How To Do An Elimination Diet

Step-by-step Elimination Diet Journal to Detect Food Intolerance

An Elimination Diet is the most accurate way to test for food intolerance - and it only needs a simple Journal. The method tracks changes in your symptoms as you try different foods.

Effective Journal Method for Discovering Food Intolerance


How does an Elimination Diet work?

You do an Elimination Diet to find your food intolerance.

If you have had symptoms a long time food intolerance or food allergy can be suspected. By removing one food type at a time and observing changes in your symptoms - you will soon see which foods cause your problems. It's called the Journal Method.

Old Fashioned Elimination Diet vs. New Version Detection Diet Journal

Old version of the Elimination Diet:

People used to cut back most foods to a very restrictive diet for 6 - 8 weeks. Allowed foods were lamb, rice, pears and a few vegetables. The purpose was to clear the body of all suspected foods. In the old days they thought there were hundreds of food intolerances, so all those suspects were avoided during an Elimination Diet. Naturally, dining out in restaurants was very difficult with such a regime. Many people found it tedious and broke the diet. In addition there was the risk of missing out on nutrients. Therefore the dietician or doctor prescribed supplementary vitamins and minerals for the duration.

New Detection Diet Journal Method:

We now know from medical research that there are only four main food intolerances. This streamlines your investigation enormously. Now you only need to test one food intolerance at once - giving you a huge variety of food choices while you investigate. It's also much easier to dine out in restaurants.

We have streamlined these principles into the step-by-step Detection Diet Journal in the Healing Program

To learn more – sign up for the free e-book ‘How To Tell If You have Food Intolerance’


Difference between an Elimination Diet and the Detection Diet?

The Detection Diet in the Healing Program is much easier and safer than the old-fashioned Elimination Diet and is highly effective for identifying the foods that cause your symptoms and stress.

  • WIDE VARIETY OF FOODS: Rather than eating only lamb, rice and peas - you get to eat a wide variety of foods while investigating your food intolerance. The Detection Diet is not restrictive because you test for one intolerance at a time.

  • FAST RESULTS: Rather than taking six to eight weeks - the Detection Diet Journal takes only 21 days.

  • ACCURATE ANSWERS: Rather than inconclusive answers - results are guaranteed with the Detection Diet Journal in the Healing Program

Do I have to live without favourite foods on an Elimination Diet?

No, not at all. With the foodintol® Journal Method you don't "eliminate" foods. You simply substitute. So you get to enjoy a wide variety of great foods while you discover your food intolerance.

Everything you need is in the Healing Program package of Journal and Food Guides.

There are now thousands of new 'free-from' food products available in supermarkets - and more appear every month. Have a look next time you're in the supermarket. (For example - gluten-free sausages are now sold under generic 'home brand' labels - a true sign these foods are in greater demand.)

Why must I keep a journal on the Elimination Diet?

Keeping a journal puts system into your exploration. You will find it's really handy to have notes about everything.

Without exact records of what you ate, how and when it affected you, it’s easy to get muddled. The purpose-designed Detection Diet Journal takes you through THE THREE PHASES OF DISCOVERY, with tips, traps and guidelines on how to record your progress.

What's even better - because you make a record of everything that happens when you eat certain foods - it becomes a valuable reference for the weeks and months ahead - and helps you avoid unnecessary illness and suffering.

To learn more – sign up for the free e-book ‘How To Tell If You have Food Intolerance’

What can I expect on the Elimination diet?

Expect answers to your ongoing nagging symptoms and illness. Also - expect to better understand and appreciate your body. This is an exploration!

  • Expect to forget what you ate sometimes, and trust only your Journal to remember it 
  • Expect to start feeling better. Your energy levels will go up as symptoms subside - and expect to discover new and delicious foods.
  • Expect your reactions to offending foods to be more noticeable than before. Years of eating such foods has put long term stress on your body. Removing them from your diet gives your body a welcome break and a chance to recover and heal itself. Reintroducing them will give you a strong signal that your body doesn't want it any more. Your body is talking to you. Don't ignore it.

Expect to feel better and better every day. Expect to be able to do things you haven't done for years: play netball, walk the dog or swim without feeling tired and wrecked afterwards.

Get started now on the Healing Program.

How long does it take to do an Elimination Diet?

The old-fashioned version used to take six to eight weeks - but most people did not last that long. . . . they broke the diet - so never saw any benefits.

However - our streamlined version, the Detection Diet takes only 21 Days.

Many years ago Deborah Manners tried the old version Elimination diet. She managed to stick with it for a few weeks and it did find one of her intolerances. But it was very difficult to maintain - so she designed a new streamlined journal - that anybody could use . . . the  Detection Diet Journal in the Healing Program.

Can I cheat on the Elimination Diet?

Yes! Of course you can always cheat. But that will spoil your efforts and your results. You will be unable to figure out which foods caused which symptoms.

To learn more – sign up for the free e-book ‘How To Tell If You have Food Intolerance’

Can I just test a couple of foods I suspect on the Elimination Diet?

No, not really. We recommend you don't change your diet without finding out exactly which food intolerance you have. It really is best to use a method to find which of the four main food sensitivities you have - first. Is it Gluten, Dairy, Yeast, or something else?

The Journal Method is proven and accurate. The Detection Diet Journal in the Healing Program guides you as to which intolerance to test first - by asking you a few simple questions.


I am ready for an immediate solution - what's next?

We have helped thousands of people overcome long-term symptoms. With the Healing Program - everyone finds our simple step-by-step system effective and revealing. It can help you too.




All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals