How to Cope with Food Sensitivities

Researchers estimate about 15 million Americans have food allergies. The allergies that can cause anaphylactic shock are commonly associated with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

Food sensitivities

Food sensitivities, on the other hand, may be caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome, in which the one cell layer wall of the intestines becomes permeable and food molecules leak into the bloodstream. Caused by a variety of factors, such as antibiotics and other medications, parasites, processed foods or imbalanced bacteria like Candida overgrowth, food sensitivities can expand to include a great number of foods. Some of my clients see me with the ability to eat only a handful of foods.

Fortunately, we can heal food sensitivities by learning which foods are affecting the body and eliminating them until the gut heals. Natural anti-inflammatory foods and healthy healing practices are important in recovery from Leaky Gut, as well as avoidance of known causes.

In the meantime, many clients come to me with feelings of defeat and frustration in finding foods that won’t bother them. Reactions can include everything from irritable bowel to headaches to skin rashes. The sooner we can test for which foods they are sensitive to and create a food plan, the sooner they will get their lives back.

Socially, people may feel awkward about refusing a food or trying to find something they can eat at a restaurant. I know I did. I used to be allergic to both garlic and onions and most restaurants use them as a staple. It felt like such an ordeal talking with the waiter/waitress to find food that didn’t contain the alliums, I grew tired of one of my great pleasures—eating out.

I needed to take some action to regain my health and life back. By getting testing myself and following my own elimination diet, I started reducing the number of offending foods to just a few. I learned what alternatives I could use to create flavor without the onions and garlic.

Next, I learned to alert my family and friends up front that food sensitivities were a problem for me, so there were no surprises when I came to their house for a meal. At the same time, I would also offer to bring something everyone could enjoy.

Restaurants have actually become better about understanding and catering to those with food sensitivities and allergies because the population experiencing them has grown. If the restaurant you frequent can’t accommodate you, find a new restaurant that does.

A tough part of healing food sensitivities is that we often crave the foods with which we have a problem. It’s a strange phenomenon that I cover in my book, Cravings! Your Guide to Freedom from the Agonizing Urge to Splurge.

Finally, don’t feel you have to apologize for a condition that isn’t your fault. By accepting that it is a temporary problem that requires healthy self care (say “yes” to you and “no” to what doesn’t work for you), others will learn to accept your condition too. Sometimes people either don’t or can’t understand. They probably just can’t relate. In that case you may want to eat fewer meals together, eat before you meet them or forego a meal with them altogether for a while.

You might have this situation at home. If so, just prepare the food you need to eat (there are lots of healthy recipes for those with food sensitivities these days). As your loved ones see you getting healthier and happier, they may even decide to join you!

Just know you’re not alone. If you would like some support with food sensitivities, feel free to give me a call or schedule a chat on my website. I’ll do my best to help you heal and get on with your life.

What Is Love?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “love”? Does Valentine’s Day bring with it certain expectations? Love has inspired songs, plays, great courage and sacrifice, yet how do you define it? We see the results, but the feeling itself is elusive.

Love crowd

I think it’s a sharing of oneself that breaks down our protective boundaries. In order to do that, we have to feel a strong enough sense of self to suspend protection of the ego and reach out to another with an open heart.

When toddler twin boys were recently playing and a chest of drawers fell on one of them, the other immediately lifted up the chest with strength beyond his age to save his brother. That’s love.

A relative sent the word out to cousins across the country to send cards to the two oldest members of the family. The nonagenarians were touched when they were flooded with cards! Love.

Learning to be inner-directed instead of outer-directed in our actions—self love.

A woman changes careers from a lucrative modeling job in Europe to living in a hut in Africa. She felt guided to save the rare and nearly extinct White Lions from rich American hunters by getting donations to create a sanctuary. Love, once again.

I know when I’m feeling love and can spot it when I see it. I doubt it feels quite the same for everybody, but it makes our world a more beautiful place. I hope you’ll join me in sharing some on Valentine’s Day and every day.

Love Boost

Are you ready to learn a healthy way of eating that helps you lose weight and is sustainable? Maybe you’ve had lots of aches and pains—more than you should at your age and you want to know why without going from doctor to doctor, spending too much money in medical bills.

You might just want an assessment of which aspects of your life are serving you and those you need to change to begin feeling more like yourself. Whatever your coaching needs are, you’re getting an opportunity to work with me one-on-one to launch you toward your goals.

I’m not into selling and never have been. It’s not my style. I’ll just let the results my clients have shared on my website speak for themselves if you wish to look first.

My Valentine’s gift to you is a rare, one-time offer. Only 6 women will have access to one full coaching session for just $155 (a $250 value). This is a first-come, first-serve offer, so you might want to jump on it and schedule a time now.

In Love and Gratitude,
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Only 6 women will have access to one full coaching session for just $155. This is a first-come, first-serve offer, so you might want to jump on it and schedule a time now.

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11 Signs You May Have Too Many Toxins in Your Life

toxinsHow many of you can actually say you feel good on a day-to-day basis? So many of us experience the kind of symptoms described below, we think it’s normal. It’s not. In fact, with an estimate of 10 million tons or 21 billion pounds of toxic, industrial chemicals released into the environment every year, who could feel good? They can cause these signs of toxicity:

  • Insomnia
  • Stubborn weight gain
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to scents
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Skin reactions or chronic rashes
  • Achy joints
  • Allergies

Overwhelm often stops us from paying attention to the warning symptoms the body is giving us until something more serious develops. Instead of waiting until the symptoms have progressed to a more serious diagnosis, costing you thousands in medical bills as well as your health, you can follow the discomfort back to its source.

If you’re suffering from these or other unexplained chronic symptoms, the everyday toxins in your life could very well have put you into toxic overload. We’re offering a free Teleseminar, Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. called Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? Getting Well May be Easier than You Think.

You’ll learn more about which parts of the body correlate with specific symptoms, as well as how to create a healthier environment for you and your family. Not only will you gain solid insight into what could be making you feel lousy, you will receive a Bonus list of the Top 10 Most Toxic Products in Your Home. Please join us here and make this the start of many healthy years to come.

Don’t Be So Sensitive

Empowered Sensitive WomanIf you’ve ever heard, “Don’t be so sensitive,” you know it’s like saying to someone, “Don’t have blue eyes.”

The term, “highly sensitive people,” applies to about 20 percent of the population. Highly sensitive people are actually wired differently to have more acute senses, like touch, sight, sound, and to have greater empathy. A couple of the upsides of this greater awareness is an ability to sense danger before others and to enjoy nature’s beauty to a deeper degree.

High sensitivity has actually been found in all species. It’s basically a survival mechanism. When a school of fish was observed in a river, a few of them would stay closer to the river banks. The more brazen fish would swim into the middle of the river and get the tastiest morsels. However, when the river was lower, they had to swim down a waterfall to get food. Their predators were waiting for them below and they were snatched up. Fortunately, the more sensitive fish were still upstream and able to repopulate the school of fish.

Human civilization has revered the highly sensitive among us for centuries due to their insights, wisdom, intuition, and other gifts like clairaudience, clairvoyance and clairsentience. Not everyone who is highly sensitive has tapped into these gifts, but those who have are certain to be highly sensitive.

As human beings became more technologically oriented, industrialized, and competitive, the highly sensitive person became marginalized by society. Those who didn’t fit the extroverted, sales-oriented model of upward mobility were disregarded as misfits. This left many of us feeling like we didn’t belong or there was something wrong with us. Many of us “faked it ‘til we made it,” which often extracted a high price in terms of our health and sense of well-being.

The world often seems like it’s spinning out of control these days. Fear and violence are running rampant. It’s a time when old institutions and outmoded thinking are being turned upside down. People are looking for guidance.

The synchronicity of a new focus on highly sensitive people is no accident. It’s our time now. Most of us seek peace and harmony. We can bring that to those who are confused and frightened. We can be the light we were meant to be. I encourage anyone who feels the pull to follow your intuition and sense of purpose. The world needs you now more than you know. Above all, be sensitive!

Find out whether you or a loved one is highly sensitive when you attend my talk, Learn What It Means to be Highly Sensitive and How It Affects Relationships on January 21, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. at The Center at Westwoods, 590 Gay Street, Westwood, MA 02090. Register here.

Why Self Care Isn’t Easy

Have you ever listened to yourself? I mean really listened. If, like most of us, you find plenty of judgment and self-criticism bubbling up, the idea of routinely doing something nice for ourselves doesn’t last.

It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy—we think we deserve no better than what our critical voice says, so if we stretch beyond that comfort zone, we get backtalk like, “Who do you think you are…?” “You’re being a bit self-centered, don’t you think?” I’m sure you could tap into a steady stream of reasons not to put yourself first.

Self Care in Small Steps

Here’s the thing—you don’t have to change how you live all at once. You don’t even have to start with something spectacular, because you’re not likely to keep it up. Just as we can keep ourselves locked into unsupportive behaviors, we can begin to build up a foundation of uplifting behaviors starting with the easiest activity that only slightly stretches our comfort zone.

Think about meditating for 5 minutes every morning before getting up. Maybe you could do some deep breathing at work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. You might take a walk at lunchtime. Reward yourself with a monthly massage that helps you detoxify and drains the lymph system. How about writing down three things you’re grateful for before turning out the light?

Pick one self care practice and stick to it for at least three weeks before adding another. You will begin to feel better about you and more deserving of self care. Like learning to ride a bicycle, suddenly no one is holding on and you’re freely riding all by yourself!

Enjoy… the little things do make a difference.

self care ripples expanding

Start a kindness ripple. A simple gesture of opening a door, squeezing a hand, or giving a thoughtful gift that warms the heart spreads from the receiver to the next person they feel inspired to touch with kindness. That person will pass it on to the next and the next and it will ripple out infinitely. Just that one simple gesture has such immense power…