Turkey, Stuffing and A Side of Food Allergies and Emotional Eating. 5 Tips for Surviving

The table is set. Turkey, mashed potatoes, with unforgiving sides of food allergies and emotional eating. For those who have a problem with food, the food holidays can be a stressful nightmare. Read Elika Kormeili’s tips to surviving the food holidays.
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Is Gluten Free Making You Fat?

Our founder, Elika Kormeili, has been gluten free for several years now. One thing she has noticed is that gluten free doesn’t always been healthy and definitely not “low fat”. In fact, when she first went gluten free she gained weight!

Everyone thinks that gluten free is the latest health fade. Honestly, we don’t recommend it if you don’t have to. The experience of biting into a warm slice of sourdough bread is something Elika longs for. Unless you have a health condition that requires gluten free, it’s not something for the faint at heart or the weak of will.

If you are going gluten free here about some suggestions to help you prevent weight gain in the process.
1) Don’t forget that gluten free doesn’t mean “eat everything else”. You still need to use self control and watch your portions and calorie intake.
2) Watch out for those hidden sugars. Many gluten free breads have added sugar, agave or fruit juice. These calories still count.
3) Unlike wheat bread, we have yet to find a “low calorie” gluten free bread. Most of these breads of many of brown rice or oats which make them very dense in calories. So again, be mindful of your intake.
4) Try eating more lean proteins, fresh vegetables and fruits instead of dense gluten free products.

Here is to your health!

Scared to Eat: Conquering Anxiety and Food Allergies

As a therapist and coach specializing in coping with food restrictions, Elika Kormeili, is passionate about educating the public about food allergies. Last month, Elika was interviewed by Rheyanne Weaver for GoodTherapy.Org about the connection between food allergies and anxiety.

Food is a big part of our culture. We learn so much from other cultures through their food. For many people food is a source of enjoyment and fun. Many people so food to cope with stress or unwanted feelings. However, when this often mindless process is disrupted it, there can be anxiety and stress.

Food allergies may lead to anxiety, but anxiety may or may not lead to issues with food allergies. Stress and anxiety can weaken the immune system to the point of aggravating food allergies. People with food allergies might also experience changes in behavior and mood. Sometimes just getting on a diet to eliminate allergens improves mood, decreases irritability, and allows for better concentration.

In the spirit of giving, Elika also provides strategies to coping with food allergies. You can read the full article here.

Why You Should Get Therapy If You Have Food Allergies or A Restricted Diet.

At Center For Healthy and Happy Living, our Founder, Elika Kormeili (aka “the food allergy therapist”), encourages adults and children with food allergies, food intolerances, food sensitivities, or other restricted diets to strongly consider getting counseling.

 Whether you are new to a restricted diet or if you are overwhelmed with the daily stressors of adhering to a strict diet, here is an explanation of why you should get counseling for food allergies, in addition to seeing your regular doctor.

Eliminating foods from your diet goes beyond just knowing what to eat and not eat. It involves an overall change in your relationship with food. It requires changing your attitude about food, associations with food, making effective and healthy decisions, tolerating emotional distress that can arise from not being able to “just eat”, especially in social settings.

A doctor can give a diagnosis, a dietician or nutritionist can tell you what to avoid, a health coach can teach you about alternative foods, however, they are not generally able to be there with you through the social, behavioral, and emotional aspects of making such drastic lifestyle changes around food.

It’s easy to know that a certain food should be avoided, but making that choice every time is not as easy. Especially when that food was once your favorite, or you show up at an event and there’s nothing safe to eat.

An alcoholic can stay away from bars and nightclubs. The alcoholic can even refrain from ever having a sip of alcohol. It is impossible to refrain from eating food, we need food to survive.

Counseling can provide you with the emotional support and motivation that is needed to overcome the cravings, anxiety, depression, and social challenges that arise when making such drastic lifestyle changes.