Food Sensitivities

September 28, 2015

Food sensitivities or intolerance’s are probably one of my greatest hurdles with my clients and maybe the most important to overcome. Consuming foods that you’re allergic or sensitive to can actually make a person sick or prevent them from healing.

I have the luxury of being able to find the most common food stressors in a matter of minutes. Not everyone has this option.

So what do you do?

If you’re doing it on your own, then you have a couple of options that I know of. They don’t cost anything but they do take a bit of work on your part.

My favorite, and probably easiest, is the Coca Pulse Test. The premise with this test is that the body will respond to foods it’s reactive to with a change in pulse of 6 beats or more. Simply sit down, take pulse for one full minute and write it down. Take a bite of a single food and let it sit in your mouth for 30 seconds without swallowing. Take pulse again for one full minute and note pulse. If pulse changes more than 6 beats, spit the food out and rinse mouth. Take another baseline pulse and check your next food. You can narrow down foods with a fairly handy app called food detective. This app will look for food sensitivities in meals, rather than just a single food. It’s nice to narrow down meals so you can Coca pulse test single foods from your reactive meals.

The next method is an elimination diet. This can be time-consuming and tedious…. A lot of detective work. I typically recommend the AIP diet for a solid eight weeks. This will remove all the most common reactive foods. At the end of eight weeks, begin to add in a new food every 4 days. The way this is done, is day one add the single food of your choice. If you have no visible reaction, you will have it again the following day. You will continue this method for a total of four days. If you do notice any reactions from the food then you must eliminate that food and wait for a normal baseline again before trying the next food. If you had no reaction, then that food stays on your yes list.

I urge anyone who is having difficulty improving their health to find their food sensitivities. This is often the biggest roadblock in achieving lasting health.


In health,



Whole body holistic nutritionist practicing in the Bay area and Eugene, OR. Whole food chef for 16 years.

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