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Interview 2 of 6: Benefits of Reducing Refined Sugars

In this week’s video I share the types of sugars I do eat and the benefits I’ve experienced from cutting down on eating refined sugars.

This video is part of a six weeks series where I’ll be sharing portions of an interview I did with Kelly Hall of Some Time For You. The topic we discussed was ‘quitting sugar’ and I share my experience with reducing my intake of refined sugar in my diet over the last few years. In the series I share:

  1. The reasons why I decided to start reducing the amount of sugar I was consuming
  2. The expected and unexpected benefits of reducing my refined sugar intake
  3. The process I took to cut out sugar
  4. People who were positively impacted by my reducing sugar
  5. Obstacles I came across along the way and tips on how to handle them
  6. The biggest benefit(s) of reducing sugar

I hope you enjoy the interviews! Please be sure to leave comments if there’s anything you can relate to, or if you have any questions.

About Laura B. Folkes:

Laura B. Folkes is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach. She supports busy adults to take back control of their eating, successfully navigate life with food intolerances, reduce cravings and/or make sustainable changes without deprivation. After successfully losing 60 pounds and working through her own emotional relationship with food, Laura recognizes there are many factors keeping individuals from sticking to what they know works but it’s her mission to help others overcome these factors to become healthier and happier.

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Laura B. FolkesInterview 2 of 6: Benefits of Reducing Refined Sugars

How to Determine If You Have a Food Intolerance

When many people think of symptoms of food intolerances or food allergies they think of gastrointestinal issues or the severe allergy response of anaphylaxis. However, there are many different signs that you may have a food intolerance and it shows up in a variety of ways for different people.

Signs of a food intolerance could include:

  • Seasonal allergies such as a sore, scratchy throat or nasal congestion
  • Bloating
  • Lack of energy/lethargy
  • Skin break outs, rashes or eczema
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Respiratory issues
  • Migraines

This list is not comprehensive and if you do suffer from any of these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean you have a food intolerance or sensitivity. In order to find out for sure, here are a couple of approaches you can take:

  1. Elimination diet – The idea of an elimination diet is to remove the food you think you may be sensitive to for a few weeks and then slowly introduce it back in to see if you have any reactions. If you aren’t sure what you may be sensitive to, you can remove a number of foods at once (e.g., corn, soy, dairy, gluten, sugar, etc.) and then add one back in at a time.
  2. Allergy testing – By working with a General Practitioner, Allergist or a Naturopath, they can run blood tests to determine the foods you are sensitive or allergic to. While there are some drawbacks to blood tests they generally show a person’s sensitivity to a wide range of foods.

To give you an example of how the elimination diet works, I supported a client who would get a stuffy nose when he drank beer, so we decided to try a gluten elimination to see if the wheat in the beer is what he was reacting to. After two weeks of being gluten free he didn’t think he felt any different until he had a sandwich for lunch one day. Immediately he felt like he was coming down with the flu from body aches and his throat started to hurt. Now if he eats gluten he immediately feels the effects. As a result of being predominantly gluten free, the bloating in his stomach has gone down.

This is just an example of one person’s experience from doing an elimination diet, but it doesn’t mean everyone will have the same result.

If you follow an elimination diet and suspect you may have a food intolerance or allergy, it would be ideal to follow up with blood work to confirm and ensure you don’t restrict your diet for no reason.

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Laura B. FolkesHow to Determine If You Have a Food Intolerance