Managing IBS, Migraines and Fibromyalgia with Diet

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Believe it or not, the pain and discomfort that accompanies irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory illnesses, is often triggered by food sensitivities. Individuals suffering from these conditions can often decrease the severity of, if not completely eliminate their symptoms by identifying and removing trigger foods. Unlike use of medication, the removal of trigger foods will often even alleviate related systemic ailments. For example, an IBS sufferer may find their depression cured as well. Food sensitivity is much more prevalent than food allergy but also more challenging to pin-point. It is most effectively determined by the Mediator Release Test (MRT) accompanied by Lifestyle, Eating And Performance (LEAP) therapy. (1,2)

The role of the Certified LEAP Therapist (CLT) is to help individuals with IBS, migraines, fibromyalgia, etc, is to determine which foods are triggering their symptoms. CLTs have advanced clinical training in food allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerance. In addition, they each have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition, and many have an advanced degree (MS, PhD).(3) CLTs assist with the diet protocols, based on the MRT blood analysis. MRT tests an individual’s reaction to many foods and chemicals and provides a good starting point, for the CLT, in the development of an individualized dietary plan. Additional supporting research references are listed at http://nowleap.com/papers-by-medical-advisory-board/.

1. Ford D, Raj S, Batheja RK, et al. American Dietetic Association: Standards of practice and standards of professional performance for registered dietitians (competent, proficient, and expert) in integrative and functional medicine. J Am Diet Assoc. 2011;111(6):902-913.

2. Williams FH. Use of the LEAP mediator release test to identify non-IgE mediated immunological food reactions that trigger diarrhea predominant IBS symptoms results in marked improvement of symptoms through use of an elimination diet. Research presented at: American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting; November 2004; Orlando, Fla.

3. http://certifiedleaptherapist.com/

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Sesame Noodles, Greens and Tofu

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This is my absolute favorite homemade fast-food recipe. Feel free to use any dark leafy vegetable and any type of whole grain noodles or pasta.  This dish, by itself, makes a complete, balanced meal and is unarguably DELICIOUS!

Ingredients:

1 box brown rice pasta

2 bunches of chopped swiss chard

6 tablespoons of each: low-sodium soy sauce, sesame oil, toasted sesame seeds

1 lb. extra firm tofu, cubed

Fill a large pot half-way with water, add a splash of oil and a pinch of salt, cover, and bring to a boil.  Separately, in a large skillet, sauté tofu in 2 tbsp sesame oil until golden brown, set aside.  Once the pot of water comes to a boil, add pasta and cover.  Five minutes before the pasta is cooked (this will depend on the type of pasta; refer to cooking instructions on pasta packaging) mix in the swiss chard. Cook for five minutes and then strain pasta and greens.  Return pasta and chard to pot and mix in tofu, soy sauce, 4 tbsp sesame oil and sesame seeds. Bon appétit!

Be a Nutrition Critic

Be a Nutrition Critic

You’ve been told: “Don’t believe everything you read!” Well, this is especially good advise when it comes to reading about food and nutrition. There is so much contradictory information out there on the subject, and determining fact from fiction can be a real challenge. That’s why I love this book: Coffee is Good for You. In the introduction, author Robert Davis illustrates the hierarchy of scientific research studies so that readers can learn to view nutrition news, books, websites, and “nutrition experts” with a critical eye. He makes clear that the SOURCE of the information is EVERYTHING. He explains that the meta-analysis is the holy grail of scientific research and explains the difference in value between a randomized clinical trial, a cohort study, a short-term human experiment and a descriptive study. This knowledge is an absolute prerequisite to reading the health section of your morning paper! But don’t stop there, keep reading beyond the introduction to get answers regarding many of today’s most confusing topics such as “Do Carbs Make You Gain Weight?” and “Is Olive is the Most Healthful Type of Vegetable Oil?” Unlike most other nutrition authors, Robert Davis and his team reviewed ALL of the current research before coming to conclusions. Great book! Two thumbs up!