Staying Slim AND Satisfied While on a Gluten-Free Diet

You’ve heard the stories. Yes, she got rid of her intestinal problems or his sinuses improved. His joints stopped aching or her son’s ADD got better. There are so many stories about how gluten-free diets have helped people with health challenges that doctors could not diagnose. People even lose weight on a gluten-free diet sometimes, at least initially. They are getting rid of the allergen that caused the weight gain to begin with!

But why do some people gain weight?

Starch. Plain and simple. The pre-packaged gluten-free foods or flours have starch as the main ingredient. Potato starch, corn starch, tapioca starch, and rice flour (highest glycemic grain you can eat). What can you do? Firs to all, eat them for treats, sparingly. Read every label carefully, then decide if it’s really worth it to indulge!

Second, make your own food as much as possible. It’s really not that hard and you can simplify it by just thinking “veggies for noodles”. Use lots of nuts and seeds to get the good, healthy fats that your body craves. Most of us just crave the pasta for the sauce and the bread for the butter most of the time! So add that butter to roasted veggies, or julienne them for “un-pasta”. Check out the great organic selection for these right here at our own Victoria’s Market. Organic means more health, and a bonus, more flavor!

What about dessert? Think “Fruit for sugar”. Also, you can add stevia or other natural, non-sugar sweeteners to make it taste more like sugar was used (the Market has these as well). These are my best secrets as well as adding a small amount of truly tasty, healthy salt, such as Himalayan Sea Salt. My father actually taught me, by putting salt on his grapefruit (can you believe it?) that salt actually makes some things taste sweeter!

I’ll leave you with a simple recipe for ice cream that nearly anyone can eat. Ingredients available at health store or on-line.

Mango or Dark Cherry Non-Dairy, No-Sugar-Added “Ice Cream”

Place in blender, one package frozen, unsweetened organic mango or dark sweet cherries (they are both very sweet fruits and will need no sugar or other sweetener – (taste test and add Stevia if you wish), one can unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk, 1/8 teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic sea salt and blend and freeze in ice cream maker or simply freeze in refrigerator freezer, then take out and stir every hour three times, if it lasts that long! Optional: For cherry recipe, you may want to add ΒΌ teaspoon almond extract, as it really rounds out the flavor.

Natural Remedies You Can Use to Improve Your Allergy Symptoms

Allergies can prevent you from having a normal life. This is especially so for those who suffer from year-round allergies. It’s a miserable state to be in, then throw in the fact that you have to take toxic antihistamine drugs to suppress the symptoms. If you talk to a naturopathic doctor, you will find that there are natural, healthier alternatives to allergy treatment.

Once you have had allergy testing, you can use the following remedies to alleviate your symptoms.

SLIT

The days of going to a naturopathic doctor for shots are over. With the SLIT treatment, you’re getting a natural allergy procedure that will help to alleviate your symptoms over time. It is taken beneath your tongue, so it’s pain-free, fast and convenient. What’s great about this method is that it allows you to completely overcome your allergy reactions by teaching your body to stop attacking normal substances, like food, pollen and other typical allergens that aren’t harmful. Allergy testing will likely be performed before you have the treatment done.

Saline Rinse

During the spring and summer, the amount of pollen in the air increases. This leads to your nose and lungs being filled with the substance, causing your allergies to flare up. One way to counteract this is to use a saline rinse. You can buy this over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. It’s a temporary solution that you can use until you obtain the SLIT treatment.

Fish Oil Supplements

Taking fish oil supplements everyday is a great way to combat allergies as well. Fish oil works by lowering leukotrienes levels in your body, which can reduce asthma symptoms caused by allergens.

Wear Sunglasses and Hats

This doesn’t seem like much, but wearing a pair of sunglasses can really help when pollen counts are high. It can protect your eyes from the wind and the pollen it blows along with it. Your hat of choice should also have a wide brim, so that it can keep pollen away from your face.

Butterbur

If you don’t mind trying herbal remedies, give butterbur a try. Most people use it for headache relief, but it’s also effective for reducing nasal symptoms. It’s a great replacement for antihistamines, which normally cause drowsiness.

Acupuncture

There’s a chance that obtaining acupuncture can help to relieve hay fever. Studies were performed that show that going through with 12 acupuncture sessions was just as good as taking antihistamines. In fact, it showed the rate of relief was higher. It’s not clear why this is so, but it’s definitely worth considering. Consult with a naturopathic doctor about this service and others like ozone therapy.

Dietary Dos and Don’ts for Managing Allergies

Warm weather means an increase in allergy symptoms for many Americans across the nation. This is also true for individuals in many parts of the country who have been dealing with longer ragweed pollen seasons. Research shows that ragweed pollination has been lasting 27 days longer than normal. This is in part due to winter starting later and ending earlier. One thing you can do to combat this issue is consult with a naturopathic family care doctor.

What you’ll learn are natural allergy treatments and remedies, which can help end your symptoms for good. For instance, you can learn about SLIT, which is a treatment that you can use to slowly get rid of your allergic reactions forever.

It’s also recommended that you change your diet. There are certain foods you want to include and exclude to help improve your allergy symptoms. So once you have had allergy testing performed by a naturopathic family care doctor, you can start working on a plan to tweak your eating habits.

Let’s review some of the dietary dos and don’ts for folks battling allergies.

Dietary Don’ts

Studies show that there are certain proteins found in foods that cause similar symptoms as environmental allergens. For instance, those who are allergic to ragweed sometimes have allergic reactions to foods like tomatoes, bananas, melons, sunflower seeds, chamomile, zucchini and chamomile. Then those who are allergic to grass may also have reactions from celery, melons, peaches, oranges and tomatoes. One way to find this out is to have allergy testing performed.

Dietary Dos

Aside from avoiding certain types of foods, you should also try implementing more of the “good stuff.” These include foods that are known to help ease allergy symptoms, such as the following:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: You can get a lot of this from eating grass fed eggs and meat, and krill oil. Fish is another great source of omega-3s as well.
  • Vitamin D: This has shown to reduce asthma symptoms and reactions to mold. You can get plenty of vitamin D from the sun and eating foods like mushrooms.
  • Probiotics: Taking this throughout allergy season can help reduce symptoms, since it increases antibodies that help fight against allergy reactions.
  • Hot Peppers: This includes hot chili peppers, hot mustards and horseradish, which act as decongestants. It’s a great alternative to nasal spray.

If you’d like to learn more about improving your diet and allergy symptoms, then schedule an appointment with a naturopathic family care physician today.