Feeling tired? Feeling fat? Feeling not-so-great? Thursday, Feb. 7th, clinical nutritionist, Kimberly Neher, MS, will be speaking about the impact a food allergy (sensitivity) can have on your weight and your health. If you’re feeling lousy or have difficulty losing weight, you’ll want read Kimberly’s post!
I’m Eating Healthy, So Why Am I Overweight and Sick?
Healthy eating is important, so how can it be that some people truly don’t feel healthy no matter what they do? Even those who are eating organic, growing their own food, and baking their own meals from scratch are struggling. Do they have “bad genes” making them destined to be unhealthy? Or is there some other explanation?
Do you see yourself or someone you know in this scenario? Most people think that being healthy is the absence of disease. But there is so much more to health than this! True health is a state of feeling good, having energy, having a positive mindset, and vitality of body, mind and spirit. The characteristics of health can occur when your body’s chemistry is in balance, cells are nourished, and nutrients are being properly absorbed. So, how is it that some people work really hard at being healthy and are doing everything right, yet still are not able to achieve excellent health?
The truth is that optimal well-being sometimes takes more than a healthy diet, regular exercise and a positive mindset. You are unique, with no one else on the face of the earth exactly like you. Your needs are unique. You must meet your unique needs to realize your true potential. And not to worry, this only takes a little detective work to get to the bottom of what’s holding you back.
You can be allergic to a healthy food!
First, foods are classified “healthy” according to the nutrients they contain and their potential to produce general health enhancing benefits. But not all so-called healthy foods may be healthy for you. You’ve heard that some people have allergies to foods like peanuts, eggs or dairy. Maybe you’re one of them or you know someone who has food allergies. Generally, with food allergies, your reaction is instantaneous or occurs withing 2 hours of eating the food. Amazing how some people can thrive on these foods while others become seriously ill.
Food allergies can make you fat, sick, and tired!
The same occurs with another kind of allergy, a hidden food allergy (sensitivity), causing a reaction anywhere from several hours to three days after you’ve eaten the food. It can cause weight gain, migraines digestive upset, arthritis, fatigue, skin disorders and many more ailments you probably wouldn’t always associate with food. When you eat foods you’re sensitive to (especially over and over each day or week), it causes an inflammatory reaction in your body and your health declines.
Suppose you’re intolerant to foods like spinach, oatmeal or salmon. Everything you read tells you they’re healthy foods which protect you from things like cancer and heart disease. You eat them frequently because they’re supposed to be so good for you. But instead of feeling better, you feel worse. Your joints are getting stiff. Your skin is breaking out. Headaches are occurring frequently. You cannot lose weight now matter what you do. You’re frustrated. You’re doing so many good things for your health and instead of feeling better, you feel worse.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone! Most people don’t have a clue they’re sensitive to certain foods, because it can be a challenge to determine which ones they are. You can try to figure it out on your own by following an elimination diet. However, this can take a long time to determine all your sensitive foods and, in my experience, most people can’t stick with it long enough to determine all their sensitivities.
Want Answers? Get tested!
An easier way to discover your food sensitivities is a food sensitivity lab test. It’s a blood test that challenges the part of your immune system responsible for food sensitivities against different foods to determine your immune response. The strength of the response tells if you have a severe, moderate or mild sensitivity or none at all. You can choose to test up to 200 different foods, with results listing all your sensitive foods, the degree of sensitivity and your safe foods. It’s that simple. Imagine how long it would take to test that many foods on an elimination diet!
Want to know more? Come join us Feb. 7th at 5:30 pm at Natural Healthy Concepts, 310 N. Westhill Blvd., Appleton, WI 54913!
If you or someone you love are bothered by any kind of allergies, we carry a comprehensive assortment of allergy and sinus relief supplements.
About Kimberly Neher, MS- http://www.nutritionalhealingllc.com/
Nutritionist Kimberly Neher, MS, is a well-regarded expert in the nutrition field. She is a clinical nutritionist, specializing in nutrition counseling for all ages and all conditions. Kimberly is also certified in the Metagenics lifestyle medicine program, First Line Therapy which changes people’s lives from the inside out!
Kimberly is a private health care provider located in Appleton, WI, and also travels to work with people’s nutrition within local companies, grocery stores and in the comfort of their own homes. Kimberly’s advice has been seen in Nature’s Pathways magazine as well as local health care events. She is a member of The Alzheimer’s Association, specializing in education for optimal brain health and delaying the onset of diseases associated with aging.
Kimberly specializes in weight loss, food allergies/sensitivities, vegetarianism, sports nutrition, teen and collegiate eating, and many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, fatigue, and irritable bowel disorders (to name a few). Leading by example, Kimberly is both motivational and inspirational, relating effectively to women and men from all walks of life. She treats each client as if they were a member of her family, and gives them the comforting support to assure they are not alone on their path to wellness.