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Elimination Diet Update – Healing Our Leaky Guts

by Fred Hahn on March 3, 2011


Thus far (day 4) my wife and I have been pleased with how we feel and how easy it has been to follow the Elimination Diet to heal our leaky guts.

Here’s a rendering of the process. The globules with the hairs on top represent the intestinal wall.


Linda has lost 4 pounds – most of which is water of course. She feels less bloated, a tad less achy and more energetic. This could be and probably is due to sleeping a bit better.

I feel about the same but I no longer get the morning tummy grumbles I used to get and am a lot less gassy. I am almost positive this was caused by the cream in my coffee and the cheese with my eggs in the morning. Maybe the eggs too.

Sadly, my knee is just as painful as before. I also have not lost any weight but it is only day 4 and as I have very little fat to lose it is not too surprising. On top of this I have been pretty strict with my diet all along. I am severely gluten intolerant so I rarely if ever eat foods containing gluten. I am so intolerant that a mere beer and a slice of pizza will cause an eruption of dermatitis and my knees swell into grapefruits.

Take a look. This is a few hours after having a beer:


Why did I have the beer you ask? Well, I went to the farmer down the road to get my fix of grass fed, beef and lamb (the lamb was slaughtered the day before – YUM). On our way back to my van from his basement of beef, he said “You need a beer?” Of course,the subtext of his query was “I want to drink. Your an excuse to drink at 11AM. Drink with me.” I’m sort of kidding. He’s a great guy and not at all a drunk. And hey – he charges me a mere $2.50 a pound for his meat – any cut I like. For that price I’ll sacrifice my knee for a day or so.

The only think I have not done is cut out the evening wine. But I am drinking less. I am going to stay strict on the diet and after a month or two if the knee is no better I will then cut the wine out. If the knee gets better, well, then we’ll know.

I’ll keep you all posted.

Oh – did you all see this article on exercise and aging? Very interesting. I’ll post a blog on this soon.

As always, thanks for reading.

I've been involved in exercise ever since I became a member of The Charles Atlas Club when I was 10 years old. In 1998, I founded and established Serious Strength on the Upper West Side of NYC. My clients include kids, seniors (and everyone in between), top CEOs, celebrities, bestselling authors, journalists and TV personalities.
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chuck March 3, 2011 at 2:05 PM

i had a weirdly similar experience with beer. i had cut it out at least 6 months prior. i went to my egg farmer to pick up some eggs and noticed he had some beer you can’t get in my state sitting in his barn fridge. i commented on this and he offered me one. it would be rude to say no. as i sipped the beer, i started sneezing. i don’t have allergies but right away i wondered if i was having some sort of histamine response.

btw, $2.50/lb. for 100% grass fed meat is incredible. good for you.

Fred Hahn March 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I know! I told him you better raise your prices at the next slaughtering or your nuts.

Hans Keer March 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM

NO grains = 100% NO grains. In the case of grains one beer or one gram of grains can place you three weeks back. The autoimmune effect will extinguish very slowly. So no more beers Fred, even if the offerer is very nice and selling you his product for almost nothing 🙂

Fred Hahn March 4, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Hans I know, I know. The flare up made me go full bore into healing my gut. It was a wake up call to get serious.

Brooke March 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM

Hi! I just received your book, “Slow Burn Fitness Revolution” and will be getting the DVD set next week. I have a question – Is it possible to break the 30 min session into 2 15 min sessions a week? Or is it okay to possibly do 2 30 min sessions a week? The reason I ask is I tend to do better when I have 2 exercise sessions a week because it helps in relieving stress, etc. I’m just wanting to know how best to pursue this as to not interfere with the recovery process. Thanks for all of your good work!

Fred Hahn March 6, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Hi Brooke – Thanks for buying my book and DVDs! Yes do 2, 30 minute sessions. At the outset you can also try doing 3 – M, W, F. If your strength progresses, keep that up. Cut back to 2 if you feel as if it’s too much.

Kevin O'Neall March 7, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I read the NYT article. So…does this mean you’re gonna start running? I can probably do 55 minutes at 9:00 pace but 50 minutes at 8:00 pace would require a treadmill with bricks under the rear supports so that I’d be running downhill.

Fred Hahn March 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Running? Don’t think so.

Franco March 9, 2011 at 7:33 AM

If you suspect the cream to be part of the problem and it’s not RAW cream you use, check out if it contains carrageenan (stabilizer)!
I always wondered why of all milk products just cream and some yoghurts gave me the runs. No problem with cheese, milk, butter etc., doesn’t matter how much I ate. And some canned coconut milk brands made my bowel unhappy too!
I checked labels and all offending products contained it!
Eleminating the carageenan containing stuff solved the problem!

Franco March 9, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Carrageenan induces interleukin-8 production through distinct Bcl10 pathway in normal human colonic epithelial cells :

Fred Hahn March 9, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Interesting Franco. We have cu out all dairy for now. We are only eating grassfed meats and livers, wild caught fish, certain veggies and fruits. For liquids, a cup of black coffee, green tea, water and wine (for me only).

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