The Regular Elimination Diet

The Regular Elimination Diet is one that is typically followed to help isolate food allergies or sensitivities. Reactions often include hives, rashes, upset stomach, migraines or eczema.

The Premise

The basics behind the Regular Elimination Diet are to first remove all potential food allergies and then slowly reintroduce these items back into the diet one at a time. It is often recommended that individuals consult with a physician prior to beginning an elimination diet.

While following an elimination diet, individuals will want to keep a food journal to track what they are eating and any symptoms they experience. This journal will help you to isolate any food allergies or food intolerance that you may have.

The Diet

The Regular Elimination Diet typically ranges anywhere between 7 days to 1 month. During this time period, dieters will eliminate cereals, wheat, milk and other common food allergies. To begin, eliminate all dairy products, cheeses, soy, eggs, gluten products, such as wheat, barley, oats, rye or pasta, corn and processed foods from your diet.

At the beginning, you can eat rice milk, rice cheese, most fruits, most vegetables, fish, chicken, beef, potatoes, brown rice, buckwheat, spelt or millet.  During this first phase, you may experience some side effects, such as headaches, due to withdrawal symptoms.

Over the following few days, slowly reintroduce each food group, at five-day intervals, back into your diet. Make sure to do this one food group at a time. You will want to do this slowly to allow for sufficient time to determine if you are experiencing an reaction.

The Regular Elimination Diet is considered the most relaxed form of the elimination diet. This diet is typically the most useful for people because it focuses on the most common food allergies, like corn, gluten, eggs, soy and dairy.

Things to Consider

When on the Regular Elimination Diet, you may experience some side effects from eliminating caffeine. Additionally, you will want to make sure that you are still getting adequate nutrients and vitamins from approved food groups to ensure that you are still properly nourished while on the Regular Elimination Diet.


For individuals who continuously experience reactions after eating certain foods, a Regular Elimination Diet may be an excellent way to discover any food allergies or sensitivities. To confirm any findings after a Regular Elimination Diet, dieters may want to meet with a physician or nutritionist to discuss any dietary changes that they will need to follow long-term.

The Regular Elimination Diet is not a weight loss diet but more a diet to follow to determine if you are suffering from a food allergy or sensitivity. This is a short term diet and is recommended by most physicians to help determine a food allergy or sensitivity.


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