Hi friends, happy Friday! I hope you had a nice Halloween if you celebrated :)
So exactly one month ago I told you about a little trip I took to a naturopathic doctor to get a food sensitivity test done. [If you missed the original post and want to catch up: read here]
Okay, caught up? Well if you were too lazy to read more (understandable…) the short version is that I was having some tummy troubles, did this test and based on my test results/me deciding to do so, I eliminated dairy, whey, almonds, eggs and coconut from my diet for the past four weeks.
My intention is not to blab about myself and my tummy and diet <— boring. I hope that my experience thus far and learning can help you if you are now or find yourself down the road in a similar situation.
Now I originally laid out a plan of “food elimination” but ultimately took the cold turkey approach and eliminated everything all at once… oops… but it was fine. I felt a little deprived at times (like missing the ease of egg white and spinach scrambles) but that’s often my mentality in certain situations: all or nothing.
So… how am I feeling?!
GREAT: My stomach has not felt this calm in years. I had two instances of “trouble”: 1. After I ate an entire pineapple in one sitting 2. After I ate 15 dried apricots in one sitting. Hmm…
That brings me to my next points:
So… what did I learn?!
1. MODERATION: Too much of even a good thing can still be harmful. Our bodies can develop an intolerance to even the “healthiest” of foods if they are consumed in excess. We are all different with different bodies, digestion tracts, etc. Often times we can learn which foods (and how much of it) trigger our symptoms. Based on my own trial and detective work, sugar and gluten are triggers of mine so I generally have chosen to avoid the two. But after my race I enjoyed pastries moderately — a few bites here, a few bites there and was symptom free.
2. VARIETY: Variety plays an important role in a healthy diet and lifestyle. I have discovered many “new to me” foods and it has actually been fun stepping out of my food comfort zone: baking with flax eggs, using chickpea flour, trying new plant-based protein powders, making lots of new breakfasts, baking with hemp milk and loving hazelnut butter! By increasing the variety in our diets, we are less apt to develop an intolerance to certain foods. I love oatmeal but I have been switching up oats with quinoa flakes, flaxseed meal, buckwheat flakes and amaranth.
So… what’s next?!
Well, I’m not 100% sure. I definitely won’t be downing tubs of greek yogurt or chugging coconut water or inhaling daily omelettes anytime soon. I certainly learned a lot in this month. It was a process of discovery and change and I don’t like change. It pretty much terrifies me. But I have learned that even something as simple as swapping chickpea flour for coconut flour isn’t so scary and it is actually good. I do have a follow-up appointment with the naturopath but I think I am going to moderately re-introduce a handful of almonds here, a sprinkling of dried coconut there and an egg scramble on occasion. I’ll just have to see what happens and listen to my body.
Hope you have a wonderful Friday and weekend!
Questions of the day…
Are you allergic or sensitive to any foods? How do you handle this?
How do you practice moderation and variety in your diet or in your life?
** Disclaimer — I am not a doctor, nutritionist, or certified food anything. This information is based upon my personal experience, research and views. For specific medical questions, please consult a professional. **