One of the most important things you can do to get in control of your health is to stop eating the foods that are causing inflammation in your body! Most of us eat too much, so it’s usually not because of a lack of nutrition, although it could be.

We’re all different. What’s good for you may not be good for me. Basically, it’s all about finding out what’s good for your body and what can decrease the chronic inflammation in your body. Inflammation leads to disease. If you figure it out, the rewards are enormous! You’ll feel younger, be mentally sharper, and you won’t age as fast. Your skin can even look better, and your overall mood will improve.

Digital illustration of human bodySince our goal is to keep inflammation to a minimum, we need to avoid the foods that do this to us. Some diseases related to chronic inflammation are cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and more. Inflammation can be caused by food sensitivities, parasites, or infections. Toxins also can lead to inflammation.

So what can we do about this? Reduce the inflammatory load on your body. We need to find out what is going on in our bodies and decrease the inflammation so our bodies can function better and we can feel great too! Eating the wrong foods can cause damage, which can age us faster as well.

The bonus is that when you find out which foods are right for you, you’ll also lose weight easier. It gives you slow and steady weight loss by eating differently, rather than starving yourself. Food cravings and addictions also go away.

If you suffer with migraines, hives, IBS, depression and/or brain fog (among numerous other issues), it could be caused by inflammation from foods you are eating.

Here are some symptoms that may indicate your food is causing your problems:

  • Persistent fatigue not helped by rest
  • Over- or under-weight or a history of fluctuating weight
  • Occasional swellings of the face, hands, abdomen or ankles
  • Palpitations, particularly just after eating
  • Excessive sweating
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Itching
  • Eczema
  • Blotches on the skin
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Dyspepsia, abdominal distress, flatulence
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Variable bowel function
  • Unusually slow or rapid heartbeat
  • Pain in the chest
  • High blood pressure
  • Cramps in limbs
  • Chilblains
  • Feeling faint
  • Feeling unwell all over
  • Stiffness in throat or tongue
  • Water retention
  • Terrible thoughts on waking
  • Shaking in the morning
  • Slow getting started in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Crabby on waking
  • Abrupt changes from well to unwell
  • Rash that isn’t eczema
  • Aching muscles
  • Swollen painful joints
  • Headache (including migraine)
  • Convulsions or fits
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Giddiness
  • Nausea
  • Frequent urination
  • “Dopey” feeling (brain fog)
  • Inability to think clearly (“woolly brain”)
  • Irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling unreal, depersonalized
  • Lack of confidence
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden sneezing
  • High mood (undue elation)
  • Low mood
  • Mood swings
  • Menstrual difficulties
  • General slowing down
  • General speeding up
  • Tingling all over
  • Vomiting without nausea
  • Sudden tiredness after eating
  • Sudden chills after eating
  • Feeling totally drained and exhausted
  • Eating binges
  • “Flu-like state” that isn’t really flu

If you have 5 or more of these things going on, you probably suffer from hidden food sensitivities or infections.

The good news: You can make some changes and see dramatic results!

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You probably don’t consider yourself to be a drug addict like the typical addicts you see on TV shooting up or looking for their next fix. Truth is, though, you have been drugged up for most of your life. You’ve been doing this by ingesting an opiate similar to heroin or morphine, and you’ve been getting it at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks!


According to Dr. William Davis, author of Wheat Belly, “You’ve been cleverly disguising your opiate of choice as muffins, bagels, cereals, and sandwiches!” One of the dark issues of modern wheat, the addictive mind effects of gliadin protein can really be trouble.

If you eat a sandwich on whole wheat bread (which we are taught to eat as healthy), the gliadin protein turns into exorphins, or exogenously-derived morphine-like compounds. These exorphins cross into the brain and bind to opiate receptors to produce opiate-like effects.

This causes addict-like behavior and appetite stimulation. BUT, your appetite isn’t stimulated to eat salmon and asparagus; instead, you go for chips, cookies, donuts, etc.!

If you stop eating it, you can actually go through withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, headache, anxiety, etc., that can last a few days.

Like sugar, wheat is in most processed foods. So, just as the drug dealer knows you’ll be back for your next hit, the food industry knows you will be back for your next bite of pretzels or bread.

Also, wheat can be sprayed with glyphosphate, which is in Round-Up! And that can’t be good for anyone!

It’s important to be proactive and prevent disease as you age. You want to feel great and have a good quality of life so you can enjoy all the fun things and be around for your kids and grandkids. Being aware of what you’re eating, as the right choices play an important part in disease prevention.

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Many people make food choices that can cause them to feel fatigued instead of energized. Because we feel rushed and don’t always find time to cook, we go to drive-thru’s or eat other fast food on the run. Maybe we go to a restaurant and make unhealthy choices full of GMO’s, refined sugar, bad fats, inflammatory ingredients and more!

You don’t just wake up with low energy or a disease like cancer, diabetes or high blood pressure. This happens over time, one bite at a time! Many meals are eaten before these things happen. Our energy suffers and we feel tired all the time. Caffeine and sugar are what we grab to keep us going. Maybe that candy bar, doughnut or can of pop. Whatever we think may get us through, even organic iced tea or a latte full of sugar.

Some causes of low energy:

  • Inflammation from eating the wrong foods like GMO’s, sugar, gluten, and more
  • Depletion from not getting the right nutrients
  • Toxification by eating foods full of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics
  • Chemicals building up in the body in every way

As you can see, it’s easy to get fatigued in our modern world today! What we eat will either give us energy or take energy from us. There is a way to get into balance and feel more energy and eat delicious tasting foods too!!!!

Start by replacing some of your ingredients with healthier options. See what happens. I can help you if you need it! There is light at the end of the tunnel for sure.

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