Do a search for gluten on the internet, and you will get diverse information ranging from gluten is good for you to no one is able to process gluten. These mixed messages make this gluten debate difficult to sort out. Something is definitely changing with gluten - some say that because much of the wheat that we eat is genetically modified, it does not agree with us - others state that the amount of pesticides used on wheat crops is increasing - others point to the issue of gluten being twice as prevalent in wheat products than it used to be... thus paleo diets, gluten free diets, and much better labeling of gluten free products. I don't know what the difference is in gluten recently, but I do know that within the last five years, my entire immediate family is (or should be) gluten free. With just four of us in the family, here is a list of the symptoms that one or more of us has experienced with eating gluten: Digestive issues (constipation, diarrhea, cramps, vomiting), rashes and itchiness, rosacea, acne, achy joints, weight gain, mood swings, anxiety, sinus issues, fatigue, headaches and more. Recently, more and more of my clients have had readings that indicate that gluten stresses their system. How do you know for sure if gluten is causing health issues for you? If you are unable to do electrodermal screening or food sensitivity testing, take a few days to document any health symptoms you may have, including digestive issues, headaches, fatigue, joint achiness, moodiness, menstrual issues, rashes or anything else that indicates that something is out of balance in your system. Then, set aside two weeks in which you can diligently eliminate gluten from your diet. Gluten is found in wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye and oats not listed as gluten free. It is used as a filler in places unexpected - soups, salad dressings, cold cuts, and many of the processed foods in the standard diet. While gluten free food labeling has improved, to eliminate gluten completely, it is necessary to read labels. Many times you can check the allergy list to see if it is included - people with celiac's disease have to eliminate foods that have labels with obscure labeling, such as natural flavorings, because even small amounts of gluten can throw off their systems for days or even weeks. Although two weeks seems like a long time, the good part is that most whole foods do not contain gluten - fruits, vegetables, organic free range meat, eggs, nuts and seeds. After two weeks of not eating gluten, reintroduce it into your diet, and then pay attention for a few days and see what symptoms return. If you don't have any issues, then you may be able to tolerate gluten. I would recommend doing this test every few months, especially if you are experiencing any health concerns. Our body's needs change over time due to the amount of stress we are under, toxins we are exposed to and the health of our guts. If you do feel better going gluten free, over time, hopefully you will find that eliminating gluten is easier than most of us think - most restaurants have a gluten free menu, and you will find yourself eating fewer processed foods, resulting in better overall health. Happy eating!
Food will be a main topic of many of my blogs, because in general, from my experience, and the experience I have had with working with clients, food has an affect on our mood, our weight, energy levels, and overall health.
There are hundreds of different diet books available to help with losing weight and improving health. I think that I have read most of them. The intriguing part is that the recommendations are so diverse, but all backed by scientific evidence. I believe the key is to figure out if there are any food sensitivities interfering with the body's ability to work efficiently. This one discovery can make all of the difference between physical and mental health, and the ability to lose weight. Clients come to me with health concerns that range from digestive issues, headaches, mood disorders, rashes, fatigue and much more, and we look at toxins and lack of nutrients that may be affecting overall health. I also dig into possible food sensitivities, and try to relay the importance of avoiding the foods that are stressing the system. Many times this seems like an overwhelming feat, because many of the foods that we eat everyday, and that are included in the majority of processed foods are the greatest offenders - corn syrup, gluten and soy. For some people, it can be healthy foods that are causing the issue. This is why one diet plan will not work in the long term for the majority of people. We are all exposed to different toxins, have different levels of stress, and therefore need a customized diet plan. Food sensitivities and intolerances are difficult to identify, because unlike a food allergy, the symptoms may not show up until an hour, and even up to three days after eating an offending food. Stay tuned for more information on food sensitivities, and their impact on overall health.
This past week I took on the challenge of learning as much as I can about social media, online graphics and web site development. I am still in the midst of this learning curve (I apologize if I am not responding to something that I am supposed to on social media). I have resisted becoming part of the online world, partly due to my need for privacy, and also because I see the effects on young people that being locked into social media can have. I am going all in at this point, because I have been wanting to reestablish my blog and my health business to follow my passion of helping people find easy ways to become healthy. Here are a few of the online skills I have tried to learn this week:
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a bit of LinkedIn (I haven't quite figured this one out , yet). See above for the links to social media.
Created new PInterest Boards - previously most of mine were private, so now I have done health and nutrition boards at www.pinterest.com/simplehealthmn.com.
I am also working on learning more about Weebly to make this blog user friendly.
Thanks for those of you that have given me tips and ideas to include - I welcome more input as I try to get my new blog started. Happy Easter!
If you are grocery shopping for the holiday weekend, try organic, cage-free eggs to hard boil and color. If you generally buy regular grocery store eggs, you may be surprised with how dark the yolks are, the extra flavor that they have, and how much thicker the shells are on organic eggs. If you can find a local farmer to supply you with these eggs, that is even better! Happy Easter!
I blogged for many years under my business name of www.itsallgoodhealth.com. This blog is still available to read my archived blogs. I stopped keeping up with this blog in 2014 when other things in my life put that on the back burner. I am back to a point in my life that I want to focus on my health and nutrition background. I run a business from my home in which I use electrodermal screening to test balances and imbalances in peoples' systems. This is my passion, along with my full-time job of working with high school students with emotional and behavioral concerns. My lifetime goal is to meld these two interests into helping kids and adolescents with mental health concerns. The focus of this blog is overall health and wellness, and using food as the first line of defense against physical and mental illness. A few of the topics that I will blog about include the following:
My name is Shanna, and I have been a natural health practitioner for over ten years. I do electrodermal screening to identify areas of imbalances in my clients, and determine which supplements, essential oils, and homeopathic remedies can assist in resolving these issues. My passion is focusing on the foods that either stress or balance the system, and using food as medicine.