Guest post by D.J. Little
Now when I speak of food intolerances, that is exactly what I mean....not severe food allergies. There are different severities of food intolerances and allergies. This article is not about severe food allergies such as the type that leave someone hospitalized.
We have all heard stories of someone eating peanut butter or shellfish or mayonnaise and having a severe allergic reaction and having to be hospitalized due to the that reaction. After that day, the person lives in fear of certain foods, which is understandable!
This article is for those of you who have symptoms such as gas, bloating, headache, upset stomach, belching, brain fog, indigestion, mood swings, irritability, constipation, join pain, allergies, rashes, and inability to lose weight. And the list goes on, believe it or not.
Most people have food intolerances but simply don't know. You may think your headaches are just part of who you are, or your aching joints are just age or sports related, or your bad breath is just who you are… but it's NOT! God created us perfectly, but we just like to mess up what He made.
Food intolerance is very easy to "fix”, but there is no quick way to naturally work with your body and rid it of food intolerances. Taking a pill to suppress a symptom is not going to heal your body. Healing requires work, but it's well worth the effort!!!! Some food intolerances can even completely go away over time.
There are a couple steps involved in healing the gut, which is the core of your health!!! Gut health is so crucial for good health, so the first thing to work on is eliminating certain foods from your diet and then building your gut health. After this initial phase, you can begin to reintroduce these foods back in and see how your body reacts.
Which Foods to Eliminate
So what foods should you drop? The most common foods that cause allergic responses from the body are peanuts, dairy, corn, soy, gluten, sugar, and eggs. These are obviously not the only foods that can cause internal irritation, but they are very common ones. So let's start with these seven… drop them! Get them out of your life for 30 days. I usually recommend that my clients start a list of all their complaints and rate each one from 1-10 in severity. Then at the end of the 30 days do this again without looking at the first list, then compare. In order to eliminate these foods from your diet you will have to read labels.
There are a lot of "hidden" ingredients in foods. I recommend that my clients do not buy things in boxes or cans. When grocery shopping, stick to the outer isles of the store and steer clear of the inner isles. Purchase fresh veggies and meats. This will be the bulk of your diet for the 30 days. Keep it simple or you won't stick to it...think meat and veggies!
Building Gut Health
During this phase, you are going to want to build your gut flora and repair years of damage. Eating fermented foods is great for this!!! Also taking probiotics, such as drinking kombucha, is very beneficial. To replace your sweetener you can use stevia (Now Better Stevia is the best tasting), monk fruit, or swerve sweetener. However, go easy on the sweeteners and learn to enjoy the taste of food. If you like cream in your coffee, switch to a nut based creamer such as nut pods. Try almond butter instead of peanut butter or sunbutter.
When it comes to corn, I would just recommend ridding that from your diet permanently. All non-organic corn is GMO - what I like to refer to as Frankenstein food. Soy and gluten are two more I would recommend keeping out of your diet on a permanent basis.
As far as eggs, I really don't like to recommend a replacement. Just give your gut some time to heal and hopefully you will be fine with eggs again. For me personally, I can only eat egg whites and I have to take a digestive enzyme. Knowing that is helpful to me and I try no to over consume them even though I LOVE eggs!!!!
Ok, so now we have removed certain foods and are building our gut flora. What to do when the 30 days is over???? Start to reintroduce certain foods. So let's say your going to start with eggs. Have two eggs for breakfast on day 31,and note any health changes. The next day have no eggs. Now, on day 3 eat eggs again, and on day 4, eggs again and note any health changes. After a week, if there are no changes, you've got the green light to put eggs back into your diet.
Now, wait a week before trying dairy. You just went 30 days on the elimination diet, and 14 days allowing some eggs back into your diet, while staying on the fermented foods and probiotics. Now, if you are having no reoccurrences of health issues, you can try dairy. Do it the same way you did the eggs.
The rest of the food list I would strongly recommend you just leave out of your diet, because they have no health benefits. These are gluten, soy, peanuts, sugar, and corn. Your life will be so much richer without these, and your body will thank you.
Enjoy your journey to a healthier you!!!!
D.J. Little is a Christian wife, homeschool mom, outdoor enthusiast, and Certified Nutritional Counselor and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She enjoys simplicity, is passionate about all things health and fitness, is crazy for free weights, and says she has to force herself to do cardio. she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.