For some, avoiding whole food categories is necessary. For instance, if you have Celiac disease, even one gram of gluten (the trigger of the disease found in wheat) can keep the lining of the stomach from healing. But the rest of us should pay attention to how we eat these foods. Often times, when I hear people say, “I love [fill in the blank with your favorite food], and I can’t imagine not eating it,” they should avoid it more than anyone.
Try to curb foods that you overeat or make you feel worse afterward. Often times, these foods include cheese, pasta, pizza, chocolate, soda, juice, candy, coffee and sandwiches. If you feel particularly worse after eating one type of food and think you might be intolerant, cut it out for a few days, then re-introduce it to your diet and notice how you feel. If your body feels worse within minutes to hours after eating it, you’ve probably got a food intolerance.
The best thing to do is avoid the foods you think you’re addicted to. After a few days, or even weeks, you probably won’t even crave them anymore…and feel a lot better for it.
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Lipski, E. (2012). Digestive wellness: strengthen the immune system and prevent disease through healthy digestion (4th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
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