How To Do An Elimination Diet

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

People used to use the Elimination Diet to test for food intolerance. The method tracks changes in your symptoms as you try different foods.

But we do not recommend it any more ... most people find it too difficult to follow and end up giving it away. 

We have developed a much better system, the foodintol® LoTox 21 Day Trial: a special online eating program with everything provided including Symptoms Tracker, instead of a journal.


If you are still wondering about an Elimination diet here are some FAQs:


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 Proving 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 did it the hard way. Naturally, dining out in restaurants was very difficult with such a regimen. 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 LoTox Method:

We now know from medical research that what we used to call 'food intolerance' - is better described as the action of FOOD TOXINS. 

These days we recommend reducing all food toxins in moderation - giving you a huge variety of food choices - and a much better chance of success. It's also much easier to dine out in restaurants.


There are more than twenty food toxins . . . and they act together in various combinations to cause internal damage that makes us sick – and leads to diagnosis of disease.


The Institute’s eighteen years of helping clients has found the best results come with moderation


That is a diet which allows some favourites while greatly reducing the level of toxins in the blood: more at foodintol® LoTox


Difference between an Elimination Diet and the LoTox Trial program?

The Trial Program at foodintol® LoTox Living is much easier and safer than the old-fashioned Elimination Diet and is highly effective for bringing relief.

  • 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. LoTox Living is not restrictive because we practice moderation - instead of strictness. 

  • FAST RESULTS: Rather than taking six to eight weeks - you will see results in only a few days.


Do I have to live without favourite foods?

Possibly! But what if those are the ones which contain food toxins - poisoning you, and making you sick? And we do know from the studies that nagging symptoms soon develop into diagnosed disease: like mental illness, arthritis, autoimmune disease and osteoporosis.

With the LoTox system you get to enjoy a wide variety of great foods while getting well.


Why must I keep notes on the Elimination Diet?

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

Without exact records of what you ate, how and when it affected you, it’s easy to get muddled. 

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.


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 notes 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.


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. Many broke the diet - so never saw any benefits.

However - our streamlined version, the LoTox Trial program takes only 21 Days. After that you can easily make it a habit for life. 

Many years ago Deborah Manners tried the old-fashioned 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 system - that anybody could use . . .

Find it in the 21 day Lotox Trial Program


Can I cheat on the Elimination Diet?

Yes! Of course you can always cheat. But that will spoil your efforts and your results.


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

No, not if you want usable results. We recommend you use a method to investigate your body's response to food toxins.


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

Begin with our free ebook. Food toxins can cause serious disease. Gluten is just one toxin that could be causing your symptoms.


There are MORE THAN TWENTY FOOD TOXINS – and they act together in different combinations to damage cells and provoke the immune system. Learn more with the free ebook on Food Toxins





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