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  • Heather L. Donahue, CHN

How To Eat To Feel Better

We all have to eat! It is necessary for life. But when you don't feel good after eating, it can be hard to figure out how to eat. Food can be the enemy when you suffer from:

  • Bloating

  • Gas

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Fatigue

  • Moodiness

  • Brain Fog

  • Abdominal Pain

It can be hard to figure out what food is causing it and frustrating to think you may not be able to eat foods you used to love. Plus, the symptoms are embarrassing. It's not like you can create an easy excuse as to why you'll be in the public bathroom for the next 15 - 20 minutes. Talking about digestive health issues just isn't easy.

One way to learn how to eat to resolve your digestive health issues is to work with a Certified Holistic Nutritionist like me. I've developed the Simply Great Gut Health plan to help you solve your worst gut health issues. The 5 step Simply Great Gut Health plan is customized to heal your gut and fit your busy lifestyle.


The benefit of working with me is that you don't have to do your own research and figure out what is going to work for you. I've already done the work to help your gut heal.


I offer a FREE 30 minute consultation where we can talk about how you are feeling, what is happening in your life and how we can work together.


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It’s very simple. No jumping through hoops and NO PRESSURE.

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Below are 4 steps on how to eat to feel better.


#1 TAKE A FOOD ALLERGY TEST

A lot of things can go wrong with our digestive tract, including becoming allergic or sensitive to specific foods. A food allergy test can be done at home with a simple blood sample. It will test for 96 foods to identify what foods you should reduce or eliminate from your life.


The best thing about doing a food allergy test is that you will know for certain what foods are problematic for you. After you know, the first step is to eliminate those foods for at least 4 weeks. Once the foods have been out of your body, you can indulge in them 1 to 4 times a month. Everly Well and Great Plains Laboratory both have at home tests you can purchase.

If you can't take a food allergy test, you can try the elimination diet. Eliminating foods that are common allergens one at a time and then slowly adding them back into your routine. When you add the foods back in, make sure to write down how you are feeling. If you get any of the negative effects you are trying to avoid such as bloating and gas, then you know the food you reintroduced is problematic.


#2 EAT PLANT BASED

Eating plant based does not mean going vegetarian or vegan. Eating plant based means that you have decided to limit meat, chicken, pork and fish in your routine. It could be 1 day a week or it could be 4 days a week. This is the beauty of a plant based lifestyle. It is so flexible that you can choose how you do it.


Reducing meat for even just 1 day a week will allow your gut to avoid inflammatory fats that come with eating meat. When we eat foods that promote inflammation in our bodies, we tend to feel sluggish and tired. Our bodies work hard for us to be healthy. Eating meat means we are eating saturated fat and typically, less fiber in a meal. By replacing meat with vegetables, whole grains and legumes, we are giving our bodies much needed fiber to collect and excrete waste.

#3 DRINK CLEAN WATER

While drinking water may not be what you expected to read in a post on what to eat to feel better, it is a critical component of feeling better. We are dehydrated every single day. Our bodies are 60% water. If we aren't drinking at least half our bodies weight in ounces every single day, we are dehydrated. That means if you weigh 100 pounds, you need to drink 50 ounces of water daily. Drinking water makes sure that our digestive tract is working properly. We need water to help move stool through the digestive tract. In fact our stool is 75% water. If we don't drink enough water and we are eating plenty of fiber, constipation will occur.


#4 ADD COLLAGEN & BONE BROTH TO YOUR ROUTINE

There are a variety of supplements that you can take daily to help keep your digestive tract healthy. I like using supplements in smoothies, overnight oatmeal or even just in a cup of herbal tea. The powders dissolve and most do not have an aftertaste, meaning it won't disrupt the taste of the foods you are eating. Collagen is one of them.


Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and contains 18 amino acids.

Well and Good reports that since collagen is a key component in the intestinal wall, supplementing may help to repair it. Another amino acid in collagen is glutamine, which can help prevent inflammation of the gut wall and may help in healing leaky gut.

Your stomach, too, may benefit. Collagen contains abundant amounts of glycine and proline, which may help in healing the stomach lining and preventing stress-induced ulcers. If your nervous system is constantly taxed, it can actually disrupt the production of collagen.


Why I put collagen and bone broth together is that they are very similar and can be consumed in a variety of ways. Bone broth is the connective tissue that supports protein in our bodies. You can buy it in grocery stores frozen or on the shelf in the soup aisle. While bone broth may be surprising to you given it is concentrated from animal protein, the healing effects can be part of a smart plant based lifestyle.


Bone broth contains amino acids which are necessary to aid in digestion. Medical News Today reports a 2017 study in the journal Nutrients says, people with inflammatory bowel disease tend to have lower levels of some amino acids in their bodies. For these people, getting additional amino acids into their diets may help with some symptoms of the condition. Drinking bone broth daily may be a simple way to get anti-inflammatory amino acids into the body.


I hope you enjoyed this post on how to eat to feel better. Taking a food allergy test, reducing how much meat, chicken, pork and fish are eaten, drinking clean water and adding collagen and bone broth to your routine are just a few ways to eat to feel better.


Do you think you will try any of the above? Leave me a comment below!