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.

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!!

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.

What Are Your Symptoms: Digestion?

Ah the dreaded first sign.... the bloat....

This is how I feel when I eat soooo many things (dairy especially, sugar, grains...)  ☝🏽

Do you have any of these symptoms:
  • Looking 8 months pregnant in minutes
  • Gas
  • Pains in your gut that can last for days
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Mucus poo (your gut is trying to protect itself)
Have you ever wondered why we have gut issues when we are sensitive to foods?

Let's Talk About It

Many people have heard of lactose intolerance. People that are lactose intolerant are short of the lactase enzyme, which breaks down lactose in the gut. "Simple" answer is to stop eating dairy products. I quote simple because it's not easy. Medline says that approximately 65% of the population has trouble digesting lactose. Digestive issues associated with lactose intolerance are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gas, and nausea.

Gluten intolerance is a sensitivity to a protein in wheat, rye and barley. If you have celiac disease, it is vital for you to stop eating gluten. It is an autoimmune disease that causes severe damage to the small intestine if you continue to eat gluten. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is much more common, and can affect up to 13% of the population. Digestive symptoms of NCGS include bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation.

FODMAP intolerance is very common in people with IBS. FODMAP's are short chain carbohydrates that can cause digestive distress.

There's so much more information out there about digestive issues with food sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune issues, etc, etc.... but I'm no doctor, and I don't play one online.

The truth of the matter is this: you're not crazy! It's not that you're laxative deficient, and some people might get worse from taking a fiber supplement (I sure did!). Making a few simple tweaks in your diet may help your digestion out a ton. It sure did for me (that and Natural Calm Magnesium!)

If you're looking to figure out what your sensitivities are, check out my class: Thriving with Food Sensitivities, or jump in my Facebook Group.

 
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