Eating right doesn’t have to mean counting calories or following a strict diet. Eating well means something different for everyone, which can make it a little difficult to determine what’s “right” for you. You can actually be intolerant to really healthy foods, so it’s important to know how to read your body and choose foods that your body actually likes! To help you work out what your body does and doesn’t agree with, we’ve put together a list of signs that your body doesn’t like what you’re eating.
1. Bloating and constipation
A lot of people assume bloating and constipation are normal after a big or indulgent meal, but if your symptoms are persistent then it may be more than just a big meal causing that food baby. Discomfort isn’t normal! Sure, junk food can lead to bloating (fats and starchy carbs are the last things to exit the stomach as your body digests a meal), but bloating and constipation can also mean your body just doesn’t agree with a specific ingredient. If you’re feeling bloated regularly after meals, it can be worth keeping a food diary to see if you can spot any patterns.
2. Changes in your skin
If you’ve ever visited a doctor or dermatologist due to cystic acne, chances are one of the first suggestions they made was to cut out dairy. Of course, not everyone’s complexion will suffer from the side-effects of dairy, but cow’s milk is a known inflammatory and many dairy-based products contain breakout-triggering hormones. Regardless of whether or not dairy is the issue, any non-hormonal skin changes may have a lot to do with what you’re eating.
3. Fatigue and headaches
Energy levels feeling consistently low? Fatigue hitting you more often than the rest of the office? This could be your body telling you to change your diet. One of the primary causes of fatigue is actually food intolerance. How? It comes down to your body trying to defend itself. If your body doesn’t like a particular food you’ve eaten, it will try to fight it off as it would fight a cold or flu. This means your body is using up a tonne of energy trying to fight what it thinks is a foreign body, meaning you’re left with less energy and a feeling of fatigue. Headaches or serious slumps in energy after meals can also be linked back to something called “hypoglycemia,” which means there’s been a swift change in your blood sugar levels.
4. You’re getting sick more often and finding it harder to recover
Another big sign that your body is not happy with the food you’re feeding it is lowered immunity. Just like we talked about in point 3, when you eat a food that your body doesn’t agree with, it will try to fight it off. This means your immune system is busy reacting to the food in question and is preoccupied when the time comes to fight off contagious illnesses like cold and flu. Our bodies are amazing, but they can only do so many things at once. If you’re finding yourself getting sick regularly or finding it increasingly difficult to recover from the common cold, it could be because your immune system is otherwise occupied.
5. Persistent cravings
More often than not, food cravings are the result of us depriving our bodies of a certain food or flavour. If you’ve started eating a diet that excludes a particular food group altogether, chances are that’s what you’ll be craving. If you’ve cut out sugar, for example, it’s important to still treat yourself to some sweet flavours, such as fruits or raw cacao. Cravings are your body telling you that it wants something and isn’t quite satisfied with what you’re giving it, so look for healthy alternatives to avoid giving into your cravings and feeling even worse after a binge.
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