Are you doing all the right things with your diet, but still experiencing brain fog, weight gain, inflammation, and more? It could be due to an underlying food sensitivity.
In the video below and this accompanying blog post, I share what I learned from my own struggle with food sensitivities and how you can find out what you’re sensitive to.
This is how I approach getting to the root cause of food allergies with proper testing ... from home!
What is a food sensitivity test and why should you get one?
One of the most common questions I get asked is: “Dr. Olivia, what should I eat and what shouldn’t I eat?”
My answer often confuses people: I don’t know. You might think that someone with 15+ years of experience in natural health and nutritional training would have an exact answer on what anyone should eat.
But the truth is, the only way to know for sure is through testing.
That’s why I encourage almost everyone to get a food sensitivity test done.
These tests will help you determine exactly what kinds of foods create inflammation in your body and which are okay.
Even if you don’t have an issue, the results of these tests can be eye-opening.
Because here’s a shocking statistic: An estimated 32 million people in the United States have food allergies — and many are undiagnosed. Food allergies and sensitivities are on the rise! One CDC report found that between 1997-1999 and 2009- 2011, food allergy prevalence among children increased by 50 percent.
This surprises many people. But food sensitivities are truthfully one of the biggest reasons people can be doing all the right things but still not seeing their health improve.
The fact is, there are over 95 other potential inflammation triggers. These underlying and, often, hidden food sensitivities can be causes of digestive distress and also impact your skin health, energy levels, sleep cycles and more.
Testing is critical to finding these out. So I recommend you get testing done so you can eat and act with clarity. You can order these tests online, from the comfort of your own home or by meeting with a local naturopath/holistic health practitioner.
And then, and only then, can you work on cutting those additional foods out of your diet.
Eliminating Your Triggers
Once you get your testing done, I recommend you eliminate your trigger foods for at least 30 days before reassessing how you feel.
When people begin cutting out things like sugar, bread, and dairy, they often experience withdrawals and cravings.
The first step to managing this is to realize this is totally normal. And the first 7-21 days will be the hardest. But realize that this feeling of “adjustment” isn’t forever.
In fact, most of my clients end up getting used to their new foods and meals within a month. Sometimes they even say they can’t imagine ever going back to eating another way. That’s amazing!
But remember, if you do start to reintroduce foods, do it slowly and only once every 3-4 days.
Next Steps: Get Help Finding Your Sensitivities & Begin Taking Actions To Heal
For more information and guidance on food sensitivity testing, consider checking out my Holistic Health Protocol program.
In the course, I go in-depth on a process of identifying sensitivities and give you exact meals and recipes for addressing it holistically.