Determine your Intolerance Foods & eliminate them.
Eliminating them will require discipline. But within a few short days, you will be past your intolerances & their reactions & that will make them much easier to resist.
In fact you’ll be able to easily resist foods that you used to crave. These foods will no longer have power over you. You will have power over them.
There are a couple of ways to determine your intolerances/allergies:
Going to an allergy tester, someone like Darina Joyce in Oranmore:
Darina Joyce Clinic – Creganna Beg – Tel: 091-790901 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Raw Food Coach (Galway): 087 057 3098
Or you can do an elimination diet, in which you temporarily eliminate suspected intolerances, and then reintroduce them, to see if they cause symptoms.
For best results I’d do both. That way each of the 2 methods serves as a double check on the other and their margin for error is extremely small.
However it is quite acceptable to do just the elimination diet.
The advantage of an allergy/intolerance test is it eliminates the detective work of an elimination diet, and gives a set of written guidelines.
OK so here’s how to do an elimination diet.
The theory behind an elimination diet is simple: if you eliminate all intolerances from your system for 7-10 days and then reintroduce them, one by one, you’ll notice symptoms when you eat a food you are intolerant too. You’ll be especially sensitive to these foods, once they’ve been cleared away from your system. As a rule, food reactions occur within a food within a few hours of eating a reactive food. If you don’t react by at least the following morning after you eat a suspected intolerance food, you probably are not intolerant to that food.
However on occasion it can take up to 3 days to experience a delayed food reaction (which may be more subtle than an immediate reaction). Therefore when you do reintroduce foods, you should reintroduce them gradually, at a rate of no more than one or two new foods every day. If you reintroduce foods too quickly, you might become confused. The ideal is to add one food every two days, especially if you seem to be having reactions.
There are various ways to do an elimination diet. Some ways are more strict than others, because they eliminate a greater number of foods. The strictest way, for example is a fast, in which you consume nothing but fruit & vegetable juices. The least strict way is to just eliminate few of the most common allergens, such as wheat, milk, and sugar at once.
Here are a few ways to do it…
Limited elimination diet
Eliminate just a few of the most commonly reactive foods, plus any food that you eat virtually every day.
3 most commonly reactive foods
1.Wheat: Check food labels for:
And AVOID THEM!
If you are reactive to wheat you might also be reactive to:
Because these grains all contain a highly reactive substance called gluten.
If you are reactive/intolerant to milk you should also eliminate the many processed foods that contain them:
Check food labels for casein, lactalbumin, whey & AVOID THEM TOO!
3. Sugar (Wreaks havoc with insulin levels and often triggers hypoglycaemia) probably the hardest food to eliminate because we are so addicted to it. It’s also hidden in many foods.
If you are reactive to milk you might also be reactive to eggs because both eggs & milk have a similar protein.
If you avoid all of these it will mean passing up on most processed foods. All of these foods are hidden a great many foods.
Besides wheat, milk, sugar you should also avoid any food you eat virtually every day. You should especially avoid foods you eat several times each day.
The sensitive 7 (Most commonly reactive foods) are:
These can be present in ketchup, salad dressings, sweets, chocolate, bread, fizzy drinks etc.
Therefore you have to become an ardent reader of labels. Not all of the foods that people eat every day, however are among the sensitive seven.
A great many people have their own unique, frequently eaten foods. Such examples could be tomato skin, mustard, potato skin etc.
It’s hard, in fact really hard to give up these intolerances as your body craves them & enters discomfort whilst enduring withdrawals, but it will become easier and the rewards far outweigh the short term pain.
If you do this diet avoid your suspected reactive foods for at least one week. Then eat one of them and wait at least a day for symptoms to appear. If no symptoms appear, you are probably not intolerant to that food you can consume that food but remain alert for reactions.
When you’re monitoring yourself for reactions, don’t take antihistamines or any other allergy meds. They can mask symptoms.
Monitor your symptoms (A wide range can occur)
I’d recommend you’d journal your recordings!
To make this work you have to be a good detective!
Many of the foods we eat irritate and damage our very sensitive internal body.
Poor food choices (processed chemically induced/altered foods and our intolerances/allergies) can lead to faulty digestion, faulty absorption, abnormal gut reactions including bloating and inflammation, gut infections and poor elimination.
Knock on effects lead to a disruption in every body system – immunity, hormonal balance. It encourages candida overgrowth, fatigue, false hunger, anxiety, uncontrollable cravings, sets up blood sugar imbalance, inflammation. You can feel weak, miserable and hungry and suffer with fluid retention… Struggle hugely to lose weight and gain fat fast.
Every time you eat these foods you settle the feelings of discomfort and even get an opiate high 😆
But this sets up the vicious cycle…uncontrollable cravings…low blood sugar….anxiety…discomfort….so you eat the food to relieve the discomfort…which it does…in fact it makes you very comfortable but unfortunately is short lived and the cycle starts again.
Continue on this path and you promote further food intolerances, inflammation, more fatigue, malnutrition from an impaired gut, poor concentration, bloating, pain, poor nutrient absorption, acne, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, aches, stiffness, frustration, feeling like you lack control, depression, skin rashes and disorders, unhealthy appearance, you speed up ageing internally/externally.
It’s not an easy task giving up these foods in fact it’s very, very, very challenging especially as your body will initially make you crave them like similar to an alcoholic wanting that drink or a smoker needing that cigarette or the drug user needing that hit.
But the short term pain is 100% worth the long term gain…welcome to vitality, boundless energy, strong immunity, weight loss….the list goes on and on…
Interesting tiddley bit for Females 👀👭🙋🏼
Did you know that when you suffer from PMS and food intolerances that the effects can be devastating
Both cause: Food cravings, mood disturbance, metabolic disorders including low thyroid function, hypoglycaemia and insulin instability, swelling and bloating, energy and immune dysfunction. Food intolerances will make your PMS worse, in fact much worse.
Contrary to popular belief PMS is not normal but is common.
Women tend to gain fat easily as it relates to fertility! 👶🏻
See when a woman’s body fat ratio drops below 20% her fertility decreases markedly. When it falls to between 12-15% fertility can cease entirely.
Women store fat differently than men. Female hormones dictate the storage of extra fat in an area of the body where it burns relatively slowly: hips, thighs and ass
Oestrogen the primary female hormone appears to have a generally negative effect upon natural fat burning.
Unfortunately not only does Oestrogen increase fat production, but fat also increase oestrogen production. 🙈 this creates a vicious cycle.
One of the primary effects of PMS and food intolerances is to lower the levels of the brains primary contentment chemical, serotonin.
That’s mostly why women feel depressed and anxious during PMS.
Chocolate is one of the richest sources of phenylethylamine that gives the brain a big emotional lift.
Some people are more sensitive to this and women appear to get a more profound boost than men.
The other type of food that is very commonly craved is any kind of sweet, starchy foods. This is the best way to directly increase serotonin.
The food cravings that PMS cause are almost exactly like the cravings that your foods intolerances cause.
In both situations serotonin and blood sugar are driven down. The cravings are not like mere hunger, they are a need to feed reaction that feels intense and urgent!!
When PMS and food intolerances are combined the cravings can become virtually irresistible.
These cravings cause many women to eat voraciously for several days each month, and these several days of overeating destroy many diets.
The best solution is to eliminate your intolerances, and maybe using natural therapies to decrease PMS symptoms.