How are your lab results? Do you feel good? Do you feel as good as you think you should?
How a Food Journal May Help
Using a food journal helped me make a miraculous recovery from having a heart attack, being diagnosed with diabetes, and suffering from food-related allergies, sensitivities and intolerances. I think it may be able to help you, too.
I was overweight and in pain. Pretty much all the time. My joints hurt. My stomach hurt. I spent hours in the bathroom. My brain was foggy. I couldn't sleep and was exhausted. I was only in my fifties and you would have thought I was 20 years older. Most of my lab results were high and the doctors kept adding medications to try to get my numbers into the normal range. But nothing was working. Can you relate?
It finally dawned on me that many of my troubles might be caused by food. I started to write down what I was eating and what symptoms I had. I did it for several months before I began to realize that three foods might be causing some of my troubles: soy, cheese, and wheat. These three foods are three of the top nine foods that negatively affect people.
According to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE), the nine most common food allergies in the U.S. are:
- Tree nuts
- Shell fish
My symptoms were so weird. I never thought they could be related to food. Besides the ones mentioned earlier in this article, I also had itchy, very touch-sensitive skin, stinky poots and lots of gas, intense seasonal allergies, disjointed/distractible thinking, and I was hungry all the time. I was 50 pounds overweight and could lose weight no matter how I tried.
It Ain’t Just The Diet
I’m here to tell you it ain’t just the diet that is making you hold onto all those extra pounds. At least, it wasn’t for me. I couldn’t keep weight off for love nor money. When I stopped eating the foods that caused my food sensitivities and seasonal allergies, I lost more than 40 pounds. The weight just slipped off and stayed off. Not only did I lose weight, I began to think more clearly, sleep better, and feel healthy again. I ate lots of fat, meat, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. And still lost weight. I even ate chips!
I tell you my story, explain exactly how to test yourself for food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances, and give you the tools to do it in my new book, It Ain’t Just the Diet™ Food Journal | A Daily Guide to Finding & Managing Your Food Allergies, available at the end of this month on Amazon.
Nourish Your Body & Soul
I encourage you to care of yourself by eating satisfying, nourishing food that is good for your body and makes you feel healthy. Protect your spirit by living authentically, moving your body, and taking time to replenish and rest. I think you might also like these recipes & posts from Recipe Idea Shop:
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Disclaimer: The author is not a health professional or nutritionist. She is offering her research and personal reflections about her health journey and is not providing any type of medical or nutritional advice. This post is for informational purposes only. It is offered as a tool for people to discover their own suspected food allergies, intolerances and sensitivities. Readers are highly encouraged to read, write, and reflect on the ideas presented. Consult your healthcare professional before initiating any dietary or exercise program.
This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop April 9, 2021.