Food sensitivity testing: The Elimination Diet

So, you’ve concluded that you do, in fact, have a food sensitivity based on your signs and symptoms. What do you do next?! You could go get a food sensitivity test done, which may or may not include all of the foods you typically eat, or you could follow an elimination diet to  see which foods give you adverse reactions, and then avoid or limit those foods. The second option, the elimination diet, is much more convenient and provides a greater insight to how the foods you eat affect you. (Regardless, contact Nourishing Ways Center to help identify and treat food sensitivities!)

So, what is an elimination diet? Exactly what it sounds like! With an elimination diet, you remove certain foods for at least two weeks, then slowly reintroduce individual foods back into your diet and monitor for signs and symptoms of possible reactions. If a particular food elicits a reaction, you eliminate it from your diet. Seems easy, right? YES, but you’re probably assuming the food on this diet to be boring, bland, and the experience to be pure torture. Relax, you wouldn’t be the first person to assume such terrible things! Rest assured, the food allowed on the elimination diet does not have to be boring or bland, and we definitely don’t want you to torture yourself through deprivation! Let us show you how easy and flavorful this diet can be! Contact Nourishing Ways Center for help with identifying food sensitivities safely and most effectively, so you can get back to being and feeling your best!



Stubborn scale or food sensitivity?

Here is a great infographic I found that I LOVE! Often times, clients come to us because they cannot seem to lose weight no matter how hard or long they have tried. Here at Nourishing Ways Center, we get it. While there are a multitude of reasons for not being able to lose weight, or weight gain despite every effort to lose, food intolerances do seem to be a common culprit. When our bodies can’t tolerate a certain food, yet we continue to keep eating it, our bodies become more and more inflamed, and when we are inflamed, our bodies become stressed and we gain weight. Time and time again. How do we stop this cycle?! We can help stop the inflammation, weight gain, stress, and cravings cycle by identifying foods we aren’t able to tolerate and eliminating them from our diet.  A food sensitivity test or elimination diet can help to identify foods that cause reactions so we can help our bodies by avoiding them. Need more information on how to do this? Let Nourishing Ways Center help you! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you help yourself!

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Could you have a food sensitivity and not even know it… yet?

Could you be missing the signs and symptoms your body is sending you to tell you to stop eating a certain food?! Below are some common signs and symptoms you might have been missing until now that point to a food sensitivity. If you can identify with any of these signs or symptoms, contact Nourishing Ways Center to learn more about food sensitivities and how you can achieve better health and digestion! A healthy gut is a happy one!




Samantha Daily RDN

Food allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity… what’s the difference?

A food allergy involves an immune system response from ingesting a particular food or food component. Food allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe, some even life-threatening.

A food sensitivity, or intolerance, is a reaction to a food or food component not involving the immune system. Food sensitivity symptoms are generally less severe than a food allergy, and my take days to present. Sensitivities to foods are very common, and often times go unnoticed due to the wide range of symptoms and delayed onset of symptoms related to ingested food not being tolerated. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen and health can decline over time due to increasing inflammation and damage to the gut lining.

Listed below are key differences between a food allergy and intolerance. If you think you might have a food allergy or sensitivity, stay tuned for following posts on signs and symptoms, and contact Nourishing Ways Center to learn more!


Samantha Daily RDN

Another Article on How to be Less stressed!

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I know!  But, in this day and age, we need to take care of ourselves or the hospital will.  We don’t want that!  So, whatever technique you can do that will help.  Even if you only do, one of the tips, you are one step closer to enjoying life more!  Enjoy this article!!

Gluten free sugar cookies

This recipe is amazing!  Your guests won’t even know it is gluten free!!


Sugar Cookie recipe using Gluten Free Mama’s Cookie Mix

1 bag of her cookie mix

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

2-3 tablespoons of milk, or alternative

1 egg

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Cream butter until soft. Add egg and mix well. Alternate
    adding mix and milk until well combined. Knead any
    remaining mix into the ball of dough.
  • Generously flour pastry mat or counter with gluten free
    flour. Roll lightly floured dough out between ¹/8 and
    ¼ inch thickness.
  • Cut out with your favorite cookie cutters. Top with
    sprinkles if desired or bake plain and frost after cooling
    with cream cheese frosting. Bake for 12–14 minutes or
    until edges just begin to brown.

Mama’s Snickerdoodles
• 1 bag of Mama’s Sugar Cookie Mix
• ¾ cup butter or dairy free margarine, room temp
• 2 eggs
• 3 Tbsp. sugar + 2 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°.
Cream butter until soft. Add eggs and mix well.
Add mix and mix on low speed until well combined.
Form 1 inch balls. Roll in cinnamon and sugar.
Bake 14–16 minutes.

Candida Test

As promised, here is a simple home test to see if you have a Candida problem!

To perform the test, first thing in the morning (before eating or brushing your teeth) spit into a clear glass filled with water. Observe your saliva for 5 minutes to see whether your saliva floats at the surface, falls to the bottom of the glass, becomes cloudy, or if there are strings of saliva coming down from the surface.

What your results mean:

Healthy saliva will remain floating on the top of water
Stringy, fallen, or cloudy results indicate a Candida overgrowth.

A helpful tip: Put out a glass of water in the bathroom, nightstand, or dresser the night before you do the Saliva test, as a reminder to do the test before consuming anything.

If your results show you have a Candida problem, contact Nourishing Ways Center to see how we can help you!

Take Care!

Samantha Daily RDN

Candida… is it affecting you?

Candida, a common yeast infection affects so many of us! Since this yeast overgrowth can cause so many different signs and symptoms, I found this image and had to share it with you! This image shows how Candida can present itself in so many different ways and forms, which may not be the same for each person! Take a look at this list of signs and symptoms to see if you might have Candida, and stay tuned for a later post on how to perform a simple test to see if you do have Candida!


Take Care!

Samantha Daily RDN