For many, consuming dairy, particularly drinking milk, can be problematic due to milk allergy or lactose intolerance. Stomach cramping, bloating, and loose stools may quickly result, leading many to seek non-dairy and lactose-free milk alternatives.
Luckily, food manufacturers have caught on, providing the grocery aisles with TONS of fantastic non-dairy milk options. The question remains, “What’s the best non-dairy milk?” Continue reading
The world’s most common psychoactive drug is not what you might think. After hearing the words “psychoactive” and “drug” most people immediately think of illegal substances and hippies from the 1960’s. But what you might not realize is that you probably are addicted to a psychoactive substance that you consume every morning: coffee. And in coffee, you’ll find the drug affectionately known as caffeine (yes, even most decaffeinated varieties contain some caffeine). Continue reading
Ok, so I hope I got your attention with the title of this post! Yes, it’s true that something as common as a potato can kill you. But before you get too worked up, you’ll be glad to know that cases of “death by potato” are extremely rare. Continue reading
Growing up, I remember getting itchy, red bumps on my skin whenever I was exposed to to nickel-containing metals. I remember wearing a rhinestone-bedazzled leotard (okay, I’ll admit, I twirled the baton in parades as a child!) and completely breaking out in an awful rash. Every time I put on earrings my ears would begin to itch and burn. I even had to avoid the metal button on the inside of my jeans as it would cause this same reaction. Continue reading
What do dairy, gluten, potatoes, aged cheese and tofu have in common? The answer is that they all are strong suspects for food sensitivities which may be compromising your health in many devious ways. In fact, eating these foods may cause IBS, fibromyalgia, migraines, autoimmune diseases, skin rashes, sinus issues and many more in some sensitivity individuals! In this article, learn more about what each of these food types are, where you can find them, why they are a problem for some people and what are some alternative options. Continue reading
Elimination diets are not for everyone. They require hard work, planning, and dedication in order to get desired results.
In this tasty episode, I interview Registered Dietitian and Certified LEAP Therapist, Jan Patenaude. Jan specializes in the field of integrative nutrition and is one of the pioneers working with blood testing to diagnose and treat food sensitivities. She specifically works with a blood test called MRT®, or Mediator Release Testing. MRT® is a blood test that quantifies the inflammatory response to 150 different foods & food-chemicals. I know we’ve all heard a lot about gluten as causing ill effects for a lot of people but Jan shares a fascinating story about a patient who was deathly ill from an apple sensitivity! Jan will also shed light on the difference between a food allergy, food intolerance, and food sensitivity.
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What most people don’t realize is that MSG is naturally found in foods including mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, cheese, sugar beets, soy beans, fish, and seaweed. Culinary techniques such as drying foods and aging cheese increases the concentration of naturally occurring MSG (i.e., dried mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, seaweed, Parmesan cheese). MSG provides the savory, or umami, taste in these foods. Umami is considered to be the 5th basic taste: sweet, salty, sour and bitter being the other four. Continue reading
Ah, the question we hear the most! The world of adverse food reactions is quite large, complex, and confusing. We are here to lessen the burden and help you have a better understanding of what is going on in your body. While some people spend most of their lives studying immunology, for the general public we feel it is important to review some of the basics. Continue reading