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    I'm listening to a podcast from Nora Gedgaudes (author of Primal Body Primal Mind) and in this episode she and a guest are discussing gluten sensitivity in detail.


    Something really interesting they brought up was to pay attention to the foods you think you can't live without (grains, breads, dairy, etc). The reason, it's very possible that you have a sensitivity to those items.


    Say what!?!?


    After they discussed it a bit, I could see the reasoning. If our body is sensitive to a substance, endorphins are released to combat the substance and we can get hooked/addicted to that biochemical reaction.


    It's definitely a different perspective from what I've heard before and something I'm going to pay more attention to.


    What do you think?


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    musajen, I took my mother to the naturopath today and learnt she's sensitive to wheat, almonds and peanuts. When I told the naturopath that wheat doesn't agree with me, he said I could have inherited her sensitivities. And when I told him how I'm addicted to almonds, he said the same thing, that sometimes our body craves the foods we're sensitive to. How very interesting that Nora G brought it up too! Must go listen to her podcast.

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      This episode is called "Living the Gluten Free Lifestyle" it's not the most recent, maybe two or three episodes old.


      So interesting!

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        Hmm, that's very interesting! Explained like that, it makes some sense!

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          I've read that as well & heard other herbalists talk about that. I think the food sensitivity-addiction was in both Dangerous Grains & The Gluten Connection. I've heard it from other herbalists as well. I'll have to check out Gedgaudes podcast. I've listened to some of them in the past & they're pretty good.

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            Also detailed in "The Mood Cure" - excellent book for anyone who has ever had problems with depression, fatigue, foggy headed-ness, generally feeling sub-par. Highly recommend!

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              Yep, anytime someone tells me that there is a food they cannot live without it sends up red flags for me- after spending way too much energy figuring out the intolerances of myself and my kiddos. Especially for gluten and dairy they are so addictive. The people usually in the strongest denial are the worse.


              I have a friend who has been sick as a dog for 2.5 yrs, to the point that most of the time she cannot even function well enough to do basic activities. Walking down stairs is even too much. For nearly that entire time I have tried to convince her she is showing blaring signs of at least a gluten intolerance if not CD yet she kept on- now she finally had testing and she is highly reactive. The bad thing is because she ignored the primary intolerances she has done so much damage there are tons of other usually benign food that she is reacting to as well.

              Mama to 4, wife to my love

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                Definitely not a theory...food sensitivities are very real and almost everyone has at-least one. That's why there are people like Paul Chek who recommend rotation diets to minimize and identify sensitivity.


                You can run a simple food sensitivity test too, and it runs not only foods, but spices, food colorings, and other additives.

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                  I admit I know little to nothing about endorphins beyond how our body makes them during love and maybe a runner's high.


                  As a believer is Occam's Razor, maybe those "addictive" foods are so merely because of habit and we like them?


                  It's like my morning pot of coffee. When I sometimes can't have it, I suffer absolutely no ill effects that everyone says I should have. But my day just doesn't seem right w/o it. A nice habit.

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                    OTB, it's definitely a different feeling I get from "addictive" foods than habit/ritual foods, like coffee. I like my coffee, too, but I'm not driven to have it and sometimes don't. I'm often too lazy to stop by the Starbucks even when I drive right by it. However, when I was addicted to carbs I would go to great lengths to get or make something - usually make it. Spend 4 hours making bread or two hours making cookies (plus cleaning up, which I HATE) - no problem. Also no problem eating tons of whatever I made - and ya can't just eat one cookie.

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                      I am addicted to fast food, deep fried food, pizza, unhealthy sandwiches...basically all sorts of unhealthy food. I think it is different than me just being sensitive to the foods though.

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                        DebFM, I hear ya! I like to have coffee first thing in the morning, but I've noticed I can function just as well w/o it most of the time. But it's different with almoonds. I've actually walked 15 minutes to a grocery in the middle of a work day just to buy nuts!

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                          Hmm...maybe we should dangle almonds in front of you for exercise?


                          And, honestly, my mom & I have talked to my recovering alcoholic brother about this very topic. He agreed it's very similar. He's now onto regular sugar for his fix, which is better, but he says it's a very similar feeling, that kind of craving. Bottom line is if you're going the extra mile for the food (whatever it is), you may have a problem.

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                            @Maba - btw, did your mom have saliva testing done at the naturopath? I've been thinking about having it done but I'm really afraid she'll tell me I'm sensitive to dairy and I won't be able to ignore it anymore! How's that for denial?!

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                              DebFM: Nora Gedgaudas has an interview with Tom Naughton on that very topic. He says alcoholism is just another form of carb-addiction. He said it was easier for him to control alcohol intake once he was able to control his carb-cravings, since alcohol is nothing but a fast-burning fuel/glucose for the body


                              http://www.primalbody-primalmind.com...workshops.html


                              It's the podcast from June 24th.


                              My mum got a BEST - I forget what it stands for. Basically, passing electrical impulses at different points on the palm and reading the signals. Hahaha, I too am scared to get it done. What if I have to stay off almonds forever?

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