Intolerances come in different shapes and sizes and recognising whether you have one might not be as straight forward as you think…
Diagnosing an intolerance is not step one.
Before finding out what your intolerance is, you need to know whether you have one. Personally, I believe it’s beneficial for everyone to find out whether they have an intolerance. Perhaps you get an upset stomach after eating a bowl of cereal or feel bloated after a pizza?
If your body doesn’t feel right, something is wrong.
Whether that be due to poor diet or gut health. The majority of people grow up eating certain foods. These foods become normalised to us and we just assume that we are eating the right things, our bodies have felt the same our entire life. The problem is, we become so used to eating these foods and normalise feeling bloated and tired. Our bodies should feel amazing every day, you should feel energised after food, not sluggish.
What can it be?
Intolerances go hand in hand with IBS or (IBD) so make sure you’re not suffering from a stomach issue rather than an ingredient allergy. That’s right, you could be suffering from an intolerance to one food group, such as gluten or you could be suffering from digestion issues for a lot of different types of foods; IBS or IBD. There are as many intolerances as there are foods to be intolerant of.
The most common types of intolerances are; Wheat, dairy, fats, citrus, starch, proteins in meat.
Learning to live with an intolerance is not the same as living with an intolerance.
What do I have to do?
Essentially you’ll be signing yourself up for an ‘elimination diet’. It’s nothing scary, it’s essentially just removing a few things. You have to know your body! Luckily you’re the best qualified for that! Studying your eating habits has been part of your life whether you know it or not, you subconsciously make a note of what happens to your body, so before you get started we need to think about some things.
To start removing a few things you’ll have to know your body. Luckily you’re the best qualified for that! Studying your eating habits has been part of your life whether you know it or not, you subconsciously make a note of what happens to your body, so before you get started we need to think about some things.
Studying your eating habits over a sequence of weeks will help identify a few food sources that could be causing you intestinal issues. Luckily, you subconsciously make a note of what happens to your body and probably can already list a handful of items you’re body isn’t too happy digesting. So before you get started we need to think about some things.
What doesn’t your body like?
These are the five questions you should ask yourself.
- Have I ever felt ‘swollen and bloated’? – What caused it, had you eaten something that’s a noticeable cause?
- Have I ever repeatedly cramps and diarrhoea after eating a certain food?
- Do I feel tired/unwell after eating this food?
- Are my bowel movements irregular?
- Is what I’m eating unhealthy?