflammation
- Anxiety / depression
- Chronic ear infections
- Poor memory
Naturopathic Standard Elimination Diet
Sequentially remove most common allergens, including:
- Particularly indicated in those with sensitivity to gliadin and/or gluten
- Note that some wheat-intolerant individuals may have to eliminate rye, oats, and other low-gluten members of the wheat (Poaceae) family.
- Particularly indicated in those with sensitivity to lactose and/or casein (common in people of African, Asian, and Australasian heritage)
- Red Meat
- Particularly prominent in dried fruits, wines, and other processed foods
- Synthetic food colorings, especially tartrazine and artificial colouring
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Sulfur-containing preservatives
To ensure the best opportunity to notice symptomatic improvement, appropriate trigger foods should be avoided for at least 4 days to 3 weeks.
Note that younger and/or higher-vital-force individuals will tend to notice more rapid response.
Elimination should then be continued until symptoms remit.
Foods then are sequentially reintroduced until symptoms return:
- Reintroduced food is eaten 1-3 times on first day of the challenge
- Food is then withdrawn again for 3-4 days
- Patient keeps record of any symptoms emerging over that period
- Development of symptoms suggests food intolerance
- Otherwise, food is likely tolerable for this individual
Hypoallergenic Diet & Food Plan
- Eliminate salicylate and/or amine-containing foods, in addition to those listed above
- Salicylates and amines are naturally-occurring constituents found in certain vegetables, herbs, spices, fruits, and chocolate
The following list contains foods with low salicylate/amine content and in compliance with the standard elimination diet above.
All foods should ideally be organic to minimize possibility of cross-contamination and pesticide residues.
|Sprouts: sunflower, pea and bean sprouts (alfalfa / red clover can help with detoxification)|
|Herbs / Spices / Condiments||Parsley|
|Fats||Virgin Olive Oil|
|Cold-pressed Sunflower Oil|
Additionally, please note that sensitivity to any food can potentially exist, particularly after chronic ingestion.
Consequently, it may be prudent to eliminate a food even if it is present in the above list of hypoallergenic foods if that food has been ingested frequently or over a long period.
Hypoallergenic Diet Menu Ideas
The following daily menu is representative of the types of foods that would be included in the strict allergy avoidance diet detailed above:
- Hot rice cereal cooked with pure vanilla and cold-pressed sunflower oil, and topped with sliced pears, ground poppy seeds / sesame seeds
- Plain rice protein shake
- Rice cakes, topped with honey and non-dairy margarine
Salad, or "Wrap" (wrapped in iceberg lettuce), containing:
- bamboo shoots
- slivered carrot
- dried peas
- Sweet Potato topped with parsley, salt and saffron
Celery and carrot sticks, dipped in garlic margarine
- Ensure that the only ingredients are non-dairy margarine and garlic, or prepare your own
- Lamb stew prepared with rice, olive oil, lentils, cabbage, garlic and parsley
- Puree of pumpkin and pear, topped with unpasteurized honey and plain rice protein
Additionally, try to drink 8 glasses of water per day to aid in detoxification, preferably between meals so as not to dilute digestive acids.