When being diagnosed with food sensitivities and being told to cut this and that out of your diet, life can look pretty depressing and overwhelming. For this reason, in particular, I will be writing about foods to add into your diet instead of taking foods out of your diet.
Life with food sensitivities does not have to be tasteless, boring or even frustrating. As a matter of fact, it is anything but. I have discovered that the foods I eat today are so much better tasting than the foods I used to eat that were basically loaded with sugars and all the wrong ingredients. They made me addicted to them and kept making me crave them more and more. Which in the end was not good for me anyways as they made me feel tired, sick, and overweight. Let’s just say it this way they made me unhappy with myself!
Being diagnosed has actually been a blessing for me, as not eating gluten has given me better sugar levels (I am non-diabetic hypoglycemic), has made me lose weight, given me, more energy and of course has given me the possibility to learn so much about nutrition and a way of eating that does my body good and makes me feel great.
When first diagnosed I looked at it as a curse. In the end, I am looking at it as a blessing.
What has helped me tremendously over the last few years, is how and what I have been eating. Polyphenols have become a big part of my diet.
Polyphenols are found in herbs, spices, vegetable fruits and even in red wine, coffee, tea and dark chocolate. Polyphenols are phytochemicals which are nature’s defense mechanisms. The plant itself uses its bright deep colors, strong smells and strong tastes to fend off enemies in the wild but also attract pollinators that will help reproduce the plant. It’s pretty incredible if you think about it. Because of these being so potent they have amazing benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.
Just to give you a few examples; garlic, for instance, is a part of the polyphenol family. As we all know garlic has a very strong taste, right? I mean even in old Dracula movies they use garlic to fight off blood-sucking vampires. I guess it is pretty damn potent. Which brings me to having great antioxidants, meaning it will help fight off sickness, it also has many antiviral antifungals. It’s just one big mean fighting machine that you want to have in your diet at all times. I do use it in about 95% of my cooking. It has amazing taste and brings great value to your meal. On top of all this goodness, it also has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Holy guacamole, right? Now Garlic is not rich in colors such as other polyphenols, but it makes up in smell and taste.
Basil is another one of those awesome phytonutrients which also has anti-inflammatory properties but also is good for nausea, gas, and digestive spasms. Basil is definitely recognized for its deep green color, but I find has also a strong taste and smell, not enough to beat the garlic though.
Cinnamon can actually promote beneficial bacteria growth which I find amazing all on its own, plus it seems to have properties that help with the restoration of the gut lining, which for me in the past was vital, as my gut was one unhappy, angry, inflamed and damaged gut.
So these were just a few small examples of what phytonutrients can do good for you. Other phytonutrients you can find in;
- Curry powder
- Dark chocolate (must have the actual cacao in it that’s where the nutrients come from)
- Tea such as Green tea, Black tea Macha, Fennel which is extremely gentle on digestion. In Germany I grew up with fennel tea whenever I had a tummy ache my mom would give it to me, as would I for my children as babies and toddlers and still, we all drink fennel tea today as grown-ups as well.
So how can we add more of these amazing babies into our diet? Yes, you guessed it. By home cooking as we have 100% control over what we put into our bodies.
Or if you are someone that can’t or does not know how to cook or you are always put and about, make sure when you are ordering your food to have many deep colors on your plate, this way you know you have all the goodness.
You can also have a glass of red wine with your dinner or treat yourself to a square of dark chocolate every day like I do and enjoy a nice cup of green tea.
So here are a few things you can do daily to improve your happiness for your gut and yourself, as all these amazing foods will make you and your body feel good.
When it comes to any kind of health conditions such as food sensitivities it doesn’t mean that eating phytonutrients will take care of all your problems, no, but it will help add to your wellness in general and give you the nutrients you need for all the other fine ingredients that will make your life better again.
That’s it for today, thanks so much for stopping in I hope you enjoyed this blog and gave something you can add to your life.