Are Food Sensitivities Causing Your Weight Gain?

Are Food Sensitivities Causing Your Weight Gain?
I gained 3 pounds yesterday. Since 3,500 calories equals 1 pound of body fat, I know for sure it's not a calorie in calorie out thing. I would have had to eat over 10,000 calories! And that's laughable!

When I eat certain foods, my belly bloats so much I look pregnant. In fact, someone once told me that if you see someone with a big belly, and that's all that is big, then they probably have some food sensitivity.

When you eat foods you're sensitive to, it causes inflammation, raises cortisol, and raises insulin. This is how...

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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 

Why Are My Sensitivities All Over the Place? Could it be Histamine?

Have you ever wondered why sometimes you react to a food, and then you eat it again and you have no reaction? Me too! So I've been doing some research and I'm going to share it here today.

There are many components in foods that can cause reactions, oxylates, salicylates, FODMAPS, fructose, sulfites, and many others. The one I want to talk about today is histamines. Stay tuned for info for all these things in the next few weeks. You'll learn the symptoms of all the intolerances, and how to start healing.

Histamine is a chemical in your body, and maybe you've had a histamine reaction when the pollen count is really high and it causes you to sneeze 之. Repeatedly 之之之之之之!

Histamine protects the immune system by producing an inflammatory response to allergens. You might have sneezing, itching, watery eyes, or nasal congestion. Interestingly, histamine also plays a role in digestion!

The deal is this: sometimes your body is producing more histamine and a food causes the full bucket to overflow. Sometimes you don't have as much histamine, and the bucket is nowhere near full. You're safe to eat that food.

If your body doesn't break down histamine properly, you can develop histamine intolerance! Here's a few symptoms:
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Headaches
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Dry lips
  • Anxiety
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood pressure
If you have histamine intolerance, your best bet is to heal your gut and your liver. I'm on this journey right now, and I'm not sure if I'm histamine intolerant, but it's something I'm looking in to.

Here's the foods to avoid if you're histamine intolerant:

  • Fermented foods and drinks (sorry)
  • Cured meats 
  • Aged cheeses
  • Dried fruits
  • Avocados (my fave)
  • Vinegar
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
Here's a great website that tells you what is LOW in histamine and good to eat.

Remember, the problem isn't the histamine. Your body produces it. The problem is your body's ability to break it down. Get yourself a great probiotic to start. If you need help with what to get, let me know, and I'll point you in the right direction.

Your best bet is to use a food journal and document your symptoms. We found out Chuck is sensitive to tomatoes (he was getting terrible migraines) in just under a week!

What if you suspect you're sensitive to gluten?

Are you trying to discover if you're gluten sensitive? Lookie here now, I know it's hard! I know you feel poopy! but I want you to know one thing:

When I went gluten free, I never heard of it before! I went on a strict candida diet, and anything with wheat was out. I went for 6 months without it, and when I added it back in, I felt terrible. You can read about it here.

I didn't have a clue about food sensitivities. I just knew I felt terrible. I had joint pain like crazy. I was low on energy. I was grumpy, impatient and frustrated. So I know for sure that gluten symptoms are not just in your digestive tract.

You can have rashes, brain fog, hormone issues (Hashimoto's anyone?) And you don't have to have Celiac Disease to feel this way. It's called Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. 

In fact, I've been off gluten for so long that I can't be tested for Celiac at this point. You have to be eating it to test for it.    The quickest way to find out is to remove gluten from your diet and see what happens. I say quickest, but it's not the easiest. However, there is good news! There's so much gluten free stuff on the market today that you have substitutions for almost everything (even if they still aren't good for you, you might have some great comfort food!) This is a far cry from where I came. 

I feel better than I did in my 20's and feel blessed to have found out I needed to ditch gluten. If I can do it, so can you! You got this! You can do it. Do it for you and your health! You deserve it. And if you need support and help, I'm here for you!

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.
 
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