Is Dairy Bugging You?

I ask that question because I’m curious.  It was bugging me.  I can’t really remember when, maybe 4 or 5 years ago, I started to pay attention to how food effected me.  The first thing I noticed was dairy.  It really bothered my stomach and caused a lot of breathing issues.  I started removing cow’s milk and paying attention to how my body reacted.  I found I could breathe easier, I didn’t feel as congested and I felt lighter.  I thought, “Hmm, this is interesting.  Let’s see where else I can go with this.”

Next, I tried removing gluten.  Well, mainly bread and pasta.  Again, I felt lighter, less bloated and more clear minded.  And trust me, I love pasta and bread.  For me, they were delicious but the repercussions were not good for me.  Well, removing the gluten actually helped me.  Simple, right?

This is why I developed a 6-week program called Eliminate to Feel Great.  It’s based on the elimination diet and just might be the tool you need to feel your best.  So what is this program all about?

As I said, it’s a 6-week program.  The program is dividd into two phases:

Phase 1 is the removal of certain foods that cause allergies and intolerances for many people.  Believe it or not, you might have a food intolerance and have no idea because you think the way you feel is normal.  Phase 1 lasts 3-weeks and during this phase, you remove foods like gluten and dairy, among others, from your diet completely.  You can do this in baby steps, but by the end of the 3-weeks all foods that can cause allergies or intolerances should be removed from the diet.  The reason for doing this is because removing these foods will let your system be cleared of the things that may cause the allergies and intolerances.

Phase 2 is the reintroduction phase.  Here, we add the foods back in one at a time.  You can start with any of the foods, but let’s take dairy.  If you haven’t had dairy for 3-weeks and then reintroduce it, your body may or may not react.  If it reactions, you can see how badly it reacts and decide if you want to keep it in your diet or completely remove it.  If you don’t have a reaction, you may feel comfortable keeping it in your diet.  Next, you would add in another food like gluten.  Now you could have a reaction this time.  Maybe it’s the gluten or maybe it’s the dairy and gluten together.  This is where the experimentation comes in.  You may want to remove the dairy again to see if it’s the combination of the two foods or if it’s the gluten.  The last 3-weeks of the program continues in this manner until all food groups are reintroduced.  Typically, it takes about a day or two for each food to cause reactions and you’ll be able to decide how you want to proceed.

During the entire 6-weeks, you’ll get support from me, and the other participants, and be given a progress journal to record your feelings with the foods you’re removing and reintroducing.  These feelings may not just be physical, but may be emotional too.  Each day, you’ll be able to interact with the myself and the other participants through comments and questions posted on the participant page.  And I will forewarn you, the 6-weeks may be very challenging.  But it’s the challenge that makes us better.  Are you ready to take on the challenge?  If so, contact me with questions you may have or head straight to the Available Programs page to gain access today!

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