5 Colossal Elimination Diet Mistakes You Should Avoid

Posted on August 17, 2015January 21, 2018Categories Food AllergiesTags , 1 Comment on 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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Does your blood type impact your food allergies and or food sensitivities?

Posted on July 3, 2015May 22, 2017Categories Food Allergies, PodcastTags ,   Leave a comment on Does your blood type impact your food allergies and or food sensitivities?
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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

Posted on June 23, 2015March 26, 2018Categories Food AllergiesTags ,   Leave a comment on Why You Must Not Ignore Food Sensitivities
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Do you think that food sensitivities are no big deal? Have you been taught to believe that food sensitivities 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 sensitivities can in fact, be the root cause of a lot of health 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 sensitivities.

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 sensitivities, 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 stopped 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 sensitivities.

5 Less Known Clues That You May Have a Food Sensitivity

Posted on March 11, 2015March 26, 2018Categories Food AllergiesTags ,   Leave a comment on 5 Less Known Clues That You May Have a Food Sensitivity
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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?

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Why GMOS Are Contributing to Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities

Posted on January 15, 2015Categories Food AllergiesTags ,   Leave a comment on Why GMOS Are Contributing to Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities
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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.