Beginning a Food Sensitivity Journey
Once I hit my goal my body started fighting against me, from the worsening periods to the gallbladder attack, all resulting in regaining weight. (My husband thinks the weight gain is because I'm eating too much.) So many things feel like my body's rejecting this healthier lifestyle. It's been an uphill internal battle experimenting with some programs while seeing the scale continue to climb.
I don't know what drew me to looking into food sensitivities or even how I heard about Immufood. The idea to use a simple blood test to find out what things you're eating (or haven't even touched) that your body doesn't like but doesn't complain about right away just seems fascinating. So I signed up with Immufood as a practitioner and will be incorporating testing with my services for those that need or want this path as a part of their journey.
Food allergies are an IMMEDIATE reaction that provides an immune response within minutes of consumption. Allergies are generally stick with a person for life.
A food intolerance is an adverse physiological response that doesn't involve the immune system. For example, someone with a lactose intolerance lacks the enzyme that aids the digestion of lactose.
Food sensitivities are a DELAYED reaction that can take DAYS before symptoms arise, despite the immune system considering the food to be a potential threat. It creates a cascade of events within the body (why it's delayed) that can lead to inflammation and disease. Moods, intestinal health, body weight, and more are known to be directly associated to food sensitivities.
I've experienced several of these common conditions associated with a food sensitivity:
Irritable Bowel Disease
Type 1 Diabetes
There are two approaches we can take to discover which foods your body doesn't like - doing a blood test first through a service like Immufood then avoiding the foods that show as elevated or just doing an elimination diet starting with the common offenders of gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, yeast, nightshades, citrus, nuts, and chocolate.
Of course I wouldn't offer something like this without trying it out myself. Immufood offers 3 testing levels - 90, 180, and 270. I did the 90 food ImuPro Basic test. Of the foods tested, I'm highly sensitive to 4 and sensitive to 18 others. That's almost 25% of the foods tested so you can only imagine how much more it would've been had I done all 270!
Several of the foods will take some adjustments as they're kind of staples. I've been gathering compliant recipes to go along with those provided in the Immufood app. I had to do a restrictive diet as a part of a study (they provided all my food) once but other than that I've not had tough restraints on what I could or couldn't eat.
Want to join me on this journey? I'm looking for two groups to test the program for 6-8 weeks. Both start and end with a gut health assessment and include recipes.
The plan: I send you an extensive food and lifestyle review to complete so we know where you stand. We'll discuss your history for about an hour, coming up with a strategy to get you started. There will be 3-4 follow up sessions (about 30 minutes long) for accountability, support, and ensure that you have all the tools you need to succeed.
You bring your health concerns and goals. I get you started on your journey. There won't be any sales pitch when the beta test is over but I'd like your feedback on the elements and a testimonial of how the program worked out for you, which will be shared here.
BASIC: Under the basic version I would guide you through an elimination diet protocol following a low FODMAP food plan, avoiding fermentable carbs known to cause gut issues. All materials will be emailed to you.
ACCELERATED: With the accelerated version you would first be tested for food intolerances using Immufood. You would choose and pay for the number of foods to be tested (90, 180, or 270 foods). Once your results are in you'll be sent the results and recipes tailored to you through their app. I will then guide you through the elimination diet protocol. Please note that you would ONLY be paying for the testing not my support during the beta test..
Shoot me an email if this sounds like a journey you'd like to take.