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What Vitamins and Supplements to Take

I’ve had a bad reaction to a couple of multivitamins (most of them contain soy derivatives), so I don’t take a multivitamin. Beware off prenatal vitamins too. If you end up being extremely sensitive, steer clear of either. Just so everyone knows, unfortunately, none of these reactions are caused by low vitamins or minerals. I had all those checked out first. I was particularly wondering about B12. But, alas, it’s a much more complicated problem than that. I’ve done vitamin Read More

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Top foods to avoid (if you don’t want to do an elimination diet)

If doing an all out elimination diet isn’t feasible for you, or if you’re relatively healthy and just looking to improve your energy or lose a few pounds, avoid these foods: Gluten – You know those stereotypical Californian girls who don’t eat gluten “because it makes you fat” but they don’t exactly know what it is? Well they were right anyways. He who laughs last right? Anyways, gluten is composed of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin. It looks like gliadin Read More

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How is it normal to feel after cutting out foods?

You won’t feel better right away. The first two weeks can be hard. Sugar cravings (carbs, chips, soda, sugar) and dairy cravings (cheese) are intense. I also had soy cravings. These fade off in a couple of weeks but don’t underestimate them. Make sure you eat enough. If you’re craving foods just eat more. It doesn’t get rid of the cravings but it helps, and then you won’t be as likely to cave when you get hungry. I started feeling Read More

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Should you start an elimination diet? (How to begin a month long elimination diet)

Looking back on how I did my elimination diet, I can see a number of things I did wrong. This is a post describing how I would do an elimination diet now (pretty much what I’m doing now anyways). This might seem extremely strict… and it is. Not much I can say about that except that it’s only a month, and you might be able to reintroduce most things back in right away. This is the diet that helped my Read More

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Why is soy bad? Is all soy bad?

I had someone contact me asking me why I thought soy was bad, or if soy was always bad, or something like that. She was Asian so soy is naturally a big part of her diet (also it’s tasty). Again, these are my opinions from reading and testing things out on my own body, I could be wrong and maybe (hopefully) your body is different. First, I have an IgG response to soy. If you don’t, you’re reaction isn’t going Read More

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Any suggestions for problem skin? Why yes!

I was going to type this up yesterday but my boyfriend ended up having laser eye surgery and needed some serious care. Instead of doing Lasik (the relatively painless laser eye surgery), he went for PRK. They shave a layer off your eye and it’s pretty painful growing back. He needed help deciding which eye surgery to go for (I suggested Lasik but ah well). After being through some serious surgeries I forget that things like laser eye surgery are Read More

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Am I getting all the nutrients I need from a diet this restricted?

I got an email the other day asking me if I took vitamins or supplements to make sure I got everything I needed from my diet. I actually get this question a lot so I thought I’d write a post about it. I’ve had my vitamins tested a number of times throughout my life, including after I limited my diet and during pregnancy. My vitamins are all good and my B12 level is slightly higher than normal (probably all the Read More

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I’m too busy to eat like this, it’s too expensive, and other excuses

“I’m too busy” If you’re too busy (and you’re not THAT sick), cut out gluten and dairy. If you live in a big city this is usually fairly easy. If you think that’s too difficult, cut out gluten. But you have to be strict about it. Do it for a month, reintroduce it, and when you realize how awful it’s making you feel, cut out dairy. Or do more. If you’re really sick, then make time. Invest in a slow Read More

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Will this diet help me?

People have been emailing me, asking me if I think their certain set of symptoms are food related. Normally I would bet good money that they are, but I usually say “there’s a good chance that they are, try it for a month and see.” Most of the questions I get are regarding mental disorders, mostly depression and/or anxiety. Here are some symptoms, if you suffer from them, try the diet out. Many people ignore small symptoms, because it’s easier Read More