You know that food you love to eat that doesn’t really love you back?
Why is your relationship with certain foods so hostile?
Did you know that the foods you eat directly affect your energy, mood, and mindset? They can actually influence your behavior based on how they make you feel!
Over the last couple of weeks I woke you up to the idea that your body speaks it’s own language. One you MUST become fluent in if you ever desire to truly break free from your chronic pain and suffering. Did you miss these articles? Fatigue? Pain? Indigestion? Here’s what you’re body is telling you and Break FREE from Your Pain: Learn this ONE Thing
Quick re-cap: Curiosity helps attune you to the feelings and sensations that accompany your pain (sadness, anger, loneliness, indigestion, worry, insomnia, etc.).
This first, informative step of attunement is critical. However…
The next steps are the most important ways you actually get yourself out of pain!
You must Define the Trigger then Change your Patterned Response.
Triggers are numerous. They can include people, projects, texts/emails, foods, drinks, thoughts, exercise, lack of sleep, finances, hormones, and so on.
If you don’t know what is triggering your discomfort, worry, and fear you will never be able to make the necessary changes in order to find healing, peace and freedom.
The mind-body connection is real. Studies abound with conclusive evidence that physical and mental health is interrelated—each affecting the other.
In order to break free from cyclical dis-ease patterns you MUST intervene in your mind and body’s triggers.
~ Here’s How to Quickly Identify Food Intolerances ~
Define the Trigger: Let’s use food as our example since “food intolerances” seem to be plentiful these days.
Start by identifying the Immediate versus Delayed Symptoms.
Immediate symptoms indicate a food allergy. They occur within 3 minutes of ingesting of even trace amounts of the offending food or beverage. Symptoms include:
- Tightening of the throat
- Hives, Rash, or Itchiness
- Anaphylaxis shock
- Severe Nausea or Vomiting
Delayed symptoms indicate food intolerance. They occur within 1-3 hours and up to 2 days after ingestion of any serving size. Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Headache, migraine
- Heartburn, nausea, indigestion
- Fatigue, head fog, lethargy
- Bloating, gas, stomach pain
- Constipation, diarrhea, or combination
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Mood swings, energy dips, feeling spacey or dizzy
Write down your immediate versus delayed triggers on the left side of a piece of paper and corresponding symptoms on the right.
Next, remove the foods from your diet for at least 21 days.
Food allergies need to be avoided permanently.
Food intolerances need to be avoided as long as they continue to be a trigger.
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After 21 days, you should be feeling better. At this point, you can try a Food Challenge to see if you’re able to tolerate it in small amounts.
Start with one food at a time and wait 3 days before adding in another food to clearly assess any symptoms that might occur.
Don’t know where to start? Here are the most common foods that create problems:
- Tree Nuts
- Processed sugar, fat, and flour
- Artificial Colors, Flavors, Sweeteners, and Preservatives
So, what if your trigger is more than just food? Say, a person or a thought pattern.
Define the Trigger; Assess Immediate or Delayed Reaction then Change your Patterned Response
If the trigger is a person –> Rather than reactively blow up (immediate) or emotionally shut down and stew all day (delayed), communicate your feelings, perception, or confusion. Communication is the most effective way to diffuse stress and tension between people. Speaking your anxiety aloud taps into the brain circuitry that is linked with emotion allowing you to physically release it.
If the trigger is your thoughts –>Rather than beat yourself up (immediate) or replay disappointments in your head all day (delayed) replace them with positivity. Recognize the opportunities for personal growth. Affirmations are powerful mind-shifters. Once again the mind-body connection comes into play. Your thoughts have a direct effect on the stress response in the body. Choose to think and speak with Respect and Gratitude for yourself and others—all aspects of your health depend on it.
The road to success is paved with the choices you make in each moment. Choosing Love-based actions when a trigger is pulled will eliminate the rollercoaster of physical, mental, and emotional dis-ease you may struggle with.
Become fluent in “You”, identify your triggers and change your behavior. Your life will never be the same!
In Love & Gratitude,
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