What to do if you suspect that you may have a food allergy or an intolerance.
All right, so in this video, what I want to talk about is food allergies and food intolerances. And I think that it’s important that we talk about this because at this point, you may have already cleaned up your diet.
And one of a couple of things may happen, one is you may have found that you still don’t feel great. Maybe you have achy joints or maybe there’s something going on with your digestion that doesn’t make you feel good. Maybe you’re having trouble sleeping, maybe you’re feeling lethargic.
And so, what I want to do is I want to give you a couple of resources. There are some resources down at the bottom of the page, and I’m happy to walk anyone through this that wants to.
The best way to pinpoint whether you have food allergies or not is doing something called an elimination diet. And doing an elimination diet is not a pleasant task. It can take anywhere from 8 to 14 weeks, depending on how exacting you are.
Because what we do is we take out all of the foods that are known allergens for many people. And what you do is we start out for two weeks just with a really basic diet of basically Turkey and lamb and some vegetables for about two weeks to see if you feel better. And then, once you do, then we systematically start adding different foods back in to see, did that make you feel bad?
And if so, then we know that one of those foods is the culprit. And if not, then we get to keep those foods and then move on to the next group. And so, again, there’s a very systematic, regimented way of doing this and I can walk you through it. But I wanted to point out a few of the major players.
So first, many women find themselves being gluten intolerant or being sensitive to wheat products. And so, that’s one thing that you can do. You can cut flour out of your diet for a period of time to see, does it impact how I feel? One of the things that we’ve talked about before and that I just want to bring back up again, is that sometimes we will get hot flashes or night sweats due to eating too much flour or wheat products.
And so, what you can do is you can cut those things out for a period. And that’s true for any of these things is the difference between a food allergy and a food being intolerant to a food is that, when you’re allergic, you can’t have any of it in your diet.
However, what I find with many of my clients is that we’re just a little bit of intolerant to it. So, for example, I took flour out of my diet for a period of time. It was probably about a month, maybe a little bit longer. And then, I started bringing it back in. I started with one serving per week, and then I moved to two servings per week, and three, and four.
And when I started getting those symptoms again, I knew that I had gone too far. And so, I backed off, and went back to the three, and then to the two, and so on so forth. So, what I’ve found is that for flour, for example, I can tolerate it in my system if I have it probably two times per week. But anything more than that, and I start to notice that I get hot flashes or night sweats.
And for the most part with alcohol that is the same thing. One of the ways that you can tell whether you are having a food intolerance, or an allergy is to keep a food log. It doesn’t have to be my fitness pal. What you can do is I have a form below, where you just mark what you’re eating on a daily basis. And then, also keep in mind, what your symptoms are?
And so, by keeping a log of all of those things on a regular basis, what you can do is you can become your own diet detective and figure out what is going on.
Now, dairy is another one that can be inflammatory for many. And generally, what we find with dairy is that you are having digestive problems. That usually happens within a few hours of having the dairy, but more subtly, what you might find is that your joints are aching. And so, if you find that you’re having joint problems, you could try cutting dairy out entirely to see if that alleviates the problem. And if it does, great. If it doesn’t, then you can try something else.
Now, the next thing that I would go to is there’s a type of food or type of foods, a category of foods they’re called FODMAPS. FODMAP is an acronym for that stands for each of the different types of compounds that are found in those foods. And when we look at the entire FODMAP family, there are tons of different foods.
There’s a worksheet below that has all of them on it. I don’t want you to think that if you are allergic to FODMAP, that you have to get rid of all of those things. Because many of the things that we eat on a regular basis, like tomatoes, and garlic, and onions that are sometimes the basis for many cooking, what we’ll find is that those things are in FODMAPs.
However, you can be allergic to just one of the verticals within the FODMAP. So, just the F the fruit toast part of the FODMAPs. And so, what you just need to do is just cut those things out. Anyway, if you suspect that you have a food allergy or that you have a food intolerance, we can definitely approach that.
And again, it doesn’t mean that those foods are off the table. However, knowing that not eating those foods makes me feel better is actually going to make the decision a little bit more empowering for you.
So, I just wanted to share that with you in this video and that’s all I have for you right now. Okay. Bye-bye.