Dr. William Cole, D.C. is a graduate of the University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, Southern California. According to him, the job of a functional medicine practitioner is to determine the root causes of chronic health problems and cure them. A good medicine specialist coaches his or her patient into well-being. And, when it comes to health and well-being, the 60-day reset diet is useful for resetting the body and promoting health.
I used to teach about healthy eating habits and of course pratised what I preached. But, I found that eating a healthy diet was not enough. With a family to take care of at home and working more than 60 hours a week, I often felt very tired and rundown by the weekend, which made me ill.
During recent years, I have been suffering from MTHFR genetic mutations which caused skin and autoimmune spectrum digestive problems. My stress level was significantly increasing and disrupting my life so I decided that I needed to do something more.
I took a step ahead in my life and decided to investigate the autoimmune elimination diet to reset my health. I have witnessed autoimmune protocols working miracles, and I wanted to see how it could help me.
After following the autoimmune elimination diet for 60 days, I found that I have fewer digestive issues, a higher level of energy and also uncovered some hidden food intolerances that I should be careful of in the future.
Whether you have an autoimmune or inflammatory condition, digestive problems, skin issues, food intolerances, or just want to feel good, I recommend that everyone should try this elimination diet. You will observe miraculous changes in your life.
These are the changes that I made to my life:
What to Include in a Reset Diet?
1. Healthy Fats (One to three tablespoons per meal)
To cook my grass-fed organic meats, I used natural fats like butter or ghee. I also used extra-virgin coconut oil for cooking and consumed one spoon every day. For dressings and other non-cooked foods, I used avocado and extra-virgin olive oil.
2. Organic Meat (one to two palm-sized pieces per meal)
I went for wild-caught fish, such as wild-caught salmon. For organic meat, I also ate grass-fed beef and organic chicken.
3. Fruits (I ate only a few servings per day)
I ate mostly berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries because I wanted to limit my fructose intake.
4. Vegetables (At least six cups of veggies every day)
I focused more on colorful vegetables, especially green and leafy vegetables. These vegetables contain folate which supports methylation pathways. I also ate some starchy vegetables like yams and sweet potatoes.
5. Other Foods (For Special Occasions)
- Natural Sweeteners: Whenever I required sweeteners, I went for small amounts of grade B maple syrup, molasses, and raw honey.
- Coconut: Coconut has numerous benefits. Sometimes, I consumed full-fat coconut butter, milk, and aminos (a great alternative to soy sauce).
- Grain-free Flours: I went for grain-free flours. As alternatives to baking, I used coconut, cassava and plantain flours. Besides these flours, I sometimes used arrowroot powder and tapioca starch.
Reset Diet Typical Meal of the Day
- Breakfast: Smoothie with spinach, avocado, berries, oil and coconut milk.
- Lunch: Field greens salad with wild-caught salmon and dressed in vinegar and olive oil.
- Snack: Kale chips and Organic bacon-wrapped dates.
- Dinner: Sweet potatoes with coconut butter, fried vegetables in coconut oil, and albacore tuna.
What Not to Include in the Reset Diet?
It’s my suggestion that if you have decided to follow the reset diet for yourself, follow it completely. If you eat most of the eliminated foods, you won’t help yourself. Here, I have mentioned all the foods that I removed for 60 days.
1. Seeds and Nuts
Most people consider seeds and nuts healthy, but I took them out of my diet. The reason for putting them aside is that they can cause inflammation and can be rough on the gastrointestinal system.
Foods that fall into this category include legumes, garlic, and onion. In some people they can intensify gut problems, and since I have digestive problems I limited their intake although I struggles to eliminate them entirely.
3. Eggs and Dairy
Albumin (egg-white protein) is related to leaky gut syndrome. So, I took eggs out from my diet.
The foods that fall into this category are tomatoes, white potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and some spices. Some people who suffer from autoimmune spectrum syndrome may face inflammation because of these foods.
5. Caffeine and Alcohol
During this period, I limited my intake of caffeine to just a few cups of white or green tea per day, and I avoided all forms of alcohol.
6. Artificial and Refined Sugar
Most of us who are aware of the harm this sugar causes avoid it. I moved a step further and avoided healthy-sounding euphemisms because sugar is sugar.
I eliminated all kind of grains from my diet, even gluten-free grains such as quinoa, oats, rice, and corn.
Results After 60 Days
After following the above diet for 60 days, I returned foods slowly to my diet to check for any decrease in energy level or increase in my symptoms. I reintroduced the foods in this order:
- Dairy (grass-fed butter; raw goat yogurt; raw cow yogurt, raw cow cream, raw goat cheese, raw goat milk, raw cow milk)
- Nuts (Cashews and pistachios belong to poison ivy family, so I bought them in last)
- Eggs (Firstly yolk and then the whole egg)
- FODMAP Fruits and Vegetables
During these 60 days of food experiment, I discovered new likes because I went outside my comfort zone. Some foods that I thought I wouldn’t like (shellfish and sea vegetables), I found to be enjoyable.
I also concluded that sugar, legumes, milk, and most gluten-free grains are not suitable for me. I also discovered that after consuming lots of fruits and nuts, I don’t feel good.
Besides these small food intolerances, I enjoyed clearer skin, renewed energy, and fewer digestive issues. There were many surprising results that were brought about by my 60-day reset diet. All in all, it was well worth it.
The Appropriate Diet For You
Each one of us is different, so are the foods we eat and avoid. Similarly, the speed of reintroduction of foods should also be different. Always remember that food intolerance is not always permanent. There are numerous patients whose gut heals and can tolerate many different foods after a healing period.