Is it possible that the foods you’re eating everyday are the biggest source of poison you’re putting into your body? Perhaps you already have a gut feeling that this rings true to you.
Maybe you’ve already tested for food sensitivities, but your results said you were sensitive to absolutely everything. This left you with nothing to eat! Or perhaps you were on the other end of the scale. You’re sensitive to nothing but still unsure of what to eat because of the symptoms you’re experiencing.
What if the superfoods that you think you should be eating (because they are considered ‘super’), aren’t actually super for YOU?
Food Sensitivity Symptoms
When it comes to figuring out what foods are right for you, it’s imperative to identify them. You’ll finally break free from the suffering you’re dealing with (not just in your gut, but all over your system).
Symptoms & suffering correlated to food sensitivities can include:
- Unpleasant periods accompanied by PMS and cramps
- Mood swings that change without rhyme or reason
- Depression, anxiety and panic attacks where it feels as if the world is ending
- Extreme, debilitating fatigue where you can’t get out of bed
- IBS, constipation, loose stools, uncomfortable bloating
- Weight gain, thyroid problems, hormonal issues and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats
- Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, insomnia
- Joint aches and pain
If you’re struggling with any of these problems, I invite you to explore this powerful food sensitivities healing tool to improve your gut health.
Food Sensitivities – A Root Cause of Disease
From the perspective of natural holistic health, food sensitivities are often seen as the root cause of physical conditions and many mental and emotional conditions. Why?
- Since food is something that we ingest everyday, it has the potential to be the biggest toxic substance that we consume (on purpose) causing us harm. After all, “One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” -Lucretius
- Undetected food sensitivities are a source of inflammation and stress on the body; the two MAIN causes of disease. So it’s not food sensitivities that cause disease. Rather, the stress and inflammation produced by food sensitivities that cause further issues.
- We can create our own sensitivities by eating certain foods during TRAUMATIC experiences in our lives. The trauma doesn’t need to be one of dramatic proportions, it just needs to be traumatic to you. The body can’t digest properly when it’s stressed. So if you’re eating a lot of a certain food during a traumatic time in your life, it sits in the digestive tract longer, which increases the sensitization capacity of the food, rendering it more immunogenic and/or allergenic1.
- We are disconnected. For many, it is due to our past traumas that have severed our body’s ability to properly feel from the waist down. The physical and spiritual elements of our bodies don’t talk anymore. So we eat food that is supposed to nourish us, but we can’t feel whether it is good or bad because of this disconnect. This may be why people with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) often also suffer from psychiatric disease2 3.
- Many of us have been on rounds of antibiotics or prescription medications that destroy the healthy balance of gut flora (A.K.A. our gut microbiome)4 5. This can lead to conditions like leaky gut or small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), increasing the likelihood of food sensitivities.
Most of us find ourselves sitting on what I like to call Pain Island. Here we feel unwell, confused, & are simply going through the motions. I was there for the greater part of my life.
I had odd symptoms; like a constant itchiness under my skin, especially over my belly button and abdomen area. I was bloating so bad after eating that I seriously looked pregnant. My periods were so out of whack that in my late 20s I was experiencing symptoms of menopause, like hot flashes and night sweats. On top of it all I was so chronically fatigued it became next to impossible for me to even get out of bed.
I went to multiple practitioners to find out what was wrong. Many of them instructed me to remove the most common allergens from my diet like dairy and wheat (A.K.A. gluten), and put me on a “superfood diet”. I was so thankful because I thought it was finally going to be the solution that would stop my suffering.
So there I was, consuming broccoli, almonds & kale — all of the “good stuff” — for months, yet I was still feeling horribly off and wrong.
The practitioners would tell me,
“Don’t worry, keep going, it’s just a normal healing crisis.”
It was a crisis alright! I didn’t feel like I was healing and I was getting all the more desperate. After going to 5 different practitioners, I got fed up and finally took matters into my own hands. I went back to school to become a naturopathic doctor & find MY answers.
I’m grateful for these hardships now. It was through my pain and confusion that I found my passion and became a naturopathic doctor.
Healthy Food can be a Food Sensitivity
Eventually I discovered my unique food sensitivities, and guess what they were? Broccoli, almonds & kale. The main foods in my ‘superfood diet’ were at the root of my ongoing health issues.
The Journey to Healing
Through my personal experience, education & clinical practice with thousands of patients, I’ve come to understand there are 3 steps in the journey to healing:
- Reduce the two main causative factors of disease: stress and inflammation.
- Reconnect the physical and the spiritual.
- Test for sensitivities using multiple techniques, more than simply blood tests (the validity of laboratory IgG tests is debated in the medical community6 7).
These three steps will lead you through the journey that takes us from Pain Island, across ‘Know Thyself’ waters all the way to Pleasure Island, where we feel healthy, empowered, free from food sensitivities & ready to live out our purpose. It took me a long time to get to Pleasure Island… But it was well worth it! Plus, thousands of my patients who have done the same feel this way too.
I want to give you the map and show you the shortcuts to get to Pleasure Island quickly. I want you to know what I wish I would have known all those years ago — how to test, what to do, and all of the ins and outs of navigating your personal world of food sensitivities.
The Food Empowerment Kit is the map that will help you to navigate from Pain Island where you’re feeling totally unwell in your body & simply going through to motions, to Pleasure Island, where you feel empowered, healthy & ready to live out your purpose & passion.
1 Isabella Pali-Schöll 1 2, Eva Untersmayr 3, Martina Klems 4, Erika Jensen-Jarolim 5 6 The Effect of Digestion and Digestibility on Allergenicity of Food Review. Nutrients 2018 Aug 21;10(9):1129. doi: 10.3390/nu10091129. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30134536/
2 Siobhain M O’Mahony 1 2, Gerard Clarke 3 4, Timothy G Dinan 3 4, John F Cryan 5 3 Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stress-Related Psychiatric Co-morbidities: Focus on Early Life Stress Review Handb Exp Pharmacol 2017;239:219-246. doi: 10.1007/164_2016_128. PMID: 28233180 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28233180/
3 A Sibelli 1, T Chalder 2, H Everitt 3, P Workman 1, S Windgassen 4, R Moss-Morris 1 A systematic review with meta-analysis of the role of anxiety and depression in irritable bowel syndrome onset Psychol Med 2016 Nov;46(15):3065-3080. doi: 10.1017/S0033291716001987. Epub 2016 Sep 8. PMID: 27605134 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27605134/
4 Sheng Zhang1 and De-Chang Chen2 Facing a new challenge: the adverse effects of antibiotics on gut microbiota and host immunity Chin Med J (Engl). 2019 May 20; 132(10): 1135–1138. Published online 2019 May 20. doi: 10.1097/CM9.0000000000000245 PMID: 30973451 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6511407/
5 Mi Young Yoon1,2 and Sang Sun Yoon 1,2 Disruption of the Gut Ecosystem by Antibiotics Yonsei Med J. 2018 Jan 1; 59(1): 4–12. Published online 2017 Nov 29. doi: 10.3349/ymj.2018.59.1.4 PMID: 29214770 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5725362/
6 Jacek Gocki and Zbigniew Bartuzi Role of immunoglobulin G antibodies in diagnosis of food allergy Postepy Dermatol Alergol. 2016 Aug; 33(4): 253–256. Published online 2016 Aug 16. doi: 10.5114/ada.2016.61600 PMID: 27605894 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5004213/
7 Rudolf Valenta,∗ Heidrun Hochwallner, Birgit Linhart, and Sandra Pahr Food Allergies: The Basic Gastroenterology. 2015 May; 148(6): 1120–1131.e4. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2015.02.006 PMID: 25680669 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4414527/