How health coaching can help people with food sensitivities

When I first found out how bad my food allergies and food sensitvities are I was overwhelmed. I really wish that I would have hired a health coach. My experience with the ALCAT test

Here are some of the ways a health coach can help children and adults with food allergies and or food senstivities:

1. Help with finding recipes for foods you can eat. While there are recipes everywhere at the same time, if you have more than one food sensitivity and in some cases maybe even lots of them, then recipes will be harder to find than you think. A health coach can help you find recipes you can actually eat and enjoy.

2. Help with accountability. Health coaching can help you stay accountable and actually achieve your health goals.

3. Help you create a well balanced diet and menu. When you have food sensitivities and even worse when you have multiple food sensitivities, then health coaching can help you to eat a balanced diet rather than only eating the 10 foods you know are safe and enjoy eating.

4. Help you overcome cravings. When you first start eating according to a new way of life, it can be tough. Health coaching can help you succeed and avoid giving in to your cravings.

5. Help you deal with people in your life who don’t understand why you are avoiding certain foods. This is a big one and it’s a much bigger deal than many people think or realize. Often the people closest to you won’t support you like you had hoped and health coaching with a trained health coach can help you help them to understand your new way of eating.

6. Help you with reading food labels and help you to understand how to really avoid things like gluten and dairy. It’s much harder than you might think.

7. Help you to not go crazy while avoiding certain foods. This is a bigger problem than you might think and a health coach can help you stay sane.

Want me to help you? Schedule a time to talk with me

How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane

food allergies and autism

Do you have a child with both food allergies and autism? If so, it can be doubly challenging and overwhelming at times. However, it is possible to manage both without going nuts. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this:

1. Take inventory of what kind of help and resources you need. I recommend hiring a health coach, or nutritionist to help you with the nutrition and meal planning part. You can of course hire me. Check out what I offer on my coaching page. Otherwise I can provide you with referrals for pretty much anyone or anything you might need.

2. Take time to breathe and focus on your needs and health as well as those of your child. Too many parents who have a child with health issues and or special needs don’t do this and you really must or you will crack and lose it.

3. Get support from others who have been there, done that. You can find groups on Facebook, blogs and other online places for support as well as offline groups. I have a group on Facebook that you can check out as well. You can also search meetup.com or ask for recommendations from friends, family, neighbors, your church and doctor.

4. Take things one step at a time. If food allergies are causing more problems than the autism or sensory issues, then focus on learning to live with and manage those first. If sensory issues are a bigger problem than work on those first.

5. Plan ahead on Sunday night for the week to come. Do meal planning, gather snacks to use throughout the week, and be prepared for any situations you will encounter throughout that week.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course

How to Identify the Symptoms of Food Allergies in Toddlers

food allergies in toddlers

Do you have a toddler who has food allergies? How do you know? Well for some it can be obvious because your toddler will have a severe reaction and need an epi-pen. However, how do you identify the symptoms of food allergies in toddlers when the reactions are less severe? Here are some tips on how to identify food allergies in toddlers when it isn’t obvious.

1. Does your toddler get ear aches a lot? A lot of people aren’t aware of this but food allergies and specifically a dairy allergy can be one of the root causes for frequent ear aches. If your toddler or child gets frequent ear aches, it is worth trying to have your child give up dairy products.

2. Does your child have trouble sleeping through the night? The food that your toddler is eating may be causing him or her problems. If sleep and your toddler is a chronic problem, I recommend you consider using my Sleep Journal to figure out if food allergies are causing sleep issues.

3. Does your child get frequent heart burn or have an upset tummy regularly? If so, then your child may have food allergies. Consider changing up your child’s diet and using a food journal to track and eliminate foods that may be causing your toddler trouble.

4. Does your toddler refuse to eat certain foods? If so, he or she may have allergies and that food may be bothering him or her. Yes, it’s possible that your child may not like that food or foods but he or she may also not feel good after eating that food and therefore may not want to eat it.

5. Does your toddler have unexplained rashes, or skin issues? If so, these may be food related.

6. Last but not least, does your toddler get a lot of hay fever and or what you think are seasonal allergies? Many doctors won’t admit this or don’t know this, but seasonal allergies can also be caused by or made worse by food allergies.

Need help? Let me help you with my Healthy Eating for Kids Program. I can customize this program to help you with any food allergies or diet restrictions your child may have.

Elimination Diet Vs ALCAT Test for Food Sensitivities Which One is Better?

rp_IMG_0772-300x2251-300x225-300x225-300x225.jpg

Are you still trying to figure out which food or foods are bothering you or your child? It can be a challenge and for some people it is easier than others.

The challenge is that while there are some tests that can help such as the ALCAT test, they are not perfect. However, doing an elimination diet can be a challenge as well since you have to eliminate foods that you think are causing the problem and then add them back in one at a time until you figure out which foods are a problem. The problem with the elimination diet is that if you are having a lot of problems or you are having issues with a food that isn’t part of the top 8 common allergens or with multiple foods then you may not able to able figure it out or it may take forever trying.

I wrote about my experience with the ALCAT test at this post here: My experience with the ALCAT test. Personally I found it to be quite effective and one of the things that I discovered is that blueberries cause insomnia for me. Quite frankly I don’t know how I would have figured this out otherwise since blueberries are not a food I would have ever included on my elimination diet list. That said, there are some of the pros and cons of the ALCAT test vs an Elimination diet.

ALCAT Test

Pros:

Is the fastest method. You get a blood test and have results within about 10 days.

The results come with lists that tell you how severe each food sensitivity is and how long you should avoid it for

They also give you a recommended shopping list and some detailed instructions which can be quite helpful.

Cons

You must be at least 5 years old to get the test done. They don’t do infants or really young children

It usually gives you a huge list of foods and it can be overwhelming and from my experience it really isn’t necessary to always give up all of them for the time frame they recommend but if your health issues are severe it may be worth a try.

The results aren’t always 100% accurate and they can change every 6 months making it hard to keep up with

It’s expensive. Depending upon your insurance and where you get the test done, it can cost up to $700

Elimination Diet

Pros:

Less expensive, in fact unless you hire a health coach like me, it’s free.

Can be done with anyone of any age, including babies.

Can be easier to implement


Cons:

It can be a hassle especially if you have lots of foods that are bothering you

It can be difficult to implement

It can take a long time to remove, and then add in other foods and remove others

5 Colossal Elimination Diet Mistakes You Should Avoid

eliminationdiet

An elimination diet is well known as the number one best way to figure out what food sensitivities and or food intolerances you may have. However, if you don’t do the elimination diet properly you can end up causing more health problems or you may end up with inaccurate results. Here are the five most common and the worst elimination diet mistakes that people make:

1. Trying to do an elimination diet completely on your own without any help from a health coach, a chiropractor, a naturopath, or any other kind of health care professional. While you can find information on how to do an elimination diet and you can try to do it on your own, it will be much harder and from my own experience it has a significantly less chance of working. An elimination diet can also be really hard and without the encouragement and motivation of someone to help you, you will most likely not be able to stick with it long enough to get the results you need and want. It can also help to get professional help in deciding which foods you need to eliminate. For example, not everyone needs to eliminate dairy products even though they are a common food sensitivity.

2. Trying to eliminate more than 10 foods or multiple major food groups at once. The more foods you eliminate the harder it will be for you to stick to your diet and the more likely you are to fail. It’s hard enough to give up gluten for example without also trying to give up dairy, sugar, and multiple fruits, vegetables, and even some meats at the same time. It is best instead to start by eliminating one major food group such as gluten first and then adding to it if determined necessary.

3. Failing to plan ahead before beginning an elimination diet. Successfully doing an elimination diet is hard enough and so you need to plan ahead. I recommend avoiding beginning the diet while you will be traveling, moving, or around the time of a major holiday. You want your first two weeks to happen while you are living a normal life with no major challenges, adjustments or anything else that could through you off. You also will need to be able to keep a detailed and thorough food journal during this time so you need to be sure that you will be able to do this.

4. Failure to get adequate support from friends and family ahead of time most of whom will think you are crazy or just plain won’t understand what you are doing. In some cases you will also need to request special meals and you will need to be prepared with meal recommendations.

5. Failure to realize that you might in some cases get temporarily sicker before you start feeling better. The most common symptom is an increase in fatigue and in headaches. If you are worried about this and you are able to get time off of work for a few weeks when you first start an elimination diet it is helpful.

That said an elimination diet can really be a helpful part in your journey to improved vitality and wellness but you do want to take the time and steps necessary to do it correctly. Questions about whether you not you should try an elimination diet?

Schedule a free wellness discovery session with me today and let’s talk about it.

Does your blood type impact your food allergies and or food sensitivities?

rp_spectrumofwellnesspodcast-300x3001-300x300-300x3001-300x3001-300x300-300x3001-300x3001-300x3001111.jpg

Does your blood type have an impact on any food allergies or food sensitivities that you may have? Listen below as I talk about this.

Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight

Why You Must Not Ignore Food Sensitivities

rp_foodasmedicine-300x3001-300x300-300x300.jpg

Do you think that food sensitivities are no big deal? Have you been taught to believe that food sensitivites aren’t real? The reality is that even though many doctors claim that they don’t believe in them, they are real and can in some cases cause even more problems especially for your long term health than allergies. Food sensitivies can in fact, be the root cause of a lot of heath problems including asthma, seasonal allergies, chronic pain, headaches and migraines, and digestive issues. They can also be a lot harder to diagnose than food allergies.

Here are a few research articles on the topic of food sensitvities.

Non-celiac wheat sensitivity as an allergic condition: personal experience and narrative review.

Effects of foods and beverages on the symptoms of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Another important thing to remember is that while gluten and dairy are the most common food sensitivites, they are not the only ones. I personally have a severe food sensitivity to brazil nuts, blueberries and asparagus. For years, I didn’t realize I had these and had a lot of health issues including year round sinus allergies and infections which only cleared up when I stoped eating these and other foods that were bugging me.

So in short, if you want good health and want to be as drug free as possible, then you need to identify and work on healing from your food sensitivites.

5 Less Known Clues That You May Have a Food Sensitivity

rp_IMG_0772-300x225.jpg

Do you have a food sensitivity?

Many people do and yet they often don’t realize it. So how do you figure out if your health issue is connected to a food sensitivity? Here are 5 less known clues and health concerns that are often but not always connected to a food sensitivity.

1. Headaches and Migraines- Yes what you eat can impact these and many people realize it because they immediately connect eating certain foods with headaches and migraines. However, sometimes you may get them a lot or all of sudden start getting them and not realize that you may have a food sensitivity and fail to make the connection.

2. Insomnia or trouble sleeping- Many people don’t realize that this is a big warning sign for a food sensitivity or even a food allergy. For example, I cannot sleep at night if I eat blueberries.

3. Constant fatigue. Are you tired a lot? If so, you probably have one or several food sensitivities that are causing this. Yes, there are other reasons you may be tired but the food you are eating has a big impact on your energy level.

4. Constant “seasonal” allergies. This is not normal and if you feel like you need to take a drug or other home allergy remedy all the time, rather than just during peak allergy season, then you probably have at least a few food sensitivities.

5. Sinus pain, or constant sore throats or sinus infections. Yes you can get these periodically without a food sensitivity, but if you get them a lot then you probably need to look at what you are eating.

Need help figuring out what they are, or how to create a meal plan once you know that you have them? Click the orange button below and let’s talk.

Why GMOS Are Contributing to Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

nogmos

Did you know that GMOS are contributing to food allergies and food sensitivities? If not, then you need to read this post even more carefully. There are lots of problems in fact with GMO foods and while experts disagree in many areas of nutrition, you will have a very hard time finding anyone in the health field or nutrition field who thinks that GMO foods are good and healthy. The fact that they are causing increases in food allergies and food sensitivities is only one of these reasons. In fact, celiac disease, gluten intolerance and wheat allergies have increased over 400% in the past 10 years. If you think this is just a coincidence, then you need to do more research.

While there are many reasons why GMOS are contributing to food allergies and food sensitivities, the two biggest ones are:

1. GMOS are a modified food product that our bodies are not used to and as such we have a hard time processing them and digesting them.

2. GMOS are almost without exception manufactured by companies who spray their crops with large amounts of heavy pesticides. These chemicals add to the damage caused by GMOS and cause allergies and sensitivities.

So why else are GMOS causing food allergies and food sensitivities?

Watch this video to learn more reasons why this is happening.

10 Myths Uncovered About Food Intolerances

rp_wheat-and-gluten-free-diet-150x15011.jpg

If you have ever suffered from food intolerances, or you think you might have some, or you have been misagnosed with allergies, or any auto-immune disease, then you probably are aware of at least some of these myths about food intolerances.

1. Food intolerances aren’t a big deal and you don’t need to worry about them. This is the biggest one and one that can cause major problems for a lot of people. I personally have been on every drug for allergies and asthma that exist. Both over the counter and prescription and none ever worked effectively for me. It wasn’t until I found out that I had a lot of food intolerances and some of them severe that my allergies started to improve.

2. If you have a food intolerance you can just eat it and then use a drug to help you with the side effects. This one really bugs me and is part of the reason we have such a problem in the United States and in some other countries of the world with the overusage of drugs.

3. If you weren’t born with a food intolerance, or if you didn’t have it as a child, then you must not have it now. Actually food intolerances can appear at any time throughout your life.

4. If you don’t have a food intolerance to gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, nuts, or fish then it must not be a real problem since these are the most common. Reality is that you can have a severe food intolerance to anything and yes it is a real problem. For example I have a severe food intolerance to asparagus.

5. Once you have a food intolerance, there is nothing you can do to get rid of it. Again, this is false. Some food intolerances can be eliminated or lessened by avoiding that food for a period of time usually at least 6 months and sometimes a couple of years. Others can be helped by taking a probiotic daily for a few years and sometimes for the rest of your life.

6. There are no blood tests that can acurately determine food intolerances. This is a myth usually spread by western medicine doctors who do not fully understand how these work. In fact, the ALCAT test which is the one I had is proven to be one of the most acurate. Read about my experience here. There are other blood tests as well that can help you especially if you have a lot of them.

7. A normal healthy person has food intolerances. Again, this is false. Food intolerances along with allergies are a sign of a weaked immune system and in some cases even one or more autoimmune diseases.

8. The foods that your mother ate when she was pregnant with you and the foods you were fed as a child have no impact on your food intolerances. Actually the opposite is true.

9. You have to have eaten a food in order to have a food intolerance to that food. Actually you don’t. It is possible to have a food intolerance to something you have never eaten.

10. The same method of treatment will work for everyone. Just like the same diet or medication won’t work for everyone neither will the same food intolerance treatment. Acupunture helps a lot of people but so do probiotics, herbs, essential oils, the eliminate diet, and a rotation diet.