Week 3

Week 3 Module
FOOD FAMILIES & FOOD CHALLENGE TESTSThis week we have a lesson on food families, food challenge tests, and setting up a food plan to avoid trigger foods for your cravings.

We'll refer to your Re-Control Worksheet records from last week as a guide, but we still need to test each food by itself to be sure what can be in your food plan and what you need to avoid completely as you go through the program. Make a list of the ingredients of any food you ate more often than once in 4 days from last week's worksheet.


This will help you be sure which foods trigger your cravings...and your symptoms. Test only one food at a time and allow yourself time to recover fully from any single food test before trying to test another food, even if it takes several days. Most food reactions will clear up after a day or less.

Top foods for food addicts to test are likely to include: wheat, milk, corn, yeast, egg, cane sugar, beet sugar, beef, white potato, tomato, pork, chicken, and soy.

Make sure that your doctor is aware of what you are doing, agrees with trying this process, and tells you what to do in the event of an unexpectedly severe adverse reaction.

DO NOT do these food challenge tests at all if you have any history of severe food allergies especially life-threatening reactions requiring emergency medical treatment (peanut and fish are common food allergens, but not the only high risk items).

Discuss your options with your doctor. Please note that this is a self help educational program -- we cannot take responsibility for any adverse reactions you may experience in trying meal plans or food testing of this type for food cravings and food addiction. It is up to you as the consumer to get the professional medical help you need.

Is there scientific evidence behind using an elimination diet?  Most of the better studies are in children with conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, migraines, and epilepsy. But the data are strong (a series of studies by Egger and colleagues in the 1980's and new research by Pelsser and colleagues in 2011). This type of study is hard to do. But for you as an individual, a food addiction diet treatment strategy less risky than conventional drugs for the same health problems (if they are part of the manifestations of adverse food effects in you -- and diet changes can reduce your need for drugs). Even if only some people with a particular diagnosis can benefit, s a food addict, you are a candidate to be one of the people who might benefit from significant dietary changes. You owe it to yourself to give it a fair test...

"You do anything long enough to escape the habit of living...until the escape becomes the habit."   - David Ryan

Content and Download Links Below!!!

 

Homework
  • Go on a 4-Day "Rare Foods" food plan (eliminates commonly eaten foods) (ONLY with your doctor's approval and supervision)
  • Download and review the Food Families Resource List
  • Use the "Re-Control Food Challenge Test" Worksheet To Test For trigger foods (also, do this ONLY with your doctor's approval and supervision)
  • For basically healthy people without kidney, heart, or electrolyte problems, try an over-the-counter symptomatic relief product such as Alka Seltzer Gold in water (not regular Alka Seltzer) to lessen any adverse food reaction that might happen during a food challenge test. Again, use this ONLY with your doctor's knowledge and approval, as people with certain medical conditions should not use this product.
  • Get support from the "Coping With Change" weekly lesson
Downloads (RIGHT-Click on Link and Save on Your Computer Hard Drive)
Resources
What's Coming Up Next?
  • Learning how to relax with specific relaxation exercises to help you find new ways to cope with stress other than giving in to your food cravings
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