This article is from Pip Taylor’s groundbreaking book, The Athlete’s Fix, which shows how to identify your problem foods—and the foods that make you feel and perform your best. The Athlete’s Fix offers a sensible, three-step program to identify food intolerances, navigate popular special diets, and develop your own customized clean diet that will support better health and performance.
When it comes to medical and health research in general, women often seem to miss out. This is largely due to the fact that monthly fluctuations in hormones cause all sorts of changes and tend to mess up researchers nice neat controlled variables. In terms of food intolerances and symptoms the same is true – monthly fluctuations can affect how, when and the severity with which any food intolerances manifest.
However you can take control of this yourself. While hormonal changes can not be modified, it can be useful to simultaneously track your menstrual cycle along with your food, activity and symptom diary to see if any patterns emerge. It might be the case, particularly for food sensitivities such salicylates or amines, that tolerance is simply lowered at different times of the month. This is pertinent information, especially if you are an athlete aiming to compete at peak performance so you can manage intake better and control any likelihood of symptoms around competition time.
Women should also be aware that food intolerances and associated symptoms can also arise or alter in severity or expression at times of hormonal changes such as during pregnancy, post pregnancy and at menopause. Keep all these factors in mind when trying to determine if what you are eating is having an effect on how you feel.
In The Athlete’s Fix, registered dietitian Pip Taylor will help you find your problem foods—and the foods that make you feel and perform your best. The Athlete’s Fix offers a sensible, three-step program to identify your food intolerances and develop your own customized clean diet that will support better health and performance.