This article is from Pip Taylor’s groundbreaking book, The Athlete’s Fix, which shows how to identify your problem foods—and the foods that make you feel and perform your best. The Athlete’s Fix offers a sensible, three-step program to identify food intolerances, navigate popular special diets, and develop your own customized clean diet that will support better health and performance.
This really is an open-ended question and one that has no answer. Some people notice a definitive pattern to their symptoms once they start to track what they’re eating.
For others, the process is more subtle. Their symptoms may be delayed by up to three days from ingestion. They may have multiple food intolerances to sort out. Exercise levels and hormones might interfere, too.
The Athlete’s Fix shows how factors such as stress, sleep, lowered immunity, use of antibiotics and other medications can also alter how our gut handles various foods. Women too may experience different symptoms or severity of symptoms at different times of their menstrual cycle or associated with changes that occur during pregnancy or post-pregnancy.
Food intolerances may also appear at different stages of the life cycle meaning that The Athlete’s Fix program might be one you repeat should you feel the need.
But to answer the question, the minimum time to follow the Base Functional Diet in The Athlete’s Fix, to track your symptoms, and to allow for any needed gut repair is around four weeks. After four weeks, The Athlete’s Fix shows you how to reintroduce foods to test for symptoms.
This might be a very quick process for some people, especially for those who have an intuitive sense of their food sensitivities from long experience. One exposure may be enough for them to confirm a particular food as problematic.
For others, things can take a little longer, but it will be worthwhile. First, you should start to feel better very quickly, even within just a few days. Hopefully feeling better will be enough of a motivation to stay the course and really try and identify your best foods. And just imagine creating a diet of foods that you always feel great eating and that help you feel great and perform at your best! What if every meal made you feel good, without any of the discomfort you might experience now?
The Athlete’s Fix can help you get there. Find your best foods for health and performance with this program.
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In her groundbreaking book, The Athlete’s Fix, registered dietitian Pip Taylor shows you how to find your problem foods—and the foods that make you feel and perform your best. The Athlete’s Fix offers a sensible, three-step program to identify food intolerances, navigate popular special diets, and develop your own customized clean diet that will support better health and performance.