Part One: Food Labels
A good portion of my time with patients revolves around one primary topic: food. Everyone wants to know what diet is best. The short version of my answer is: diets are not one size fits all.
Tailoring a diet to a specific person entails taking many different things into account. Obviously, the health condition for which they are seeking advice helps steer us in a specific direction. Another factor to take into account is what habits the patient is able and ready to change at this time. Transforming the way one eats is a process that does not happen overnight! Another aspect of customizing the diet to fit the needs of the patient is food allergy testing. Although there is no singular test that is perfect, investigating food allergens will often help us determine if there is a food or group of foods that may be contributing to chronic inflammation. This, in turn, may help us find causes of chronic pain, inability to lose weight, digestive issues, and mood problems, to name a few. Even allergies to pollen can be affected by avoiding our food allergies! When we do find food allergens or intolerances, removing them from the diet can be quite challenging. One of the most common mistakes I see patients make when transitioning to a diet free of allergens …
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