Do you suffer from health problems that don’t get better, and feel like you’ve tried EVERYTHING?
What you may be suffering from are called Delayed Food Sensitivities – inflammatory responses caused by consuming reactive foods, thus leading to chronic health problems. Although you may be eating “healthy” foods, these foods may not necessarily be specifically healthy to you. THIS is why when your friend or Dr Oz tells you that leafy greens, such as spinach is good for you, and they eat it every day without a reaction, YOU might gain weight or experience an adverse reaction, oftentimes without being able to pin down WHY you’re feeling that way. In todays world of info overload, who do you listen to, which way do you turn to achieve optimal health and YOUR dream body? After years of experience in this field, I have come to the conclusion that:
“One mans medicine is another mans poison. Food has a direct or indirect causal affect on how we think, move and sleep”.
When I was a bodybuilder, I ate the same 10 foods weekly, which was much unhealthier than people would otherwise think because I looked fit, trim and toned. Before you flood my inbox with hate mail and arguments, consider this. We've all heard that you shouldn't work the same muscle every day, and at times, even every OTHER day, and hence we work hard on succinctly creating exercise programs unique to each individual. I wrote a wonderful article for a magazine on DI-NAMIC FITNESS, but my point is…our body experiences a plateau aka the spillover effect/resistance to what we do repeatedly. Do we do the same 10 exercises every week? NO And if you do, we need to talk, because you're not getting any closer to your dream body that way. So…why don't we apply the same logic to what we put in our mouth?
THIS IS 5 TIMES MORE CRUCIAL TO BODY SCULPTING AND FAT LOSS THAN THE EXERCISE PROGRAMS WE EMPLOY!!! 5 times! So why are you focusing more effort on working OUT instead of working IN!
At the root of cause for EVERY disease is inflammation. And EVERY symptom we experience can be traced back to what you’ve put in, on and around your body. YES, you were born this way but NO, you don’t have to suffer through it and YES, there is something you can do about it, and it’s actually easier to do than one might expect! You’ve all heard that ‘Food Is Medicine’ but which one is YOUR Medicine? Our metabolic reaction to foods is as unique as the thumbprint we were born with!
Is YOUR FOOD MAKING YOU SICK?
The majority of us today suffer from more than 10 food sensitivities. This isn’t NORMAL, but unfortunately it is very COMMON. I’ve watched people with food sensitivities gain weight, complain of achy joints develop auto-immune diseases just as I’ve enjoyed watching others enjoy RAPID weight loss, reduced inflammation and pain, and at times complete reversals of disease & dependence on meds! I grew tired of watching clients suffer through work outs and restricting their diets, only to gain more weight and feel worse! Thankfully, this miraculous test can change the destiny of your future and how you will feel for years to come! This test is known to help you alleviate conditions listed to the left.
For Wellness Warrior Radio, Darren and I invited Ethan, head of MRT Oxford BioMedical Labs to talk ALL THINGS FOOD SENSITIVITIES & HOW THEY SILENTLY BRING ON INFLAMMATION & DISEASE and we covered with reverence. You can listen to it HERE.
I don’t have any allergies, so is this test for me?
YES, absolutely! Allergies vs Food Intolerances & Sensitivities are completely different. You likely have been tested before for the most common 8 allergies. Most times, you won’t need to be tested, your body TELLS you immediately! It gets a bit tricky with foods your body isn’t stoked about digesting. I’ll use the Frog in Hot water analogy again. Put a frog in boiling water and they’ll feel it and jump out. Aka – you KNOW you’re allergic to a food, it’s obvious, you react immediately, so you stay away from it. Put a frog in cool water and slowly turn up the heat and the frog will die slowly, not feeling a thing. Aka – you have no idea the slow, silent and subtle demise foods you’re sensitive to cause on the inside, so you keep eating them, passing it off as ‘getting older’ or ‘just being born this way’. In a nutshell: Food sensitivities are DELAYED food allergies that go unnoticed, and can be even MORE offensive to the body!
I can’t encourage you enough to consider this simple and specific test and customized lifestyle diet to truly heal your body. No counting calories, points, weighing your foods, or that stressful mess. This is how it works:
- CLICK HERE to order your kit…This month, we worked out a deal with Oxford for $300 OFF!
- Together, we will contact your insurance seeking coverage.
- Once you receive the kit, have a hospital draw your blood. They overnight samples to our lab.
- Our lab perform tests on your blood to see how it reacts when certain foods & chemicals are added.
- 2 weeks later, you get your results and we’ll schedule your Initial LEAP/MRT counseling session with me to discuss your detailed diet plan including a 65-page instructional book, meal plan templates, and wallet sized reference card (which looks like this).
Then, you’re on your way! I’ll be here for you to support you through the changes and helping you to integrate this into your daily life! I can assure you that it will be much easier than you might think! I had mixed feelings when I received my results. There were a few that stood out as “I KNEW it’s” to me. Like that time my stomach was in knots from when I intuitively believed I ate too much ginger. And the way my waistline shrunk when I cut out coffee from my morning routine. Though, some surprised me, like Banana, because I don’t DIRECTLY feel a difference when I eat them, BUT it’s important to know that ‘eating the same foods repeatedly, can CAUSE intolerance’, so a key learning in this program is on the importance of diversity! In the case of supplements, there are no shortage of Products out there which contain Turmeric among other herbs touted to support anti-oxidizing (dispelling the bad guys from your body)…what does this tell you? It would actually HINDER my health rather than HELP it. So, you see…just because you hear that ‘Garlic’ is Good for you, doesn’t mean it’s good for YOU!
Another one that BLEW me away. Tyramine…it naturally occurs in our body and and is also produced in foods and beverages as a result of fermentation, aging, or spoilage. Tyramine is important because it can affect blood pressure. Examples of foods that contain high amounts of tyramine include aged cheese, soy sauce, aged meats, pickled fish, tofu (soy curd), sauerkraut, tap beer, fermented foods, or even something as minor as a ripe banana are rich in tyramine. SIDE NOTE: People who take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) aka anti-depressant (25% of Californians), need to avoid consuming foods high in tyramine because it causes a dangerous increase in blood pressure when combined with MAOIs. Crazy huh? I find it ironic that my mother suffers migraines and high blood pressure, which is characteristic of a Tyramine Food Insensitivity….so we're testing her next to see if we can alleviate these conditions for her and get her off her meds. Eating the same foods repeatedly can cause these sensitivities, but the main factor is GENETICS. Perhaps I inherited this Tyramine sensitivity from her. Hmm…..
Ok, so how does it work? What is LEAP?
LEAP stands for Lifestyle, Eating, And Performance. The LEAP diet is called an ImmunoCalm Nutrition Program and with it comes my expert advice on helping you to implement it. I have been specially trained to help you to reduce or eliminate symptoms due to food or chemical sensitivities, have a healthier lifestyle, well-balanced nutrition, and optimum performance. LEAP has helped thousands of individuals with food and chemical sensitivities quickly and substantially improve. Some individuals have found they can successfully eliminate chronic health problems when they follow their LEAP diet. If your symptoms are related to your diet, then you need a dietary approach to address these symptoms.
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Food & Chemical Sensitivities
Food and chemical sensitivities can result in an immune system reaction with the release of bad guys, called ‘Mediators’. The immune system has a first line of defense in which it identifies “self” and “non-self.” This is very beneficial for protecting us from unwanted bacteria and viruses. However, if the immune system interprets a food or chemical as ‘dangerous…DESTROY!’, the result is the release of mediators which cause inflammation and pain. This is how food and chemical sensitivities develop. Many chronic conditions may be made worse by food and chemical sensitivities. Below is an expansion of symptoms that are often associated with food and chemical sensitivities:
- Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, Bloating, Distention, Gas, sometimes Nausea & Vomiting, (IBS, Ulcerative Colitis)
- Heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Migraine Headaches and Headaches other than Migraine
- Muscle or Joint Pain, Aching, or Stiffness (Fibromyalgia, MS, Arthritis)
- General Malaise (feeling lousy), Fatigue, Sleepiness During the Day
- Restlessness, Irritability, Depression, Anxiety, Mood Swings
- Sinus Pain, Runny Nose, Stuffy Nose, Post Nasal Drip, Sore throat
- Skin conditions such as Eczema and Dermatitis
The GREAT NEWS for you! My clients with food and chemical sensitivities benefit immensely from avoiding the foods and chemicals we test that that trigger pain and inflammation. In the past, my clients and I have kept a food journal following a sort of ‘Elimination Diet’ protocol by testing how we react to foods we eat, but it plain ole doesn’t work, because the onset of symptoms from foods causing the upset may be up to 3 days after ingestion of the offending food. Most people eat the same 30 foods weekly, so Good luck trying to pin point which of those triggered the symptoms. Plus, if you eat a small amount, it may not affect you, whereas if you ate more, it might. It’s such a crab shoot to play Guess work and you could spend your whole life trying to figure out which foods are best for you which could end resulting in 3 ways:
1) You spend thousands trying to figure it out
2) You prolong an internal illness in your quest
3) You give up before you discover your DietVinci Code! (most likely)
Ok Di, so rather than taking this dead end road, what do I have to do to explore which foods are best & worst for me? There is a blood test available to make determining food triggers much easier and it is called the Mediator Release Test (MRT)
How does MRT work?
The test checks your immune system response (or non-response) to these 150 foods and chemicals.
Watch this cool & quick ANIMATION to see how it works!
How accurate is MRT?
A blinded peer reviewed scientific study showed MRT to have the highest level of accuracy of any food sensitivity blood test: 94.5% sensitivity and 91.8% specificity.
What will my MRT Results look like?
I wondered the same thing. Here’s the report I received on how I react to foods.
Once I start the LEAP diet, how long will it take before I notice results?
Most patients see a noticeable difference within the first 1-2 weeks on the program. However, in some cases it can take as long as 4-6. Your particular response may vary depending on certain factors:
- How closely you follow your LEAP Plan. Follow it to the T = feel better, sooner. Follow it loosely = take longer to feel better. Out of all the factors, your compliance bears the greatest influence on your relief.
- How long you’ve been suffering your conditions. It could take longer to reverse the damage caused by years of sensitivity reactions, improper eating and/or inadequate nutrition.
- The degree to which food sensitivity plays a role in your condition. You might experience total symptom relief from your condition as long as you stay on your plan. Others might see a decrease in symptoms but not complete remission. Why? Food sensitivity can either be the direct cause OR a contributing factor to your health problem.
How often do I need to take this test?
Ideally, only once! On rare occasion, I may suggest you repeat.
My story on WHY and how I came to offer this testing?
I’ll never forget the first time I turned to natural healing methods as a manner in which to treat symptoms I was experiencing. I sought out a naturopath in 2009 as my best friend raved about hers in Hawaii. I made the apt, and swallowed my pride as I was paying out of pocket for health care for the first time, but believed in my heart it was the RIGHT thing to do to TRULY HEAL my body. I paid the $150 for my 60 minutes, walked in and told her I wanted advice transitioning off of the Depo Provera Birth Control shots I had maintained for 7 years. I read forums on the internet of the importance of supporting your body emotionally and biologically upon a hormone shift as drastic as this, and I wanted to do it right the FIRST time. Although she was a very nice doctor, the advice I got for my $150 was nothing short of generics I had already come across: “Eat healthy fats at every meal & take 1 gram of EPA-DHA Fish Oil daily”
Disappointed that there was nothing customized about her advice, I remembered hearing something about the importance of understanding our body’s response to foods, and at the time, the only testing I knew of was ALCAT…so I asked if she offered it. “ALCAT? What’s that?” was her response. I was FLOORED. After explaining, she checked with her staff and turned out they had boxes of it at her office…but I wasn’t convinced she was the person I would explore this with. And THIS experience is what inspired me to learn more about my options and set sail to obtain my certification as an Functional Wellness Practitioner through FDN to be qualified to offer it to my clients for LESS than what I paid my Naturopath for vanilla advice.
Please share this with others who are suffering from symptoms of ANY kind. WHY? LEAP has helped thousands of patients across the country turn years of suffering into a bright, happy, healthy future, free of the symptoms that once seemed an inescapable part of life, including world class athletes such as myself and my clients! The BEST PART: No cookie cutter advice here.
What if this insight was what your life depended on? Would you do it?