How to Identify Problematic Foods For Your Child

Posted on May 18, 2019May 18, 2019Categories Food AllergiesTags   Leave a comment on How to Identify Problematic Foods For Your Child
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Are you worried that they are foods that are problematic for your child? If so keep reading to learn how to identify problematic foods for your child.

The first thing to keep in mind is that problematic foods can cause all kinds of symptoms not only digestive and or skin problems. They can also cause things like headaches, seasonal allergies that aren’t seasonal, difficulty sleep and emotional and behavioral challenges. In fact, with the way our food is processed and packaged these days, it’s rare for most children and even adults to not have at least 1-2 problematic foods. Many children (and sometimes adults too) have multiple problematic foods.

However, how do you figure out which ones?

Here are some ways to figure it out and help your child feel better and behave better.

First, consider formal allergy testing. While this won’t usually find any food sensitivities and the results don’t usually include all problematic foods. It’s a good idea to start there.

Second, consider another kind of test such as an allergy and heavy metals hair test or the ALCAT.

Third consider seeing an acupuncturist who specializes in NAET. This can help you not only figure out which foods are bothering your child but also reduce or eliminate the problems.

Fourth consider an elimination diet. This can be difficult with younger children or children who are very picky eaters. The main concept is that you eliminate foods known to commonly cause issues one at a time for 2-4 weeks and then you add them back in briefly to see if you notice any differences. If you are going to try this option, I highly recommend this book to help you do it successfully: The Elimination Diet Workbook: A Personal Approach to Determining Your Food Allergies

You can also hire me as a health coach to help you figure out what to do with your child and his or her diet and or eating habits.

Fifth you can use a food journal to figure it out. You do this by writing down every meal or food that your child eats and then paying to attention to how he or she behaves and to any symptoms that he or she has and writing them down. Then after a few weeks you can notice patterns and figure out which foods to eliminate or reduce.

How health coaching can help people with food sensitivities

Posted on February 14, 2017January 21, 2018Categories Food AllergiesTags ,   Leave a comment on How health coaching can help people with food sensitivities
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When I first found out how bad my food allergies and food sensitivities 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 sensitivities:

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

Posted on April 18, 2016August 19, 2017Categories Autism, Food AllergiesTags , ,   Leave a comment on How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane
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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

Posted on March 15, 2016Categories Food AllergiesTags ,   Leave a comment on How to Identify the Symptoms of Food Allergies in Toddlers
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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?

Posted on November 9, 2015November 18, 2015Categories elimination diet, Food AllergiesTags , ,   Leave a comment on Elimination Diet Vs ALCAT Test for Food Sensitivities Which One is Better?
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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