Elimination Diet

If you suffer from allergies, migraines, stomach issues, skin disorders, or fatigue, consider an elimination diet.

Ideally you eliminate all products with synthetic ingredients from your diet.

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But Wheat, Dairy, Eggs and Citrus are all common culprits of numerous ailments.

To perform an elimination diet trial, stop eating the concerning food(s) for 7 days.  Eat only real foods—you know, the ones that grow from the ground (veggies, berries, nuts, seeds) or those that move around (grass fed meats, fish, foul).

Then add 1 food back in to your diet each week. It can take a few days for an eliminated item to cause symptoms to recur.  So if you stop eggs and dairy for a week and then add eggs back one day, have no symptoms, then add dairy back in, and then develop symptoms, you might deduce that dairy was the cause of your symptoms (increased mucous production, rash, whatever), when in actuality, it was the eggs, but it took 2 days for your symptoms to develop.  So allow 1 week before add ing the next items back in.

Recognize how certain foods affect your body. Do you feel fatigued the day after taking in a lot of alcohol or sugar? (um, yes)  Do you feel energized and crisp after eating a salad?  Do you feel sluggish after a fattening meal, or does a high fat high protein meal keep you full all day long?

Let me know how is goes!

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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