KALE ALLERGY: Mind Over Immunological Matter

I’ve been dealing with “excuses” for quite a long time.  It is easy to see an excuse for NOT doing something good, healthy or nutritionally sound coming a mile away.  In fact, I have a little jingle when I see it coming….”don’t tell me your excuse, it is much more fun to guess”.

Simplistically speaking, allergies are the body’s reaction to certain things. It is an immunological response!  We have allergies to pollen, dust, animal dander, trees, grass, insect stings, spider bites and even certain foods.

The number of people with true food allergies in the United States is a staggering 15 million!  That sounds like a lot…..when in reality, it is about 4% or LESS than 1 in every 21 people you meet. Think of your fitness or college class and try and relate that number to the attendees.

For those who suffer true food allergies, the medical condition is REAL, with the most common offenders being milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts (which are not a nut….but I’ll save that for later), wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.  There are even some odd allergies to things like sesame, corn, meat and a few fruits.  These reactions are more commonly experienced very close to consumption and are repeatable.  Their symptoms could be fatal.

More interestingly, the WHY one develops an allergy to food is largely unknown although there is strong a strong correlation to GUT HEALTH.  Debates on whether placental issues, formula feeding or giving an infant foods too soon and too much are ongoing but lean, however, gut health in general is a MAJOR culprit.  As infants, our guts are almost iron-proof with healthy colonies of beneficial bacteria ready to accept those things we eat as normal.  Changes in these colonies through unnecessary through the mechanisms listed above or the use of antibiotics (using them for VIRUS related illness such as coughs or colds or flu or sinus infections or viral ear infections….the list goes on) could play a significant role in gut health changes.

RARE, however, is an allergy to one of the top superfoods….KALE.

More likely, the reaction one endures to such a powerhouse of nutrients, like KALE, is related to a detoxification process, or more commonly termed “cleansing”.  The detox process is working to rid your body of the harmful and toxic chemicals you may be use to consuming in your “normal diet” and lifestyle.  Chemical laden foods, processed flour products and sugars are common culprits.

The sad reality, however, is people will actually GIVE UP eating something beneficial because their body initially used it to help clean out the toxic crap….and then label the reaction a self-diagnosed food allergy.

Studies using double blind challenges to test food allergies reveal there is a GROSS overstatement by individuals that they, or their children, have a food allergy which validates my sarcasm…donuts are more tolerated by the mind.

True allergies often impact the throat, tongue, breathing process and even skin.  There can be vomiting and worse, DEATH.  Again, it is an immunological response to a food.

There is often a confusion between an allergy and food intolerance, where the body reacts negatively to certain foods like milk or glutens through bloat, diarrhea and headaches, but these are not allergies, per se. Food intolerance is simply the body’s inability to breakdown or digest certain foods or components of food.  Just ask anyone who has a family member diagnosed with “lactose intolerance”…….

If you are looking to get the most bang for your nutritional buck, then superfoods such as KALE and SPINACH should be at the top of your list barring any real medical conditions you may have such as a compromised immune system.  Individuals with Thyroid problems may have a sensitivity to cruciferous veggies (KALE, broccoli, cabbage…etc) due to the “goltrogens” found in these foods.  Again, that explanation is for a future read.  However, a true allergic reaction to foods is most often with “reproducible” response to their consumption.

If you believe you have an allergy to a specific food, it may be in your best interest to consult with your family physician and get tested in order to avoid potentially rare, but fatal results.  Otherwise, your mild stomach cramps and softer than normal stools may simply be your body telling you “THANK YOU for not eating junk this week but thinking of my needs so that I can face the vitality end of the wellness spectrum”!

For the vast majority, it is likely you have a coincidental bout of the shits caused by something offensive (virus, too much tequila or excessive protein) 3-7 days earlier and now you are looking for another excuse to not change patterns of behavior.

It’s never too late for a fresh start!

Check Your Cabinets…Healthy May Not Be Healthy

This afternoon, a cute little newsletter landed itself in my inbox…just like the countless others to which I subscribe!  But this one in particular caught my eye.  Why?  Because it shed some light on a list of foods you may want to reconsider buying, storing or even eating.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not an ADVOCATE of any one specific diet or nutrition plan for the masses.  Moreover, I do not ADVOCATE the eradication of any one specific food from your culinary repertoire if it brings you vast amounts of joy.

Quite the contrary.

If you are information seeking, starting a healthier lifestyle or already a master of nutrition, this read may be of interest to you.  More specifically, it focuses on bulk purchasing and long term storage of some common fatty foods (….which the foodie already knows too well the shorter the lifespan of the food, the better!!!).

This isn’t to say that you MUST IMMEDIATELY raid your cabinets and eradicate them of certain foods, but rather, to inform and provide knowledge seeking portals for nutritional optimization.

Brown/Wild Rice – toss it after the 6th month mark.  Make sure you put it in the fridge after opening so that it retards the rancid oil process.

Nuts and Nut Butters – no more than 1 month.  Refrigerate after opening again, to retard the process of going rancid.

Olive Oil – no more than 2 months.  Nearly 3/4 of all olive oil you buy at the grocery store is not REAL olive oil.  The ones that are real, they have been in storage for so long to get to the grocery store that they are most likely rancid.  According to an article revealing bad and good of olive oil, here are some tips when selecting good olive oils.

     “Three things: the harvest date, where it comes from (this means the specific region, not just the       country), and the cultivars, or what olives the oil is composed of. If these essential elements are        missing, it doesn’t speak well to the quality of the oil or the producer.”

Vegetable Oil – these are simply bad, bad, bad….rapeseed (aka CANOLA – which, in fact there is no such thing as a CANOLA SEED) oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, cottonseed oil…etc.  Simply put, they oxidize easily and are unnatural in the way they are made.  CAVEAT….foods with these oils in them are no better so read those labels!

This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list, but it calls to light a need for more “AWARENESS” when considering certain foods you may believe to be HEALTHY.

Bottom line:  Buyer beware!!!!

Wellness Coaching: When Support is all YOU Need

Women around the globe are in search of the fountain of youth. They desire wellness and vibrancy, especially as their life clock slowly tics towards complete depletion.

Wellness, for all intense and purpose, is defined as living a life to its maximum potential.  This includes functionality, independence, nutritional excellency, activity, relaxation, purposeful happenings and activity.

Wellness is the SUN, where the four pillars feeding the sun’s energy are NUTRITION, ACTIVITY, REST and HAPPINESS.

For many, it is pregnancy and childbirth that sets forth a seemingly unending cycle of weight gain, only to feel frustrated or overwhelmed with popular “diets”, exercise plans and quick fix schemes.  Others battle primary and secondary medical conditions.leaving them in a place of vulnerability.  Still others find themselves on a psychological battle with their own self-acceptance and love such that patterns of negative behavior may be the culprit.

Whatever the reason, having someone to objectively push you through the dark forest and hold your hand in the fog is always better than walking the path alone.

Here at The Koru, we provide an online portal for defining your OWN UNIQUE brand of wellness and making it a reality.  It is about YOUR life, YOUR goals, YOUR preferences, YOUR knowledge and YOUR unique situations.

I believe there are no “one stop shopping” methods in the attainment of overall wellness.

I learned years ago that the best person to understand a situation is not one who has exclusively “trained” to understand it, but rather one who has gone through similar patterns of behavior and environmental factors that have hedged those patterns.  I believe wholeheartedly that our own wellness is ever-evolving and is best defined by ourselves.  It does sometimes take the help of a coach to help us reach success through the muck plaguing our minds.

If you are interested in online wellness coaching, I provide a monthly and a 90-day plan.  I also provide nutrition and fitness advice for either a monthly fee or a comprehensive 90-day plan at a reduced rate.

The WELLNESS coaching is intended to be long term (3-6 months), and includes nutritional ideas, fitness programming suggestions, behavioral modification ideas and measurable units of progress through data.

The NUTRITION and / or FITNESS coaching can be a one or both program with each by itself specifically lining out ideas, suggestions, resources and other valuable information. Combined, it provides a comprehensive INDIVIDUALIZED program to get you started no matter where you are in the journey.  It can be a one-time program to set you on your own path or it can be a 90-day progression monitored plan.

If you want to make a change but aren’t quite certain how to do it, inquire here.

I only coach women.  Payment is due in advance.