Most of the clients I work with have food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies. When you have a food sensitivity, symptoms usually take some time to appear after you eat a food and so it is difficult to connect the symptom or exacerbation of a condition to particular food.
When a person has a true food allergy he/she usually knows it because the reaction happens soon after eating the food. Skin and blood tests are useful in testing for food allergies but they are often inaccurate in diagnosing food sensitivities. The Elimination Diet is virtually 100% accurate and effective in diagnosing sensitivities to food and it can be done at home. The great thing about the Elimination Diet is that you are in essence conducting your own experiment. You get to see how different you feel when you are not eating the food that bothers you. Even if the blood or skin tests worked to evaluate food sensitivities, the Elimination Diet would still be my preferred way of working with clients because they get to know their bodies. A piece of paper with test results is too easy to dismiss. I believe that people need to see their emotional and physical symptoms decrease to really believe that food sensitivities are what is causing or exacerbating their health problems.
Unfortunately, the foods that we crave often cause food reactions. We crave them and eat them, then they leave our system, and we crave them again.
You can take out one or two foods from your diet but you may guess incorrectly. If you don’t find any relief you may think that food has nothing to do with how you feel. Doris Rapp, MD, a promoter of elimination type diets, has stated “if your foot is full of tacks and you take only one or two tacks out, you may not feel anything. If you take all the tacks out you feel a big relief”. The Elimination Diet takes out all of the questionable foods at the beginning of the program so that people feel a much greater effect are able to recognize their sensitivities more easily when the offending food is reintroduced.