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When Good Food Might Not be Good for YOU This isn’t about good food going bad. We all know what that looks like. Those veggies you put in the crisper two months ago? Now turned to soup. It’s not really the crisper, right? It’s the rotter. Or the creamer tucked away on the top shelf, there in the back of the fridge, where it’s been hiding in plain sight for, oh, who knows how long. What do you do with that? Just throw it in the trash? Pour/spoon it down the drain? No, this isn’t about good food going bad. It’s about good food that is bad. For some people. In certain situations.

The “Good” stuff that’s really terrible

Stephen P. Elliott, M.D. Living with Intention, INC

Like when that nice, friendly voice on TV tells you that breakfast cereal is really good for you and that it actually protects your heart. Do you believe them? Surely they wouldn’t lie about something like that. Would they? Why not?

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But this isn’t really about that kind of thing, either. Let’s forget about breakfast cereal. In fact, let’s forget about processed foods entirely. Let’s say you’ve already given all that up, and that you’ve been eating REAL food for a long time. Like vegetables and fruit and grass-fed, organic animal protein, and nuts, and seeds, and water. Let’s say you’ve already made the great migration away from the Standard American Diet (SAD), with all its sugar and artificial processed stuff. Let’s say you did that years ago. And you still don’t feel good. You’re still not as healthy as you’d like to be.

Food can be tricky, and making wise choices can be difficult.

The Tricky Part

That’s where food really gets tricky. So you have a green smoothie every morning, with lots of kale, spinach, ginger, cucumber, cilantro, chia seeds, and a bit of pineapple for a little sweetness. Surely that’s a good start to your day, right? Well, it’s certainly better than the cereal garbage that the lady on TV was lying about, but no, it may not be that great for you. Not if you’re sensitive to oxalates, it’s not. If you’re oxalate sensitive and drink that smoothie, your muscles and joints will hurt for hours. Drink that every morning and you’ll be in chronic pain. Okay, so you give up the smoothie and decide to go with some kefir, or kombucha, or yogurt for breakfast. Those are supposed to be good for you, right? Well,… yes,… unless you’re histamine intolerant. If you’re histamine intolerant that little slug of kefir in the morning will have you sniffling, hacking, and blowing your nose for hours.


You’re about to give up on breakfast entirely when it suddenly hits you: An omelet. You grab some eggs, a little cheese, sausage, and mushrooms, fry it right up. You have a little fruit on the side, perhaps a banana or a bowl of blackberries. Super healthy, right? Well,… yes,… unless you have IBS, or Leaky Gut, or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. In that case, that little feast is likely going to have you within running distance of the bathroom most of the day. What you just ate is just chock-full of high FODMAPS foods. High oxalate foods. High histamine foods. High FODMAPS foods. Every one of these foods, by itself, would be considered healthy— unless, for you, it’s not the right food.


Yes, food can be tricky. And making wise choices can be difficult. If you’ve been trying to eat what you believe is a healthy diet and you still don’t feel well most of the time, perhaps it’s time to do some more investigating. To dig a little deeper. Or to talk to someone who knows how to guide you, what questions to ask, and what your options might be.

Stephen P. Elliott M.D. practices Functional and Integrative Medicine at Living With Intention, Inc. For more information call 317-863-5888 or visit us at and

Kit Magazine | November + December 2017  
Kit Magazine | November + December 2017  

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