In the past when you were just “dieting”, the only thing you really paid attention to was like the scale or MAYBE how your clothes fit… but it was really about the scale. Now that we’ve adopted a new lifestyle, we are entering another level of self-awareness: Food Sensitivities
Not only are we all built completely differently, but our lifestyles, fitness levels, and even the gut health that we inherited from our mothers (YES – gut health is directly passed down from mother to child!) determine our level of carbohydrate tolerance and insulin sensitivity.
Because I spent so many years of my life eating processed foods and candies my ability to tolerate carbs was very low. I started noticing a big change in my digestion when I hit 35, and that is actually when many women’s bodies begin changing and preparing for menopause.
Again, that varies from person to person. Many younger, more active people can get away with consuming 50-100 net grams of carbs and their blood sugars will remain stable, but on the other side of that, most postmenopausal women tend to have to keep their daily carb consumption really low, like 10-15g net carbs.
The only way that you can truly determine your level of carbohydrate tolerance is with experimentation.
Hidden Food Sensitivities
Do you have a hidden food sensitivity?
Survey your body after you eat something that could be inflammatory – dairy, nuts/seeds, spices, even certain proteins.
Eggs, red meat, cured meats
Food sensitivities and carb tolerance are two reasons why it is SO important to track your foods. You can always go back and see what you had that is making you feel a certain way and eliminate it.
There are even times of the month when our bodies lack tolerance for certain foods. I can eat almonds during my menstrual cycle and when I’m ovulating, but the other two weeks they make me bloat (more on eating for your hormones next week).
Food Sensitivity Symptoms & Causes
What Should I Do if I Have a Food Sensitivity?
The best thing to do if you have a food sensitivity is to eliminate that food (or reduce how often you eat it – depending on how severe the sensitivity is).
You will want to eliminate one food at a time to determine exactly what is causing the reaction if what you ate has numerous ingredients.
If you’re eating a salad that contains tomatoes, avocado, spinach, chicken, dressing, and sesame seeds, you don’t know exactly which one of these is causing the issue.
Next time you eat that salad, eliminate only one of the ingredients (I would remove the one you suspect caused your reaction) – let’s use avocado as an example.
So next time you make the salad, you will not add avocado and see if you have the same reaction (this could be an acne inflammation, swelling, upset stomach, etc.).
If you have the same reaction, then you know it’s something else in the salad. So next time you make the salad, remove a different ingredient and repeat this process until you find the culprit.