4 Signs You Might Have a Food Sensitivity

December 3, 2015

When it comes to food allergies, making a diagnosis is pretty black and white. The typical allergic reaction occurs immediately after you ingest a certain food, and the symptoms—often a rash, hives, or swelling—are unmistakable.   But food sensitivities are a much sneakier sort. In many cases, symptoms don’t occur until several hours or even days after you eat a problematic food, and even then, they can be vague and difficult to link to your diet.   In the United States, food sensitivities have become an epidemic, largely fueled by the process of genetically modifying food.  Gluten, dairy, corn and soy are among the most common culprits. An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity alone, and those are the people who have figured it out!  Millions more individuals experience symptoms suggestive of food sensitivities every day, and have yet to identify the cause. Following are four signs you might have a food sensitivity, along with a brief explanation of how each symptom occurs.   Fatigue No matter how much sleep you get, you are exhausted. You find yourself dozing off during the day and are constantly grabbing sugary and starchy snacks for energy.   When your body is sensitive to a certain food, it causes an inflammatory response in your digestive system, causing your adrenal glands to release cortisol a

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October 12, 2015

One of my corporate mentors always told me, “When not in sight, not in mind.”   The opposite is also true; “when in sight…in mind” and eventually in your mouth.   I am referring to that stuff we don’t want to have in our kitchen, we want it out of sight out of mind. Here is a Key strategy to keep your “willpower” in check:   Make your kitchen a “Temptation-Free Zone!”   Keep around only the healthiest foods and ditch the rest. (Yes, this will benefit the entire family.) I am not saying never have another piece of bread or a hamburger, but at least do not have such food readily available.   Now is the best time to go through your cupboards and ship out those foods that will trigger you to eat more than what you will care to admit.   Here are the main offenders:  

  1. RefrigeratorDiet Foods – “Diet foods” should be called “quiet foods.” While these might be low in calories, they will quietly trick your body into eating more, causing the contrary of what you bought them for. Ship out all those sugar-free, low-fat, no-fat, reduced-whatever, or light items. Most of these items are full of unhealthy ingredients such as sugar if they are labeled

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July 28, 2015

I’m talking about the scale!  Especially if you are on a plan to regain your health, slim down, get stronger, and feel great.

To help you “see” what I mean, I have attached two pictures of myself at almost the same weight, according to this gadget we call the scale. The scale showed a difference of five pounds, I am only five pounds less in the second picture compared to my chubby version. The version of me before I really got serious about ditching the scale and adding high intensity strength training to my health regime. There are visual differences not to mention the side effects of having increased energy, amazing mental performance, and a more positive/calmer me most of the time (AND I am a work in progress and not done yet!).

Unless you are training for a fight or a bodybuilding competition, it isn’t about the scale. The combination of solid nutrition with exercise will create beautiful changes in your body composition (the amount of fat, muscle, water, waste, tissue, etc.).

So, if the scale is not telling the whole truth, what should I do instead?

You will take your measurements:

Measure your waist, chest, thighs and arms

Measure your body fat

Measure how you feel

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July 9, 2015

If you are a healthy adult with extra fat to melt, can you really be “hungry” two hours after a meal?  Or is it that you are used to eating out of habit, boredom or to deal with emotional distress?   To melt extra fat you must give your body a chance to use its own fat for fuel.  Allow at least 4 hours for the body to properly digest meals before you shove more food into it.  Watch out for this “hunger” sensation.  Unless you are sick, light headed or have a medical need you are probably not really “hungry”.   What to do when “fake hunger” attacks?   One simple strategy is to sit with the sensation for a few minutes and ask yourself:  “what do I really need right now?”  I bet 90% of the time it’s your emotional being asking for attention.  Have some H2O and listen to your body before you rush to put something in your mouth that you will regret later.   New research findings suggest that this “fake hunger” can be a result of mental imagery.  When you think you are hungry (even though it is not possible because you had a complete meal two hours ago) you start imagining foods, vividly imagining foods.  The more vivid the image the stronger the signal to eat or the craving.   The good news?  The opposite is also true.  Another strategy to tame the fake hunger attack is to create alternative images to curb the desire to eat.  For example try pic

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June 18, 2015

  Many dietary principles demonize and fear fats but the truth is that you don’t need to.   We have been fed the lie that the best way to control our weight and specifically body fat is by going low fat. This is based on the fact that the caloric content of fat is higher than protein or carbohydrates. It makes sense if you isolate calories from the environment, genetics, hormonal changes, etc. but it is wrong in real life.   This approach was the driver for diets such as weight watchers. And yes, if you follow the Weight Watchers approach you will lose weight but not necessarily body fat. For example, if you are apple shaped and flabby you will be a smaller flabby apple on this type of diet. The right type of fat in the right amount will help make your fat loss more successful.   Healthy fats fight body fat just like fire fights fire. Read along and learn 4 simple strategies that will teach you how to burn fat with fat.   How you might ask?  

  1. Consuming the right fats improves your body’s ability to use fat for energy

  From a biological level, low fat diets don’t make sense because they don’t prepare your body to be effective at burning fat. Low fat diets will elevate your body’s carbohydrate’s burning enzymes hindering fat loss. In other words you will lose water an

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May 11, 2015

I hope you are getting the hang of this; I am building a detox library for you, one detox secret at a time. So, we discussed warm lemon water and infused cucumber water in my previous two posts.   Once your hydration needs are met, it is time to take our attention to food—real, whole food, preferably raw.   Did you know that most people are not eating enough of this next amazing nutrient? The THIRD detox secret is FAT, healthy fat!   A daily moderate amount of healthy fat is essential for good health. Good fats that are mono- and polyunsaturated as well as omega 3s assist the body in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) levels, help fight and even prevent disease, guard us against obesity, and are anti-inflammatory.   Let’s get personal with my favorite ones:   Avocados: The combination of antioxidants and fiber in this versatile fruit will assist the body in detoxification. Amazingly, one ounce (about 1/5 of a medium avocado) contains 8% of your necessary daily fiber paired with essential nutrients, essential vitamins, potassium, and magnesium. (Taken from The Good Life Magazine)   Nuts (No peanuts please!): Nuts are a staple in a healthy diet. These natural wonders pack heart friendly omega 3s, colon-cleansing fiber, and skin enhancing vitamin E.   You can have almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. as lon

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May 7, 2015

Did you know that there are TWO things you can do to assist your body’s natural detoxification process? And they each take less than one minute per day!   The first one is “lemon water” first thing in the morning as explained in the blog post titled, “ONE Detox Secret.”   The SECOND? Infuse your water!   Infusing your water with flavor will not only help you consume more, which will assist in the detoxification process, but using cucumbers specifically can bear very nice additional benefits.   Water infused with cucumber hydrates your body, and it can make you feel and look better. And it takes less than one minute to make!   Here’s why:  

  • It’s hydrating. And when we are hydrated, our body functions better, and the natural organ detoxification process is enhanced. Make sure you use filtered, purified, or spring water to avoid external contaminants in tap water.
  • It converts the water into “vitamin water” naturally, specifically vitamins A, C, and blood lowering potassium. And because the source of the flavor is from a whole food (the cucumber) and not fake, such as many brands of water in the market, you will absorb the vitamins and mineral better.
  • It keeps hunger at bay! When hungry between meals, opt for cucumber infused water. Did you know that hunger and thirst trigger the same signals in your body? D

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May 4, 2015

Did you know that there is ONE thing you can do to assist your body’s natural detoxification process?  And it takes less than one minute per day!   As you know, I am a fan of finding easy ways to assist our body’s detoxification process. I am constantly researching ways to avoid toxic foods/compounds as well as researching those foods that will promote health and give the body a hand in its daily detoxification process.   Keep in mind that you are assaulted with toxins…from the pesticides and chemicals in food, the polluted air you inhale, the water you drink, the soaps, shampoos and other cosmetics loaded with chemicals, to the hormones/antibiotics in the animal products you eat.   All of these offenders can be causing many of your ailments, damaging your metabolism, causing migraines, disrupting hormonal balance, impairing proper digestion, and taking your energy levels hostage.   I can write a whole book on this topic, but for this blog I will share an easy detox aid that takes less than one minute to prepare and enjoy—warm lemon water, first thing in the morning. It takes less than ONE minute!   Here’s how:   Ingredients:  You will need ½ a lemon cut into quarters (Use organic if possible and stay away from bottled lemon juice; we are going fresh here.) and 6-8 ounces of warm to hot water.   Procedure:  As soon as you wake up

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