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Is Your Craving Really a Food Intolerance in Disguise?

CookieMonsterDo you have a favorite food that you HAVE to have or can’t stop eating? Do you feel tired, bloated, and drained ALL the time? These may be signs of a food addiction or food intolerance. And if you’re thinking, “Okay, so what’s the big deal,” then you should know that it takes only ONE food to wreak havoc on your health and your ability to maintain a healthy weight, immunity, and more.

Many times, the foods we think we LOVE the most are actually the foods that our bodies have a sensitivity to or intolerance to, keeping us from losing weight and making us feel tired and depressed.

When we eat a food that we have an intolerance or sensitivity to, it causes an inflammatory reaction and floods our body with chemicals. And it’s the chemicals that our body releases that we can become addicted to and could be keeping us from losing weight, causing us to be tired and starting a cascade of other symptoms. One reason is that our immune system can attack the food much like it would attack a germ, taxing your whole body and draining your energy.

Food allergies and intolerances are much more common than most people realize.

More common allergies are really more like food sensitivities and because the symptoms are bloating, poor digestion, headaches, lethargy, depression, and weight gain, most people don’t think they’re caused by the food they’ve been eating for their entire lives.  They just think, “There must be something wrong with me.” The most common foods that people have a sensitivity or intolerance to are dairy, wheat/gluten, and soy. (Gluten is the portion of the wheat that causes the problems, and it also found in other gluten grains.) These are the foods that often end up being trigger foods for people, along with sugar.

When people don’t know that a food intolerance is the root cause of their health issue, they usually blame it on their slow metabolism or their bad genetics and they just live with it.  Once you have eliminated these reactive foods from your life, you will be amazed at how quickly your energy and health will increase and, if needed, weight will effortlessly fall off. Your body will thank you for returning it to its natural state of radiant health.

Symptoms caused by food intolerances:

  • Acne/skin breakouts
  • Anxiety
  • Gas/bloating
  • Slow metabolism
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Lethargy
  • Weight gain
  • Digestive issues
  • Cravings for food
  • Binge eating

How Your Body Feels:

Imagine if you lived in a very small space.  What would it be like if you could only remove 20% of the trash you brought in?  What would it feel like to be in that space after a week?   What about a month?  Now imagine a year!  How does it feel to be in that space now? This is how your body feels when it cannot release waste.

Cleansing your body will improve your ability to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.  It will also stabilize and improve your energy.  Cleansing your body one to two times per year will improve your health, increase your energy, and eliminate waste that causes disease, weight gain, and cravings.

How to help your body detox and increase your energy:

Step 1 – Improve Oxygen to your cells with breathing exercises and Aerobic exercise.

Step 2 – Hydrate. Drink water throughout the day, at least 5-6 liters.  Eat raw foods with high water content – greens, vegetables, fruits.  Reduce low water content foods – breads, pasta, cereal, sugar, pastries, dairy, and animal proteins.

Step 3 – Maximize Nutrition:

  •   Drink Water often and add lemon to it to assist your liver, kidneys, and digestion
  •   Properly combine your foods (eat animal proteins and starches separately)
  •   Eat in a relaxed state and chew your food until it is almost liquid, this will aid digestion
  •   Eat comfortable amounts of food – don’t over eat.  The more food your body needs to digest the more energy your body uses to digest it.
  •   Eat organic real living foods, they have live enzymes that improve you digestion
  •   Eat small amounts every few hours
  •   Add Supplements to your diet as needed

Step 4 – Improve elimination of toxins and waste

  • Reduce the acid in your body through diet and lifestyle
  • Cleanse and detoxify your body 1 or 2 times per year
  • Increase alkaline foods such as greens and vegetables
  • Stay hydrated
  • Aerobic exercise, yoga, slow strength training
  • Reduce stress levels – Meditation, breathing exercises, practice gratefulness
  • Self-care – massage, body brushing, Epson salt baths, saunas

Cleansing your body, especially rebooting your digestive system, will increase and stabilize your energy by improving how your body absorbs nutrients, which will create healthy cells.  You will get more from your food and need less food to stay energized.   You will also improve your health, increase your energy and eliminate your cravings.

My Story

Cleansing changed my life. I suffered for years with food intolerances and had no idea. I just thought there was “something wrong with me”. My skin was broken out with periodic deep cystic acne on my chin, I also suffered digestive issues, and severe PMS. When I figured out the solution to healing my own body, I had to share it. That’s when I created a completely “done for you” cleanse program to help you do just that.

 

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Nurture the Most Intimate Relationship you Don’t Realize You Have

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Our relationship with food is easily the most intimate one we have. Sound crazy? Think about it, the food we ingest becomes our body – making up our blood, brain, lungs, and every part of us. Providing your body with the building blocks it needs means that you’re going to feel FABULOUS – looking FANTASTIC is also a welcome side effect. Nothing is sexier than a healthy body.

In the spirit of LOVE month, here are 7 tips your body will LOVE you for and 5 ingredients to AVOID like the plague.

7 Tips Your Body will LOVE you for:

Eat Your Colors – We have to thank Mother Nature for color-coding our nutrients for us. Phytonutrients (“phyto” means plant) and antioxidants (stops damage-causing oxidation in the body) are bountiful in colorful fruits and vegetables. Challenge yourself to eat a rainbow every day. Kids will love to do this with you.

Eat Organic, Seasonal, and Local – Focus on whole foods that are local, in season, and organic. Eating this way means your food is fresher not to mention you support your local farmers and economy. Check out the list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen on The Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) page and make sure you’re following those guidelines. Also visit www.eatwild.org for more comprehensive information on good quality animal products.

Move Your Body for FUN – Think about the last time you were moving around and having so much fun you had no idea you were exercising. Now find ways to incorporate that into your life. Results in your body achieved through pain will not last. Exercise doesn’t have to be the cookie cutter approach we tend to think of. It can be dancing, working in the yard, playing with kids, a day on the slopes, or anything that involves movement and fun.

Breathe – Did you know your energy comes from your cells? Oxygen is one of the 4 nutrients every cell in your body needs to be healthy and create energy. Breathing is one of the easiest and most powerful practices for health transformation. Try to do some intentional breathing exercises when you wake up and go to bed so it becomes habit.

Sleep – Have you ever noticed that when you don’t sleep enough you’re hungrier? You’re not imagining things there. Our hormones reset as we sleep, including Leptin levels. Leptin lets the body know that you’re satisfied and have had enough to eat. When you don’t sleep enough, it drives Leptin levels down, which means you don’t feel as satisfied after you eat which often causes you to go after more.

Hydrate – Our bodies were beautifully designed to remove energy-robbing and disease-causing toxins, but in today’s world, toxins are piling up faster than we can get them out. Drinking water is a powerful way to help your body flush the crap out (pun intended).  How much? Divide your weight by 2 and that’s how many ounces you should drink per day. For an average person, it’s 3-4 (22oz) water bottles per day. Start by drinking a big glass first thing in the morning and watch your energy soar.

Read Labels – This is a biggie. If you don’t flip that package over you won’t actually know what you’re letting in. Here’s a little secret, manufacturers can say whatever they want to on the packaging but they can’t lie on the label. Now that you’re going to read the label, avoid the following 5 ingredients like the plague.

5 Ingredients to Avoid Like the Plague:  

GMOs – GMOs are genetically modified organism or foods.  The majority (80-90%) of the soy, corn, canola coil and sugar beets grown in the USA are GMO.  Conventional pork, beef and poultry are fed GMO soy and corn feed.  If you eat conventional meet and dairy you are also consuming GMO foods indirectly. Be sure to buy only 100% organic poultry and dairy and grass-fed organic beef. GMOs are banned in Europe and many other countries.

Trans fats  – Anything labeled as hydrogenated oil, partially hydrogenated oil or shortening are what’s known as trans fats.  Legally food labeled as ‘zero trans fats’ can have up to ½ gram of trans fats per serving.  Avoiding these foods will save you from eating a lot of trans fats which is linked to cardiovascular disease and elevated cholesterol.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – Found in virtually all sodas, packed desserts, and even ketchup.  HFCS comes from corn (generally GMO corn) and it raises blood sugar much more quickly than cane sugar plus a slew of other negative effects on the body.  HFCS is accused of being major contributor to the of obesity and diabetes epidemics we now face as a nation.  It’s twice as sweet as sugar, addictive, and can cause liver damage because of the way it metabolizes in the body.

Fake Sugar – Aspartame (Equal and NutraSweet), saccharin (Sweet’N Low), and sucralose (Splenda) are all chemically manufactured in a lab and do a number on your health. These artificial sweeteners affect the nervous system, endocrine system, cause more cravings for sweets and potentially cancer. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners actually increase cravings for sweets. Stevia – a natural sweetener from the Stevia Rebaudiana plant can be used as a natural alternative. Just be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting a version that is minimally processed.

Food preservatives, artificial flavors, and artificial colors – Polysorbates, BHT/BHA, Nitrates, Sulfites and Sodium Benzoate are preservatives and have a wide range of side effects from migraines, nausea, infertility, and cancer.  Artificial flavors and colors have been linked to many ailments including allergies, headaches and behavior changes such as ADD and ADHD. Unfortunately, these are the very ingredients used in many children’s food items to make them colorful.  Limiting intake of packaged foods for you and your family greatly reduces your exposure to these chemicals. Often you can find healthier alternatives for your favorites at your local natural food stores.

 

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