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the importance of always going without something.

we always want to be tinkering, we always want to be experimenting, and we always want to be going without something. this is the best way to customize our personal way of eating.

in this post and episode, we discuss the importance of always going without, including:

  • why we always want to be experimenting and going without something.
  • what specific things we might want to consider pulling out.
  • how to reintroduce.

scroll below for notes and resources :)


always be going without something. this is a motto we have been using since the very beginning. it’s extremely important for cultivating a honed intuition over time about what your body does well on.

  • we must experiment to see what works for us. the best way to experiment is to pull something out for 2 to 4 weeks, and then reintroduce it with awareness and maybe even a little formal self-testing.
  • we must prove to ourselves that we can go without things that we think we can’t. TRUE FREEDOM comes from being able to do it all, and knowing IF YOU HAD TO, you could go without it. you may not like it, but you can do it if you have to.


SO IF YOU’RE  A REAL FOODIE, AND YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO SEE THINGS SHIFT, YOU ALWAYS GOTTA BE MIXING IT UP!!!  especially if you’re experiencing some kind of symptoms.


our 5-step process for eliminating and reintroducing:

  1. acknowledge the symptoms you’re looking to resolve. make a list.
  2. pull out suspect foods for at least 2 weeks, ideally a month or longer.
  3. look for improvements in symptoms.
  4. reintroduce suspect foods one at a time. ideally in exaggerated amounts.
  5. look for symptoms to come back.


1. acknowledge the symptoms you are looking to resolve, or the improvements you’re looking to see.


2. think about something that you are consuming on a regular basis, and that might be a good candidate to experiment with pulling out of the rotation for a bit, even if it’s just for the hell of it. if you need some other ideas, these are pretty foundational starting points:

  • dominant carbohydrates such as our safe starches, fruits, and honey.
  • alcohol (yikes!).
  • coffee (double yikes!).
  • eggs.
  • full-fat dairy.
  • nuts, seeds, and legumes of all kinds.
  • nightshades including all peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplant.
  • all meat (emphasis on temporary).
  • all plant matter (also emphasis on temporary).
  • cannabis and CBD.
  • high oxalate foods.

commit to 2 to 4 weeks of going without.


3. look for improvements. look for resolution in symptoms, or look for objective and subjective markers to improve.


4. reintroduce suspect foods, one at a time, ideally in exaggerated amounts.


5. look for symptoms to come back, or for objective and subjective markers to devolve.



Paul C. Tijerina

Paul C. Tijerina | BS MFT CPT NLP | Nutritional Therapist & ATAVIST Life Coach