How do you know you have a food allergy?

Which is it??

Food allergies are all around us. Gluten free, dairy free, nut free, meat free…

I’m only half kidding on the meat free one.

Food allergies are real; 15 million Americans have food allergies. While there is no denying the validity of food allergies, there is some misused labeling happening across the nation.

Some people are claiming to have “food allergies” when that’s not the case. What they could have is an intolerance or a sensitivity.

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Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance

According to the Cleveland Clinic, a food allergy is based on a reaction from the body’s immune system. This means that the body does not recognize an ingredient in the food, which is usually a protein, and the body attacks it, thus affecting organs and potentially creating serious reactions.

An intolerance to a particular type of food is a based on a reaction from the body’s digestive system. Upset stomachs, nausea, cramping, and diarrhea are common symptoms of a food intolerance.

*Food allergies are more serious and severe than a food intolerance*

Food Sensitivity

Going even further, there’s what is called a food sensitivity. Not many studies have been done on food sensitivities, but there is a main difference between a sensitivity, a food allergy, and an intolerance.

A food sensitivity is not an immune reaction, so it’s not an allergy. With most food sensitivities, the body has unpleasant reactions, including nausea or acid reflex, which is similar to a food intolerance.

 

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Photo from: www.two-views.com

However, with a food intolerance, the reactions typically happen the same way every time after eating the food, not periodically or every once in a while, like it does with a sensitivity.

Now, that’s not to say that you have an intolerance to greasy food because it gives you heartburn. It’s because of the greasy food.

This is an area I’ll be learning a lot more about with first hand experience. I believe I have a food intolerance, but am not sure. I plan on getting it checked out within the next week. I’ll keep you all posted.

In the meantime….

Let’s get energized! 🙂

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31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

BuzzFeed is amazing. I’m sure many of you are over the whole Facebook quizzes fad (guilty of loving those), but I promise this is not a quiz.

The link I’m sharing with you will change your life. Okay, I’m being dramatic. My day was made when I stumbled upon this wonderful find though.

Check out 31 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Cook with Chia Seeds. There really are some great recipes in the list. I HAVE to try number 11.

Thanks, BuzzFeed, for making my day, yet again. If only you knew how much I enjoy thee…

 

Let’s get energized!

“Plan your dive, dive your plan”

Health and Fitness Challenge

Here’s an honest update on how the challenge is going: ehhhhh.

I did great during week one. Last week, I fell off the wagon a little bit. However, I will NOT beat myself up over it. I’m going to continue on to week 3 and do better than I did last week.

I’m doing great at the working out and eating my veggies. It’s the other things like green drinks and counting calories that I have been flubbing. So, I need to readjust my focus and put more emphasis on the things that are giving me troubles.

Here’s the challenge for week 3:

Week 3

Scuba Diving

I have my scuba diving license. One thing that the PADI instructors drilled into my head is this phrase: plan your dive, dive your plan.

The meaning behind that little phrase is simple, yet genius, to not only scuba diving but to anything in life.

In scuba diving, the phrase is important to safety. It’s too dangerous to not have a plan before going under water. You need to plan your dive, and then dive your plan. Don’t go off course.

This is the same for life, especially this challenge. In order to be successful, you have to plan. Plan when and what you’re going to be eating for each meal, each day. If you don’t plan, you’ll find yourself reaching toward that unhealthy snack or falling back into your old habits.

Planning takes time and effort upfront. After the planning and strategizing is done, your choices and behaviors will be easier to control.

Will you still have urges and cravings? Yes. But, I guarantee if you have a plan and are facing a craving, you’ll be more apt to resist and move forward.

Let’s make a plan and let’s get energized!

 

“Nature’s Perfect Food”

Hemp seeds are called “nature’s perfect food.” Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or whatever diet is out there, you should be eating hemp seeds. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Hemp seeds contain all amino acids, even the essential amino acids our bodies need
  2. The ratio between omega-6 and omega-3 is 3:1, a great balance for optimal health
  3. There are 5 grams of protein in two tablespoons
  4. It is one of the most easily digestible form of protein
  5. Contains vitamin E and many minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous

 

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photo credit: www.trulyorganicfoods.com

Isn’t hemp marijuana?

If marijuana came across your mind while reading this, you’re not the first one. When I saw hemp seeds in a recipe I was appalled.

Hemp is of a different species than marijuana. Most importantly, hemp contains very little of THC, the active ingredient that marijuana is known for.

No need to worry about drug tests. Eat up those hemp seeds!

Let’s get energized!

Health and fitness challenge: The journey

So, I promised I would have a picture on Monday. I do have a picture, which was ready for Monday, but time got away from me yesterday to post the picture. I’m a horrible person, I know 😉

It’s Tuesday, time to post that picture now!

Week 1

 

The reason I’m including a picture is to show the progression of each week. I know from past experience that I get frustrated when I don’t see results quickly enough. This time, I want to focus on the progression- no matter how small- instead of how fast it takes. It’s all about the journey, you know.

I honestly don’t have a goal in mind for this challenge. I just want to complete it and see the effects on my mind and body. This will put less stress and pressure on the challenge and won’t take the fun out of it.

I want this experience to be fun. As a society, we put too much unwarranted pressure on ourselves. I’m using this challenge to make positive impacts on my mind and body and learning how to enjoy the journey.

I hope you join me in this journey. You’ll be glad you did when it’s over!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Health and fitness challenge

I’m going to be starting a health and fitness challenge today.

It’s called the 30 Day Ev0-lution challenge  2014. It’s from earlier this year, but that doesn’t matter to me. I already do the majority of the challenge on a daily basis, but something about a challenge just makes it all the more fun. It truly gives you something to work for, I feel.

I’m going to post a before and after picture to see how far I’ve come. This is going to be a journey, and I want to capture it and share it with others. I dare you to join me on this journey.

Check out the website for more information. In the meantime, here are the challenges of the four week journey:

Week one

Week 2

Week 3

Week4Let’s get energized!

Fish vs flax oil: what’s better?

Good ‘ole omega-3

If you’ve been around for any time at all in this world, you probably know that fish oil is really good for your health. Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids, which our body needs.

There are many different ways to get the omega-3 fatty acids. There’s fish oil, like I’ve said, but there’s also flax oil, which many of you have probably seen in stores.

What’s the difference?

FlaxvFishphoto credit: www.fitsugar.com

Let me break it down for you…

The basics:

  • Flax oil contains omega-3 ALA
  • Fish oil contains 2 omega-3s: EPA and DHA

You now have everything you need to know…well, sorta.

Going further

ALA is one of two essential fatty acids. Essential means that our body cannot make these fatty acids on our own, so we must get them from the food we eat.

ALA and the other essential acid (LA) are needed so that our bodies can create the other omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It would seem, then, that flax oil would be better because it contains ALA.

And a little further…

If you thought that, you’re right; however, it’s not exactly right.

The problem is that our bodies are not efficient at synthesizing ALA into DHA and EPA. This has lead many to believe that DHA should be an essential fatty acid.

What does that mean in terms of which oil to take?

It’s best to take fish oil! DHA is extremely beneficial to the brain, including a list of other health benefits.

fishoilphoto credit: www.prevention.com

You’ll benefit more from taking fish oil than flax oil because of our bodies’ inefficiency in creating DHA and EPA.

Go off and buy your fish oil now, and LET’S GET ENERGIZED!