WHAT ARE YOUR SYMPTOMS: Psychological

This is probably a hotly contested issue, but I get anxiety when I eat grains. It starts with anger, then moves to anxiety, then sadness.

Knowledge that food can affect mood is well known. Many of us feel soo happy when we eat chocolate. So why wouldn't other foods make us sad or anxious, or both.

And here's the catch:

It's often your favorite food! 

I know I'm a food addict in certain ways, and when I can't get enough of something, I often step back and wonder if I'm sensitive to it!

So, my questions to you are these: 

  • Do you have psychological symptoms? 
  • Are you SURE it's not from food sensitivities? 
  • Have you been tested?

Please at least do an elimination diet to find out. It's something that could improve your quality of life dramatically. I can help you with that if you like. 

And if you want to take it further, go to a functional doctor, a naturopath, or someone who can help you get to the bottom of the situation.

I really enjoyed this article about psych symptoms of food sensitivities. 

Don't believe me, read this book about it.

Pizza Without Grains is Not Impossible!!

Hello there! I was out of commission on Friday, so I wanted to hop on in here and let you know why, and also share with you the amazing pizza crust recipe. I sure wish I could remember where I found it, but it's so simple I memorized it!

I'm doing a 30 day elimination diet, actually a modified Whole30. And the detox reaction made me feel pretty rough on days 3 and 4! Feeling great now, and happy to be able to say that! If you want to follow the journey with this, hop on into Thriving with Food Sensitivities on Facebook, and check out my daily posts.

On to the pizza!

Crust

2 eggs 
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of almond flour (not almond meal) 

Beat the eggs and olive oil together. Add the almond flour and salt and stir. Don't use the whisk here. It's too thick. Spread on an oiled pizza stone or sheet pan. I like to put parchment paper on top of it, and use a rolling pin to get it as thin as I can.

Put it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes. It will bubble around the edges and brown slightly. When I pull it out, I like to run a knife under it to release it from the pan. This makes a big difference when you want to eat it.

Sauce:

1 can of tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon of any Italian herbs you have. I use basil, parsley, thyme, garlic, rosemary, oregano, marjoram. You can add them all!

Mix in a pint jar. You'll have enough for 2 pizzas.

Toppings:

I absolutely love to caramelize some onions and add red and yellow peppers, garlic and some sort of meat. I sauté all that up good and well done.  

The cheese on this pizza is Trader Joes fake mozzarella!

Put it all together and cook until ready. Usually about 15-20 mins. 

Hint: You can use this recipe for pie crust, or crackers! If you use it for crackers, add some salt and rosemary on top before cooking!

What are Your Symptoms: Skin

Acne...
Eczema...
Itching...
Rashes...
Rosacea...
Undereye Circles...
Scaly Skin...
Who knew that skin issues could stem from food? 

First of all, we're not talking about allergies, where you get hives from eating certain foods. We are talking about more chronic issues.

Skin issues are a sneaky problem associated with food sensitivities. If you have skin problems, you should consider your food choices. Many people know that too many sweets can cause acne, but did you know the other things listed above can be from food? 

I have undereye circles that will NOT go away. (I'm assuming I'm eating something I shouldn't and haven't figured out yet, or it's from an environmental sensitivity.) There's a spot on my right hand that gets really scaly and itchy (I can't figure out what the sensitivity is for this one, but when I am more strict with my diet it goes away!)

There's ton's of info out there for the taking. Please check out the articles at the bottom of this post if you want more information. 

Meanwhile, think about your skin and the health of it. You got chicken skin on your upper arms? Yep, food sensitivity issue. I got rid of mine, and so did a friend of mine. It's amazing! Acne, whether on your face, your back, your chest or your bum? Could be a sensitivity. Could also be hormonal, or a nutrient deficiency, as well.

Needless to say, our skin tells stories about our health. Let's treat it right. Stop putting nasty chemicals on it, and start loving your skin.

If you want help with your food sensitivities, or if you want to find out if you even have them, pop on into my Facebook group, Thriving with Food Sensitivities. I also do one on one consultations if you need help that way. I'm here for you!!

Grain Free Chocolate Cake in a Mug

So, I've always loved chocolate cake. I have a problem. It's something I could eat every day. 

When I found out I couldn't eat grains or dairy, it was a depressing time. But, I found and edited this recipe and it really fits the bill.

Chocolate Cake in a Mug
Depending on how desperate you are, you can preheat your oven at 350, or you can cook this in the microwave.

2 Tablespoons oil of your choice, butter, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, etc.
1 egg, whisked
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
3 Tablespoons almond flour
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • Coat your mug (I happen to use a bowl) with the melted butter or oil. If you're going to cook it in the oven, split it between two ramekins.
  • Whisk the egg and add the vanilla and honey or syrup.
  • Add the dry ingredients and stir until well blended.
  • Pop that thar thing in the microwave. Mine takes a minute and a half on high. OR put it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
You can melt some chocolate chips and pour them over the top. Yum....

Love to hear what you think of this cake in a mug. I've gotten to the point where I am super satisfied with half a serving of this.

Are you struggling with your food sensitivities? Hop on into my Thriving with Food Sensitivities group on Facebook.

What Are Your Symptoms: Respiratory?

A little nose tickle... a snort... a sneeze... a cough... that post nasal drip. Oh so fun symptoms of food sensitivities. Sometimes I wonder what I'd do without Puffs Plus!


  • Rhinitis (constant runny nose)
  • Sinusitis (inflammation of sinus membranes)
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sinus pain and pressure (I get ear pain too)
  • Frequent colds
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
If you are eating something you're sensitive to, you can have chronic inflammation, which can cause all the above symptoms. When I stopped eating gluten and dairy, I noticed respiratory symptoms clear up within days. Are you ready to get going?

Hop over into my Facebook Group Thriving with Food Sensitivities for lots of info and recipes, tips and tricks.

If you're ready to kick out inflammatory foods once and for all, check out my class, Thriving with Food Sensitivities 101, for the simplest way to kick those foods to the curb.

 
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