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Join us on a journey of self-discovery through a structured self-experiment
Did you know that food, even healthy food, can trigger any of the following health issues
- digestive problems such as reflux, bloating, indigestion, cramps, diarrhea or constipation
- fatigue or exhaustion
- brain fog, memory or concentration issues
- Joint pain
- headaches or migraines
- mood swings, anger, irritability, anxiety or depression
- skin problems such as rashes, eczema, acne or psoriasis
- unexplained weight gain or weight loss resistance
- and more
Which foods may be a problem for your body is very personal, so identifying your trigger foods is a fundamental step in your healing journey. Omitting this step can mean that other health building measures are built on quick sand. We are inviting you to join us in building a strong foundation for your journey to vibrant health.
Have you tried any of these remedies without (long term) success?
You followed an eat-less-exercise-more strategy, took or are taking painkillers, anti-inflammatory, acid reducing or anti-anxiety medication or an antidepressant. Maybe you are applying topical creams and lotions to sooth your skin. And to manage your energy levels you may be relying on caffeine to get going and keep going during the day and on alcohol to calm down in the evenings. All of these strategies focus on symptom management without asking the question “Why do I have the symptoms in the first place?”. Are you ready to take charge of your health and learn about potential underlying causes that are creating your downstream symptoms?
The role of the immune system – so often overlooked
You may be surprised to hear that in all of the symptoms listed above (among many others) food sensitivities can play a critical role. Even symptoms that are far removed from the digestive tract can be a result of the immune system reacting to certain foods. The thing is, these sensitivities cause delayed reactions, in other words symptoms can appear up to three days after consumption of those foods. This makes a food sensitivity very different from a true food allergy. If you have a food allergy, which is an IgE mediated reaction, you know about it. With a true allergy, a reaction happens within seconds or minutes of ingestion and leads to rashes, swelling and potentially anaphylactic shock. If you have a food sensitivity, it’s very hard to pinpoint the trigger food. Let’s say for example you react to dairy and you eat yogurt for breakfast on most days and enjoy cheese on your sandwich. The immune system would be in constant alert state, attacking the milk protein. On the other hand, if you react to something you eat less often that may be creating a symptom two or three days later, it is hard to pinpoint what it was that gave you that headache or that rash.
Food sensitivity testing
While there is an option for food sensitivity testing, there is no comprehensive test that covers all possible reactions of our immune system. Our immune system is smart and very complex. Food sensitivity testing generally looks at IgG reactions only. This means that other types of immune system reactions (e.g. IgA, IgM or T-cell mediated reactions) will not show up on the test leading to possible false negative results. This explains for example, why someone who had a negative IgG test result for gluten, may still have immune reactions to gluten containing grains. At the same time not all elevated IgG reactions necessarily lead to inflammation which in turn can lead to false positive results. You see, it’s complex. Testing can still be very valuable in addition to doing a self test, which is the most reliable test out there at this point time.
Testing on your own body with and elimination/provocation diet
In this self-test you eliminate certain foods for a period of time and then re-introduce them in a structured way. This allows you to calm the immune system first and then you can get clear body signals when you re-introduce a food, one at a time. This is about tuning in with your body and listening to what it’s telling you in the form of symptoms. This process puts you in charge and your body will not react with false negatives or false positives. Instead it will tell you the truth and give you invaluable insights. Hence we call it Illumination through Elimination!
At the end of the self-test an evaluation can be done whether additional food sensitivity testing makes sense.
The power of community
More and more studies demonstrate that community and strong social connections are key for good health and longevity. This is why we have chosen to bring people who want to take charge of their health, together as a group. This way we can harness the power of peer support and accountability.
How it works ...
Illumination through Elimination
Join us for this approximately 6 week group programme and understand what foods trigger YOUR immune system. This puts you in the position to make good food choices that help your body heal, this is a critical basic step on the way to vibrant health.
Best of all, you can participate from anywhere! Relax. Prop up your feet. Learn. And change your life. Seminars are via online webinar (and will be recorded, so no worries if you can’t make them live). By registering you will receive access:
- to three seminars lasting about 1 to 1,5 hours each (depending on number of questions)
- Monday, 15 April at 20:00: preparation webinar with more background and tips to get ready, 2 weeks prior to kick-off
- Monday, 29 April at 20:00: kick-off webinar to start the 21 day elimination
- Monday, 6 May at 20:00: webinar on structured re-introduction (14 days after start of elimination)
- to 1 Q&A follow up session (max 1 hour) – Monday, 20 May at 20:00
- to a private FB group for ongoing support and to answer your questions, webinar recordings will also be posted here
- to resources that will help you with meal planning
Participation is limited per start date, so please don’t wait and miss out!
While we have been doing successful elimination diet coaching for two years, we are now offering this group programme as a beta version at reduced cost (as most material is still in English, webinars will be held in Nederlands!). More and more research shows the power of community for success with healing from complex, chronic health conditions. This is our first answer to harnessing the energy of going on this journey with a group of like-minded people as well as to helping more people at the same time.
Registration fee for the beta version: 47€ per household, one FB account (it’s great if you can involve your partner in this experience)
To participate, please fill in the registration form below. We will send you payment information by email, as soon as the payment has been received, your place is reserved.
“This [self-experiment] is one of the most important steps in a Functional Medicine treatment plan. 72 % of people doing this kind of elimination diet feel better afterward.
I fully endorse it.” Dr Lefevre
You would love to participate but the dates don’t work for you?
No problem, just leave your details below and we’ll keep you informed of future dates.