The Hypoallergenic Diet

The first staged elimination diet for problem skin, autoimmune issues & optimal holistic health combining a decade of research. Target the root cause of your issues & balance your immunity naturally from the inside & outside.
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Overview of the The Hypoallergenic Diet

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How The Hypoallergenic Diet Works

the top 8 food allergens
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A Diet Designed for Autoimmune & Gut Issues

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The Standard Modern Diet

Commerical Dairy

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Antinutrients & Natural Chemicals

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Wheat & Grains

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Food as Life Force Energy

      The 4 Phases of The Hypoallergenic Diet 

Although restrictive initially to minimise the chance of encountering foods causing issues for most, increasing variety is slowly added depending on your progress. Phase 1 starts with mainly low & some medium chemical fruits & vegetables before adding more variety with medium, high & very high chemical foods in Stages 2, 3 & 4. See The Conscious Health Bible for full food chemical lists, recipes & stage guides.

You can move between the phases quicker or slower & add more variety depending on your body & level of healing. It is useful to track your diet. If any meals cause sleepiness, bloating, excessive farting or itching take not & avoid intake. Eating a diet extremely low in natural chemicals your entire life would be extremely boring. There are plenty of nutritious foods that are higher in natural chemicals. Some of the tastiest foods also tend to be those highest in natural chemicals.

  1. Phase 1 (0-6 months)

    Stick strictly to the diet with mainly low & some medium chemical fruits & vegetables. It is quite restrictive but it is essential to kickstart the healing in a fail safe way. The Top 8 food allergens are limited as are the foods high in natural chemicals (salicylates, amines, glutamate) & antinutrients (lectins, gluten, phytates). These foods tend to cause more issues for those with autoimmune conditions either due to an allergy, intolerance, digestibility or immune reaction. 

  2. Phase 2 (6-12 months)
    As the gut is healed, we slowly add more variety in with more medium & some high chemical foods. This adds more variety, flavour & nutrition.

  3. Phase 3 (12-18 months)
    Now you will be able to eat add also high & very high chemical fruits & vegetables. It is still best to stay with a low dairy/gluten/sugar/processed foods diet.

  4. Phase 4 (18-24 months)
    With a healthy gut & an intact skin barrier, you can return to regular eating, following general healthy eating principles. It starts as The Hypoallergenic Diet and it ends as The Conscious Living Diet. The key principles remain the same but without needing to be restricted by the natural chemical content of fruits & vegetables. 

     The Hypoallergenic Diet Cheetsheet 

  1. Choose low chemical fruits & vegetables
    WHY: Foods with high levels of natural chemicals (salicylates, amines, glutamate) tend to cause more problems for those with food sensitivities including inflammation, hives, headaches & digestion issues. The reaction depends on the dose & is unique to each person. Most people with autoimmune issues don’t realise that seemingly healthy foods like fruits & vegetables can also cause problems.
    AVOID: In Phase 1 avoid tomatoes, spinach, avocadoes, olives, onions, eggplants, corn, pickled & fermented foods, mushrooms, chilli, plums, citrus fruits, berries.
    CHOOSE: Fruits: Pears, banana & peeled apples. Vegetables: cabbage, lettuce, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts, string beans, carrots, celery, chives, leeks, bean sprouts, garlic, leak, bok choy, asparagus, parsley & turnips are good.
    TIPS: Initially stick with seasonal, organic, local, low chemical produce. Thoroughly wash, scrub & peel the skin off fruits & vegetables especially in Stage 1 to minimise pesticide or wax exposure.

  2. Choose low chemical, clean, mainly vegetarian proteins
    WHY: Meats & proteins also contain natural chemicals. We should also look at food as energy & consider its energetic state. The modern diet is overly high in meat & processed proteins. Factory farmed animals are usually fed GMO grain, growth hormones & antibiotics. They are usually cramped, fearful & stressed leading to high adrenaline & cortisol which can effect our mental health when eaten. High meat consumption causes inflammation & reduced blood flow & quality compared to a plant based diet. Farmed seafood are also often fed colours & antibiotics.
    In general, it is better to choose clean vegetarian proteins. If eating meat & seafood, local, grass fed, wild caught & pasture raised is more ethical & contains less chemicals. All animals, sea life & shellfish can feel pain but there is a different level of awareness based on their level of intelligence & consciousness. Fish & shellfish are generally less conscious than most land animals. Smaller fish contain less mercury & don't disrupt the ecosystem as much.
    AVOID: In stage 1 limit medium chemical proteins: chicken with skin, duck, eel, salmon, sardines, sashimi, trout, tuna. Avoid these high chemical proteins: Canned seafood, fish fingers, anchovies, caviar, fish sauce, prawns, stock, processed meats, frozen meals, sausages, meat pies, spam, dried, picked or smoke meats.
    In general avoid lab grown meats & fake meats such as Impossible or Beyond Meats.
    CHOOSE: We recommend a mainly plant based diet with vegetarian protein sources, eggs (if not allergic) & occasional seafood.
    Phase 1: Beans, lentils, chickpeas, falafels, tofu, potatoes, organic free range eggs (if not sensitive), limited seafood (smaller white fish, balmain bugs, calamari, clam, crab, crayfish, lobster, muscles, oysters, sea scallops, sea urchin).
    Other low chemical meats: Beef (fresh, not aged), chicken (without skin or stuffing), lamb, veal, goat, rabbit, quail, squab.
    Phase 2/3 recommended protein additions include mushrooms, broccoli, edamame, spirulina, seaweed, tempeh, flax seeds & cauliflower. Also limited salmon, sardines, sashimi, trout, tuna, prawns & eel.

  3. Choose low chemical, low gluten grains
    WHY: Most grains particularly those high in gluten cause inflammation, intestinal permeability & bacterial overgrowth in the intestines. The wheat we eat now contains significantly higher levels of gluten in order to create a fluffier, elastic product making them difficult to digest. Wheat products make up far too much of the average diet.
    AVOID: No gluten in Phase 1: Wheat, barley, rye, spelt, durum, couscous, oats, semolina. Processed baked goods, breads, pastas, cereals. Limit these high natural chemical gluten free grains: corn, polenta, tacos & tortillas, instant noodles, corn chips, popcorn.
    CHOOSE: Phase 1: Low chemical gluten free grains: rice products, amaranth, arrowroot, buckwheat, millet, tefff, oats, quinoa, sago, sorghum, tapioca, cornflour, potato flour, besan flour, lupin flour, red lentil flour, rice paper. Noodles, pasta, crackers & snacks made from allowed ingredients.
    Phase 2/3: In general stick with GMO free, ancient grains & low or no gluten grains. Be careful with wheat products as the quality & species varies drastically between countries. Avoid wheat flour & products from USA & Australia & choose European if you can. Buy sourdough from your local bakery, the fermentation helps with digestibility & they don’t use preservatives.

  4. Choose plant based milks, limit commercial dairy
    WHY: Dairy leads to digestion issues, inflammation & increased mucous production. Commercial cows are full of antibiotics & hormones. Milk is homogenised & pasteurised. Most humans cannot process dairy effectively & it has an acidic effect on the body. In fact, the acidity of dairy leads to minerals leaching from bones in order to neutralise the acid.
    AVOID: Commercial milk, butter, ice-cream, cheese, yoghurts & dairy products especially in Phase 1. High chemical milks: almond, coconut, hemp, cashew.
    CHOOSE: Rice, oat, or soy milk in Phase 1 as they are dairy free & low in natural chemicals. Limit too much soy as it can be estrogenic. It is easy to make your own rice & oat milk as well. Choose vegan protein powders over milk whey (pea, rice, soy & mung bean) are low chemical & commonly available.

  5. Choose stable oils
    WHY: Good oils increase skin lipid synthesis & are a good source of energy. Avoid trans fats & margarine as they cannot be metabolised by the body easily. Polyunsaturated vegetable oils oxidise easily especially when exposed to light, heat & air which are inflammatory & cause free radical damage. Never cook with polyunsaturated oils, buy cold pressed oils which retain their nutrients & don’t use additives to extract the oil.
    AVOID: Corn, soy, rapeseed, canola, peanut, grape seed and sunflower oils oil as they are likely to be genetically modified & are polyunsaturated. Hidden sources of transfat include baked goods, frozen pizza, shortening, margarine. In phase 1 limit avoid these high chemical oils: coconut, olive (regular), peanut, almond, avocado, flaxseed, grapeseed, sesame, walnut.
    CHOOSE: Rice bran oil is a good choice for cooking and salads in Phase 1 due to its low chemical content & high smoke point. Palm oil is also low in natural chemicals. Extra light olive oil is moderate so can be used occasionally in Phase 1 for salads. In Phase 3 coconut oil is recommended for cooking as it is a saturated fat so it's even more stable.

  6. Make smart drink choices
    WHY: 60-80% of the body is water so proper hydration is essential. Total daily fluid intake from water, beverages and food should be 3.7L for men and 2.7L for women. 20% of daily fluid intake usually comes from food and the rest from drinks.
    AVOID: Fluoride in the water is a neuro-toxin so it is best to filter it out & cook with fluoride free water. Limit these medium chemical drinks: tonic water, coconut, water, barley tea, brown rice tea, buckwheat tea, lemonade, pear juice. Avoid these high chemical drinks: Tea, Instant coffee, kombucha, chocolate drinks, fruit juices, soft drinks, all alcohol except gin, vodka & whiskey).
    CHOOSE: Filtered, fluoride free water, reverse osmosis purified water or spring water is ideal. No alcohol in Stage 1.
    Low chemical drinks: soda & mineral water, oat milk, rice milk, decaf coffee, fresh pear or apple tea.
    In Stage 2 on if you must drink alcohol choose low chemical alcohol like gin, vodka or whiskey. Instead of just coffee you can try various herbal & fruit teas like chamomile, dandelion, sage or fruit teas. Roasted dandelion & chichory make great coffee substitutes.

  7. Choose natural sweeteners
    WHY: Sugar promotes bacterial growth, weakens the immune system & is associated with all sorts of health conditions. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame in diet & sugar free products can cause cancer, birth defects & mental disorders such as ADHD, epilepsy or depression. Sucralose is highly detrimental to beneficial gut bacteria & accumulates in your fat tissue. Your sugar/carbohydrates should mainly be coming from fruits & vegetables.
    AVOID:  Avoid: High fructose corn syrup & aspartame from artificial sweeteners, sugar free, diet products like Splenda, Zero-Cal, Nutrasweet, Equal & Sugar Twin. Stevia/Steviol glucosides is better than aspartame, although naturally derived may impact fertility as suggested by animal studies but more human studies are needed so limit. In phase 1 avoid these medium to high chemical sweeteners: palm sugar, coconut sugar, molasses, raw sugar, honey, jams.
    CHOOSE: More natural, less refined sweeteners such as rice malt syrup, real maple syrup, carob are recommended. Also low in natural chemicals: white, brown, caster & icing sugar. An overly high sweet tooth could be a sign of mineral deficiencies. Minimise the use of sweeteners & have fruits as your sugar source.

  8. Eat real food, as unprocessed as possible
    WHY: Contain artificial colours, flavours, thickeners & preservatives. Food chemicals are used to perfect the cost, taste, texture and shelf life of a product. We are advocates of eating whole, fresh, unprocessed foods instead of obtaining nutrition from packaged foods & every type of supplement. Whole foods contain various, nutrients, phytochemicals & fibre which are extremely beneficial.
    AVOID: Processed, frozen & packaged foods, premade sauces, artificial colours, flavours & preservatives. They tend to be higher in GMO's, preservatives, emulsifiers & stability enhancers. Food chemicals like aspartame, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, food colouring, trans fat. Avoid insects, lab grown meat & fake meats like Impossible or Beyond.
    CHOOSE: Fresh & minimally processed whole foods. Buy local & seasonal produce or even better yet grow your own herbs, chives & microgreens as a minimum. Instead of condiments, use vegetables, herbs, spices & core ingredients to flavour your food. Cook minimally by grilling, steaming & stir frying rather than deep frying.

  9.  Take key supplements
    In general, it is better to obtain nutrients from whole foods as they are more bioavailable. However, due to industrial agriculture a lot of our soils are depleted & therefore foods are lower in nutrients. Take a multivitamin, Vitamin D & algae vegan based Omega 3 oil daily. Most of the world population is Vitamin D & magnesium deficient.

  10. Flip the structure of your plate
    We eat far too many processed carbohydrates through bread, pastas, wraps & cereals. This not only causes inflammation and gut issues but weight gain and unsteady blood glucose levels. We should flip the standard plate which is normally mostly meat and carbs and almost no fresh vegetables. Half your plate should consist of fresh vegetables or salad, about ¼ clean protein & the remaining ¼ for low GI carbs. We want our plate to go from a processed, nutrient poor, simple carbohydrate plate to a nutrient dense, high fibre, low GI plate with quality protein & good fats. This helps with satiety, reduces snacking and works with an intermittent fasting diet.

  11. Practice intermittent fasting
    WHY: IF may have beneficial effects on weight, body composition, cardiovascular biomarkers & aging. At the cellular level, IF may also increase resistance against oxidative stress, decrease inflammation & promote longevity by activating cellular cleansing by stimulating autophagy. Fasting can improve mental clarity, concentration & have a neuroprotective effect on the brain.
    AVOID: Constantly eating, snacking, drinking sugary drinks from wake to sleep. The body needs a chance to burn stored energy & there are many benefits from not constantly spiking your blood sugar. It might be a slight adjustment at first but the benefits are self evident, you have more energy, concentration & don't have to constantly worry about your next meal.
    CHOOSE: Intermittent fasting with time restricted feeding. Push forward your first meal by 5-6 hours. Don't eat 3 hours before sleeping. If you sleep for 8 hours, this gives you 3+8+5=16 hours of effortless fasting. Eat 1-2 meals a day within this 8 hour window. Have a tea or coffee in the morning instead of breakfast.

  12. Remove chemical toxins from your kitchen.
    WHY: Certain chemicals in cookware are linked with cancer & disrupt normal hormone function, the immune system & neurological development. They are part of daily life but are a source of hidden toxins.
    AVOID: Minimise the use of plastic & never heat it. Avoid products containing BPA, PFOA & phthalates as they disrupt normal hormone function, the immune system and neurological development. They are everywhere from plastic products, to cosmetics, fragrances, cookware, water bottles & the lining of cans. The main food sources are bottled water, packaged foods & canned items. PFOAS were used in non-stick Teflon pans up until 2015 & has been linked to many diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, liver tumours and reduced fertility. Before their manufacture started in the late 1940s, no PFAS were present in the environment. Now they contaminate every corner of the globe & have been found in the blood of people and wildlife worldwide.
    CHOOSE: Ceramic, stainless steel, clay pot or cast iron cookware & glass, wood, bamboo or stainless steel cutlery, crockery, plating, bottles, containers, chopping boards etc. 

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