Starting a workout program is a HUGE step towards seeking a life of health and vitality, but as Ben and Matt explained at Saturday's nutrition seminar, it is only a piece to the puzzle of optimum health. What you are fueling your body with is extremely important to maintaining a long, high quality life.

Did you know signs that you have a food intolerance and/or allergy are not limited to digestive complaints? If you are eating a food that you are intolerant or allergic to, you can experience any of the following symptoms: acne and other skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, weight gain (fat and water retention), emotional/mental symptoms (anxiety, depression, etc) and body aches (migraines, etc).  Many health ailments like these are signs of inflammation in the body due to a toxic (allergenic) diet. These symptoms can also be a sign of an overgrowth of microorganisms (microscopic living organisms) living in your digestive tract and tissues. People have been able to cure these symptoms by simply cleaning up their diet, in turn removing food intolerances and allergens and clearing away any pathogenic microorganisms in their intestines.

To optimize your diet, first implement an elimination diet, while making sure you address any nutrient deficiencies as well. An elimination diet not only removes foods that a person is intolerant to or allergic to, but it also addresses removing foods that may be feeding harmful microorganisms like bacteria, yeast, parasites, and fungus in the digestive tract, skin, and tissues. Saturday Ben and Matt challenged us to cut out gluten, dairy, and sugar from our diet. These foods should all be removed in any elimination diet. In addition to these foods, it is helpful to avoid all other commonly allergenic foods (soy, tomatoes, citrus, yeast, chocolate, nuts/seeds, eggs). Once you have eliminated these foods for at least 2 weeks (or ideally 30 days), you can start reintroducing them back in one at a time. Pay attention to how your body responds to you reintroducing each food (skin reactions, constipation/diarrhea, gas, bloating, irritability, depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, feeling fatigued, body aches, headaches, etc.). It is important to only reintroduce one food at a time and wait at least three days in between different foods. It takes your body approximately 72 hours to clear an allergen, so you don't want to reintroduce a second food until you are sure the first food did not cause a reaction. Other foods that should be avoided on an elimination diet because they feed pathogenic microbes include: vinegars, fruits, sweeteners of any kind (honey, sugar alcohols, etc), starches, grains, and sugars (lactose, fructose, etc). 

We want our clients to experience the highest quality of life possible which we believe can be achieved by proper fitness and fuel! 

AuthorMatt Magnone