Are these healthy foods keeping you sick, tired, and fat?

Are these healthy foods keeping you sick, tired, and fat?

Avocados, spinach, chicken, kale, coconut. Seems like an all-star line-up of healthy foods, right?

For most people, they are. For me… not so much, at least not right now.

Recently, I’ve been sharing about how I’ve been struggling with some digestive issues – a lot of bloating, even after small meals; feeling more run down than normal, and not seeing my weight budge despite eating all the healthy foods and working out consistently. {All of these are common complaints from my clients too!}

After running a few different labs on myself, I now know why I wasn’t getting anywhere – STRESS! Some of this stress is related to being a mom to an active 14-month old, a business owner, and trying to “fit-it-all” in. However, some of this stress is being created by food sensitivities.

Food sensitivities are NOT food allergies. This is a common misunderstanding. True food allergies are an IgE (immunoglobulin E) response that can result in hives and anaphylaxis. Food sensitivities on the other hand are classified as IgG, IgA, and even IgM responses, which are delayed immune response which is part of why so many people have food sensitivities without realizing it.

Common food sensitivity symptoms:

  • Weight problems
  • Migraines + headaches
  • Skin issues
  • Water retention
  • Mood swings
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Food cravings
  • Muscle and joint pain/aches
  • Running nose
  • Bloating
  • Poor digestion/absorption

How many of these can you check off?! I could have checked off quite a few myself. Now, some of these symptoms might be related to food sensitivities but they could also be related to other imbalances within the body. That’s why taking a thorough look at everything going on – physically, emotionally, and mentally – is vital to getting to the root issues. Remember, symptoms are not the problem, they are the result of the problem!

One of the tests I ran on myself was a food sensitivity test that looked at over 200 different foods and food additives. And what came up?! The foods I eat ALL THE TIME! Avocados, chicken, spinach, kale, lemon, mushrooms, olives, coconut, and more.

To me, this actually makes perfect sense. When there is stress in the body (whether is psychological, environmental, internal, or external) it weakens the lining of the digestive track. It weakens the tight junctions of the epithelial lining of the digestive track. These tight junctions are like gate keepers. They ensure that nothing enters the blood stream that shouldn’t be there. However, when under stress, those tight junctions become loose and lead to something called intestinal hyper-permeability, more commonly referred to as leaky gut.

Once this leakiness has begun, undigested food particles are now able to enter the blood stream. However, the body does not recognize these particles, the body only recognizes the fully digested, smallest molecules of food like amino acids (protein), glucose (carbohydrates), fatty acids and glycerol (fats). Therefore, when these undigested particles enter the bloodstream they are seen as foreign objects (antigens) and the body commences an immune response.

What foods are most likely going to be the biggest culprits? The ones you eat every day! These are the foods that are slipping past those (now loose) tight junctions and making their way into the bloodstream repeatedly; creating a constant immune response, contributing to inflammation, and adding more stress to the body and thus continuing the vicious cycle.

So all you have to do is figure out what those foods are and stop eating them, right?!


Yes, removing the reactive foods will help, but it’s only a temporary band aid. Simply removing the foods is not getting to the root issue, it’s just another way to manage symptoms.

This is why I’ll be doing my 5-R program, the same program I do with clients!

  1. Remove reactive foods.
  2. Repair the gut.
  3. Reduce stress.
  4. Reintroduce foods.
  5. Rotate foods.

It’s not enough to just remove the foods, because the food isn’t the real problem. I think this is often overlooked today. People will run food sensitivity tests, which is a great step, but then they just remove the foods and don’t do anything else. The gut has to be addressed. Stress has to be addressed for healing to happen.

Because there is no way I will never eat an avocado or coconut again! I’m sorry but that is not a life I want to live! So you better believe I am going to take my healing process seriously and go far beyond “just the food” so that I can support the health of my entire body and get back to eating my favorite foods!

Want to know more about how to repair and rebuild your gut so that you can enjoy all those “healthy” foods again? Book a breakthrough session with me today. Let’s find out what barriers are holding you back from feeling your best.

Shannon Miller is a Board-Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. Instead of simply treating symptoms, Shannon works with her clients to uncover hidden imbalances and stressors that have been keeping people sick, unhappy, and preventing them from reaching their health goals. Shannon utilizes next level functional lab testing, a thorough health history, and a holistic philosophy to reveal the hidden causes that have been plaguing her clients for months, years, and even decades. Health goes far beyond diet and exercise, which is why Shannon emphasizes the importance of emotional, mental, and spiritual health as well. Physical healing can only happen after emotional and mental healing has begun; this is the piece that often has been missing for Shannon’s clients. She believes that health is about finding the right balance and enjoyment in life, and feeling good in the skin you’re in! Life is too short to not feel your best. 

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