My allergies being systemic: respiratory, skin, digestive, etc., I had to at least try seeing if there were any food triggers. A list of common food allergies/sensitivities and my usual shopping list are almost identical, so it could take years to eliminate one thing at a time. Instead, I decided to eliminate all at once and, if there was an improvement, add things back. The diet was ridiculously restrictive - meat and vegetables - but it gave me a chance to determine if all the diets being touted in the last decade did anything at all. I've always felt that diet creates at best a neutral environment; as long as you're getting the nutrients you need, it doesn't matter how you get them and getting more isn't better.
I ended the five week experiment yesterday. Here's the results:
% Body fat: unchanged
Waist circumference: unchanged
Allergy symptoms: unchanged
I ate pasta and ice cream for lunch yesterday. I had missed them so very, very much.
Big change in life today
3 days ago