Healthy and Holistic

Month: July, 2012

Food Allergies

Source: http://brotherssauces.blogspot.com/2011/11/food-allergies-do-you-or-do-you-know.html

A few months ago, I was diagnosed with a few food allergies.  I had an inclination that I was reacting to something that I was eating for quite some time, but for some reason or another I kept thinking it was something else and delayed getting an allergy test done.  It didn’t help that my mainstream doctors didn’t think food could cause me to have such ailments as sinus infections, headaches, bloating or fatigue.  When I asked my allergy doctor if diary could cause me to produce more mucous, she looked at me like I was crazy.

I had seen naturopathic doctor when I had a bout of adrenal fatigue–again something that my general practioner had overlooked, and went back and asked for a food allergy test. At the time I had already cut out gluten, diary, and white sugar from my diet and thought that would take care of anything I could be allergic to, but I still had a nagging feeling that there may be something else.

It turns out that I am allergic to yeast (both baker’s and brewer’s), eggs, and diary. While, I wasn’t too surprised about being allergic yeast and diary–I was shocked about the eggs, because I would include a hard boiled egg in my breakfast or salad at lunch almost everyday!  However, once I received the results of my allergy test, it dawned on me that I would feel a general malaise whenever I ate eggs.  I remembered standing at the salad bar at work, thinking to myself, “maybe I should skip an egg and get something else,” but would override my feelings and say that eggs are good protein and get it anyway.

I think this goes to show that ultimately we need to listen to our inner knowing about what is best for us even if it doesn’t make sense rationally.

If you think that you might be allergic to something, it’s worth getting checked out.  I did an IgG test from Immuno Laboratories, which measures the level of a certain type of antibodies produced in response to different foods.  The IgG antibodies are protect against bacterial or viral infections.  When you eat something you are allergic to, your body views it as a toxin will produce these antibodies to protect itself.

According to Immuno Laboratories website, “95% of the people we’ve tested show that one or more foods they regularly eat cause a toxic reaction in their body”–that’s really high!  So certain foods that may be dubbed as ‘healthy’ (diary, whole grains, egg whites) can actually be wreaking havoc and causing inflammation.

It’s been a few months since I’ve found out what I’m allergic too and have cut those foods out of my diet, I can happily report that I’m feeling a lot better these days (I’ve even lost a few lbs!). If you think that you may have food allergies or react when you eat certain foods, it may be worth considering talking to your doctor about getting a test done.

Green Smoothie

Happy Monday everyone, hope you all had a good weekend.  I indulged quite a bit this weekend (especially Saturday night at dinner–ribs, mac and cheese, philly cheesesteak spring rolls, and wine) it was delicious, but I am feeling the effects this morning.  I’m feeling a little bloated and need something healthy to get me back on track.

It dawned on me as I was looking in my fridge, that I have all the ingredients to make a green smoothie: A bunch of kale that I got from the farmer’s market, some frozen bananas, and almond milk.  I threw everything in, plus some ground flax seeds and barely grass powder for more nutrition and whipped up a quick smoothie to take with me to enjoy on my drive to work.

If you’re kind of weary of adding anything green to your smoothie-especially kale-don’t be, it will not affect the taste.  If you add a banana and almond milk you won’t be able to tell it’s there.  Try the recipe below and tell me what you think!

Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk ( I use unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 T. ground flax (optional)
  • 1 tsp. barley grass or wheat grass powder (optional)

Directions:

1.  Add almond milk, flax seed, and barley grass powder to blender and blend.

2.  Next add kale and blend.

3.  Follow by adding frozen banana and blend.

Be Juicy

I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last post!   I’m happy to report that I’m all moved into my new place and finally settled. I also snuck in a vacation while I was in Cabo San Lucas for a destination wedding.  I’m back, refreshed, and ready to get back to blogging!

Back to the topic of this post.  In between unpacking boxes of bedroom and kitchen stuff, I watched the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.”

The film chronicles the journey of Joe Cross, a likable Australian businessman who is 100 pounds overweight and loaded up on steroids for an autoimmune skin disease.

After failed attempts by doctors and conventional medicine to cure Joe of his condition, he explores the body’s ability to self heal and embarks on a 60 day juice fast.   While on his fast, he travels across America as he shares his mission and interviews Americans about food, health, and longevity.   It’s an eye opening and  inspiring film, and I highly recommend that you watch it. You can even watch it for free on hulu.

I’ve been so inspired by the film that I dug out my juicer and vowed to start juicing again.  I made my own recipe that I’ve called the “Green Goddess.”  See below the recipe.

Green Goddess 

Ingredients:

  • 4 Kale leaves
  • Handful of parsley
  • Handful of spinach
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime

Directions:

1. Start by juicing the greens, then vegetables, and apple.

2. Squeeze lemon and and lime into the mixture. You can also juice these using the juicer, but I find that it clogs up my machine.

3. Drink within 15 minutes before oxidation.

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