SAD: is extra weight your fault? Simple answer...No!

If you've been in a place where you feel no matter what you do, 
-you can't stick to a diet
-you can't refrain from snacking 
-you feel guilty about your eating habits

...then this video is for you!

I'm here to tell you 
a) you're not weak 
b) it has very little to do with will power and 
c) it's not your fault. 

The ' inability' to curb those detrimental cravings have more to do with your body's many cries for nutrients that satisfy the biochemical needs of your body 

...and almost nothing to do with will power. 

Moreover, nutrient deficiency is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to weight-influencing factors.


Of course, the picture of hunger and obesity is much more complex than can be given proper attention in a short video. However, this is one vital aspect. 

Moreover, please note, this video is NOT about "fat shaming". Having been overweight several times in my life; gained and lost weight many times, I DO understand the struggles are real. Also, I simply don't care if people are fat, skinny, whatever... This is not about that. This is about the simple science that being overweight, when you have autoimmune disease makes your disease worse. Therefore, trying to get a handle on our weight can only help improve our disease. 

Notice: in the video I'm using the term 'full' and satiety interchangeably. These terms can have slightly different connotations. But for the purpose of a quick video I don't make a distinction.

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Please refer to the following for more information on the link between SAD and autoimmunity

Food Sensitivity Testing

Please make note of these few points of consideration:

First, yes, I am well aware there is debate about the validity of this type of testing. Please read the rest of this message where I comment that this should not be used as a singular metric of health status, but rather an adjunct. Moreover, there are different methods available, each offering varying and debatable degrees of sensitivity/specificity (accuracy). Consider the microarray* compared to the ELISA**, with the microarray shown to have decent correlation to food antigen within Type I (true IgE) food allergy. Nonetheless, the debate over the scientific validity continues on. Moreover, there are many professionals within the functional health space, whom I highly regard, that are absolutely opposed to these tests. However, there are just as many within this same space, that I also highly respect, that advocate for their use. 

I personally find good clinical utility in IgG food sensitivity testing**. I have seen these tests help motivate individuals to make beneficial changes; an additional data point that provides an extra bit of insight into making necessary dietary modifications; turning the tide to an improved state of health - which is the sole purpose of this video (not to debate the validity of the science of food sensitivity testing). 


Therefore, for now and from my experience, this type of test can be helpful in many cases. Bottom line is, if you disagree with the science and don't feel this type of testing will be beneficial to you, don't run it. Easy peasy. However, if you are interested, please read on...

Food Sensitivity testing should not be used and interpreted as a stand-alone metric. This form of testing is best leveraged as additional or supplemental data to inform other biochemical factors and health markers.

Also, it is important to note, food sensitivity and autoimmunity are not the same thing. Food sensitivity may often occur as a precursor or co-morbidity to autoimmune disease however. More importantly, root cause for autoimmune or chronic conditions are typically multifactorial.

​Food sensitivity can certainly be a main driver or linchpin in uncovering many chronic conditions. In the case of known autoimmunity, food sensitivity testing is best leveraged as an adjunct to the AIP elimination diet  (not a replacement!), which is still considered the gold standard for addressing food sensitivities and intolerance: a simple food sensitivity test can often help fine-tune the process. 

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