Comprehensive Elimination Diet Guidelines

       FOODS to INCLUDE                                            FOODS to EXCLUDE
Fruits: whole fruits, unsweetened, frozen or water packed, canned fruits, and diluted juices
Oranges and orange juice
Dairy substitutes: rice, oat, and nut milks such as almond milk and coconut milk
Milk, cheese, eggs, cottage cheese, cream, yogurt, butter, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and nondairy creamers
Non-gluten grains and starch: brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth, teff, tapioca, buckwheat, and potato flour
Grains: wheat, corn, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, and triticale
Animal protein: fresh or water-packed fish, wild game, lamb, duck, organic chicken, and turkey
Pork, beef/veal, sausage, cold cuts, canned meats, frankfurters, and shellfish
Vegetable protein: split peas, lentils, and legumes
Soybean products: soy sauce, soybean oil in processed foods, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, and textured vegetable protein
Nuts and seeds: walnuts, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, hazelnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews, and nut butters such as almond or tahini
Peanuts and peanut butter
Vegetables: all raw, steamed, sautéed, juiced, or roasted vegetables
Corn and creamed vegetables
Oils: cold-pressed olive, flax, safflower, sesame, almond, sunflower, walnut, canola, and pumpkin
Butter, margarine, shortening, processed oils, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and spreads
Drinks: filtered or distilled water, decaffeinated herbal teas, seltzer, and mineral water
Alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated beverages, and soda or soft drinks
Sweeteners: brown rice syrup, agate nectar, stevia, fruit sweetener, and blackstrap molasses
Refined sugar, white/brown sugars, honey, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and evaporated cane juice
Condiments: vinegar and all spices, including salt, pepper, basil, carob, cinnamon, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mustard, oregano, parsley, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and turmeric
Chocolate, ketchup, relish, chutney, soy sauce, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, and other condiments

Things to watch for:
  • Corn starch in baking powder and any processed foods
  • Corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, and other sweeteners in beverages and processed foods
  • Vinegar in ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard that is from wheat or corn
  • Breads advertised as gluten-free that contain spelt, kamut, or rye
  • Amaranth and millet flake cereals that contain corn
  • Canned tunas that contain textured vegetable protein, which is from soy; look for low-salt versions, which tend to be pure tuna with no fillers
  • Multigrain rice cakes that are not just rice; purchase plain rice cakes.


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