How Food Allergies Impact Your ‘Weight’

‘Weight’ is loaded making it a touchy subject for you and for me. In a over-grown diet culture, I often hate discussing weight. Simply because weight is connected to everything. It shouldn’t be. Don’t get me wrong, weight can be an indicator of unhealthy lifestyle habits or disease. That’s where we’re headed. However, what weight should be or look like is subjective.

Do understand this: being ‘over weight’ MAY be a possible sign of a deeper problem. It’s not about being a certain size. It’s not about an image. It about you knowing a certain sign that may be your body talking.

So about food allergies or sensitivities and your weight..

Your body’s adverse response to food allergies or food sensitivities can have a variety signs:

  • Sudden mucus production
  • Over mucus production
  • Fatigue
  • Hives, rashes
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches
  • Cramping
  • Nausea, vomiting

This is not a comprehensive list by far. Empower yourself with research with other list like Food Allergy and FARE. Track your symptoms with daily events. Talk with a professional but don’t let them boss you around. You’re in charge of your body.

One of the possible signs of food allergies or food sensitivities can affect your stomach. This definitely impacts your immune system. If your body is fighting allergens or perceiving an attack- your immune system is compromised. When your immune system is in fight- your weight can be impacted by a lower metabolic rate and increased inflammation. Plus, if your digestive system is in a fight with your food, your microbiome that helps with metabolism is compromised. Food reactions could contribute to tiredness and your capacity to exercise. It can be a cycle of needing rest, bloating, and feeling trapped.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Consider this:

  • Write down foods and reactions over at least a month. Look for a pattern and remove that food. Dairy and gluten are top offenders but not always. Your body could be sensitive or react to anything. If you need to removed a needed food then find a suitable replacement and seek a nutrition professional.
  • Is there another medical condition underlying? No pattern may mean other health issues need to be explored.
  • Is your food relationship where it needs to be? Processed and prepared foods can ignite inflammation and cause internal damage- including metabolism. Closer to the actually plant the better. And, yes pizza is healthy with the right foods. No, doritos cannot be a constant.
  • Dieting? Too restrictive of a diet could be cheating your body of what is needs to process foods correctly. Diets don’t work. Ditch them for good. Follow the rainbow method for a healthy and flexible food relationship.
  • Are you already where you need to be? Weight can be perception. We are all designed to be different shapes and sizes. Your weight may be perfectly fine, especially if you don’t have reactions or symptoms.

I’m a proud “dangerous curves” ahead girl whose in the best health ever.

I’ve been ninety pound heavier due to an abusive food relationship and food reactions. When my food relationship adjusted, I became the healthy size I needed to be. I removed the offenders and pursued the healers. This may be what you need to do too. Food allergens could cause weight gain. However, weight subjective. Use it as a possibility while looking at every reaction and track it. Talk openly and be open. Love where you are and who you are.

Be your detective and advocate.

Your advocate and food relationship guide,

JRiley

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