A healthy body has very few needs.
1. Real food.
The better you do at each of these, the better you should feel.
But what if you don’t feel better?
Then you’re me.
I have food intolerances. They hold more power over my health and energy than almost any of the previously listed things. I can get plenty of sleep, exercise, and real food, but if any of that real food came from something that goes MOO or ever was an Amber Wave…I’m down for the day. Fussing at my kids, wondering why the house is so messy.
I know that I’m super sensitive, but it’s estimated that 75% of the world is intolerant to dairy, fructose, gluten, wheat, or yeast. So, here’s my recommendation. If you do all of the above but you don’t feel GREAT most days, KEEP A JOURNAL OF FOOD AND MOOD. And note that food intolerances take one hour to three days to finish their reaction.
If you suspect that you or your kids (like my oldest with eczema head-to-foot) may have a food intolerance, head to the allergist first. Histamine reactionsfor food are dangerous. I had no “real” allergy to anything. My son, however, had soy, peas, and almonds. (three things I had DUMPED down him since birth, I might add.)
Next I headed to THIS SITE. I turned up FOR SURE that I’m gluten and lactose intolerant, but there’s had to be another because my energy soared if I avoid all milk and wheat.
Then a friend of mine directed me to THIS BOOK. Finally, my digestion repaired and magically, my OCD symptoms abated.
Two years later, I am NOT crazy, bloated, and I *can* indulge in a weekly potato, but in the words of my husband,I eat mostly “dirt and sand.”