What about a slightly modified elimination diet Jamie? If you are seeing a pattern of having symptoms with a bunch of grains/gluten, you might want to try cutting them out completely just to see if you a difference. I did the full elimination diet, with cooking. I needed to because my intestines were so inflamed at the time.
I have discovered that all grains, nuts, and seeds, (even quinoa- although this is the least offending grain for me) cause me some skin inflammation and sometimes intestinal pain. These reactions are sometimes subtle, and often take time to show up, but they are definitely there. Most days now, I stick completely to root veggies (yams, potatoes etc.), squashes (although I rarely buy these and prepare them), fruits, and veggies. If i really am feeling deprived or over-hungry, i will sometimes have a bowl of quinoa (no more than once or twice a week right now). I don't know if I will continue that long-term or not. I also drink one cup of decaf coffee each day (i cut out caffeine/coffee on the elimination diet, but even after 6 weeks, I craved the warmth and routine of my morning cup. The compromise was drinking decaf in the morning). I know I feel best and look best (skin clear, energetic etc) when i consistently stick to a very simple diet of roots, veggies, and fruits. My results seem very consistent with Burgess' and it sounds like maybe Carol's too??
If you are not suffering from intestinal issues, you could probably avoid cooking the foods for now (as you need to do in the official ED), and you could keep your intake of fruits/veggies more varied than the elimination diet. I did not have any reactions to fruits or veggies (although i still haven't tested in raw cucumber or tomatoes). Dr. McDougall does talk about doing a modified elimination diet, just by cutting out the suspected foods for a time to see if symptoms subside when they are gone. Might be worth trying?
I'm so glad we have this forum to share our experiences. I love reading your posts because you have so many of the same issues as I do.