Hidden Food Allergies
One of my favorite daytime shows on television is the Dr.Oz show. It doesn't only give insights on ones health, but the show is also informative and delves into the health problems of most people including obesity, heart disease, and rare body disorders. On Monday, the show talked about hidden food allergies. Dr. Oz interviewed The View host Elizabeth Hasselback about a misdiagnosis she received ten years ago. According to Hasselback, she was often bloated, over fatigue, had constipation and diarrhea. The doctors told her that she had Irritable Bowel Syndrome. When she joined Survivor, she only ate fish and rice and felt better. But when she came back to the country, the symptoms started to show again. She surfed the net and found out that she had Celiac Disease and that prompted her to change her diet. She now eats a gluten- free diet and the symptoms went away. According to Dr. Oz, the signs that we should look for in checking if we have food allergies are bloating, headache, constipation, diarrhea, and fatigue. Hasselback shared a tip on how to eliminate certain food from our system in case we have hidden food allergies. If a person is allergic to corn and wheat, we should substitute for oats. Do it one week at a time. Then if it doesn't work, try to eliminate peanuts from your diet for one whole week. If the symptoms still continue to show, take away dairy from your diet. If a person feels a lot better then continue eliminating the food group for a month until your condition improves. That way, you can find out which food group is giving you food allergies. Dr.Oz had another guest on the show. She is a chef on the Food Network and The Cooking Channel. She is one of my favorite cooks because she cooks healthy food without sacrificing the taste. She is more popularly known as the Hungry Girl, but her name is Lisa Lillien. She shared some tips with viewers on how to have 5 grab and go essentials in one's kitchen. These are:
1. Taco and Ranch seasoning packet
2. Canned Fruits and Vegetables packed in juice or water.
3. Canned crushed tomatoes because they are low in sodium.
4. Almond Milk Unsweetened. It lasts a long time and it has half the calories of skim milk.
5. Hot Cocoa packets and powder.
Lillien also shared a tip on the two kitchen tools that are must haves in every kitchen. These are heavy duty aluminum foil and crack pot. These two can make preparing meals easier without making a mess. Most people use eggs for baking meat. Lisa Lillien recommended the use of apple sauce instead of eggs since it provides the same taste. The Hungry Girl cooked recipes on her show and they were Spinach Artichoke Chicken and Sloppy Joes and used lean ground turkey. Her recipes provide a healthy alternative and are often guilt- free. People should make it a habit to cook Lisa Lillien's recipes to avoid a high cholesterol diet. We need to explore other means to cook our food than order Chinese take-out and fast food. Most foods give us allergies. In order for us to prevent having allergies, we should opt for healthier ingredients instead of high calorie ingredients.