I did an elimination diet (not McDougall but close) last fall to determine which foods cause me pain and inflammation and return to the restricted list of foods whenever I feel pain returning. I was able to determine several triggers--msg, dairy, soy, and possibly citrus and gluten.
Goldilocks-it's interesting to read about your inflammation showing up as swelling as I have that reaction to dairy, only the swelling is noticeable in my face. Other reactions to my problem foods include a return of muscle pain, tension, some joint pain, and stiffness and tingling in hands and feet. It's pretty interesting to be have discovered all the connections and control it simply by avoiding those foods! I'm loving it.
And is it okay to eat foods occasionally that give me problems when I eat a lot of them? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!
I've wondered about this, too, and it seems that gluten I can tolerate in some amounts but seems best if I don't eat it on a regular basis. The other things its best for me to avoid completely. Gluten may take me up to 48 hrs to react.
About eating foods that have been identified as problems: for me it depends on what kind of problem the food creates, and how intense it is. Some effects are just too serious to risk having again!
Same here. While I am avoiding dairy best I can, I'm willing to put up with some swelling more than I am willing to put up with pain and tingly feelings as those keep me up at night and have made my life miserable for a long time.
Anyway, interesting thread! Wishing everyone success in determining their problem foods.