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Coping with Food Intolerance


eing intolerant of most foods means relying heavily on the few foods you have left. Unfortunately, eating excess amounts of one food type leads to an increased risk of sensitivity. The very real fear of starvation, coupled with possible malnutrition, places an even bigger burden on the immune system so at the same time as having no foods left to eat, sufferers commonly experience a worsening of existing allergies and chemical sensitivities.

What Can be Done?

The majority of people with total food intolerance find they can eventually reintroduce most foods and some even return to eating normally, but it does depend on the underlying reason for the initial intolerance. There are several options available (click on the links for further information):

Mentally it is extremely difficult to start eating foods that have previously provoked horrendous reactions. You should get a fairly good guide as to what is making you ill if you listen carefully to what your body is trying to tell you. Food that makes you feel good, food that suddenly tastes or smells unpleasantly strong, or food that tastes unusually delicious can all be warning signs of a developing intolerance. However try to differentiate between actual reactions and psychological aversions (e.g. feeling sick just because that's what happened last time). Remember, that your food intolerances will change as your body begins to heal.

To speed up recovery, do all you can to boost and heal your immune system and make sure you are not sitting or sleeping in a geopathically stressed place. Most importantly, set aside time for periods of deep relaxation or meditation at least once a day. No matter what your energy levels, make sure you have something positive to look forward to and if necessary, consider counselling to help keep everything in perspective. Registered and experienced nutritional therapists, dieticians, allergy specialists or gastroenterologists are there to help!

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