Baby Steps to Better Health Through Real Food: Symptoms

Before we begin our journey, let’s get a snapshot of how you feel today. Write down a list of what is ailing you. Through this week, keep a pen and paper with you or your handy dandy electronic device and note any additional symptoms as you experience or remember them.

Having such a list is invaluable during healing. It allows you to look back to see where you have made improvements and helps determine what areas still need work. Changes are often subtle and you may not notice symptoms have disappeared until something jogs your memory, like a back slide that causes them to return. Ahem, not that I would know anything about that. When you feel discouraged or don’t feel like you have seen any improvement, look over your list and note the symptoms that no longer plague you.

Here is a list of possible symptoms to get your hamster running:

  • headaches
  • PMS
  • indigestion
  • acid reflux
  • allergies
  • high blood pressure
  • restless leg syndrome
  • tendinitis/carpal tunnel syndrome
  • joint pain
  • back pain
  • water retention (adema)
  • insomnia
  • fatigue
  • anxiety or depression
  • high cholesterol
  • intense food cravings

If you have already shrugged off this task and are chomping at the bit to get started, it may be time to sit down and have a talk with yourself. Explore the issue before you make a commitment.  Do you want this to be permanent or are you looking for a quick fix until you can go back to donuts and coffee for breakfast? Do you want to live better over the long term or do you feel like you have to do ‘something’ now for the sake of your health?

This will be a slowly evolving life change. It’s not the usual clean-out-your-cupboards-and-eat-only-salads-for-lunch-and-dinner-until-you-drop-some-weight. This is sustainable.

The next step will be our first Baby Step. Are you excited?!

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Jennifer Nervo is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Reiki Master Practitioner & teacher, and Aromatherapist. Her focus is on digestive, nervous, and immune system dysfunction and the fields of functional nutrition & psychoneuroimmunology. She works with all conditions and diseases including environmental and food allergies, autoimmune diseases, multiple chemical sensitivity, diabetes, eczema, anxiety, weight loss as a symptom of dis-ease, and gut-brain disorders like autism.

When she’s not herding her small troupe of monkeys or seeing clients, her free time is packed with researching and perfecting new wellness techniques (her not-so-secret passion). Jennifer is currently a group leader for the newest class of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners out of Ann Arbor, MI, studying for the national board exam in holistic nutrition, and running a combined distance and brick and mortar practice in metro Detroit. She’s also a homeschooling suburbanite, foodie, and mama to two littles and a schnoodle.

5 thoughts on “Baby Steps to Better Health Through Real Food: Symptoms”

  • Here are some more ideas. Some of these I’ve had and overcome and it is only after they go away you realize they were there.

    Redness in the face
    Oily face/hair
    Need for caffeene to get through the day/wake up
    body acne
    pealing/weak nails
    lack of sex drive
    inability to concentrate
    dry skin

    • Thanks ladies, I’ve got a lot of the allergies & symptoms that you listed. I can also add: dermatitis, extreme sweating, cystic acne, cysts in my breasts, mid-cycle bleeding, mid-cycle migraines, thick ‘gunk’ on my tongue in the mornings, sugar addiction & brain fog that leads to social anxiety. And I’m doing so much better now than I was 6 months ago! Lol. I’ve just started on GAPS (2 weeks in) and from today I am incorporating Jennifer’s advice about rotating foods. So it’s even more onwards and upwards now! 🙂 My 4 year old son also has a lot of food sensitivities so I’m interested to see how we both go with making these changes.

  • Thank you so much for adding more symptoms. I was going to create a list of the most common symptoms, but the list would have been ridiculously long. I chose just a few examples, but I’m really glad you are elaborating on the personal ones you’ve experienced. Everyone can benefit, so keep ’em coming!

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