Rules for test­ing a new food

Woman's World - - Natural Health -

1 Weigh your­self ev­ery morn­ing with an empty blad­der and be­fore eat­ing. Use a dig­i­tal scale, since even food.1 gain eat­e­nis a sign­the previ-that a in­flam­ma­tory.ous day may have been

2 Choose a food to test and add one small serv­ing—such as 1 oz. al­monds or 4 oz. chicken—at any sit­ting you like. Start with foods less likely to cause a re­ac­tion so you can build va­ri­ety in your menus quickly. Best bets typ­i­cally in­clude al­monds, chicken, beef, goat cheese, reg­u­lar cheese, chick­peas, pota­toes, bread, eggs, cous­cous, edamame, toma­toes, white rice, pinto beans, floun­der, scal­lops, milk choco­late, red wine.

3 Watch for signs of a re­ac­tion— any itch­headache,ing, tin­gling, tummy red­ness, ache, gas, bloat­ing, di­ar­rhea, brain fog, fa­tigue or weight gain that oc­curs im­me­di­ately af­ter eat­ing or by the next morn­ing. If you see any of these signs, avoid the food for now. Recitas says our body chem­istry reg­u­larly changes, so you can al­ways retest in a few months to see if your tol­er­ance has im­proved.

4 Keep up on test­ing! Test up to one new food ev­ery day. Just don’t test food on days when you’re test­ing to see how your body re­sponds to a work­out.

Tip! If you eat the same food over and over, you can even­tu­ally de­velop a sen­si­tiv­ity to it, cau­tions Recitas. So be sure to mix things up of­ten!

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