If you’ve taken a food allergy and sensitivity test, then your results probably included a recommended food elimination/rotation diet that pinpointed which foods should be eliminated from your diet and it likely prioritized those foods based on the severity and type of reaction you had to them. Your doctor or a nutritional professional has likely helped you structure your elimination diet based on the results from this test. The P88 test, for instance from Precision Point Diagnostics categorizes reactions as no reaction, low, medium, and severe, and does this by looking at four different types of reactions: IgE, IgG, IgG4, and Complement (C3d). Taken together, these reactions paint an immunological picture of your food sensitivities and allergies.
Whether you’ve already successfully launched your elimination diet or plan to soon, the Holidays can pose special challenges to eliminating reactive foods. You may be celebrating with friends and family, and whether dining out or in, so many tempting foods and drinks that you’re supposed to restrict may be on the table. You may be stressed or lonely over the holidays and eat things you’re not supposed to give you comfort. You may be exposed to foods by friends or relatives that contain ingredients that you’re supposed to avoid. You may just give in to a family tradition and indulge in whatever special recipe graces your table. In any case, following an elimination diet can be a challenge over the holidays. Given this, we’d like to share a few tips to help you make it through while still preserving your elimination diet.
Remember that you want to enjoy your holidays! That means balancing your path to recovery with holiday fun. Elimination diets don’t just help identify for sure which foods you are most symptomatic from, they can induce a mindset change in watching what you consume and how you treat your body. Embrace the elimination diet and enjoy your Holidays!