Are your food sensitivities making you sick?

In my opinion, this test is essential if you truly want a customized plan and achieve optimal results. I have used this test in my practice for over 10 years and the results have been nothing short of miraculous.

The ALCAT Test identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and herbs. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, and digestive disorders.

The ALCAT test is not a food allergy test, but rather, a food intolerance test. Food intolerances are delayed reactions as opposed to food allergies, which are more immediate reactions. Food intolerances are much more common and characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, or inability to lose weight, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, and behavioral issues. It has been estimated that an upwards of 70-80% of the US population has some type of food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The ALCAT is the most effective food intolerance test available.

The Alcat test requires a blood sample. You can either have your blood drawn at my office, go to a participating lab, or use Alcatʼs mobile blood draw service.

Do you have sleep issues?

Please answer the following questions and include an explanation where applicable.

  • Do you have difficulty falling asleep at night?
  • Do you find it difficult to stay asleep?
  • Do you sleep less than 7 hours a night?
  • Do you require noise to fall asleep? (television, radio, “white” noise)
  • Do you require absolute silence in order to fall/stay asleep?
  • Do you wake up easily? (i.e., are you noise-sensitive)
  • Do you often wake up at the same time(s) during the night?
  • Do you wake up feeling fatigued?
  • Do you rely on an alarm to wake up?
  • Do you rely on medications (OTC or RX) in order to get a better night’s sleep?
  • Do you consume more than 3 caffeinated beverages per day?
  • Do you consume caffeine after 1pm? (includes chocolate, iced tea, hot chocolate, etc.)
  • Do you drink more than 2 alcoholic beverages in the evening?
  • Do you find it easier to fall asleep after drinking alcoholic beverages?
  • Do you find that you do not stay asleep after drinking alcoholic beverages?

Test score meaning
If you answer “yes” to 3 or more of the above questions, your sleep issues may be a significant factor in your inability to lose weight and you may benefit from the following suggestions:

  • Darken the room (wear an eye mask if necessary)
  • Don’t over-stimulate yourself before bed, i.e., computer, working late, watching television, phone calls, etc.
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep/sex.

Snooze Foods
Consumed at bedtime, these food help induce sleep: Warm milk, Turkey, Nuts (i.e., almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts), Seeds (i.e., pumpkin, sunflower), Chamomile tea, and Eggs (boiled is easiest!)