Hypo-Allergenic Diet —
*Adopted with permission from the Institute of Functional Medicine
For more information on eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet see the end of the post.
Guacamole - Serves 4
Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats to support every cells and nerve in your body. As with any fat, make sure you don't allow it to go rancid with heat, light or air. If your avocados have dark brown streaks or spots in them, those are signs of oxidation and should be avoided.
Guacamole is so tasty with rice crackers or veggie sticks and is a great immune booster with all the raw garlic and onion. So if you feel a cold coming on, eat more Guac!
- 4 ripe avocados, pureed
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 small onion, minced
- 1 small tomato, finely chopped (optional if not sensitive)
- 1 bunch coriander, finely chopped
- 1 tsp sea salt
Cut your avocados into halves and scoop out the flesh into a medium sized bowl. Keep the pits for later. Smash the avocado with the back of a fork or with a potato masher until the perfect consistency (I like my guacamole smooth with a few chunks). Add in the juice of 1 lime and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Finally, add back in the avocado pits.
I'm not sure if it's a wives' tale, but adding the pits back in seems to keep the avocados from going rancid as quickly. I can only assume that the pits act as a slight antioxidant.
Try eating your guacamole right away, or store it in the fridge and tightly seal to limit the amount of oxygen exposure.
What is eating a Hypo-Allergenic Diet?
Hypo-Allergenic is also known as Oligoantigenic or Elimination diet.
This means that we avoid eating the most common ingredients that cause people inflammation and digestive issues. IT IS NOT A DIET TO LOSE WEIGHT. It should be viewed more as a food sensitivity TEST.
The top 5 offenders include: wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and eggs.
Note that some of the foods on the list are very nutritious, so if you are not sensitive to the food, bring them back into your diet (ie. eggs).
Also remember, many gluten-free and dairy-free foods may not be healthy. Just because they remove those ingredients does not mean they haven’t replaced them with other poorer quality ingredients.
Try and stay away from packaged, canned, processed and deep fried foods. And be cautious of dehydrated and dried foods for they often contain added sugars and preservatives. Raw and fresh is often your best bet for optimal health.
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