01 Sep Food Sensitivity and You
Have you ever been to a party and broke out in a sweat? That could be a hot flash resulting from food sensitivity.
While these symptoms might be mild or rare enough for you to write them off, they could be signs of food sensitivity.
We are all different, and we all have different reactions to food! Understanding your unique relationship with different foods isn’t just important for losing weight; it’s a key component to a healthy, happy lifestyle!
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Our diet program uses a unique 3 phase system: a 30-day weight loss challenge (LOSE), followed by learning about how different foods affect you (LEARN), and finally, giving you the tools to live an infinitely healthy lifestyle (LIVE).
With this blog, we’re giving you a sneak peek of the Learn phase!
What Are the Most Common Food Sensitivities?
If you have any food allergies, you have probably already talked with your doctor about them, and you already know to avoid these foods.
But what about food sensitivities? Food sensitivities, also known as food intolerance, are like allergies, but their symptoms are often much more subtle
When you have a food sensitivity, it makes you temporarily uncomfortable, but it eventually goes away and is easily written off.
In fact, food sensitivity symptoms may not even appear connected to the food since they can sometimes arise hours or even days after eating.
However, when you keep unknowingly eating food that you are sensitive to, your quality of life is affected. You may feel fatigued, develop frequent acid reflux, or experience digestive issues.
Not only are these symptoms unpleasant, but they also can lead to an increase in cortisol and, therefore, weight gain. While it may seem small, eliminating foods you are sensitive to can change your life for the better!
Anyone can develop a sensitivity to any type of food, but, according to the FDA, 8 different foods are responsible for 90% of food hypersensitivity:
- Milk and other dairy products
- Tree nuts
- Wheat and gluten
Others may experience sensitivity to:
- Salicylates (a naturally occurring chemical that is often used as a preservative)
- Amines (a compound produced by bacteria during fermentation or curing processes and found in citrus fruits)
- Sulfites (a chemical used as a preservative and found naturally in grapes and aged cheeses)
- Fructose (a simple sugar found in fruits, vegetables, and natural sweeteners like honey and corn syrup)
- Aspartame (an artificial sweeter found in diet sodas and sugar substitutes)
- Food colorings
How Can You Identify Your Food Sensitivities?
There are a few options for uncovering a food intolerance, such as taking specific intolerance tests, but Infinite30’s Add Back diet program is the easiest way to figure out how specific foods affect you.
We start with the Lose Phase: a structured eating plan that eliminates most foods that can cause sensitivities. Once the Learn Phase begins, we customize the eating plan to the individual.
With the Add Back method, you slowly reintroduce each food, one at a time, and monitor yourself for any resulting symptoms to find out which foods work for you and which do not.
You will want to keep an eye out for symptoms in the following categories:
- Respiratory like cold, cough, itchy throat, nasal congestion
- Circulatories like swelling, fatigue, or cold extremities
- Gastrointestinal like bloating, nausea, or indigestion
- Joints like stiffness, tenderness, or swelling
- Neurological like anxiety, depression, headaches, or insomnia
- Musculoskeletal like sciatica, localized muscle pain, or reduced range of motion
- Skin like acne, rashes, or sweating
- Oral like bad breath, gum pain, or teeth grinding
If a food provokes a symptom, remove it again and see if your symptoms go away. If they do, you likely have a sensitivity to that food and should be careful how often and how much you consume.
When you reduce or eliminate the sources of your food intolerance, your quality of life will improve dramatically! Without these symptoms to contend with, you may find that you have more energy, feel better, and even lose weight more easily!
Rapid Weight Loss with Infinite30
This information is just the tip of the iceberg! There is so much more to Learn with Infinite30.
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We help our members find ways to lose weight fast with our 30-day weight loss challenge, and then we keep supporting them as they learn and live!
If you’re ready to learn more about your unique relationship with food and lose weight, contact us today!