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Avoid Common Mistakes When Removing Inflammatory Foods

Avoid Common Mistakes When Removing Inflammatory Foods

In my last article, I talked about warning signs your body gives you when something isn’t right. I mentioned several inflammatory foods like grains, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, soy, and alcohol. These are some of the most inflammatory foods you can put in your body. The list is not all-inclusive, but it’s a good start.

So How Do You Know If You Should Remove These Foods?

The answer is simple. You could run a range of food sensitivity panels, or you could just remove known inflammatory foods for at least 30 days to see how your body responds, which is known as an elimination diet. Starting with the ones mentioned above is a good start, but if there are additional foods you feel your body doesn’t respond well to then go ahead and remove those during this time as well.

Do Elimination Diets Work?

The truth is, there is a little controversy here. The foods that are recommended for removal on an elimination diet are typically those that many people have a reaction to. But as we know, everyone’s body is not the same. The best way to learn which foods you react to is to run a food sensitivity panel. This gives a clearer picture of what’s going on in the body when a particular food is consumed. The reason this is the case is because there is sometimes a delayed reaction, and it can be hard to tell which foods are actually causing it.

You also want to consider that one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Take a healthy fish like salmon for example. It’s a healthy fish, right? But what if you’ve developed a food sensitivity? If that’s the case, then that healthy salmon could actually cause an inflammatory response in your body, which in turn leads to stress on the body and can have all sorts of ill effects in the long-run. The great thing about food sensitivities is that we can usually remove the foods, heal the gut, and reintroduce those healthy options again later on down the road.

Common Mistakes People Make When Eliminating Inflammatory Foods:

I’ll use gluten in my examples below, but this is true for all inflammatory foods.

  • Removing one and not all inflammatory foods. If your body is having an inflammatory response to something you’re consuming, and you don’t work to remove all the things that could be causing inflammation at the same time, it may be difficult to recognize a positive/negative response from removing certain foods. For example, if you remove gluten, but fail to remove dairy, then you could still continue to have those symptoms in your body related to gluten exposure. One reason is because gluten and dairy have similar molecular makeups and when the body is attacking one, it will likely attack the other as well. This is true for many food groups.
  • You don’t give the body enough time to respond. I hear people say all the time, “I tried gluten free and it didn’t work for me. We can actually have delayed reactions to foods when there is a sensitivity in the body. We tend to think of it in the same way as we do a food allergy sometimes, but the 2 are quite different. Your body can react to a food or other substance for up to 3 weeks, so if you only give it a couple weeks and call it quits because you don’t see a change, then you may be giving up too soon. Again, commit and stick with it to give your body the time it needs to respond.
  • You aren’t satisfied without your dairy or gluten. I get it. I love those foods too. But much of our dissatisfaction after a meal when eliminating inflammatory foods comes down to 2 things.
  • 1) Not eating enough protein, fats, and carbs to actually fill our bellies. Filling up on processed foods makes us feel satisfied because that’s what we’re used to.
    • 2) Food cravings, which can be expressed in the form of hunger.

The way you can avoid this is to make sure you’re eating enough, and to balance your plate with plenty of healthy meat, cooked vegetables, and even starchy vegetables until your body begins to adjust. If you truly are hungry, then eat more of the whole foods and play around with your ratios of carbs, fats, and proteins to find your unique ratio. This depends a lot on how fast you metabolize certain foods. So if you find that you’re super hungry and tired within an hour or 2 after consuming a plate full of veggies, then try adding more dense proteins and see if that helps. Play around until you find the ratio that works for you.

  • Filling up on gluten free processed alternatives. If you’ve read my book, “Healed His Way,” then you know I discuss this in detail. Foods that are labeled as gluten free are not always truly gluten free, and if you are attempting to avoid gluten, then you want to focus on whole foods instead of gluten free snacks. This is not to say you can’t snack on a food from a bag here and there, but if you do, look for grain free over gluten free. Why? Gluten free is not technically gluten free. It’s a big lie! “What? How can they do that?” you ask. Gluten, by the FDA’s definition does not include ALL types of gluten. It only includes 1 type, called gliadin. While the 2 main types of gluten found in wheat are gliadins and glutenins, they are not the only types. Gluten free foods do not take into consideration the other types, because by FDA regulation, they are not required to. So, if you are consuming a piece of bread labeled gluten free, is it really? Likely not. The best way to avoid it is to avoid grains altogether.
  • Starting a countdown timer to the end of elimination challenge and just going back to old habits when it’s done. Consider paying attention to your body when you eliminate certain foods. Take an inventory. How do you feel? What is your mood like? Do you have more energy? If you are seeing positive change, why would you jump back into the same old habits that were giving you negative results? If you choose to bring those toxic/inflammatory foods back in your body, the best way to do that is to go very slow. Introduce foods one at a time, and pay attention to your body. Give the food a couple weeks, and if there are negative effects, then consider removing it for good. As I said before, if you’re body is not responding well to a certain food then it is causing inflammation and with that comes disease.

My favorite way to find out how your body is responding to a particular food or group of foods is to test for specific food sensitivities by running appropriate lab tests that show the foods you’re reacting to. And when you do this, I would highly recommend removing all of the foods on this inflammatory food list while removing anything that shows up on your food sensitivity panel. These tests are not all created equal. So work with a health professional to help you understand which tests are right for you.

What’s next?

If you read my last article, we talked a little about leaky gut and how that happens. You can read more here… warning signs your body gives you when something isn’t right.

But here’s a little recap – leaky gut forms when tight junctions in the gut become compromised or loose, allowing things like toxins, pesticides, and large food particles to pass into the bloodstream where they don’t belong. When this happens, the body elicits an attack on these particles. When certain foods are seen as a foreign invader, they cause inflammation in the body. So that’s exactly why you may see some of the foods you consume on a regular basis show up on a food sensitivity test. Your body is simply attacking it because it doesn’t belong in the bloodstream. The only thing that belongs in the bloodstream from our food is things like vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients. The actual protein is a foreign invader to the body.

While cleaning up inflammatory foods, you may want to work on your gut health. Some of my favorite products to do that are collagen protein, immunoglobulins, and the loved Ganoderma Lucidum. Again, work with your practitioner or doctor before implementing these supplements or others, because you are uniquely created.  

In the event that you are looking for your own health practitioner, I would love to hear more about your unique story and help guide you as you work to resolve those. You can access my services here and if you would like to chat after reviewing them, simply fill out the form on my site for a complimentary discovery call to schedule your appointment. I’m here to see you succeed in reaching all your health and wellness goals.

Warning Signs From Your Body: How To Know When Something Isn’t Right!

Warning Signs From Your Body: How To Know When Something Isn’t Right!

Is your body giving your warning signs that something isn’t right?

Your body is such an intelligent piece of machinery. What I’ve learned over the years as I’ve worked with my body to heal naturally is this… If your body tells you no, the answer is no.

I know how it is to absolutely LOVE things like sugar, dairy, bread, pastries, and all the other grain-filled goodies. I know what it feels like for those items to make up the bulk of your diet and wander “what in the world am I going to eat if I remove those things?” The reality is, it requires a definite shift in the way we view our plate and our food. I had to relearn that food is fuel.

The mental/emotional attachment to food is real. Those feeling of “comfort” we receive from certain foods is real. AND the addiction is real. We actually receive a physiological response when we consume certain foods. That means they alter the chemicals within our bodies that leads to those feelings of euphoria. But I learned that this food-euphoria can come at a great price.

My advice? Pay attention to your body.

Listen for clues. When you experience symptoms in your body, it’s the intelligence of the human body calling out for change. It’s as if your body is screaming, “WARNING, SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT!” If a food is making you sick every time you consume it, stop consuming it! It doesn’t matter what a doctor or a lab test or even a minister tells you. If you feel bad every time you have a piece of bread, then put the bread down and don’t consume it. Back away slowly… and it’s okay to RUN!

I’ll go back to my initial statement about the body being a very intelligent piece of machinery. The truth is, the body knows when something has entered into its environment that is causing harm. It actually elicits an attack in response to what it perceives as an invader. This causes inflammation in the body, which can cause a range of symptoms, but worse than that, it can cause a range of diseases.

Something that may seem very innocent, like putting bread in your body when your body says, “no” is only adding fuel to the fire. You deal with the consequences of how you may or may not feel afterward, but it’s not as innocent as we’d like to believe. This repeated inflammatory response can actually lead to disease states in the body.

When we listen to and respond to our body and give it what it needs, we can enter into a state of thriving – where we can flourish, prosper, blossom, and succeed. On the other hand, when we continually put things in the body that cause inflammation and illicit a response that puts our cells into attack mode, it creates stress on the body. If this stressor is in the form of food, like some of the toxic foods mentioned previously, it can begin to compromise the lining of the gut.

In a healthy body, the gut is lined with tight junctions, allowing only things like nutrients in the form of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to pass through and be absorbed into the system to bring us into a state of health. The gut lining can become compromised because of stress, pathogens, or from continuous stressors/toxins from our environment that are eliciting a stress response or an attack on the body.

What does this mean?

It means that these tight junctions, that prevent larger particles in the gut from spilling into the body, actually lose their strength to hold those food particles in. This is known as leaky gut – or intestinal permeability – where the contents of the gut are literally spilled into circulation, where they don’t belong. This is a process that happens over time because of some of the stressors mentioned previously – food being only one of them. When these tight junctions become loose, and larger particles begin to spill into the body, they are seen as foreign invaders, and the intelligent piece of machinery that we are walking around in begins to elicit an attack on these particles that do not belong in the bloodstream.

This creates food sensitivities or intolerances, and in some cases disease processes and can even lead to things like autoimmunity. Autoimmune patients have one thing in common for sure, and that is a leaky gut. Many times one autoimmune condition can lead to another. Your body doesn’t hate itself. But it’s attacking what appears to be a foreign invader.

Food is only a small piece of the puzzle. But many times it’s one of the easiest to resolve. Not emotionally, because people are truly attached to their foods, but many times these attachments are not our fault. Food companies create foods that lead to addiction. If you’ve read my book Healed His Way, I talk about the reasons food, and in particular dairy is so addictive, and that’s because it works on the same receptors in the body as morphine. So you literally have a morphine-like response in the body when you consume dairy, which can cause it to be one of the most difficult foods for people to eliminate.

Does this mean you can never eat dairy or grains again? Well in some cases, maybe! For some, gluten just doesn’t work. I recommend that you test in your own body if you want to know what works best for you. The body doesn’t lie.

I choose to do my best to keep certain foods out of my diet after running several food sensitivity panels. I’ve also found a common denominator in many of the foods that cause problems for most people. So even without testing, I typically recommend removing grains, dairy, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soy, and alcohol for a period of about time and if you decide to reintroduce, then pay close attention to how your body reacts. After my last food sensitivity panel, I noticed that there were certain food groups that consistently showed up for me. When I decided to take that a little more seriously, it changed my life.

In my case, I’ve dealt with hypothyroidism for many years, and according to symptoms, for much of my life. But I’m learning now that it’s possibly related to the fact that I never really healed my gut completely because I compromised in certain areas a little more than I probably should have. My gut is my week area and I have to constantly work on that. But if I put inflammatory foods in all the time, then I know my gut will never truly heal.

I do take support for my gut on a regular basis as well as thyroid support in the form of herbs and natural supplements that give the body what it actually needs to heal and repair. Will I ever be 100% without the help of supplemental support? I’m not sure. But what I do know is that it is a journey. And I’m working every single day to eliminate what’s causing me harm and including what is bringing me health. And as long as I do what I know I should, I live symptom-free. And you can too.

I encourage you to begin to examine some of the things in your life that are causing you stress. That can be emotions, food, chronic illness, relationships, too little or even too much exercise, and more!

The secret to my success in almost every area of my life can be accredited to hiring and partnering with mentors and coaches who push me to become my best self. Those are many times people who want to see me accomplish my goals as bad as I want to accomplish them.

If that resonates with you, I’d love to chat with you and possibly help to you dig a little bit deeper into finding out what could be the cause of some of your symptoms. Or find someone else in the field of functional health who will form a partnership with you, so you can become your best self.

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

As I was reading the Word of God today in Isaiah chapter 13,  I came across the names of Sodom and Gomorrah.  My eyes stopped there as if I could not move forward.  I knew God had more to say.  I immediately thought of Saddam Hussein.

When something out of the ordinary like this happens, it is a great time to ask God,  ”what does this mean? ”  And that’s exactly what I did.

He started talking to me about the importance of a name.   He told me about two years ago the meaning of my name, but I never had a full understanding of what it meant specifically for me.

My name is Chelsie and its meaning is “shield.”  I  have understood for some time that shield means protection.  I just never realized what I was to protect, or if I was the one to do the protecting.

Names are very important to God.  Think back to the old testament where God dedicated much of the Bible to make sure we understood who certain men were.  He didn’t just tell a story about a certain man, but he let us know that man’s name, and what it meant.  He even changed the names of many men in the Bible to reflect who they had become.

It is just the same for us today.  God designed everything about us, even down to our name.  He knew it before we were even placed in the womb.  It was to become part of our DESTINY. It’s “Who” we are.

Maybe you share the same name as me.  Even if that’s true, the meaning of shield could be different for you than it is for me. After many years of searching exactly what God meant when he named me Chelsie, he revealed the truth to me today.

My purpose is to act as a shield for the body of believers.  I am to protect the physical body from the attacks of the enemy by educating believers on how to stay healthy physically.

I am also a shield of protection where the soul is concerned. Many times the mind, will, and emotions are attacked and need quiet intercessions.  Other times those attacks need to be revealed to the person under attack so they can take authority over who they are in Christ.  This is also a part of who I am.  As a shield, I am here to reveal those truths.

Acting as a shield of protection for the spirit is one of the most important roles that I carry.  In this way, I am here to edify and encourage others to be who Christ has called them to be.

“Now it’s YOUR turn”

You have an assignment that comes along with your name as well. I encourage you to search for your name and the meaning of it. You can find a Name book online to find out what your name means and the scripture that’s associated with it. You may not understand its meaning fully in the beginning, but as you seek God and truly understand who he is and who he has destined you to be, then you will gain a better understanding of what it is that your name exactly means. Then you can go out and live the destiny which he has called you to.

Wake Up, Jerusalem! Yes, You!

Wake Up, Jerusalem! Yes, You!

As I was reading Isaiah 22:1-14, the Lord started talking to me about where we are as a body of believers in regards to destruction in our physical bodies. It’s important to understand that we are under physical attack. The enemy will do what he can to prevent our bodies  from performing at optimal levels. As this happens, he has found a way to break down our military forces as the body of Christ.

We have to be strong in spirit, soul, and body if we want to win this battle. And who wants to fight back when they have no energy or oomph to do so?

One major way the enemy sneaks in without us recognizing is in our goods. We’re opening ourselves up to sickness when we choose to ingest those processed and chemical laden foods. This gives him a legal right to invade our bodies. It opens the door for him to walk right in and dine with us at our own table, serve his garbage and call it nutritious?

It’s time we educate ourselves on the truths that are displayed clearly in the word of God and stop looking at sickness and disease as something we’re stuck with as we age. It’s not anything I ever plan to own. On the other hand, we’re responsible for what we know. It you are filling your shopping cart and plate with foods that lead to sickness and disease, then the likelihood of you living a life of health and vitality is not great.

 What did God say to me in Isaiah 22?

We are running around as broken people, as if we don’t know what to do. There are so many that see this physical attack on the body for what it is, but there is no strategic plan in place to cancel the plans of the enemy. Then there are those who believe what they want to, only because it’s easier to just live in their comfort zone.

What do we get when we choose to do nothing or refuse to change?  We make it easy on the enemy. He doesn’t have to worry about us putting up a spiritual battle because he has already won the battle in our physical bodies. So we end up lying on the battlefield plagued by disease. We surrender without resistance because we feel it’s just too much to carry on.

My heart breaks, along with the Fathers, as I watch the lives of many around me being destroyed so easily.  I can’t help but notice those who are sick in their bodies. I cry out to God and ask Him to help His people, and He gently reminds me that He has given us that task.

There are so many around us who don’t understand the physical attack the body is under. So for those of us who do, it’s our job to expose the lies of the enemy.

It’s time to get serious and look to the Father for help. But we must also take authority in who He’s called us to be. If you’re a child of God, you have the power to stand up and win this batter. The word tells us that the greater one lives in us.

It will take a change in our current lifestyles, yes. It will take action on our part to help ourselves as well as assist those around us. Is your feasting today worth dying in pain and agony tomorrow? That is something we all must ask ourselves.