Even after you identify your food intolerances, it can still be tricky to avoid them completely. This is especially true if you’re intolerant to something more ubiquitous like yeast, gluten, eggs, or soy.
These 3 simple tricks will help you avoid your food intolerances completely and keep your elimination diet on track.
Read Ingredient Labels Diligently
It may seem obvious, but carefully scanning ingredient lists is one of the most important steps in maintaining your food elimination diet. Just because a food you’re intolerant to isn’t included in the name or artwork of a prepared or processed good doesn’t mean it isn’t used for binding or flavoring. Tomato, for instance, is a common ingredient in flavored potato chips that often goes unnoticed.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
There’s nothing wrong with asking questions at a restaurant. If you’re intolerant to soy or peanut, ask what kind of oil they use. If you’re sensitive to gluten, ask if you can substitute a portion of your dish for something else. Most restaurants are prepared for these kind of requests and are happy to assist your dietary needs. Any embarrassment you may feel is certainly not worth the negative symptoms you might experience later on.
Prepare, Prepare, Prepare
If steps one and two seem difficult, start out small and seek out one or two recipes that you’re sure do not include any of your intolerances. Having these prepped and ready to go will help you start on the right track in the early goings and give you time to adjust your lifestyle.
Remember, even a slight amount of a food you’re intolerant to can spark inflammation and other negative food intolerance related symptoms. So follow these steps on your road to improved health and wellness!