Did you know that some foods are reactive? I don’t mean radioactive, although I guess that’s possible! I mean some foods will cause bad reactions in your body. The trick is to figure out which ones are reactive for you so you can avoid them.
My dietician Lyn Genet explained to me that some foods are much more likely to be reactive than others. That means they can cause inflammation that makes you feel bloated and blah after you eat. When foods cause inflammation, they distract the immune system from its main job which is keeping us healthy. Chronic inflammation also makes us age faster because it damages normal cells in our bodies.
Check out Lyn’s list of reactive foods here on EmpowHER. http://www.empowher.com/healthy-eating/content/list-reactive-foods I think you’ll be surprised at some of the foods she has included in the highest reactivity category, like sushi and farm raised fish. That means most of the fish you can buy in the store or in local restaurants is likely to cause inflammation! The 85% category includes lots of things most people think are good for them, like turkey, cottage cheese, and yogurt. So don’t think that just because a food is trendy, like Greek yogurt, it is necessarily good for you. You need to listen to what your own body is telling you about the foods you eat and how you react to them.
Here’s what I did to figure out which foods are reactive for me. First off, I started by cleansing my system by eating healthy, pure foods. Lyn’s got great suggestions on her website at www.lyngenet.com. Once I knew my body was leveled out, I started testing different foods to see if I would react to them. You need to be patient during this phase. You can’t add too many things at once or you won’t know which one caused a reaction. So get on the scale in the morning then try a new food that day. Weigh yourself again the next morning and if the scale jumps up, you’ll know you’re retaining fluid which means inflammation. Put that food item on your reactivity list. Most people only react to 3 or 4 foods, but I discovered that my list is pretty extensive, including my favorite food – pasta.