Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...

Ever Feel Bad After Eating Kung Pao Chicken? Here's Why...
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Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night with your heart racing and a massive headache? Did you ever connect eating Chinese food that night for dinner? Or any of a bunch of other fast foods. If so, listen up!
 
MSG is monosodium glutamate. It's use, and the after-effects of using it, are very controversial. But I've seen it in action. My mom wakes up with her heart beating so fast it's scary. And the headache! Oy!
 
The main ingredient in MSG is glutamate, which is aneurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry impulses from the brain to the body and from one part of the brain to another. MSG is an excitatory neurotransmitter, which stimulates nerve activity. That's why it tastes so good!
 
You also should make sure to read labels. Look for the above terms, but also: glutamic acid, yeast extract, hydrolyzed corn or soy protein. I know it sounds crazy, but any food that has an ingredient that's hydrolyzed, fermented, enzyme modified, or protein fortified will have free glutamic acid in it. Pay attention to natural flavors as well. Just track your symptoms if you have them when you eat foods that have these ingredients. I'm looking at you Doritos and Ramen!

So, what do you do if you have an MSG sensitivity? Easy peasy. Stop eating it! The way I deal with sensitivities is do an elimination diet. Then you’ll be able to notice the symptoms. If they are worth the meal, go for it! If not, just quit!

No worries, though. You can order your food without MSG at many Chinese restaurants.
 
Here's how you can figure out if you are sensitive to MSG:

  • Stop eating it for a month
  • Try it again and see what happens
  • Use a food journal to notice a difference in symptoms. 
For more information about how to do an elimination diet, check out my free mini-course.

If you're looking for a list of symptoms and which one of the many chemical constituents it might be, click this box.

References 

Beans Bothering Your Belly? Here’s a Lectin Lingo Lesson

Beans Bothering Your Belly? Here’s a Lectin Lingo Lesson
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I’ve always felt a little overstuffed after eating chili or split pea soup. What about you? Some people have terrible bloating, gas, and even worse, vomiting and diarrhea! Have you ever made the lectin connection?

Animals have claws and teeth to protect themselves from predators. Plants… not so much. Instead, they have lectins to repel pests. Seeds are able to remain whole in animal and human bodies because of lectins. Humans can not digest lectins, so the seeds typically pass right through our systems. 

However, if you already have some issue in your gut (do you know anyone who doesn’t?), lectins can move through your system, causing a host of inflammatory issues. Our bodies will produce antibodies to lectins that pass into our bloodstream, and then we produce an inflammatory response.

Lectins are proteins that keep two carbohydrate molecules together. Soooo…. Lectins are in many carbs, like beans, grains, and some veggies. Sometimes, they affect people poorly! Who? People with auto immune issues. People who have celiac or Chron’s, or other digestive issues. People who are sensitive to gluten.

What are lectins in:

    Beans
    Most grains
    Peanuts
    Soy
    Corn
    Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers
    Seeds

The good news is that most foods can be (and are) prepared in a way to reduce the lectin content to a level that is manageable by many people. And if your foods have seeds, your best bet is to take the seeds out and peel them before use. Have you ever noticed that if the beans you eat aren’t cooked enough, your belly bloats? That’s improper handling of the lectins, or a lectin sensitivity. So, cook at least 30 minutes to banish the bloat!

If this doesn’t fix the issues, try an elimination diet and reduce the lectin rich foods in your diet. See how you feel!

If you're looking for a list of symptoms and which one of the many chemical constituents it might be, click this box.
 



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Hives, Stuffy Nose, Low Blood Pressure? Could be Sulfite Sensitivity...

Hives, Stuffy Nose, Low Blood Pressure? Could be Sulfite Sensitivity...
I know I've been bombarding you with symptoms and chemicals you may be sensitive to, but I made a handy dandy chart so you can look up your symptom and check out which things could cause it!! Click on the pic below to get your guide.

 


Let's dig into sulfite sensitivity.

Sulfites are used as preservatives in food, drink and some meds. They are also found naturally in 😤 GRAPES. It's hard to find wine 🍷 without sulfites!

Food manufacturers add sulfites to delay browning and preserve the food or drink. 

Most people tolerate sulfites well, but some of us.... yep we are sensitive, especially susceptible to sulfite sensitivity are folks with asthma.

Here's some symptoms:
  • low blood pressure
  • hives
  • vomiting/diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • flushing
  • hives
Look out for these ingredients:
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Potassium bisulfite
  • Potassium metabisulfite
  • Sodium bisulfite
  • Sodium metabisulfite
  • Sodium sulfite
Foods to avoid:
  • Anything with the above ingredients
  • Dried fruit
  • Wine (sorry)
  • Apple cider
  • Beer
  • Tea
  • Pickled foods
  • Canned veggies
  • Baked goods
Next week we are talking lectins! What in the world are they? What happens when you eat them? What foods have them?

70% of People with IBS Respond to THIS!

70% of People with IBS Respond to THIS!
Do you have IBS? Studies show up to 70% of those with IBS respond well to a low-FODMAP diet.

Yeah, weird word, but it means fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-, saccharides and polyols. 

FODMAP’s are sugars and fibers that are in a ton of foods and cause digestive distress in many people. The reaction is, not to the proteins, but the carbs in grains and other foods. The body of many people has difficulty absorbing those carbs, so there is bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gas, pain and IBS.

If you have IBS, why not try a low-FODMAP diet. Don’t worry! It’s designed to be a 2-6 week program where you eliminate high FODMAP foods from your diet to see if your GI symptoms improve. You’ll need a food journal to help you. Many people seek the help of a dietician, but if you’re adventurous, you can try it at home. Here’s a great book to start with.

Here are some foods that are low in FODMAP’s:
  • Fruits: banana, blueberry, cantaloupe & honeydew, cranberry, grape, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, lime, orange, raspberry, strawberry
  • Veggies: artichoke, bok choy, carrot, celery, ginger, green beans, lettuce, olives, potatoes, pumpkin, red bell pepper, spinach, yellow squash, sweet potato, tomato, zucchini
  • Grains: gluten free products, oats, rice, corn flour
  • Dairy: lactose free milk, oat milk, soy milk, hard cheeses, brie, lactose free yogurt
  • Meats: beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs

Some things to avoid:
  • Fruits (fructose): apple, mango, pear, canned fruits
  • Veggies (fructans): asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, eggplant, garlic, okra, onion, shallot
  • Other (galactans): legumes
  • Sweeteners: fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, fruit juices, dried fruit

I’m not a doctor, and I’m not recommending anything for you personally. If this info resonates with you, check with your health care provider to see if it’s a viable option for your needs.


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FODMAP

Kidney Stones? Fibromyalgia? Candida? Check for Oxalate Sensitivity!

Oxalate sensitivity is often self-diagnosed by eating high oxalate foods after a low oxalate intake . There's, as of now, no medical diagnosis for oxalate sensitivity. Oxalates can cause systemic inflammation. Some symptoms are:

  • Kidney stones 
  • Digestive issues
  • Chronic candida
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Vulvodynia
  • Thyroid issues
If you have these symptoms, why not try lowering your oxalate intake? You don't have to completely eliminate oxalates from your diet (it might be impossible). But if you are continuing to eat high oxalate foods, it's an easy switch to reduce your intake and see how you feel. You might want to keep a food journal. That's how we found out Chuck (hubby) gets migraines when he eats tomatoes. 

One of the biggest causes of oxalate sensitivity is leaky gut and gut issues. So you're going to have to get your gut under control to conquer this.

Here's some high oxalate foods you'll want to reduce.


The top highest oxalate foods are:

  • Cooked spinach
  • Raw spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Rice bran
  • Buckwheat groats
  • Almonds
  • Miso soup
A few more tips:

  • Drink a lot of water (half your  body weight in ounces)
  • Drink lemon water--Use real lemons or this
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