Guest Post: How to Limit Restrictive Eating and Develop a Healthy Food Mindset

Hi everyone! I’m really excited to share with you a guest post that I recently wrote for Chris Kresser, M.S. LA.c titled How to Limit Restrictive Eating and Develop a Healthy Food Mindset. In the functional medicine space, I’ve found that there is very little talk about the potential risks of restrictive diets (such as elimination diets, gluten-free diets, etc.) on our mental/emotional health and mindset around food and our bodies. My concerns led me to write this article, which offers tips that I think can help all of us improve our relationship with food and our bodies!

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The Low-Mold, Low-Salicylate Diet for Mold Illness

In my recovery from toxic mold illness, no dietary changes have been more crucial to me than avoiding mold-containing foods. Once I learned that numerous foods could harbor mold, and thus worsen my symptoms, I became extremely vigilant about keeping these foods out of my diet. Below is a comprehensive list of foods that contain mold. You may want to avoid these foods if you are struggling with a chronic illness, as mold illness not only makes your body more sensitive to mold and mycotoxins in your environment, but it can also increase your sensitivity to the substances that you bring into your body as food.

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Phenol Intolerance: A Symptom of Mold-Induced Illness

A huge part of my health puzzle has been figuring out the food intolerances that I gradually developed as a result of Lyme disease, and finding ways to either manage them or overcome them. When the immune system is under stress due to a long-term infection, the hypersensitivity state the body has entered can cause the immune system to start reacting to a variety of foods that previously may not have bothered a person at all. People with Lyme disease often have to be very strict with their diets, as I have, in order to feel well. I personally found that avoiding the foods that I was sensitive to, at least for a time, helped my body heal fairly quickly.

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