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Here’s a fabulous quick and easy GF, DF, Egg-free, Soy-free, Nut-free, Grain-free, Vegan, Plant-based recipe that can be used as a main dish or side dish. It involves placing a chopped head of cauliflower in a food processor, then cooking some vegetables and spices on the stove, before mixing all together.

This recipe is easy, fabulous, and it’s fun to make. It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, almost totally raw, and can be made totally raw, soy-free, and peanut-free with minor alterations which are noted at the bottom of the recipe.
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The Coca Pulse Test
In the 1950s, Dr. Arthur Coca identified that his wife’s heart rate would increase if she ate a food to which her body reacted. Coca tested his patients as well and found the results effective and consistent.
Though there are blood tests and other faster ways to determine food sensitivities, this approach remains one still used today because of it’s effectiveness, low cost, and ease of application for people who want to self-diagnose. (more…)

This is the Part 2 of Food Allergy Detective: a multipart blog series on how to uncover food allergies or sensitivities.

Part 2: Food Allergy Detective – Keeping An Effective Food Journal


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)

Here are four days worth of meals in a sample menu that will fit any and all of the following diets: raw, vegan, gluten free, and/or a Paleo.  The meals below do not contain processed sugar or cane sugar, animal proteins, beans, legumes, gluten, or grains. The ingredients are readily available at most supermarkets. Adapt them based on your needs.