Intermittent Fasting, Food Sensitivity Testing, & The Holidays

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Intermittent fasting has become one of the best kept holiday secrets. Here is how to understand the basics to set you up for gut success. The concept is less focused on calorie counting, but more focused on when you eat. However, to get the best results it is critical to follow a few key principles. The first step is to eat more protein type foods to keep your appetite in check and your blood sugar levels steady; if you eat more protein-based foods you have a better chance of success of keeping your craving for sugary foods low. Next, when it comes to desserts, gravitate toward the fruit-type desserts. Fruits have fiber which feed your gut (microbiome). But even more important than fruit is to seek out vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, cucumber, celery, and zucchini. To top it off look for those healthy fats at the party. Fat will stabilize your blood-glucose (sugar) levels such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and eggs. However, if you focus on seeking these foods out in the order above, there is a greater likelihood you will not only stabilize your blood sugar levels, but ultimately lose weight during the holidays.

What should you avoid during the holiday parties? It is critical to reduce and avoid the following foods at any party: processed foods, alcohol, and sugar. Eliminating alcohol all together is unrealistic, but making better alcoholic choices is the key. Drink two glasses of water with every alcoholic drink, avoid hard liquors, and choose red over white wine when possible. Bottom line: have a party game plan is the key. How you do fast during holiday party season? You can absolutely time your eating window to your social schedule. For example, fast on Thursday and feast on Friday. Understand restricting yourself completely is not ideal for sticking to your party plan. This is where knowing what you might be sensitive to food wise is critical. Nothing is worse than going to a party, eating what you like to eat, and later on having a bloated stomach or constipation. How much fun is that over the holidays? How would you know what foods you are sensitive to? Getting tested with the blood spot food sensitivity test we offer through Longevity Lab is a great way to identify the foods you should absolutely avoid and ones that you should limit. The test is much more accurate than any food allergy test since it tests long term allergy response through your blood and the IgG response. Most allergy tests will identify only IgE allergy responses, a short term (less than 24-hour response). Remember your gut digestive process can take anywhere from 24 to 72 hours to complete, so an IgG test will give you a critical window of information on which foods to avoid and how to rotate your foods to boost your gut microbiome. Nothing is more critical than keeping your bacteria balanced in your gut to ward off infection and keep the digestive process moving. A healthy gut is also dependent on a varied diet. Our food sensitivity test specifically gives you the food rotation cycle based off your food sensitivity results. A healthy microbiome is the link to a healthy functioning gut and ample immunity to ward off invaders.

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