Why health foods may be making you feel sick

It’s so easy to do… You want to eat healthy foods, and so as you push your cart into the grocery store, you start scanning for the words “healthy”, “low fat”, “enriched with vitamins and iron”, “sugar-free”, “low sodium” or “gluten-free”.

You start filling your cart with these items, trusting that they’re going to be better for you, but unfortunately, they’re probably not.

So why is health food making us feel un-healthy – even downright sick?

What the food manufacturing companies don’t tell you is that in order to make the food taste good, without the undesirable ingredient (sugar, gluten, fat, etc.), they’ve added something in its place. And this “something” is usually a chemical additive or another highly sensitive ingredient.

And then the marketing comes in… A yogurt brand may claim it is healthier because it is “low fat” – or even “fat-free”. But when you look at the list of ingredients, you will see that it has way more sugar than the full-fat version – and is likely to be full of artificial flavors and other additives.

By the way, flavored yogurts are just one of the 5 foods I suggest you remove from your pantry/fridge to immediately cut a huge chunk out of your daily sugar intake – without too much effort. Go and read my post to find out what the other 4 foods are…

5 Items to Remove from Your Pantry Immediately to Eat Less Sugar

And the food companies love to capitalize on the latest diet fad, leading with this in their marketing. So just because something is low carb, or high in protein, gluten-free, or enriched with vitamins – doesn’t mean it is necessarily “healthy”. And depending on your particular food intolerance, it may actually wreak havoc in your body.

Now, if you feel like you’ve been taken in by some of these empty promises of healthy food, then please don’t despair. The food companies spend millions of dollars a year trying to buy our trust and quite frankly manipulate us.

But you can put an end to all of that by getting smarter than the food label. This is something I teach in my Rebalance 1X1 private coaching. You’ll become the judge of whether something is healthy for you or not. And you’ll get super savvy about the food products you’ll allow into your shopping cart.

This takes a bit of work at first, but by joining my Rebalance 1X1 Coaching Program, you’ll have the journey clearly mapped out in front of you, and you’ll have me as your guide. And believe me – I was duped by food labels for many years before I took the power back – and got my health back with it.

I’d love to help you to get both your health – and your power – back!


The Thing That Worked#foodsensitivity

I’m sure you’re hoping it’s the thing that will work for you, too. Hang with me, we’ll get to it!

First, the past month has been awesome as I’ve worked on the launch of the Rebalance Formula and the new and improved Rebalance 1×1 program. This time has allowed for major reflection and evaluation of my 19-year food sensitivity journey.

Connecting the dots between 2000 and 2019 has been eye-opening and I wanted to write a profound email and blog post about it.  But honestly, that’s not my jam.

Enjoy this video instead!!

Warning: it’s 10 minutes long. Stick around until the end for the juicy tidbits about the upcoming Rebalance 1×1 program.

We focus on removing trigger foods that are creating inflammation in your body, restoring your gut health, rotating healthy, allergy-friendly foods back into your daily diet. So, if you are experiencing fatigue, digestive problems, migraines, joint pain, body aches, anxiety or depression? The Rebalance Formula™ will get to the root of your symptoms.

Learn more here!


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Chronic Fatigue and Inflamatory Foods

By Erica Hunter

The American lifestyle is busy- too busy.  Not to mention demanding and completely unbalanced.  We’re doing too many things and most of them very not well.  It’s common for my clients to complain that their biggest problem is that they are always tired. 

There are dozens of studies that show that 1 in 10 people actually suffer from chronic fatigue;  a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that can’t be explained by any underlying medical condition.  And guess what… women more likely to be affected than men!

Feeling fatigued all the time is exhausting. Literally!   It feels like a  weight has been harnessed around your waist that you carry around with you all day. Every day.  It’s no wonder you look forward to the moment you can finally flop down on the couch to get some rest.  Just getting through the day is a challenge.

If that wasn’t enough constant fatigue can leave you irritable, unfocused, inefficient and flat-out -cranky!! Not to mention the frustration that comes with missing out on life because you’re so pooped that you can’t make your body move for another second. I know! I’ve been there.

Quick sources of energy like caffeine and sugar are an easy fix, right?  They provide the quick boost we’re looking for.  But… that boost comes from a false source of energy so a crash is inevitable.

Here’s the problem, your daily consumption of caffeine and sugar is activating your immune system and creating chronic inflammation in your body. It’s stealing your energy, mental clarity, and quality of life.

Are you ready to get your mojo back? Eliminating caffeine and sugar is a great place to start.  However, did you know that there are 10 ( probably more) additional ingredients that are found to cause chronic inflammation hiding in everyday foods?  These can keep you from feeling and living your best life! 

To help you identify and eliminate these ingredients from your diet here is my guide of 10 foods to avoid.

Access the guide 

I’d love to know how this guide helps you eliminate inflammatory ingredients and improve your energy. Click here to send me a message.

P.S. If you’re looking for a custom plan of action to identify the specific ingredients uniquely affecting your body check out the Rebalance 1×1 program.


How to be Fearless about Food

By Erica Hunter

I love to teach my clients how to be fearless about food even when they have a crazy busy schedule.

You don’t its think possible, do you?

One of the biggest struggles that most people face today is a hectic schedule.

We’re so busy that it makes eating healthy a real challenge. Quick, convenient foods take the place of healthy, nourishing food when we’re on the go, go, go all the time. These less-than-ideal food choices put us on the hamster wheel of experiencing low energy, weight gain, and potential digestive flare-ups.

What if I told you it didn’t have to be this way? You don’t have to be a slave to your schedule and resort to fast food or processed foods on a regular basis.

It’s possible to eat safe, healthy foods, even with a jam-packed schedule. Success does require a little bit of planning. But I assure you that you’ll feel better, have more energy, and eat safely wherever you go.

When you start fueling your body with healthier choices, you’ll probably also find that you don’t have that 3 PM slump or need that afternoon caffeine boost.

I’ve included a list of healthy snack ideas to get you started, so click on the link below for them and so much more.


10 Foods To Avoid

Food additives have been used for centuries to enhance the appearance and flavor of food and prolong shelf life. But do these food additives really “add” any value to your food? Food additives find their way into our foods to help ease processing, packaging, and storage.


Used in: “diet” or “sugar-free” products Aspartame is a neurotoxin and carcinogen. The components of this toxic sweetener may lead to a wide variety of ailments including brain tumor, lymphoma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety attacks, dizziness, headaches, nausea, mental confusion and seizures.


Used in: Most processed foods, breads, candy, flavored yogurts, salad dressings, canned vegetables, cereals HFCS packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, increases your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, and contributes to the development of obesity and diabetes.


Used in: Chinese food, potato chips, many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, frozen dinners, lunch meats MSG affects the neurological pathways of the brain and disengages the “I’m full” function which results, for many, in weight gain. MSG is an excito-toxin, and regular consumption may result in depression, disorientation, eye damage, fatigue, headaches and obesity


Used in: Margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, fast foods Trans fat increases LDL cholesterol levels while decreasing HDL (“good”) cholesterol, increases the risk of heart attacks, heart disease and strokes, and contributes to increased inflammation, diabetes and other health problems.


Used in: Wine and dried fruit Individuals who are sulfite sensitive may experience asthma, headaches, breathing problems and rashes.


Used in: Most processed foods, cereals, ice cream, candy, bakery products, American cheese, macaroni and cheese Artificial colorings may contribute to behavioral problems in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Animal studies have linked other food colorings to cancer.


Used in: Used as a preservative in many processed foods, potato chips, gum, cereal, candy, jello BHA and BHT are oxidants which form cancer-causing reactive compounds in your body. Affects the neurological system of the brain, alters behavior and has potential to cause cancer.


Used in: Hotdogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meat, or any other type of processed meat Sodium Nitrate is the chemical that turns meats bright red but it’s highly carcinogenic once it enters the human digestive system. This toxic chemical is linked to many cancers.


Used in: Main exposure is through processed products containing aluminum May have neurological effects upon behavioral, motor and learning functions. Has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.


Used in: Used to increase volume in bread and bread-rolls Potassium bromate is known to cause cancer in animals. Even small amounts in bread can create problems for humans.

Erica Hunter

Email Erica to start your journey today! erica@nowhealthandwellness.com