It’s estimated that up to 20% of the world’s population may have a food intolerance of some sort. For those who are newly diagnosed, learning how to manage the intolerance, dietary changes, and symptoms involved can be stressful. Whether it involves caffeine, gluten, or dairy, here are three ways you can manage your diagnosis effectively. From simply learning more about your intolerance to changing your diet accordingly.
Do your research on Food Intolerance
When diagnosed with food intolerance, it’s important to learn the facts in order to manage it successfully. It’s important to note that intolerances occur when the body is unable to digest a specific food. Please note this is different from an allergy. Knowing exactly what you can and cannot eat is a necessity. This can be difficult at first. For example, those with a gluten or dairy intolerance may not realize which foods contain the offending ingredient. Thus educating yourself on the matter is a necessity to avoid adverse effects in your day-to-day life.
Modifying your diet
Modifying your diet is perhaps one of the simplest and most common ways that many manage a food intolerance. For instance, if you discover that you can tolerate a small amount of gluten, dairy, or caffeine, then modifying your diet may simply mean restricting your intake of that food. On the other hand, if you find you can’t tolerate a food at all, then making larger diet modifications by implementing substitutions will allow you to still enjoy your favorite foods without having to worry about your intolerance.
Let us explain further…
If you find yourself diagnosed with a caffeine intolerance, you could simply switch to decaf coffee or tea. However other intolerances — like gluten and dairy — may be a bit more challenging to manage. There are a number of foods that contain these ingredients. This makes looking for substitutes and planning meals stressful if you can’t easily find gluten or lactose-free options.
One innovative way to make this simpler is by making your own intolerance-friendly foods right at home. For example, those who are gluten intolerant may choose to opt for substitutes like rice flour. By making your own rice flour, you’ll have more control over your intolerance by knowing exactly what’s in it. A homemade version won’t contain any fillers or preservatives. Not only that but making staple ingredients like this allows you to have it readily available when you need it.
Manage the symptoms
When living with food intolerance, learning how to treat the symptoms properly can help you manage your intolerance more effectively. For example, those who are lactose intolerant may experience symptoms including nausea, gas, abdominal pain, and bloating. You may be able to lessen symptoms without having to cut out dairy altogether through a couple of different methods. For example, taking lactase enzyme tablets may allow you to tolerate your favorite dairy products better. Alternatively, taking probiotics may also be able to help in the matter by aiding to reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Learning to manage and live with a newly diagnosed food intolerance can be a big challenge. However, educating yourself, modifying your diet, and managing symptoms when they occur are all steps in the right direction.
About the Author
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and content manager with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. Her interests are mostly related to fitness and nutrition. Click here for more articles by Jane Sandwood.
More articles you may enjoy…
We would love to hear from you! Leave your love in the comment section below or email us at [email protected].
Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram!
Don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter!
DO YOU HAVE A WEIGHT LOSS STORY YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE?
We would love to hear about it! Let us know in the comment section below or email us your personal story of how you overcame and Found Your Strength! Email us at [email protected]!