The Holidays are getting closer and gift buying and giving is in full swing! If you’re like me you probably put a lot of thought into what you are buying for the special people in your life. This week Penny has a think about one more gift giving topic. Are the gifts you give helping or hindering the environment?Read More
Are you burning the midnight oil, working around the clock and not taking proper nutritional breaks? Do you work odd shifts? Maybe you work nights for a few weeks, then switch to afternoons and sometimes days. Do you know the toll these crazy hours are having on your body? It’s not always possible to find a new job so here Penny has put together a few nutritional tips to help keep you as healthy as possible while working long hours and tough shifts.Read More
Did you over-indulge?
It was a great weekend for me. I was celebrating a BIG milestone with friends and family we ate lots, we laughed lots and there were those of us that drank too much. I realized the holidays are on the way and this might happen a little more often for some in the weeks to come. So how can I help you recover faster?Read More
Are you dealing with sleeping issues? Can’t seem to get to sleep because your mind is racing or maybe you are exhausted and fall asleep right away but wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. There are lots of reasons that sleep seems to elude us, but have you ever thought that some of the foods you eat at dinner or after could be the reason you can’t get a good night’s rest?Read More
New Addition to No Shoes Nutrition
Today is a special day. I am pleased to be introducing to the world to a new addition here at No Shoes Nutrition. Penny DeJager, a former student of mine at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, impressed me so much with her knowledge and love of nutrition last year that after her graduation this past September I asked Penny if she would consider joining No Shoes Nutrition to bring her knowledge base and expertise and join the team. I was delighted when her answer was yes!Read More
Is the food you are eating making your body odor worse?
Have you ever been walking in a mall, crowded restaurant or party and get a whiff of body odor? Did the thought of “What the heck did that person eat?” come to mind? It’s a known fact that what you put in your body to process will affect your energy, weight, state of mind but did you know it can also affect your smell?Read More
Let’s talk about eating our feelings.
Too often we use food as a physical weapon to conjure a happier feeling within ourselves when things aren’t going well. Most of us were never taught to sit and feel our feelings or understand that if you do have a bad day it’s okay to feel bad. We are scared to feel our feelings and being surrounded by social media where everyone only takes pictures of themselves living their most amazing lives, does not help things.Read More
Could a Little Magnesium Solve Your Problems?
I have recently been learning more and more about the mineral magnesium. I have even been supplementing with it and have been finding the benefits are changing my health in great ways! As most of my readers know, I am a foods first holistic nutrition consultant. I will always recommend you try to get the foods high in magnesium before supplements but according to Health Canada nearly half the population is deficient in magnesium.Read More
How Many Carbs Do I Need to Eat?
I get asked the question “How many carbs do I need?” on an almost daily basis. Our culture seems almost obsessed with carbohydrates these days and for good reason. Most of the convenience foods that we rely on when we’re busy and when we need a pick-me-up are made of mostly carbs.Read More
What is a True Allergy?
I hear people talking about being allergic to this and sensitive to that. We need to remember that a true allergy is the body’s oversensitive immune response to a substance that should normally be harmless. Food allergies lead to a variety of symptoms that can range from annoying to life threatening. When people deal with food allergies, exposure to specific proteins leads to their immune system going into overdrive. It triggers the release of chemicals into the bloodstream that creates inflammation in parts of the body. These allergies can contribute to skin problems such as rashes, dermatitis and eczema. They can lead to digestive issues like nausea, bloating, gas and elimination problems. When allergies get severe they can lead to asthmatic symptoms, or even systemic reactions like anaphylaxis that can be fatal.
1-2% of adults and 8% of children have a food allergy.
How do Allergies work?
We may not know we are allergic when we originally eat a food. When a trigger food is eaten for the first time the protein is digested into amino acids which are absorbed into the body through the intestine. (Just a note that sometimes the allergen can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled.) The immune system will react to this trigger food by producing antibodies that are specific to the allergen or that particular food. The antibodies travel in the bloodstream and bind to the surface of white blood cells called mast cells which are then “sensitized”. After the first exposure there is no reaction in the body, but the cells are primed and ready for the second exposure.
The next time this trigger food is eaten the mast cells recognize the protein allergen. The mast cell then binds to the antibodies on the mast cells. This activates a process called degranulation. As the mast cell degranulates it releases histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. It is the effect of these chemicals on the body that produces different allergic symptoms. In extreme cases anaphylaxis occurs. Anaphylaxis results in extreme symptoms like throat swelling, severe asthma and a drop in blood pressure. It requires emergency medical attention always.
What is a Food Intolerance?
Food intolerance occurs when the body is unable to digest a component of food. This type of intolerance does not aggravate the immune system in the same way as a true allergy. You can be born intolerant to certain foods or become intolerant later in life. Intolerance occurs when you don’t have a particular enzyme that helps break down nutrients. Sometimes, it’s part of a food that a person is intolerant to and sometimes it’s the additives, chemicals or toxins in particular foods that triggers a digestive reaction. Symptoms can arise any where from hours after eating to days later. They can vary from individual to individual but commonly include nausea, bloating, cramps, constipation/diarrhea and gas. Intolerances are difficult to pinpoint as symptoms are delayed and often more than one intolerance can coexist. Elimination protocols can help remove problematic foods and relieve symptoms.
If this is something you think you might be dealing with No Shoes Nutrition can help! We can help you identify the foods that don’t agree with you and make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to feel your best! Allergies or intolerance, often the only treatment is to avoid the trigger food. The exclusion of more and more foods can mean a lack of important nutrients. Are you concerned that you might be dealing with allergies or intolerances? Curious about how health coaching can help you make changes? Let’s talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today—or pass this offer on to someone you care about! Visit www.noshoesnutrition.com and sign up for a FREE consultation. I work with people from all over the world individually or in groups so don’t let anything hold you back!