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

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?

Let’s Talk.

Are Food Intolerances Ruining Your Life?

Posted on June 6, 2014March 24, 2016Categories Food AllergiesTags , 2 Comments on Are Food Intolerances Ruining Your Life?

Are food intolerances ruining your life? Join me for an informative and helpful conversation with Liz Wooten from HumanNatureDevelopment as we talk about food intolerances, share our journeys and helpful hints and tips to help you live with, manage and be healthier despite food intolerances and food sensitivities.

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