When bloating, constipation, pain or other gut issues are making you feel uncomfortable in your body, afraid to eat, or saying no to fun activities, one of the first solutions most folks try is eliminating "problem foods" from their diet.
The problem is that these same "problem foods" are usually some of your favorites (did I hear you say bread? Or chocolate chip cookies?).
And so-called “problem foods” might also be ones that are considered healthy (like supposedly “gassy foods” such as cauliflower, broccoli or beans).
Perhaps your doctor, nutritionist, or somebody on the Internet suggested a particular “diet,” or eliminating certain food groups (you name it…grains, FODMAPs, sugar, beans, brassica veggies, etc.) because that would help you manage your symptoms.
And maybe they even told you that you can never eat these things again.
So now you’re trying to cut out your favorite foods AND foods that are supposed to be good for you.
You’re avoiding foods that you think might be causing your gut symptoms, but you don’t even know for certain if you really have to. Or if it’s actually helping.
And then you lose the joy in food and in eating.
Maybe you had a cool recipe or two at the beginning, but now you’re utterly bored from following such a rigid diet.
You might even be feeling depressed because you might never, ever get to eat your favorite foods again.
And you’re wondering, “Can I stand doing this til the end of time? Is it even worth it?”
But the real question is - “Do I really need to give this food up in the first place?”
Here is what many healthcare providers and “experts” on the Internet are missing when they tell you to avoid a food indefinitely:
Ultimately, using my approach, my clients dramatically EXPAND their food choices AND feel good in their guts at the same time.
No more sacrificing the pleasure and freedom of eating for unknown gain.
I take an expansive, whole-body, whole-life look at root causes – and solutions -- for your gut issues, instead of using an “avoid these foods, just cuz” mentality.
I simply don’t believe that one size fits all, so I personalize a solution just for you.
I use specialized lab testing so we can understand exactly what’s happening in your gut.
I think of food therapeutically, with the aim of it helping you heal your gut.
And who’s really talking about the gut-stress cycle, how it impacts your day-to-day experience (i.e. causing gut symptoms to act up even if you’re doing “everything else right”)? Let alone offering a solution that really works. It’s an integral part of fully healing.
Of course, there are some conditions that require avoidance of particular foods for the long run, such as someone with celiac disease avoiding gluten for life in order to fully recover their health.
But many people with chronic digestive issues can actually heal their gut so symptoms disappear, and eat whatever they want (or at least almost whatever they want). So they can fully participate in their lives again.
If you want to truly heal your gut, without forever eliminating a long list of foods, I’m creating a program that combines personalized guidance, testing and the support of a group dealing with gut issues.
It will be a small group of people who are over the distress of trying to figure out how to resolve their digestive problems by trying every “diet” that someone suggests, and spending late nights on the Internet.
In less than 2 months, you’ll significantly reduce bloating, gut pain, bowel problems and food reactions, and know the exact way to naturally heal your gut issues at their root cause.
Without giving up your favorite foods forever.
If you’re interested in learning more, drop me a line here and I’ll send you some details.