Okay, in principal I understand the Elimination diet, but in practice...not so much. How do you do an elimination diet? And if you introduce a food that it turns out you react badly to, then do you immediately discontinue it, and then go on to the next food? Please help? Thank you.
You go on the diet until things improve, then you try a new food every 3 days, waiting to make sure you don't see a new reaction. Then you try the next new food.
If the first food didn't cause a reaction, it depends whether you automatically start eating it all the time or not. Our naturopath perferred us to wait until we were done testing. Then started a Rotation diet where you eat highly allergenic food like wheat or dairy every only 3 days, not every day.
I elim. the big 8 (eggs, dairy, wheat, peanuts, treenuts, whitefish, shellfish and soy) until things got better. Then I added them back in one at a time to see if there was a reaction. I had to test wheat a couple of times because I was in a bit of shock/denial. At one year I had babe tested for allergies. Wheat came back negative but soy positive. I had somewhat suspected the soy as she got red around the mouth when I fed her something with tofu in it.
Some things, like dairy can take a long time to exit your system. It is a hard road but oh so worth it to see the improvement.
My doctor suggested removing dairy for a couple of weeks and see if there are any changes. If not, let it back in and remove wheat, etc. Before I tried this, a friend told me her daughters were highly fructose sensitive and had great results by removing/reducing this. She told me apple juice was the worst offender but her kids could tolerate a bit of cran-grape (something about the cranberries counteracting?) So I took apple juice out of her diet(she didn't even have that much, maybe one glass a day?) and wa-la! Problem solved! Almost three years of unformed stools solved with no apple juice! Wild. She can even eat sliced apples or applesauce, and any other fruits she likes - we just avoid apple juice. Amazing really. The doc (whom we love) never even mentioned fructose as a likely possibility but I am hearing it more and more from other moms. Not sure what your symptoms are but thought I'd throw that out.