The Surprising Power of a Nutrient-Dense Diet

By on June 12, 2018
Elimination diet

My friend Ann was taking pain medication daily for chronic headaches. She had seen a chiropractor, acupuncturist, physical therapist and medical doctor but could not get relief. In addition to headaches, Ann was diagnosed with eczema and fibromyalgia. She suffered from anxiety, depression, muscle aches, joint pain, fatigue, and had difficulty with concentration.

“I had already made an appointment to see a brain surgeon for my headaches, but Erin encouraged me to try an elimination diet first.” Ann shared.

Within a week she felt like a new person.

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“I had more energy, and no more brain fog. I was amazed at how my mood had improved. I felt so happy.”

Every aspect of Ann’s health improved and she felt like a new person.

A few years have passed and I checked in with Ann to see how she was feeling. Here is the update from Ann:

“I’ve been able to get off of depression and anxiety meds and the purple pill. The help that you gave me through the elimination diet really gave me my life back. That’s when I decided to go back to school and get my Associates degree. I could actually think again. It sounds strange, but changing my diet set my life on a completely different path. It is amazing what you can do when your brain and body are not fighting against you, but are functioning the way God intended them to.”

What is an Elimination Diet?

The Elimination Diet is a systematic removal of certain foods that may cause unwanted reactions including inflammation.  It is a low-cost effective way to quickly improve the quality of life.

How Does the Elimination Diet Work?

Certain foods are removed from the diet for a period of 4 weeks.

The challenge phase reintroduces certain foods one at a time over the next few weeks.

Ann discovered that she had reactions to gluten (the protein in wheat, barley and rye), corn, soy, sugar, and common vegetable oils.

The foods that are typically removed during the elimination diet include:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Corn
  • Soy
  • Processed foods, artificial sweeteners, Natural/Artificial Flavors
  • Peanuts
  • Alcohol
  • Sugars
  • Refined vegetable oils

What Foods Can Be Eaten During the Elimination Diet?

While the name, The Elimination Diet, seems restrictive and boring it is very enjoyable and delicious. It is a nutrient dense eating plan that exchanges empty-calorie foods for wholesome foods that are unprocessed or minimally processed.

These foods support the healing process of the body by providing the nutrients that are required to restore and build health.

Traditional foods are eaten as three meals with a snack or two if desired. The meals include quality protein, healthy fats, and vegetables, with some optional fruit, seeds and nuts.

Quality protein sources include grass-fed meat, wild-caught seafood, pasture-raised poultry and eggs.

Healthy fats to consume include olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, ghee, olives, nuts, and avocados.

Eating foods that are pure and simple will calm the mind and body while providing the nutrients needed to support healing.

This nutrient-dense eating plan then becomes a lifestyle choice for most people because they enjoy their new level of health and vitality.

Can The Elimination Diet help you? Contact Erin for a free 20 minute chat.

Erin Chamerlik, MS. is a health and nutrition educator located in Nashville, TN. You can connect with Erin by visiting


About Erin Chamerlik

Erin Chamerlik is a health and wellness educator. She is a mentor and coach for people who are ready to change. Her company, Get Better Wellness, Inc., is based in Nashville, TN. Erin extends her message through blogging, podcasts, social media (Twitter, FaceBook, Pinterest and Instagram), workshops and on-line webinars and Facebook health communities. Connect with Erin at

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The Surprising Power of a Nutrient-Dense Diet