The New York Times recently ran an article suggesting that, increasingly, young children are being overdiagnosed with food allergies. As a result, parents are going crazy trying to nourish their children on very limited diets. Turns out, if you go to an allergist, a sensitivity to, for example, milk can also trigger the test results to indicate beef as well.
Many people have food allergies and it’s important to know if you do. Eating foods you’re allergic or sensitive to over the long term can cause inflammation, weight gain, fatigue/lethargy/brain fog, congestion, stomach pain… the list goes on.
So how do you know if you’re sensitive to a food? The most reliable way is to eliminate common allergens (wheat, soy, corn, dairy) for two weeks, after which you slowly reintroduce each food separately. This is know as an elimination diet. Most clients I’ve worked with are sensitive to at least one food–when they did an elimination diet, they told me they felt amazing during but once they reintroduced the allergen, they noticed a marked change.
If you’ve been suffering from any of these symptoms, you may be sensitive to a food you’re eating every day. (Often, these ingredients are hidden in processed, packaged foods). If you’re curious, and considering making a change, I recommend trying an elimination diet before going to see an allergist. Listen to your body and it will tell you what foods are supportive, and which aren’t.
Want support exploring food sensitivities or trying an elimination diet? Contact me.