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.

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How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane

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 as a health coach. Check out what I offer on my coaching page. Otherwise I can provide you with referrals for a nutritionist or 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.