I have been seeing a Naturopath for over two years now. She has helped me avoid foods that do not benefit my body, and to incorporate foods that will assist my mood, my body and my mind. She is able to pin point how many servings of each category of food I should eat on a daily basis. With my food intake slowly becoming under control, we noticed irregular pain patterns in my body that were triggered by food. It was then that I decided to take a food restriction test. This test is administered by naturopaths and sent to a lab where your blood is tested in accordance to over 95 different foods. The results are displayed on a graph to see how much each food item has a negative impact on your body ranked from “very low” to “extremely high”. Luckily I didn’t reach “extremely high” on any of the food items.
The results were shocking. It seemed almost all of the foods I ate ranged from low to high on the food restriction scale. The main foods I was expected to avoid included whey, crab, tuna, cranberries, egg whites and egg yokes, coffee, honey, bakers yeast, almonds, spinach and whole wheat. I ate eggs on the regular for either breakfast or dinner (not to mention many baked goods such as cupcakes or muffins are made with eggs). Almonds were my go to nut and I drank almond milk regularly. I ate spinach every day either in a shake, salad or omelette. And don’t even get me started on coffee. I drink coffee at least twice a day. And no baker’s yeast? That means no bread or pita, no treats like danishes or cakes. This was going to be difficult.
I then had to try and find substitutes for these foods. This is what I came up with:
1. Eggs – As a morning meal I had two options: a protein shake or greek yogurt.
1 scoop protein powder
½ scoop chia seeds
1 cup kale
½ cup greek yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit (berry mix)
1 tbl agave nectar
1 cup greek yogurt
½ scoop chia seeds
1 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup frozen or fresh berries
2. Almonds – My naturopath suggested organic soy milk (organic soy milk does not have the same hormone content as regular soy milk)
3. Spinach – This was hard because I LOVE spinach salad and I am not a big fan of iceberg or romaine lettuce. So instead, I would eat mixed greens, which has a similar texture to spinach without the crunch of iceberg and romaine.
4. Coffee – This was a hard one. I have now gone a whole week without coffee and I have switched to tea. To make tea more enjoyable, I picked up some loose-leaf tea from David’s Tea. Try Red Velvet Cake or Chocolate Chai tea. Those are my favourites!
5. Baker’s yeast – For baking ingredients you can try barley, buckwheat, corn or rice flour. Basically any flour that is not white flour. A lot of products found in the gluten free isle would contain these alternative ingredients.
It’s going to be hard to make these adjustments, but at the end of the day it is for the betterment of my body. Eating properly will reduce pain and increase proper digestion, which will lead to optimal health and energy. Like the old saying, “my body is a temple”, let’s treat ours like one.
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