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Do you ever eat something that just doesn’t agree with your body? Well that was me and sugar, thus why I now mainly sweeten with honey. With my own experimentation I pretty much confirmed that sugar was a trigger for my tummy troubles. But my tummy still isn’t “just right” (let’s leave it at that… TMI) so I sought to learn more about why this is and fix whatever issues I’m having.
A few weeks ago I went to a naturopath to get my blood drawn for a food sensitivity test. They sent my blood to Colorado (or maybe Seattle I don’t remember) and on Saturday I went in for my follow up appointment in order to get the results.
Without getting too technical, the test examines how our bodies react to certain foods. The results show two reactions: how our bodies react while under stress (shown in white on the charts below) and how our bodies react under normal circumstances (shown in grey).
Now… I know naturopathic medicine is not everyone’s cup of tea but my experience so far has been positive, I agree with the philosophy and some natural remedies have been working for me. Read: magnesium oil has been amazing to soothe my running aches.
So what did I learn from this test? Well, my sensitivity to dairy is nearly off the charts…
and even coconut…
Great. Like all my favorite foods. On the bright side, banana and peanut butter didn’t show huge sensitivity — I really would have lost it then. But I still kinda freaked out.
As you know, I don’t eat meat (other than chicken) so greek yogurt, whey protein and eggs (all no-no’s) are huge sources of protein for me. I love almonds, almond milk and almond flour but that’s out too. And clearly no more fluffy coconut flour pancakes either…
WHAT AM I GOING TO EAT?!
Okay I know I may be sounding a bit dramatic but I clearly like my food. I’ve gotten so used to eating and loving these foods that it’s certainly difficult to learn that they are not loving me back. Well the naturopath explained that this might be part of the problem. All of my sensitivities are foods that I eat a lot of; she explained that our bodies evolve to sometimes develop slight intolerances. Oh goody.
So what to do? Ultimately the decision to listen to these results is mine. But, for now, I am going to listen: if I have the power to make my tummy feel better then I want to give it a shot. However, going cold turkey on all of these foods is just not realistic so I came up with an elimination plan of attack…
2. Next… get rid of almonds – raw, milk, butter, flour
3. Then… see ya later eggs
4. Finally… bye bye coconut – raw, dried, flour
I am not exactly sure how I’m phasing these things out — days, weeks, not sure… whatever method is least stressful. The end goal is to be dairy, almond, egg and coconut free for TWO MONTHS. Then re-introduce to see my reaction.
I am definitely nervous, scared, annoyed and frustrated but I am trying to look at the positives… like some alternatives.
- Vegan protein powder (Vega, Sunwarrior) instead of whey
- Cashews/pistachios/walnuts instead of almonds
- Hemp and rice milk instead of almond milk
- Hazelnut, cashew, pumpkin seed butter instead of almond butter
- Flax/chia “eggs” instead of regular eggs
- Chickpea, buckwheat, flaxseed meal/flour instead of coconut
Wow. It feels so much better to write it out. Yay I won’t starve!
I am nervous about the protein aspect. I am going to eat more tofu, lentils and beans. I can still eat the Simply Bars made with soy protein but I also need to be careful not to soy-overload. Guessing I’m going to be cooking a lot more chicken and fish too.
Well, that’s where I am at today. And I want to apologize in advance if my recipes are lacking in the next little while because I think it will take some time to get used to cooking and baking with new ingredients.
If you’ve made it to the end, thank you. Thank you for reading and listening. This was a good reminder that my journey to living well really never ends. We are never perfect, there are always little things to tweak so let’s work on being just right.
Questions of the day…
Have you ever gotten a food sensitivity test done? What are your thoughts?
Do you have any substitution/alternative suggestions for me? Protein?!
Was this totally boring to read about?