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Motivational Monday: Your Body is Talking... are you Listening?

Our bodies are always trying to tell us something.  The usual things like ‘I’m hungry, I’m thirsty, I’m tired’ but what about how we feel when we eat certain foods?  A macro isn’t just a macro and listening to what our body is trying to tell us is so important, for weight loss and good health.

If we continually ingest food we’re sensitive to, we could suffer with:  inflammation, achy joints, bloating, water retention, digestion/gut issues, difficulty lose weight, headaches, skin problems (ie: psoriasis, eczema, acne, rosacea, hives) etc...

Let’s talk about the 3 most common food sensitivities.  Obviously if you have an actual allergy you avoid the food totally and there are WAY more food sensitivities than this)... we are talking about ‘sensitivities’ here:

🔷 Gluten and/or Grains:

Wheat, rice, corn, oats, barley, quinoa, rye, bran, buckwheat, bulgur

🔷 Dairy:

Usually butter doesn’t pose a problem, but ghee (clarified butter) is safest if you are very sensitive.  Most people with dairy sensitivities do well with goat products (ie: feta)

🔷 Eggs:

If you suspect eggs, it’s even more important to get a food sensitivity test done because you may only have an issue with the yolk or the white

🔷 Ways to Test for Food Sensitivities

Speak to your Naturopathic Doctor, GP, Dermatologist or look online for options.  The most common ways to test are by blood and hair.  There are many labs that offer food sensitivity tests online, such as fitlabtesting.ca and checkmybodyhealth.com

Does this mean you can’t EVER have a food you’re sensitive to? 

In most cases, once you have omitted this food for quite awhile, you can add it back in occasionally with no ill effects. This is where my ‘one and done’ comes in handy!  But how often is 100% dependent on how you feel.  It’s so important to really listen to your body... it really is talking to you.  If you listen, you’ll be healthier for it. 

Do you have any food sensitivities? How do you feel when you eat these foods? 👇