Eight years ago I began my journey with food.
For years I had tried to lose the extra pounds I was carrying around my waist but the traditional methods did not work. I counted calories, exercised, spent time in the kitchen preparing meals and avoided fast food restaurants.
Nothing worked until 2009.
I had never imagined food sensitivities could sabotage my weight loss efforts or that they could have an impact on my overall health. But the results I obtained after eliminating gluten and dairy from my food mix were fantastic.
I lost weight and have kept it off
Cured my skin condition called rosacea
Got rid of cysts that had to be surgically removed.
Was able to resolve my adult acne condition
And last but NOT least, I was never again constipated, ever!
How could food alone do all this?
My experience propelled me to learn everything I could about food and how it affects our weight and our overall health.
Exploring and learning about the relationship between food and our body is what I do, what I love, what I know. I give talks about food and health, I wrote a book about food and gut health (coming soon), I love preparing food (and finding short cuts) and of course I love eating it.
Food allergies vs Food Sensitivities
Food allergies can be life threatening and making a diagnosis is pretty clear-cut. The typical reaction occurs immediately after you eat the food you are allergic to and the symptoms are unmistakable – often a rash, hiver or selling
But food sensitivities are not that easy to recognize. In many cases symptoms can take hours or days to show up and even then they can be vague and difficult to link to a specific food.
Millions of people suffer from food sensitivities worldwide without even knowing it. Gluten, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soy and corn are quite common culprits.
According to the National Foundation for Celica Awareness, an estimated 3 million Americans have celiac disease; they can’t eat gluten, not one little bit. Another estimated 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivities and experience gastrointestinal discomfort when they eat products containing gluten, a protein found in most grains but wheat, barley and rye are the most problematic.
These 18 million Americans are those who have figured it out but millions continue to experience symptoms suggestive of food sensitivities every day and have yet to identify the cause. In my practice I meet and help transform the lives of these people all the time.
4 Signs You Might Have a Food Sensitivity
1. Weight gain or inability to lose weight
You’ve tried it all: programs, diets, exercise, even supplements or diet pills. You’re constantly hungry, no matter how much you eat. Your cravings are strong and often.
When you suffer from a food sensitivity it affects your gut causes inflammation that affects the way your hormones work. Leptin is a hormone that is released after you eat, It regulates our food intake by signaling to the brain that you are satisfied. When leptin is affected you continue to feel hungry no matter how much you eat.
I remember waking up tired after sleeping a good eight hours and dragging myself to work.
By lunchtime I was hungry and exhausted. I ate a high carbohydrate meal usually a sandwich and chips that provided me with enough energy for a few hours.
When I started feeling tired again I reached out for a snack, usually a sugary treat.
Little did I know that my food choices were sending my blood sugar into a roller coaster ride; riding high on sugar one instant and the next crashing down.
My food choices were also affecting my hormones causing my adrenal glands to release cortisol as an anti-inflammatory. This was putting extra stress on your adrenal glands leaving me feeling exhausted.
3. Migraines and Headaches
You notice that your headaches tend to occur when you eat certain foods … several hours after a meal, or even when you wake up the next morning.
It’s no surprise we treat headaches with anti-inflammatory like NSAIDs and that they are associated with foods that cause inflammation. A recent study showed that 56% of people who had been diagnosed with migraine headaches actually had underlying gluten sensitivity.
4. Joint pain
You’re all-over ach yet you’re too young for arthritis, your pain is not related to an injury and you’re not a big athlete.
Here we go again: Food sensitivities = inflammation. This time it’s inflammation in your joints.
Do you eat nightshades?
In my experience these are the foods of concern.
If any of these symptoms resonate with you, there’s a good chance food sensitivities are to blame. Well, for me it was a lengthy learning curve but I don’t want this to happen to you or anyone else. This is the reason I have prepared this ebook where I delve deeper into best food that can keep you in losing weight, plus I introduce simple strategies for eliminating problematic foods and selecting the best food for health. Click HERE to claim your free copy.
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