by Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC

What is the link between food allergy symptoms, weight gain, and inflammation? I can tell you that I have personally experienced this, and the results have been remarkable. Being a busy woman and going through the “change” years has not been easy, especially regarding weight, immune system, and food intolerance. I run yearly blood tests on myself, so I know that my metabolism (thyroid, etc.) is working optimally, and I eat as healthy as possible.

In 2018 I started having terrible symptoms of food reactions and needed to figure things out. I was eating healthy, but even some of the common food I usually eat (even gluten-free foods) were now causing reactions, even in small amounts. I thought I would avoid the food if I just knew what the problem foods were.

When I was young, I had apparent lactose intolerance, so I avoided dairy. As I got older, I developed Celiac disease and haven’t had gluten for years. But when I would eat foods, even healthy foods, I started to feel inflamed, gained weight, and felt tired. Not OK!

My other food allergy symptoms were: bloating after certain meals, redness in my face, fatigue after certain meals, acne all of a sudden, itchy, and sneezing attacks. I took my own advice and ordered a food allergy test to learn which foods were causing the food allergy symptoms I did not want to have anymore. Everyone is different, so one diet is not necessarily going to work for everyone.

I love parsnips! OK, stop laughing. Ever heard of a parsnip? It looks like a white carrot. I love cooking sweet potato, parsnips, zucchini, acorn, or butternut squash with something green like broccoli and putting grass-fed butter on top. But when I make that side dish, I feel and look like I gained 10 pounds overnight. What is the issue? And when I eat cashew butter (organic, of course) or almond butter, I tend to gain weight too. But people doing the keto diet eat good fat and drop weight, so again, I was confused.

I got my blood tests back, and they helped me tremendously with my daily diet. No surprise but parsnips, beef, corn, and all of the nuts I enjoyed showed up as severe food intolerance and were causing food allergy symptoms, even in small amounts.

So I edited my favorite recipe to broccoli, butternut squash, orange beets, cauliflower, and instead of butter which has casein in it, I use olive oil. No bloating or weight gain afterward! YAY!

If you are struggling with food allergy symptoms and want to know what food to eat and what food not to eat, we can help. Please make an appointment with my clinic so I can get those answers for you. We work primarily virtually but have an office in Roswell, GA, for in-person meetings too.

I have personally seen and felt the benefits from the blood tests, and so have hundreds of my patients with all sorts of food allergy symptoms. These can range from weight gain, pain, IBS, colitis, inflammation, heart disease, brain fog, fatigue, skin flares, hair loss, heart disease & more.

Please consider booking an appointment at Nutritionally Yours to help you achieve better health and wellness and learn how food allergy testing will help improve your health and life.
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