Read part one of this article HERE
Paradoxically, the foods you crave are oftentimes the foods that cause you the most trouble, so that’s a good place to start. Common food cravings are milk, ice cream, pasta or bread. Other questions that can help you determine whether or not you might have a food sensitivity or allergy are:
Do you experience bloating after meals, gas, frequent belching, or any kind of digestive problems?
Do you have chronic constipation or diarrhea?
Do you have a stuffy nose after meals?
Do you have low energy or feel drowsy after eating?
Do you have frequent headaches or migraines?
Does anyone in your family have food allergies?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may want to investigate further.
How to Determine What Foods You’re Allergic to
If you think you’re suffering from a food allergy and notice symptoms shortly after eating a specific food, then that’s a good place to start. Keep in mind that you can also be sensitive to food additives like artificial colors, preservatives and flavor enhancers (MSG), so reading labels is required if you’re having allergy symptoms. One of the best things you can do if you believe you are suffering from a food allergy is to do a diet elimination challenge. Simply remove all foods that contain what you believe you are allergic to and see if your symptoms improve over the next few days. You may need to go as long as five days to give it a full trial.
If the symptoms disappear in one day, then you have your answer. The real clincher, though, is to reintroduce the food or drink (on an empty stomach). If the suspected food is the culprit you will generally be able to feel the symptoms return within an hour.
This can be difficult if you eat a lot of processed foods, as these often contain “hidden” ingredients like corn, milk, soy, wheat, yeast and artificial additives that are often problematic. The most suspect foods will be those eaten daily or more than once a week, as well as foods that you crave or eat at night. In extreme cases where it is difficult to isolate the offending food, you may even need to go on a fast to see if your symptoms resolve.
Avoiding Foreign Ingredients is Beneficial for Everyone
As discussed above, when your body encounters something that it views as a foreign invader, allergy symptoms are a natural side effect. However, there’s evidence that even if you don’t have food allergy symptoms, genetically modified foods are NOT entirely compatible with human biology, and long term, anything could happen… As mentioned earlier, infertility is a recurring side effect in animal studies. Whether or not this can occur in humans is still completely unknown.
Therefore, avoiding GM foods should be on everyone’s list, whether you have food sensitivities or not. As O’Brien says, we cannot wait for legislation. We must begin to act in our own self interest.
“There is nothing more patriotic we could be doing,” O’Brien says.
If you don’t already have a copy of the Non-GMO Shopping Guide please print one out and refer to it often. It can help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. Also remember to look for products (including organic products) that feature the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal to be sure that at-risk ingredients have been tested for GMO content. You can also download the free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store.
You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.
When possible, buy your fresh produce and meat from local farmers who have committed to using non-GM seeds and avoid processed non-organic foods as much as possible, as again these are virtually 100-percent guaranteed to contain GM ingredients.
Genetically modified foods are, from my perception, one of the most significant threats that we have against the very sustainability of the human race, so everything you can do to avoid them is a step in the right direction for humankind.
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