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Play With Your Food


Article Posted by Sherri Sacconaghi, on May 16th, 2011

 


Still having difficulty losing weight? Is your energy not quite where you would like it to be? You might be putting wrong types of food in your body.

Food intolerances are on the rise. It could be that our bodies have become more sensitized to food due to decades of declining eating habits (thanks mom). It could be that there are more contaminates in our food, or maybe we are just more aware of our bodies and how food makes us feel. Whatever the reason , if you are suffering from fatigue, pain, skin rashes, congestion, or difficulty sleeping, consider eliminating certain foods from your diet instead of popping a pill or supplement that just will mask the symptoms.

I am a big believer in tinkering with your diet when you do not feel quite right. I did this two years ago when I was having low energy and digestive problems. It turns out meat was the culprit for me (I was one of those people who thought my body “needed” animal protein). I have been a happy, Tums free vegetarian ever since.

The most common food intolerances are wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and shellfish. I often suggest that people who are interested in an elimination diet start with gluten (which includes wheat, rye, oats, and barley). When people eliminate gluten from their diet many state they feel less bloated and more energetic. There are so many delicious gluten free products on the market so it is pretty easy to eliminate gluten for short periods of time.

However you choose to start, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Eliminate only ONE food at a time. For example, don’t try and eliminate gluten and dairy at the same time or it will not be clear which food may be effecting your body.

  • Plan on eliminating that one food group for at least 14 days.

  • Journal how you feel during the 14 days. Did you feel more alert, did your eczema improve, did you sleep better?

  • After 14 days add that food back in for one meal. For example, add a piece of whole wheat toast to your breakfast and see what happens.

If you feel better great. If not, follow the same guidelines with a different food. If nothing else, experimenting with an elimination diet encourages those who might be stuck in a food rut to get creative with their menu. As with all diets, it is important that you are getting enough nutrients. It is good to shake up your eating habits every now and then so go ahead and play with your food.

 

Article by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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