Anti-Inflammatory Eating: An Easy Way to Check for Food Allergies Part 2

This is part two of the anti-inflammatory eating style. The first, which you can read here, bases on the total clearance of possible inflammatory foods. This one talks about how to start adding back in. Again, besides just a few changes, the following information and all credit belongs to Isabel.

Most people who commit to the plan will see a five to 15 pound weight loss in the first 14 days. Approximately 80 percent of the time people will ask to stay on the meal plan because they now feel so great and are seeing great results! You can stay on this plan until you have reached your goal weight and/or their health conditions have greatly improved.

After 14 days, start adding the following foods back in the order they are listed.  Pay special attention to how you feel after bringing each food back into your meal plan. If previous symptoms come back or if weight loss plateaus, it may be too soon for the introduction of that particular food.

Brown Rice

Brown rice is one of the least inflammatory grains and is well tolerated by most people. It is best to stay away from “instant” rice as it has been heavily processed. There are now breads available that are made from brown rice and crackers and hot cereals as well. The following serving sizes can be added to your Allowable Carbohydrates List:

• ½ cup cooked brown rice

• 1 slice brown rice bread

• 5 small brown rice crackers

½ cup cooked, hot rice cereal

If you are still in a weight loss phase or are continuing to control symptoms of diabetes and/or heart disease, keep your brown rice portion to one per day and choose fruits and vegetables as their carbohydrate choices for other meals.

Sweet Potatoes and White Potatoes

Since potatoes are technically a vegetable, you may have already incorporated these into your meal plans. The glycemic index gives us an idea of how a certain food will affect a person’s blood sugar: if the food is high on the glycemic index, it will cause a quick and large rise in blood sugar. If you are seeking to continue to lose weight or control their blood sugar, potatoes should be kept to the following servings.

• 4 oz sweet potato or white potato (sweet potatoes being lower on the glycemic index)

Potatoes can be added to the Allowable Carbohydrates List and should be kept to one serving per day.

Raw Cheeses

People who can tolerate dairy products do really well on raw cheese (some people because of ethnicity and/or digestive problems do not feel well consuming dairy).

Buying cheese that is “raw” means that it has not been pasteurized or changed in form in any way. This is the best way to consume dairy and the best way to consume cheese (for more information on raw cheese and milk, go to

Cheese is not a strong enough protein to be added to the Allowable Proteins list and eaten as a protein choice without being accompanied by another protein (a meat, fish or eggs). Cheese should be kept to the following servings:

1 ounce raw cheese (2 servings per day, maximum)

Remember, the body always knows best, and if a client begins suffering from digestive discomfort, fatigue or a plateau in weight loss, he or she may not do well on cheese and/or dairy products.

Raw Dairy

If your clients have continued to show great progress after the inclusion of raw cheese, they will most likely tolerate raw milk and raw milk products well. Because our society has been led to believe that raw dairy is dangerous, it is best to educate yourself and your client on the benefits of raw dairy and the dangers of pasteurized, homogenized dairy. The truth is the pasteurization process does not provide heat temperatures high enough to kill the dangerous pathogens in the milk, but the heat is high enough to kill off the necessary enzymes in the milk necessary for its digestion. So in essence, pasteurization will kill off the good and leave the bad, just the opposite of what we have been taught.

The topic and benefits of raw dairy have consumed numerous books and web sites.

Dairy can be added alongside another protein choice (as with cheese) in the following servings:

• ½ cup raw organic milk or cream

• ½ cup raw organic cottage cheese

Start your clients on no more than one serving of raw milk, cream or cottage cheese per day. If their health continues to improve, increase the number of servings.

Millet, Quinoa and Spelt

Similar to brown rice, millet, quinoa and spelt are grains that do not tend to cause inflammation in most people. These grains are gluten and wheat free and are well tolerated by most. There are now many breads, crackers and hot cereals that are made from the above mentioned grains and can be great additions to your Allowable Carbohydrates list. If you are still in a weight loss phase or still in the process of control diabetes, hypertension and/or symptoms of heart disease, too many servings of grains can stop progress. Assess your progress and determine if the addition of more servings of grains is appropriate for them and their current state of health. If you are doing very well, they may be able to tolerate more grains in their meal plans in the following servings:

• ½ cup cooked millet, quinoa, or spelt

• 1 slice spelt bread

• ½ cup cooked millet, quinoa or spelt hot cereal

To start, only allow two servings of grains per day (remember this already includes brown rice)

Ezekial bread and Ezekial based products

Ezekial bread belongs to the family of “sprouted grains” bread and is better tolerated by most people than regular “whole wheat” bread. In Paul Chek’s book How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy!, he explains that the process of sprouting grains changes a grain’s composition in numerous ways to make it more beneficial as a food. It increases the content of vitamins and breaks down certain mineral blockers that make the bread much more digestible. Sprouting also breaks down the complex sugars responsible for intestinal gas, and considering how many Americans are suffering from indigestion, irritable bowl syndrome and constipation, this is extremely important.

If your clients continue to feel well, they may be able to incorporate one to two slices of Ezekial bread into their daily meal plan.

The above mentioned serving sizes are not set in stone and, of course, will be individual from client to client. It is your goal and the goal of your clients to let their bodies dictate which foods make them feel well and which foods make them feel lethargic, bloated and do not allow for weight loss to continue. This will be a learning process for both you and your client for some time, but the results will be phenomenal. It is our goal to help our clients create a meal plan that is realistic for them to maintain for a lifetime, so that they may enjoy and maintain their weight loss and a new level of health for a lifetime!


1. Chek, Paul. How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy!, San Diego, CA: CHEK Institute, 2004

2. De Los Rios, Isabel. The Diet Solution: Start Eating and Start Living. Florham Park, NJ: New Body, 2008.

3. Fallon, Sally, with Mary G. Enig. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: New Trends, 2001.

4. Mercola, Joseph, with Alison Rose Levy. The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for the Rest of Your Life. New York, NY: Dutton, 2003.

5. Schmid, Ron ND. The Untold Story of Milk. Washington, DC: New Trends, 2003.


Anti-inflammatory Eating: An Easy Way to Check for Food Allergies Part 1

Click here for part two of this article.

Inflammation is sneaky…as an often overlooked component of health, inflammation is the starting point for heart disease and a major reason why i believe people have issues losing weight or increasing muscle.
So what the heck is it?

Think of the last time you got a cut and the area got red and puffy. That’s inflammation. The difference between the inflammation inside and outside your body is that you don’t feel the stuff on the inside…at least, not directly. As your skin reacts to attack from foreign objects, so your organs will react to inflammatory foods. The effects of inflammation can be felt in the forms of allergies, problem weight loss, cold symptoms, fatigue, mid-day crashes, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, etc.
It’s possible that you are allergic to certain foods and don’t even know it.
Its been my experience that most people who initially come to me for help are functioning on about 50% of their natural energy levels. They are usually relatively unmotivated to change because they believe what they feel as 50% is actually 100%. Imagine their shock when I help them get double the energy!
Much of the information below (with a few edits) is an excerpt of a 2008 article written by Isabel De Los Rios and published n PT on the NET. The info has helped me solve nutrition issues for many of my clients and yielded incredible results.

The following approach will make it easy to learn exactly which foods you can eat and which foods to avoid.

In order to find exactly which foods may be irritating, they must eliminate all possible culprits for 14 days. Almost every client can agree to 14 days. And after they have seen dramatic results in just two weeks, they are now more inclined to stick with the program!

1. For every meal you eat, choose one food from the A column and one from the B column.

A. Proteins –Whole Organic Eggs• Free Range Chicken, Duck, Pheasant (white and dark meat)• Free Range Turkey (white and dark meat)• Grass Fed Beef, Buffalo, Lamb, Venison• All Wild fish (no canned tuna)• Raw almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, filberts, pecans, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seedsRaw Nut Butters from the above mentioned nuts

B. Fruits and Vegetables – All vegetables (except for Iceberg Lettuce and Corn)All fruits (except for dried or canned)

Can be used at each meal –Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferably raw)• Butter (no margarine or any other fake butter)Coconut Oil (Organic, Extra Virgin)

Unlimited – All Spices• Only Celtic Sea Salt (no other salt is permitted)• Stevia (as a sweetener)Herbal Teas

2.  Sample Menu:

Breakfast: 3 organic eggs, spinach and peppers, cooked in butter or coconut oil1 banana

Snack: 1 green apple2 TBSP Raw Almond Butter

Lunch: 5 oz Salmon• Over large salad (Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Celery)• 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon JuiceStrawberries or Blueberries

Snack: 2 TBSP Raw Walnut ButterBaby Carrots

Dinner:  Chicken Legs• Sautéed Broccoli cooked in butter• Large green salad with Olive Oil and Lemon dressing.

3.  “If it doesn’t make you feel good, don’t eat it!” It’s that simple.


Inflammatory Foods – Wheat, Gluten and Grains 

“But I eat whole wheat bread instead of white.” Regardless, the human body was not designed to eat the breads we have in this country today. Just a quick glance at the health condition of our population and the amount of breads, cereals and grains we all consume, and it’s quite obvious that it is a poor choice for most of us. Whereas five years ago, it may have been more difficult to explain to clients to stay away from wheat and grains (bread, pastas, cereal, crackers), most of them now know how harmful it is to their health.

1. Dairy – “But I drink skim milk instead of whole.” or “Where will I get my calcium from?” Regardless of the variety of milk you consume, dairy in this country is not in the form nature intended. Because of pasteurization, the high heat kills off all the necessary enzymes in the milk that we need to digest (thus the high prevalence of lactose intolerance and irritable bowl syndrome in this country). You can argue pasteurization is necessary to kill off bacteria, but in reality, the high heat temperatures of pasteurization are actually not high enough to kill off the pathogens most people are worried about. So this practice kills off the good and leaves the bad. You will absorb more calcium from green leafy vegetables than any amount of milk you can consume. When I take clients off of dairy, the results are phenomenal. Once they have seen a significant amount of weight loss and improvement in health, I talk to them about incorporating raw dairy into their meal plan. If they are not open to it, then dairy is not an option.

2.  Sugar and foods containing sugar – Sugar, by far, is one of the most abused drugs in this country (and yes, I did call it a drug). It causes everything from rotting teeth to diabetes to most cancers. Even if you are not a candy or dessert eater, there is a ton of sugar in most food! If you were to total up the amount of sugar from their daily juices, sodas, processed foods and dressings, it could add up to 20 teaspoons of sugar a day!
any word ending in “-ose” on a package usually means sugar (i.e., sucrose, maltose, glucose).

3. Artificial Sweeteners and Packaged Foods – If they can’t pronounce it, they are not allowed to eat it. So NO diet foods of any type (Jell-O, Diet Coke, frozen dinners, etc.).
In Part 2 of this article series, I will list the most common questions I get from clients during this two week period and exactly how I transition them out of this preliminary phase.


1. Chek, Paul. How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy. San Diego, CA: CHEK Institute, 2004

.2. De Los Rios, Isabel. The Diet Solution: Start Eating and Start Living. Florham Park, NJ: New Body, 2008.

3. Fallon, Sally, with Mary G. Enig. Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, 2nd Edition. Washington, DC: New Trends, 2001.

4. Mercola, Joseph, with Alison Rose Levy. The No-Grain Diet: Conquer Carbohydrate Addiction and Stay Slim for the Rest of Your Life. New York, NY: Dutton, 2003.