One surefire way to get a handle on your inflammation and chronic pain is through diet. As you get clear on your food triggers, it is easy to control your symptoms, and be motivated to make the changes that support a healthy, pain-free lifestyle.
Be a Diet Detective
Remember, one man’s food is another man’s poison!
Your dashboard warning light is on!
Symptomatology is a powerful and effective diagnostic tool used to determine the causes of imbalances in our bodies. Symptoms are like the warning lights on your dashboard. Food sensitivities, allergies, digestive distress, constipation, headaches, body pain and joint issues, depression, sleep disturbances, there are literally hundreds of symptoms, are simply your body’s way of letting you know there is an imbalance, a state of dis-ease occurring.
If your “service engine” light in your car is on, you don’t ignore it, you realize there is an issue which needs to be addressed and you tend to it, otherwise, your car will not function properly. Your body’s symptoms offer the same message.
Are you addressing your symptoms?
You need to find the source of the problem and change it.
The bloating, headaches, body aches, nutrient deficiencies, learning disorders, (and hundreds more!) are our body’s way of letting us know we need to make changes. Our diet is often the culprit. Gluten and dairy can be responsible for many symptoms and imbalances
The Food Diary
A great way to get some clarity and perspective on what you eat, and how it is affecting you, is to keep a food diary. For seven days write down EVERYTHING you put into your mouth. Include the time of day, your mood and symptoms before and after eating, and any other significant details.
The Detective Work
Read and and include all the ingredients listed on the packaging from the foods you eat and drink in your diary. Snacks, crackers, and things we assume, or are deemed as healthy may contain something that triggers you. For example if you make soup, read what is in the soy sauce or other bottled or packaged ingredients you add to the soup.
Why be concerned with so many details?
- To get a reality check with what you are putting into your body.
- To learn to read food labels.
- To develop the awareness that even small amounts of an additive or ingredient can cause symptoms.
- To start evaluating what is in the food you are eating.
- To see how much fresh food you are consuming versus processed.
- To discover if the foods is causing some disharmony in your body.
- To discover that a food is a fantastic fit for you and you feel fantastic when you consume it!
Knowledge leads to empowerment and better choices.
Become a Label Reader!
Ingredients are listed in descending order. Remember that additives are linked to a variety of health problems such as headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and allergies.
Watch for the words: wheat, barley, rye, malt, enriched, hydrogenated, low in fat, sugar-free, xylitol, stevia, msg, trans fat.
After the seven to fourteen days it is time to examine the situation.
- Do you eat 10-14 servings of fruits and vegetables a day?
- Do you repeat many of the same foods every day?
- Does gluten upset you?
- Are you a junk food junky? A sugar addict? A salt-aholic?
- Are you craving caffeine?
- Does dairy upset you?
- Do you crave carbs?
- Do you drink enough water?
- Are you including organic foods in your diet?
- Are whole grains on your list?
- Are you drinking enough water?
Did you notice any connection between how you feel and what you eat?