When we think of food allergy, we think of something serious…like someone eating shellfish or peanuts and their throat gets completely clogged and they can’t breath. And they have to be rush to the emergency room…and maybe even be hospitalized.
What if I told you that there are a lot of us walking around who also have food allergies…but our allergic symptoms to those foods are not as severe. It shows up as mild little things that we think are totally normal. But our food intolerance is actually causing us to feel bloated, tired, moody, irritable, and carry those excess stubborn weight.
That’s a lot of stress on your body.
So far from my own personal experiences, I find that my body is very sensitive to a lot of things. Ranging from strong scent, caffeine, alcohol, sodas, dairy, wheat, sugars to certain foods. So the last few years, I spent some time going through Andrea Albright‘s books and audios. I was so angry and at the same time so darn relieve to find out that I had food intolerance.
I learned so much about how my body works. How certain foods react in my body. And how if I eat these “trigger food”…my stomach gets bloated, my face gets puffy, and my body feels like I was partying and drinking liquor the last night. But the surprising thing is…I didn’t even go out or have any alcohol. All I did was ate pasta and bread with a little bit of hot sauce.
It’s crazy right?
To think, your body can react like this to FOOD.
And get this…a majority of the population is allergic to wheat, diary, and sugar… And not even know about it. They just interpret the subtle food allergy reaction of feeling tired, fatigue, bloated, foggy mind, irritability, headaches, depression, and digestion issue as normal and part of getting older.
And you know what’s even more crazy…
If you have food sensitivity, your allergic food reaction can show up completely different compare to someone who is also sensitive to that very same food…And the symptoms may not even show up until a day after. Which is why it’s so challenging to diagnose what food you may have an intolerance to. Best thing to do is to completely eliminate the food you suspect is giving you those allergic reactions for a week or two. And see how you feel…then add it back to see if you do have adverse affect to them by paying very close attention to how you feel in your body and mood. And if you are not sure which food you are sensitive to, you can start with eliminating wheat and dairy since that seems to be the most common food allergies among the majority.
And if you want more help, I highly suggest Rose Cole’s “10 Week Transformation Program“. She has such an amazing program to completely help you find out what food you are sensitive to and get your body functioning at its optimal.
What if I told you…What you eat can be causing your roller coaster moods.
And depending on your mood, it could cause you to pig out on junk food.
Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed. is an author and holistic health counselor providing no hype, straight forward, down to earth, honest talk about holistic health, natural health and green living to improve and protect your mental and physical health.
Check out this insightful article of hers below…
Food and Your Mood
By Cynthia Perkins
What we eat has a significant impact on our mental state and can create profound psychological symptoms. It is not uncommon for people to notice things such as increased level of energy or mental alertness after eating sugar or caffeine. Most of us know that it is the tryptophan in our turkey that makes us tired on Thanksgiving and many people have experienced cravings for carbohydrates and the temporary mood boost after ingesting them, thus demonstrating some of the simpler ways that food affects us.
On the most basic level, the neurotransmitters in our brain are affected by food. Carbohydrate cravings can be your body’s way of raising serotonin levels. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter in our brain responsible for mood, sleep and appetite. If our diet is too low in fat and protein, it can lead to low serotonin levels. Foods high in carbohydrates increase our tryptophan levels as well and thus why many people experience a calming effect on the body. Tryptophan creates more serotonin.
On a more complex level, one may experience a food sensitivity or food intolerance that impacts their mental state. This is a very common occurrence in our society that goes largely unrecognized. In food sensitivity or intolerance, the inherent chemical composition of the food has a negative impact on the neurotransmitters in the brain and its functioning.
Each of us is unique in our own body chemistry and not all foods are healthy for each individual. Depending on a variety of genetic factors combined with diet and lifestyle choices over the years, each body has foods that are compatible and not compatible with their chemistry. When the food is not compatible, it results in undesirable symptoms.
The impact on the brain may be experienced in a variety of ways, here are some of the most common:
-depression (may range anywhere from mild to severe and may include suicidal behavior)
-anxiety (may range anywhere from mild discomfort to severe anxiety attacks)
-attention deficit disorder
-unfounded fear or paranoia
-rapid changes in mood that vacillate
-rage or unfounded outbursts of anger
Some of the most common foods to result in a sensitivity or intolerance are the ones that are eaten most frequently and include the following,
-dairy and eggs
However, its important to note that any food can be a potential sensitivity. Even unusual foods like sweet potato or eggplant. It’s different for everyone and depends on your own unique body chemistry.
It’s not just the food themselves that can result in sensitivities, but it is often the chemicals added in processing like, food dyes, preservatives, pesticides, fungicides or nitrates.
Many symptoms are delayed, which means they don’t occur until hours or days after eating an offending food rather than immediately after. For example, depression may occur the morning after eating an offending food instead of immediately after, so many don’t make the connection from the food to the symptoms.
With the help of a test called the ALCAT test, you can analyze your body chemistry and find out if hidden food sensitivities or intolerances are at the root of some of your mood related symptoms. Once the offending substances are identified, mental and physical health can be improved by eliminating these foods from the diet.
Scores of people find improvements in their health by identifying their hidden food sensitivities and removing them from the diet. For example, those who suffer with depression and anxiety often find significant relief by removing foods like caffeine, chocolate and sugar. Children with hyperactivity and/or attention deficit become new people when sugar, wheat and corn is eliminated. I, myself, eliminated depression and crippling anxiety attacks from my life and lost 20 lbs by removing cane sugar and wheat from my diet and cured my son’s attention deficit/hyperactivity by removing sugar, wheat, yeast and all additives and chemicals.
Ever wonder why you can feel so tired, edgy, and irritable after you eat?
I used to mindlessly eat junk food. I didn’t think it was a big deal since I exercised.
Though recently I’ve been waking up to how damaging processed junk foods really are thanks to health and wellness coaches like Andrea Albright. These junk foods caused my constant upset stomach, migraines, and were the main reason why I struggled to lose weight ESPECIALLY my belly fat even though I was called a gym rat!
I used to work and live at the gym. Literally 8 hours of work and then 1 to 2 hours of workout and play afterward – 5 days a week! Crazy right?
Anyways, back to eliminating the junk foods…
In her eBook, Andrea exposes these ugly truths:
-Exactly what processed food does to your body
-Why your junk food cravings can get so strong
-What causes many of your mood swings
-Why you can get so tired after eating
-And how you could be allergic to certain food and not even know it…
By eliminating these FAKE foods — eventually your body will heal itself and return to its natural state. Instead of craving junk food, you’ll be addicted to healthy REAL food. (What a surprise that would be!)
You might be asking, “But how am I suppose to stop eating junk food? I don’t know if I can do it.”
Good news is Andrea has a simple and proven technique to get you on your way towards ending ANY addiction. It’s the same technique she used to end her junk food cravings (and even quit her bad smoking habit).
I highly recommend reading Andrea’s eBook Amazing Body Now: How To Lose Weight By Feeding And Nourishing Your Spirit to learn EXACTLY how she did it. And of course, to get her SECRETS of losing weight and keeping it off for life!
Seriously, don’t waste your money on an exercise machine, diet pills, or other weight loss solutions until you grab a copy of this e-book and LEARN how it ALL works.
I know, because even as a gym rat with two personal training sessions each week, taking multivitamins, eating nutritional bars, drinking protein shakes, and somewhat on and off on my meal plans…this is one of the things my trainer knew, but never called me out on it. I was still doing something wrong. Mainly my ADDICTION to processed food.
I was still binging on junk food every now and then. Especially on my FREE days! Those were the days my trainer let me off –meaning I get to eat whatever I want in moderation. But one greasy salted bite of JUNK food and you know how that goes… Perhaps, I was taking it way too far.
…And those FREE days off were enough to cause me to still feel tired, bloated, irritable, and light headed. My energy would fluctuate a lot.
Discover just what the heck is happening in your body so you can be sure you get results. Don’t be like me when I started — exercise 1-2 hours a day and still not see the body I wanted!
Andrea’s even created a “savior’s” guide to help us — especially women on the move. As she puts it, “to revolutionize the way women lose weight”. Her eBook includes ACTION STEPS to help you start using these healthy habits TODAY.
When you’re ready for a long term solution to handling this part of you life and get your body’s obsessions under control once and for all, check out Andrea Albright’s eBook Amazing Body Now: How To Lose Weight By Feeding And Nourishing Your Spirit.
OR… if you’re more of an audio learner, you might want to get her “Reveal The Thin Within” Audio Program.