Apr 30, 2012

When Food Becomes Your Enemy

There are different ways that the food that we love can turn on us. The first thought that may come to your mind is weight gain...yes, that's on the list. But there are others. They include food allergies and food sensitivities or food intolerance.

The body responds differently in each of these situations.  The responses go like this:

Food allergies: You generally experience an almost immediate response to a food that you are allergic too. You may feel a sensation in mouth, closing of the throat, sneezing, hives, and sometimes worse. Even a small amount can cause this reaction, which is actually an immune response. It is something you can (almost) readily identify with the food you are eating.

Food sensitivities are a little more tricky, as you don't always feel the symptoms right away, even though some of them can be the same as those experienced with food allergies. The food has to get into the system a bit before you feel symptoms like nausea, fatigue, achy muscles or joints, maybe some sinus congestion, diarrhea, gas, or any host of irritating symptoms.

Food intolerance is another term for food sensitivity. Your body can't tolerate the food and responds, though not with an immune response that a food allergy would cause.

Discovering what foods you are sensitive too can be such a relief to your mind and body. Discovering what you cannot eat should not make you feel restricted. Even though it may take time to adjust, especially to eating out or when you go to special occasions that involve food. 

You are actually liberated, because now you know why your body is responding as it does, and you don't have to worry about what it is going to do if you eat a certain way...you gain control of the situation over time.

This has been the case with me in my dealings with lactose intolerance. It has taken time, but after so many months and years of not knowing...knowing has brought relief and healing.

May it be the same for you if you are suffering with any kind of food allergy, food sensitivity, or food intolerance.

Updated 4/1/16

Apr 17, 2012

National Salt Reduction Initiative

The National Salt Reduction Initiative or NSRI originated with the New York City Health Department in 2008 and now includes the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, the American Public Health Association and many other health organizations throughout the United States.

Their emphasis, as the title implies, is to increase awareness of how much salt we consume and how much sodium is in our foods.  It is to encourage consumers to look at sodium quantity on food labels and be aware of salt content in foods eaten in restaurants.

The US models their campaign after one that Europe already has in place. Click the title, "Strategies to Improve Intake of Sodium in the United States", to download the pdf eBook of the same title.

Lives are saved by eating within safe limits when it comes to sodium. When you look at a nutrition label on a food product, the amount of sodium is always going to appear high, sodium is one of the nutrients that we can use more of than others. How much salt is recommended in our diet or too much in our diet each day? Generally, between 2000 and 2300 milligrams is a safe amount of sodium to consume in one day.

Updated 4/11/16