A Checklist for Your Post-pandemic Re-entry into the World
It's the end of the elimination diet
It was one year ago this week that COVID brought things to a screeching halt in the United States. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announced they were sick with COVID and quarantined in Australia. The NBA and other professional and collegiate sports leagues were suspended. Offices shut down and many of us started working from home. What we thought would be a few months of living and working on a restricted basis has turned out to be a year and counting.
Now, with vaccinations on the rise and new guidance from the CDC that fully vaccinated people can hang out together shoulder to shoulder without masks, we can see the end of the pandemic from here. And that, of course, is at least fifty kinds of awesome. But before we all go completely bananas and rush back to our former lives, this feels like a good moment to do a little self-assessment and forward planning as we approach reentry.
You may not have thought about it this way, but for the last year many of us have been on a version of what nutritionists call an elimination diet. As WebMD explains, “An elimination diet is a meal plan that avoids or removes certain foods or ingredients so you can find out what you might be sensitive to or allergic to.” After a period of time passes, you add eliminated foods back into your diet one at a time so you can monitor your body’s reaction as you do.
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