Food Allergy/Intolerances

It seems that everyone is allergic or intolerant to a certain food, but there are so many debates and opinions on this topic that sometimes I think we are just confusing ourselves.

Personally, I know I am lactose intolerant but I still choose to have no self-control and continue to consume dairy products. However, the media, internet, and “doctors” are confusing us with their gluten-free drama and whatever else they decide to scare us with.

I’ve had stomach issues all my life and thought I would have to cut out practically everything just so I wouldn’t feel sick after eating. Turns out that most of my stomach and head aches are not due to what I am eating ( though eating healthier and in moderation is always the way to go) but when and how I’m eating.

My doctor had me write in a food diary and take not about not just what I am consuming but what time, how fast I’m eating, if I am drinking enough water, and what the nutritional value is.

I did this for a few weeks and I realized that I wait way too long to eat so by lunch time, I’m shoving the food down my throat as if I haven’t eaten for days. Anyone else have this problem?

Those stomach aches were from eating too fast and not getting enough of a balanced nutrition. This may not apply to everyone but it’s something to think about. My headaches and just overall “under the weather” feeling was from being chronically dehydrated and I had NO idea! I’m not allergic or intolerant to gluten like I assumed. Now I try to make mental notes to eat slower, manage when I eat so I’m not rushing, and DRINK WATER.

My doctor also explained that I need to watch out for overly processed foods and try to eat as organic/ natural as possible. The added chemicals, and how manufacturers process the food, can cause some digestive sensitivity.

This all seems like a lot of work, doesn’t it?

What are your thoughts?

= )

Stay Strong

– Lyssa

PS. Happy Hump Day! I have a race on Saturday and really nervous that it’s going to be extremely hot. Running in the heat is quite the challenge.

 

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