Do you experience one or more of the following physical symptoms:
Bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, headaches, migraines, fatigue, sinus problems, yeast infections, joint pain, foggy head?
Do you experience one or more of the following mental symptoms:
Anxiety, irritability, depression, bitterness, sadness, anger?
Do you experience pain from something not listed above?
If you answered yes to any of the above symptoms then you have food sensitivities. This may come as a shock to you or even be hard to believe. How does that rash on my hand have anything to do with what I eat? My hand is not my stomach.
In actuality that rash and any other physical or mental symptom you experience has EVERYTHING to do with your digestive system. But we were never taught this crucial piece of information. How is geography, history and algebra more important than our own bodies?
To make matters more confusing, most of your food sensitivities are hidden, which means you don’t even realize that you have them. In actuality, certain foods trigger an inflammatory response in your digestive system that may translate to you as any number of physical and/or mental symptoms.
Did you know that certain foods, which are considered healthy, could actually be fueling your bloat and zapping your energy? I share this not to confuse you or create food fears but to give you a chance to stay curious about what’s causing your pain. I encourage you to eliminate each of these foods, reintroduce them one at a time and see how you feel. Even better, follow an elimination diet to get crystal clear answers on whether or not these foods trigger your symptoms.
Healthy Food #1 – Eggs
Eggs are a beautifully designed whole food source of proteins and brain supportive-nutrients. Because of this, women would never consider something as healthy as an egg to be any kind of a problem.
However, eggs are highly allergenic and therefore commonly contribute to your bloating, skin problems and low energy.
An under-functioning digestive system is incredibly more common than you think. Remember ANY symptom, physical or mental, derives from a weak or inflamed digestive system that is likely experiencing intestinal permeability.
Combine this intestinal permeability with a special enzyme found in eggs and you trigger the release of inflammatory biochemicals in your body. AKA you have a recipe for disaster.
Healthy Food #2 – Nuts
I know you know about the severity of anaphylactic reactions to peanuts and tree nuts. And I know you are starting to dispel the myth that all fat is bad because you are not a total health food newbie.
All that aside, nuts are difficult to digest and a common trigger for symptoms like bloating, gas and constipation.
Nuts contain anti-nutrients that are designed to protect the plant that they grew on. Unfortunately for you, these anti-nutrients give you both tummy troubles AND prevent the absorption of the nutrients that nuts are touted for.
It is common for nuts to contain various toxins from mold on them because of how they are grown. This can contribute to bacterial and yeast overgrowth that impairs the functionality of your liver and keeps you feeling crappy.
Healthy Food #3 – Yogurt
Most women believe adding yogurt to the diet is one of the best things they can do to start eating healthier and improve their tummy problems.
Many yogurts are puddings in disguise. Most fruit or sweetened versions have at least 19g of sugar per ¾ cup serving with multiple sources of sugar. And who is sticking to that serving size with these sweet varieties?
Artificial flavours and colours run rampant in dessert flavoured or fruit yogurts. Watch out for ones labeled “sugar-free” as this almost always means artificial sweetener has been added and those come with a slew of negative health effects that are best avoided.
Many contain whey protein concentrate or skim milk powder, which is not the worst, but these ingredients are imported and we can find better.
Watch out for (modified) cornstarch, as this is a likely source of GMOs or hidden food allergies, which may trigger symptoms like headaches or skin problems.
These 3 foods are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ‘healthy’ foods that may not currently work for your body chemistry. Even if it is not clear to you that a specific food triggers a reaction or symptom, if you constantly feel tired, bloated or in pain, these foods form a mutiny AGAINST you rather than fighting FOR you.
These foods are thwarting your freedom from pain and fatigue.
See, it’s not really your fault, you just haven’t been taught this (most women haven’t).
What you need instead is a specific, strategic process to build yourself a custom diet that no longer triggers inflammation or pain in your body.
The key is methodically building a long-term diet that works WITH your body chemistry. Unlike so many other diets or protocols, the elimination diet works in harmony with your body to help build you your custom diet.