Taking action with food sensitivity
Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian and nationally recognized expert in food sensitivity nutrition care. She specializes in helping food sensitivity clients expand their diet and eat healthy, enjoyable meals. Here she describes how action plans can help one to move forward when faced with a confusing array of symptoms and possible treatments.
Food sensitivities are frustrating! It is difficult to decide what changes to make when there is so much conflicting information. If this sounds familiar, keep reading.
I wish that I could give you the magic answer about why food is bothering you and exactly what you need to do about it. In most cases, there is not a magic answer. The only way to find the best diet and lifestyle for you is systematic experimentation. Action plans are the backbone of systematic experimentation.
Action plans help you make decisions and move forward. When people are overwhelmed, they usually make haphazard decisions or no decisions (often going back and forth between these extremes).
*Note: The “estimated time” is the amount of time the new treatment needs to be followed before deciding if it is helping or not. Treatments that make a difference quickly are often the best place to start. If you are only making one change, you probably don’t want to start with a treatment that will take a year to know if it is helping!
Step #2: Create an action plan. Once you have decided on the changes that you would like to try, write an action plan. Here’s an example:
Step #3: Follow through with the action plan. This is the challenging part! Here are a few tips to make it easier.
Action Planning Tips
Calm your mind with breathing “self-care breaks” throughout the day. Action planning is a lot easier if your mind is calm. Rhythmic, deep breathing and bringing your attention to your breath (feeling it leave or enter the body) calms the nervous system and refreshes the mind. There are many different breathing techniques and instructional videos on the internet. Yoga teachers can be a great help.
Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian and nationally recognized expert in food sensitivity nutrition care. She specializes in helping food sensitivity clients expand their diet and eat healthy, enjoyable meals. Her specialized nutrition consultative services are provided through videoconference allowing her to work with clients regardless of their location. Learn more at WendyBusse.com.