If you’re prone to waking up bloated and uncomfortable the morning after the night before, especially at this time of year, then you’re not alone. The festive season is a time when many of us will indulge in rich foods, parties, alcohol, and or course a few mince pies along the way… If you’ve got a food intolerance, this may lead to bloating, discomfort, gas, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, fatigue, headaches, and generally not feeling as festive or merry as you might like! Continue reading Feeling bloated? Was it something you ate or drank?
I’m a big fan of butter. It’s delicious. In my opinion, a small amount* of butter for those who can tolerate it in their diet is far healthier than a pale, processed, tasteless margarine spread with a myriad of health claims. Real butter is made from milk but, as I recently discovered the hard way, not all butters are created equal. Continue reading Can you get a better bit of butter?
How are you feeling right now?
Do you have a rash, or feel a bit bloated, or perhaps you have a headache?
If something doesn’t feel quite right, then you may have had a reaction to something you ate or drank. But was it an allergy, a sensitivity, or an intolerance? Continue reading Is it an allergy, a sensitivity, or an intolerance?
Food intolerance is a lot more common than people think, and frequently leads to unpleasant symptoms that aren’t easily associated with what you’re eating. The most common signs you have a food intolerance occur in the digestive system, but there are several that can develop cerebrally.
For once, it really is all in your head… Continue reading 6 Nasty Cerebral Signs You Have a Food Intolerance
Autoimmune diseases have been rapidly rising in recent years, with almost 100 recognised autoimmune diseases, as well as another 40 disease processes which have a component that is autoimmune related. Worse still, if you have one autoimmune disease you’re at higher risk of developing another.
From Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a type of underactive thyroid disease) to coeliac disease, there are many autoimmune diseases that can be caused by many triggers. One such trigger may be food intolerance and poor gut health. Here are eight ways food intolerance may trigger autoimmune disease… Continue reading 8 Ways Food Intolerance Can Easily Trigger Autoimmune Disease
Food intolerance can cause a slew of unpleasant signs and symptoms. The most obvious ones occur in the digestive system. These are more easily identified (and more easily associated with the food you are eating) than some of the other signs, which at first blush don’t appear to be related to diet.
Although there are multiple causes for these digestive symptoms, if you have any of these regularly, or a combination of several, it’s worth checking to see if food intolerance is the cause… Continue reading 6 Signs of Food Intolerance to Watch Out For
OK, hands up… who ate one mince pie too many, or drank too much prosecco over Christmas? I know I did!
In past years the 1st January would have seen me resolving to lose those post-Christmas pounds and improve my fitness by getting back into some kind of exercise. This year though, I have far too any excuses… Continue reading The new years resolution to improve your fitness that you’re probably already doing!
I was working with a client recently, and her face dropped when her test results showed she would need to go gluten-free.
“But it’s so expensive to go gluten-free!” she cried.
And indeed, it can work out expensive.
Visit any supermarket and you’ll find a section dedicated to gluten-free breads, pastas, cereals, biscuits, and cakes. Take a look at their price tags and you’ll likely need to take a lie down to recover from shock! Gluten-free bread is rarely less than £2 for a tiny loaf of miniature slices, while a 500g bag of gluten-free pasta also hovers around the £2 mark, and it’s hard to know which brands will turn to mush when you cook them. And don’t get me started on the lack of nutrients in most gluten-free products… it seems to be a case of remove the gluten, and replace it with a bunch of sugar and/or incredibly refined carbohydrates, add a handful of weird chemicals for flavour and texture, then stick on a huge price tag.
But is it really necessary to buy all your products from the gluten-free section of the supermarket?
I don’t think it is, and here are four of my favourite inexpensive purchases for going gluten-free without going broke:
1. Courgettes. Not the coolest of veggies, but grab a julienne peeler or a spiralizer and you can make your own nutrient dense noodles that will soak up a good bolognese sauce and add flavour to your meal. You can also use those gadgets to make noodles out of butternut squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
2. Rice. For many people avoiding gluten, this is can be a staple go-to as it is naturally gluten-free and generally inexpensive. Some clients with a gluten intolerance will cross-react with rice, but if you’re ok with rice then always go for brown rice for extra nutrient density.
3. Lettuce. Again, not a particularly cool veggie, but makes a great alternative to bread or tortilla wraps. Stuff a large crisp lettuce leaf with whatever you fancy (burrito style) or layer with ham and roll together (like a savoury swiss-roll!)
4. Oats. Gluten free oats and gluten-free oat cakes are widely available, and make a great breakfast alternative to the high sugar gluten-free breakfast cereals and gluten-free biscuits found in the gluten-free section of the supermarket. Sadly, gluten-free oats are not suitable for all, so always check your test results before tucking in!
If you’re not sure whether you should be avoiding gluten, you can book an appointment with us to find out your food intolerances in just 60 minutes!
Sugar. It’s so sweet, so delicious and so addictive.
But… research is showing that it’s also damaging our bodies and we should be eating less of it. But is that even possible? Continue reading Thinking of giving up sugar? Read this first!