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Food Intolerances Halt Weight Loss?

Meanwhile, at breakfast or for us Intermittant Fasters at about 10 am or 12 noon after a heavy workout and several hours of work I’m powering down a half dozen eggs, bacon and avacado reading about food intolerance and common food allergies.

Reading aloud to myself, “ 90% of food allergies are caused by peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, milk, eggs, soy and wheat products…hmm.  And I think to myself well, good thing I’m not allergic to eggs—that would suck!” as I stuff another forkful into my mouth.

Allergy vs Intolerance

Then the other week I go to Hostyle’s very own Naturopathic Doctor (Danika Sicard, ND) to get an allergy panel done.  I had told myself it was just to see what would pop up, since I’ve never really had one done and I was curious.  Always learning, learning, learning.

Long story short, after waiting a painfully long week and a half, because I just had to know it turns out that I have a very bad intolerance to eggs, among other things.  About every food that I eat on a regular basis was listed as either a moderate intolerance or in the case of egg whites and yolk VERY VERY BAD!

Now, I’ve eaten eggs for years so this was a little hard to take, but being the devout science guy I am I decided to give up eggs and all the nasty little foods that I’ve been eating to get ready for this years’ bodybuilding endeavors.  Tough when you’re used to those tasty little white bullets by the buckets every day.

Not to mention some of my other favorite foods that were fairly high on the immune-response scale.  Eggs, avocado, whey, red meat, even peanut butter…oh, the horror.  Peanut butter is like its own food group to me.

Now these foods don’t cause me severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxic shock or anything; that would be a dead giveaway that something was wrong.  These foods that the body becomes or is intolerant to simply give the body a mild immune response when they are eaten in excessive amounts.  Hence the difference between intolerance and a true allergy.

In fact you may not even recognize the symptoms until you get tested!  Creepy right?

Food Intolerance is a Multiple Symptom Syndrome

Do you have any of these symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Joint Pain
  • Bloating
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Acid reflux
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Dark circles under the eyes

 

If so, the cause of the symptoms could be the foods you are eating!

Food intolerance is sneaky.  Its symptoms are usually slower and delayed for many hours from the common food offenders.  The symptoms may also last for several hours to days, maybe even longer.  Darn you peanut butter, you tasty, tasty demon!

The good news is that these intolerances can be tested for and treated.

A simple blood test can help you identify the foods you are intolerant to and then you can eliminate them on an individualized treatment plan with alternate dietary recommendations, enzyme therapy, and some immune system support to get you back to eating the foods you love in no time.

So it’s really not a death sentence, you just have to play by the rules.  Compromise of sorts.  I will only eat peanut butter and eggs every other hour, I mean day, errr…four days.  Blast you!

 

The Results So Far

The end state is far from clear, but I can tell you living without certain foods isn’t really all that bad for a month.  You just have to make your mind up and do it.  Same as when your coach gives you nutritional counselling and tells you if you want results you have to eat this way.  Just do it!

There are a million different ways to eat, but finding that right fuel mixture that is custom designed for you is half the battle.  And if your body is constantly battling an outside source that causes systemic inflammation throughout the body, well, let’s just say your body is more concerned with dealing with inflammation than it is with losing weight.

Thus if you’re trying to get lean the foods that you’re eating in your endeavors have an even greater impact than simply calories in, calories out and accounting for your different macronutrient levels.

Now to say that I’m never going to eat to eggs, peanut butter, avocado, and all the other foods I was typically eating was a bit of a stretch; however, there were some interesting observations that I noticed from avoiding certain foods for a month.

The daily bloating was decreased by quite a bit and my skin felt tighter.  I started losing bodyfat again while my energy and mood improved slightly.  And the joint pain that I had been experiencing, attributed to heavier and heavier loads in powerlifting training went away.

Loophole!  Feeling better is half the battle.

If you find yourself struggling for no particular reason—it might be your food!  Give Danika Sicard, our local Naturopath a call and set yourself up for an appointment.  It might just change the way you look at your food.

-CPT SMASH

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3 comments

  1. JT - September 18, 2014 6:03 am

    Hey Jess,

    Glad to see you and Curd working together! Two good mentors for anyone looking to get strong!

    Food Intolerances suck!!! I think your hitting on something that is very overlooked in weight loss and just general health, wellness and prevention of disease that people need to become more aware of. You can’t expect your car to run optimally if there’s issues under the hood.

    The part that can be tricky for some people with certain food intolerances is the hidden sources. If you are very sensitive to wheat and msg for example then you may have to be very cautious with hidden ingredients as wheat and msg are typically used in fillers, preservatives, and flavoring in a lot of refined foods and supplements, which is all the more reason to stay away from refined/processed food and eat as much as possible your own home made foods. So i know from personal experience, that can be a problem that holds people back from recovering.

    Its also important to rule out chronic infections like bacterial overgrowth, which can be at the root of the problem so like you encourage its important to work with someone like a Naturopath to rule that out and treat if needed. Treating food intolerances is incredibly individual and spectrum based so it can be a simple fix for some and more complicated and challenging for others.

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    • Jesse Howland - September 18, 2014 6:53 am

      Hey Jeff,

      I highly agree. Sometimes even if you’re eating all the foods that should be causing weight loss and hitting your weekly doses of weights and exercise it’s still a struggle to lose body fat.

      The hidden dangers in today’s processed food make it ever more complicated to lose weight. All the more reason to avoid this “baby food” to limit the amount of exposure you get from unknown sources.

      Chronic bacterial overgrowth is another topic aside from food intolerances, which will also be addressed in another blog post.

      Glad you liked the post.

      -SMASH

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      • JT - September 19, 2014 6:30 am

        One thing i should mention is that when i discovered i was gluten intolerant, i never bought into the whole gluten free marketing BS. I think anyone who buys into that is missing the big picture. Hidden ingredients and proper labeling is one thing but gluten free cookies are about as healthy as organic marshmallows. Unfortunately, for me and many other people it was ingredients like natural flavors/flavoring and spices/seasonings that can some times be found in foods like bacon and sausages or even things like dark chocolate and definitely dairy products if you tolerate dairy. So those are just a few examples of hidden sources of wheat and msg. It’s very individual, not everyone is that sensitive. Fortunately, i was able to heal my gut and although i still try to eat the same way for the most part i don’t have to worry quite as much about hidden ingredients and a lot of of my other food intolerances went away.

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