It has been a busy start to the year as I have been preparing for a series of workshops for Macy’s, here in NYC. And although I’ve barely had time to make a list of my own New Year’s resolutions, I’ve enjoyed brainstorming ideas for these workshops that are meant to make healthy habits easier for those of us who super busy…which I think is probably everyone these days!
This week’s workshop focused foods that are great for prevention and even healing disease. I was pleasantly surprised with the turn out, a packed house with nearly 25 people on the waiting list! This tells me that the topic of prevention and healing is one that people are starting to pay attention to, which is very exciting
A good portion of the class focused on the 3 diseases that are plaguing the US today; Heart Disease, Diabetes and Cancer. The rest of the time was spent on more everyday ailments, such as digestion, foods that prevent colds and flu and how to eat for energy.
While I’ll be sharing some of the tips I covered in a series of upcoming blog posts, today I’d like to focus the topic that got the most interest, which is digestive problems. Whether it’s heartburn, gas, GERD, diarrhea or
constipation, there is rarely a person in the US who doesn’t struggle with digestive issues of some kind and it’s no surprise given our “Standard American Diet”, aka SAD
Besides offering several food suggestions for helping digestive stress, my number one tip for healing digestive problems was to uncover hidden food intolerances. This is something I have TONS of personal experience with and I’m telling you now, discovering a food intolerance can literally change your life. Those chronic issues you’ve been dealing with most of your life will likely disappear. And many people are shocked to learn that many of the following “symptoms” where related to food intolerance:
- Diarrhea & Constipation
- Chronic headaches
- Joint pain
- Unexpected weight gain or trouble loosing weight
- Chronic fatigue
- Depression & anxiety
At the end of the workshop people lined up to ask questions and many of them wanted to know….”how do I know if I have a food intolerance.” While most people think you need to have a blood test to reveal food intolerances, the reality is that a lot of times these tests are inaccurate. The most reliable way is through an elimination diet.
And while the process is simple, it’s important that it’s done properly in order to get accurate results. You must completely eliminate the top problematic foods (which is difficult because so many of these are hiding in foods you would never realize) for a minimum of 2 weeks. You have to pay close attention to how you feel as you as you detox from these foods as well as when you begin to introduce them back into your diet. Another important tip to remember is that you can only add one food back in at a time, allowing several days to pass before adding another. The reason being that symptoms of intolerance can take several days to show up!
If all this seems overwhelming to you, I would love to offer you support and guidance as you seek to find the foods that could be the culprit behind those pesky digestive issues and other ailments. I offer my clients shopping lists, meal plans and recipes to make the process simple and worry free. You’ll also be sending me a daily food diary, so I can see if there’s anything sneaking into your diet that may interfere with your results.
To learn more about uncovering your own food intolerances contact me