Has the world gone mad with its food allergies, intolerances etc? Can’t eat this, can’t eat that! Is it a way of using it for controlling food intake? Is it an eating disorder, this obsession with what we should and shouldn’t put in our mouths? If you eat out a lot then it can be a ruddy nightmare with members of your party not being able to eat this and that!
Lets get one thing clear, there is a massive difference between allergies and intolerances. If you have an allergy to a food then it can have huge consequences, sometimes fatal if that food is eaten. For example, if you are a Coeliac then you absolutely need to avoid gluten at all costs. Coeliac is an autoimmune disease where gluten destroys the lining of the gut therefore making absorption of nutrients virtually impossible. It cannot be cured and the person must stay on a gluten free diet for life. It can not just cause digestive problems but nasty skin problems as well. Other foods that can have serious life threatening reactions are: Shellfish, fish, nuts, eggs, lactose.
I am talking about intolerances and supplement deficiency. Food testing is excellent for detecting possible problems for digestive problems, skin, conditions, mood swings, etc. However should we really go through life avoiding certain foods when that can cause other problems?
What I am doing is nutrition testing where vials which contain concentrates of the food are placed on the clients body to test for intolerancies BUT what we aim to do is then test the body for a supplement that will desensitize that intolerance. So over time you will be able to reintroduce the problem food. That is the goal I am looking for! I am using a very well renowned Healthcare company Lamberts for the vitamins, minerals and supplements and the food testing vials are from the internationally known Jane Thurnell-Read from Life-Work Potential . We will test “blind” so neither myself or the client know what the vials contain until after the testing is finished.
By testing for sensitivities and intolerances then we can counterbalance that problem with the necessary supplement.
I have first hand experience on eliminating foods and weight issues. I am a qualified Nutritionist who needs to lose weight! I see this as someone who can absolutely identify with people who have weight issues! I have been there, I have lost, put on, lost, put on all my life. I love food, I comfort eat, I eat when happy, sad, busy, bored, EVEN when I am ill!! I have eliminated food totally when I did a shake diet. Lost loads, put it all back on, I cannot eat in moderation. I know everything about food!
I do not believe we should have to eliminate certain foods from our diet, we are just setting ourselves up for a fall. What we should be looking at is actually adding or changing one food for another to our diet, not eliminating them. What we also have to remember is everyone is different. What may work for one person might not work for another. I worry when well-meaning people tell people what they should and shouldn’t be eating and they don’t have the background to give out that information. I had a client who came to see me. She had been consuming 3 oranges a day and had bad eczema on her neck and elbow creases. A friend innocently said to her to cut out the oranges, they could be causing the eczema so my client did. The eczema cleared up! Fantastic! However, she was left with these persistent colds and general feeling of being run down. The reason she was eating all these oranges was because she needed the zinc and vitamin c! She hadn’t replaced those nutrients when she cut out the oranges!! When we cut out foods, there is a good chance we are cutting out those nutrients as well.
We have become obsessed with a low calorie, fat free, sugar free diet. We are consuming huge quantities of artificial sweeteners, trans fats and processed foods. A bag of marshmallows will say it is 100% fat free, it is made from sugar. Sugar turns to fat, this makes the 100% fat free very misleading. Despite what you may here about alternatives to sugar like maple syrup, honey, agave nectar etc. they ARE still a form of sugar! I got a recipe book earlier on in the year by a well known celebrity on sugar free recipes. I was shocked at the amount of maple syrup went into one of the recipes! Of course these are a better alternative but they are still sugar! We need to reduce the amount of sugar we eat but we will become boring old farts with no friends if we never eat cake again!
We need fat, we need good fats, avocado oil, coconut oil. It oils our brain, the sheaths around our nerve supplies, our joints. We need oil like the tin man needed oil in the Wizard of Oz! I dropped my cholesterol level from 6.2 to 5.1 because I use a lot of coconut oil in my diet. (I wont take statins but that is my decision). I have, as most people know been the No.1 fan of coconut oil for many many years. The cats eat it, the children consume it in everything (great for brain function) and I use it topically. It is the product I use for Reflexology Treatments. If you can consume what you put on your skin you are onto a good thing!
Gluten and wheat is another major food intolerance. If you eat a lot of shop bought gluten free products you are consuming a huge amount of sugar and other terrible “foods”. You are swapping one problem for another! Its getting a balance. I have a problem with wheat which is in most bread, it makes me cough and cough and cough! So I try and stick to wheat free breads, which can be difficult but I make a lot of spelt and rye bread. I think everyone has made papier mache balloons and plates! All stuck beautifully together with flour and water! Essentially what bread it! And yes! That is exactly what it does to our insides, stuck there fermenting beautifully, causing excessive wind, bloating and contipation, sluggishness, bad breath…… need I go on! We won’t eat bread every day, like we won’t eat cakes and chocolate or drink alcohol every day! Lets have it every now and again or eat bread that is wheat free. Spelt, rye etc.
I have been doing lots of training in Touch for Health, Kinesiology – Touch for Health is a system of balancing posture, attitude and life energy to relieve stress, aches and pains, feel and function better, be more effective, clarify and achieve your goals and enjoy your life! (Matthew Thie) It is amazing and I am obsessed with learning more and more. It has changed my life, not just learning about the course but the people I have met doing it. Totally inspirational. During the course we learn about nutrition testing, muscle testing for vitamins and minerals that our body needs. We really don’t get enough of those because of the quality of our food now. We can eat fresh in season fruit and vegetables and think we are getting all our nutrients but if the soil is not mineral rich then neither will the produce be. The majority of our fruit and vegetables comes from soil that is just not good enough.
Introductory offer for food, testing over 100 foods and additives and over 140 minerals, vitamins and supplements £45. Usual price £60. This will also involve nutritional advice, laughter and some much needed common sense but no cake!