Many of us believe to have food intolerance. What if it’s something else? What if we deprive ourselves of healthy nutritious foods for no reason?
One example - the self-perceived lactose intolerant folks avoid dairy foods. Not only do they compromise their bone health, they also have a considerably higher rate of diabetes and hypertension.
Another example - the so-called gluten sensitivity. The data shows that less than 1 % of the population has celiac disease, and less than 6 % have non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). Astonishingly enough, 33% of Americans think that they cannot digest gluten. That’s more than 100 million people who will limit the consumption of whole grains, or replace them with Frankenstein gluten-free products. Whole grains reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and cancer. Removing them from our diet without a good reason is wrong.
I suggest we pause for a minute and open our minds to the following - there is a widespread condition that produces symptoms very similar to food intolerance. This condition is called overeating. Too much of anything, even the super foods like kale or quinoa is bad. When overstuffed, our body responds with symptoms like gripes, gas, nausea, diarrhea, and such. It simply begs us, “Stop! Too much food! I can’t digest it properly.”
Imagine overfilling a car engine with oil - the engine will start smoking and will eventually break down. It doesn’t really matter whether the oil is expensive or cheap. It is the glut that sets the engine on fire.
Our stomach and intestines is our engine. When we fill up the stomach with poorly chewed food, a chain of negative physiological events is unleashed. It leads to indigestion, food sensitivities, and chronic diseases. So, don’t immediately blame food intolerance for your troubles. Learn to take small bites, chew well and eat in moderation first.
I give you the Eatometer – a pedometer for eating to guide you through your meals. With the Eatometer, your health will be in good hands. Or, rather in good jaws - your capable jaws.