Yesterday I blogged about my experience with an overweight Kaiser nurse who gave me a vaccination and expressed to me how sad she felt it was that I couldn’t go reward myself afterwards with an ice cream sundae due to my dairy free diet.
I must admit that while writing the post, I was still emotionally triggered from the argument we had regarding food sensitivities. She was claiming that they were “no big deal” and for me, and in my practice as a nutritionist, I feel that they are indeed a huge deal. I felt that her comments to me were essentially minimizing my entire education and what I stand for.
However, rather than reacting out of anger, I should have taken a moment to empathize with her.
I described her as “very obese, pasty, and puffy.” That was not a compassionate thing to say and I apologize. What I was trying to say was that she looked unhealthy and was showing symptoms of food allergies herself. I can look at pictures of myself in the past and can tell by how puffy my face looks that I had been eating bread and or drinking beer (that contains gluten) the night before. Dark circles under the eyes for example are a tell tale sign for dairy sensitivities. Acne is often related to dairy sensitivities.
So often, we are addicted to the very foods that we are sensitive to. We crave them and find it impossible to live without them. It causes me great pain to see people suffer and caught up in the addiction cycle. Often the only joy that people feel centers around foods that are actually causing them harm.
The first step to breaking the food addiction cycle is to face the truth and to become educated. With some patience and faith, within just a few days, the physical symptoms are relieved and the cravings lessen. In my work with my clients, it is my goal to discover these hidden food sensitivities, and to create delicious customized menu plans that emphasize the myriads of yummy, healthful foods that they CAN enjoy.
Please forgive me if I offended…
Love and Light,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE