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 Successfully Do a Food Sensitivity Elimination Diet

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While a food sensitivity elimination diet is the most accurate way to determine your food sensitivities, successfully doing one can be a real pain and can drive you nuts. It can be even more of a pain if it is a child who needs to do a food sensitivity elimination diet. Here are the steps I recommend following in order to survive in one piece and keep your sanity.

1. Identify your reasons for doing one. Why are you doing an elimination diet? Did your doctor or another health care professional recommend it? Have you heard about it or researched it online or from books and decided to do it? or do you just think it is a good idea? It is a must that you know why you are doing one as well as what you hope to accomplish by doing a food sensitivity elimination diet before you start one.

2. Prepare yourself to do the diet. This includes getting a food journal so that you can track what you are eating, the symptoms you experience or if doing it for your child the food and drink he or she eats and the symptoms he or she has. You can google food journal and find one to use, or you can try one of many apps that are available, or you can schedule a wellness consultation with me and I will give you a free copy of the one I created. You also need to develop a plan. This should include things such as the timeframe for the diet- When will you start? When will you finish? How will you deal with social situations? If it is for your child, how will you deal with school? With church? With birthday parties? With a spouse or other parent? With other children in your family? and so on. It is a must that you think this through and are well prepared or the diet will not be a success.

3. What foods will you eliminate? While it might seem obvious to do gluten and dairy, you may also want to consider, corn, nuts, shellfish, and maybe even anything else you think may be causing a problem.

4. The first few weeks of the diet are the most difficult. Be prepared for the fact that there may be some detoxing and therefore some discomfort that may occur. If you are working with a child I only recommend eliminating 1 food at a time. Adults can sometimes do 2-3 but I don’t recommend more than that.

5. The next few weeks will require you to continue to practice patience and to resist the temptation to eat even just a little bit of a given food. It is a must that you avoid the food or foods 100% or the food sensitivity elimination diet will not work. I recommend you avoid all eating out or situations where you did not prepare the food that therefore do not know for sure what is in it during the time that you are doing the elimination diet.

6. What did you learn from the diet?- This is when it’s time to analyze your results and determine what you learned. Did it help? Did you discover what foods are a problem for you? Are there maybe other foods you need to eliminate as well?

Successfully doing an elimination diet on your own is very hard. This is one thing I can help you with when you hire me as your coach. You also may want to consider the ALCAT test in order to speed up the process.

5 Colossal Elimination Diet Mistakes You Should Avoid

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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?

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