Food allergies and sensitivities can be a challenge to discover as some reactions are subtle and underlying and many reactions are not immediate.
Many people think that they only have a “problem” with a particular food when they eat it and get a reaction within just a few minutes. This isn’t true. You could have a delayed reaction which may not happen for up to three days later! Or you could have a reaction which isn’t as obvious as hives or swelling. Your reaction could be a runny nose, a headache, joint stiffness, decreased focus, heightened irritability, tiredness, lack of motivation, depression, hair loss, menstrual pain, inability to lose/gain weight, and hundreds of other symptoms that most people wouldn’t attribute to a food they are eating.
There are several ways to discover a food allergy or sensitivity. Over the next several blog posts, I’ll highlight several ways to do it. You can choose to do one or combine two or more to maximize your results.
Approach 1: The Food Elimination Diet (a.k.a. Cleanse)