November 29th, 2011
by Jodi · Filed Under: Nutrition
My youngest son is in Kindergarten this year and this is the age where they bring home all sorts of things about their family, their friends, what they like, what they don’t like and so on from school. So last night, as I’m sitting in the family room vegetating on the couch (complete and utter shame), my son decides to go through his school pile on the other side of the room and bring me select items. Somehow in this pile I missed this “What I Know About My Mommy” write up that came home in last month or so that describes a bunch of things my son knows about me. Who hears me when I say that these things are absolutely precious and well worth the read? Well this one did not disappoint. I’m not going to put them all here but the one that got me…
My mommy’s name is “Jodi”.
My mommy is “22” years old. Hahahaha!! Almost 2 times over!
But the kicker—cuz there were some good ones—is what I do for a living:
“talks on the phone and is doing work with her friends”.
Oh you gotta love him! Well he’s right, mommy talks on the phone for work and the women I work with are ‘friends’ in an odd way and honestly, I love what I do. But one thing I do not love about what I do is running into things that I cannot explain, see more often than I like and cannot find research for. These things drive me crazy because you want to help but you are not sure how and one of those things is a food intolerance.
Think about this scenario: one day…for no particular reason that you know of at the time…you suddenly find yourself sick as a dog after eating your lunch. It’s the same lunch you have had for months. You made it so you know its fine, it’s not spoiled and it came from the batch you ate the day before and so on, so you know it’s not that the food is bad. But for some reason you are nauseous beyond belief and your digestive track is doing the Olympics. If this was just one day, you’d overlook it. But it’s more than just one day—it’s been a few weeks now. And there’s no pattern to when you’re getting sick vs. what you are eating. You start to guess a whole host of things wrong with you beginning with celiac, moving over to lactose intolerance and rounding out with a fresh case of IBS but I am here to tell you that it’s most likely none of those. What seems to be killing us more is that we are intolerant to the foods we call “healthy”.
For the longest time I would talk about rotating foods in our daily diet because it’s not healthy to eat the same thing day in and day out. I would say that you are limiting the amount of nutrients in your diet and that you are exposing yourself to the same pesticides all the time and they will build up in your system, etc, etc, etc. At the time, I knew this to be true through research but what I didn’t know was one step further which are the food intolerances that created. I didn’t have hardcore proof—just an inkling—and I didn’t have the amount of experience I have now to be able to stand upon what I was saying until now.
EATING THE SAME FOODS DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR WEEKS ON END WILL ABSOLUTELY PUT YOU IN A POSITION TO DEVELOP A FOOD INTOLERANCE. YOU MAY NEVER DEVELOP ONE, BUT YOUR POTENTIAL IS GREATER THAN OTHERS.
Ok, let’s first acknowledge that that is based on anecdotal information and not hard core, double blind studies. Second, I have not worked with anyone who has a food intolerance that has also had a varied diet but that’s not to say that they do not exist–I just have not worked with them. So with that being said, let me tell you about the 3 main culprits that we like to eat like psychos that could be getting ready to wreak havoc in your life:
Yes we love them because they are fat free, a complete source of amino acids and the only acceptable protein for breakfast besides protein powder (for most folk) but these suckers are a loaded weapon. Besides the obvious fact that eggs aren’t eggs anymore mainly because chickens aren’t chickens anymore, the thing that makes these things so lethal is that they are easy. Not only are they easy, they are the only acceptable binding agent out there for us clean eaters (protein pancakes or muffins anyone?). So not only do you eat them every day, but you eat them 2 and 3 times per day. You put them in shakes, you scramble them, you have muffins, you have bars, you have a ton of different things all made with egg whites. OY!! But what you may not know is that egg whites are a known allergen and eating large amounts of them may cause a food intolerance. How I’ve seen this one show up: nausea or vomiting, headaches and red rashes in the winter months.
I do want to ask…is that what they’re calling it these days? Chicken is so full of estrogen and antibiotics that I’m not sure that they can call it chicken anymore. But here’s another one that we eat on a level that’ll make your hair stand on end. Many of us have some form of chicken EVERY SINGLE DAY. Really right now? And most of the times we are buying either the big Costco pack of it or we’re buying it at our local grocery store so we’re not getting an organic chicken or even an “all natural” chicken. No, we’re knee deep in chemicals and additives talking about “we’re healthy”. YIKES! How I’ve seen this one show up: MAJOR hormonal issues and/or super sensitive to all the other known allergens. So you’re this walking pin cushion in terms of food additives and everything sets you off in either a rash, bloating, nausea, diarrhea, you name it. But because chicken is so prevalent in your diet, you cannot lock it down to just that so you do not suspect.
What a nuisance PB is. First, y’alls are obsessed. A jar of PB can silence a room full of women. It’s the Kryptonite of clean eaters. You go from this hard core chic who can shut anything down in terms of temptations to a blubbering fool when someone pulls out a jar of this stuff. It’s amazing to me the hold this food has on some of you. And because PB is yummy, smooth on the palette and a form of good fat you eat it EVERY DAY. No, I mean EVERY DAY. You have anywhere from 2 to 4 tablespoons of PB a day—no joke. However, PB is more of an allergen than any of those mentioned above and I’m not sure you care. Haha! All joking aside, this is how I have seen this one show up: a strong wheat/grain intolerance. You cut out the grain thinking it’s the grain when it’s not—it’s the PB. Nausea eating chicken or egg yolks. Celiac symptoms such as diarrhea, loose movements or lack of nutrients even though you’re eating fine.
Let me make sure I say this so you’re not confused:
- I am not a doctor.
- I do not claim to be one.
- This is all anecdotal information.
- The clients that I work with that have verified these intolerances have done so through medical professionals. So if I cannot verify that they have seen a doctor, I have not taken their situation into consideration.
- If you suspect you have this, go see a doctor.
This information is provided so that you can navigate your lifestyle effectively and begin to be proactive about the foods you eat instead of robotic. Change the foods in your diet regularly!! It can save you a ton of tummy ache. If you are not sure how to do that, go here. This is a series I did on how to safely and effectively change up your diet and keep the lean body you like and are used to. Cool? We’re in this for the long haul ladies. Woop woop!!