Food Sensitivity: 1 Month Update

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.

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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…

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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.

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A variety of breakfasts

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.

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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. **

 

 

32 thoughts on “Food Sensitivity: 1 Month Update

  1. I love experimenting with my diet to find out what works and what doesn’t, and I’m glad to hear that you’ve been figuring things out a bit more :)

    I’m all sorts of terrified of developing intolerances since I tend to eat a lot of the same things, so I’ve been trying to add in more variety by making simple swaps, and so far so good.

  2. So glad to hear that changing your diet has worked so well for you.

    I still need to try that flaxseed meal porridge it looks like a good one.

    For me giving up wheat and trying not to eat too much gluten works wonders for my digestion, as does in general upping my vegetable intake. I find as well that my stomach doesn’t do well with spicy foods or too much fructose so I can’t eat lots of dates in one sitting for example, so yes definitely moderation is a good thing.

  3. I think moderation is the KEY to anything in life. I try to really mix up the things I eat but it’s so hard sometimes cause I get really into one thing (cough cough Whole Foods Peanut Butter) and want to keep eating it over and over again.

    -Elise @ 9toFit.com

  4. That’s awesome your stomach has been feeling so good since making these changes! I only have my obvious allergies to nuts and certain shellfish, but I don’t have any intolerances that I know of. I could definitely stand to add more variety to my diet though – especially my breakfasts. I eat way too much oatmeal haha.

  5. I love this! I have always had some stomach issues too it seems like, so back in May I cut out most of the gluten from my diet for two weeks, and noticed a big difference! So I still usually try to avoid gluten, but I have noticed it really only negatively affects me when I have too much of it. So like you said,moderation is key. :)

  6. I’m glad your stomach has been feeling better! I have some stomach issues and tried to eliminate gluten for a little while last year, I didn’t eliminate it long enough to notice a real difference. It was hard baking and eating out! When I was little I couldn’t eat any dairy without it coming right back up but thankfully that went away around high school. I love cheese and would hate to still not be allowed to eat it.

  7. WOW. I can’t believe it’s been a month since you wrote that post. Why is time going by so fast? I can’t believe it’s been a WEEK since I was there! Ahhh. The only food sensitivity I have is an allergy to peanuts, and a sensitivity to raw apples. The peanut thing, I don’t really care because I don’t like nuts. The apple thing is sad because I really like apples. I’m glad that I can still eat them cooked.

    Have a wonderful weekend, love!

  8. That was a month ago? Jeez time is flying by. I’m glad to hear your tummy troubles have improved! I’m still surprised by coconut. Is it because of the fat content? And that’s good that you are going to have bits and pieces of those foods and test it out. Can’t wait for the next update!

  9. I can relate so much to this!! I have tummy troubles as well at time, but have no known food allergies. However, I notice that too much of anything (including the healthy stuff like fruits, whole grains and fiber!) causes my pain. Moderation is the key for my healing also! I am still a work in progress though! :)

  10. Yay I’m so glad your stomach is feeling better and that you’ve learned to adjust, though I imagine it wasn’t easy. I think in time you will find that in moderation you can eat those things, but I think it’s smart to try to not eat them again right away. Happy Friday!

  11. Changes in diet are annoying to deal with for sure, but it looks like you were able to handle it well! I don’t have any food intolerances that I know of, but I think I need to work on introducing a little more variety into my diet – with the amount of oatmeal and eggs I eat, I wouldn’t be surprised if a sensitivity to those occurred eventually, if I keep eating them the way I have been.

  12. I’m so glad to hear you are feeling better! I’m super impressed by all the variety you’ve been experimenting with. I’m so easily intimidated by new foods and really anything to do with the kitchen. I’ve been better about branching out and taking baby steps with cooking, but I need to really push myself more, otherwise I’ll get even more sensitivities and be left with nothing left I can eat! Looking forward to hear how your reintroduction goes. Have a good weekend girly :)

  13. Yay glad things are feeling better! When I was home in Toronto I had a few things that were on the ‘no’ list of my food sensitivity test and I’ve since caved and had a few almond milk lattes! My reaction definitely wasn’t as bad as it would have been in the past… but can’t say they still agree with me! I will have to try eggs next… How I miss them!

  14. So glad to hear you’re finding what works best for you! As you said, moderation is key. I think your approach to reintroducing certain trigger foods with moderation will work well, at least I hope so! I never wish tummy troubles upon anyone. I wish I could have even more variety in my meals, especially with trying new things like buckwheat or hemp, but it’s so hard when you’re on a small budget. I have to just stick with the most basic things I can. Money makes my head hurt.

  15. So interesting! I notice a huge different when I limit/eliminate sugar from my diet. I haven’t really tried eliminating other foods, but it would be interesting to see how my body does react to certain foods! Glad you’re feeling better!

  16. :) you are a champion.

    I know you will take what you’ve learnt and make not so much better choices, as your choices previously were great- but not to get stuck on one food choice/one food group! Can’t wait to see what else you uncover!

    I find less wheat at night works really well for me- bread or heavy grains close to bed time and I get really bad stomach cramps!

  17. It’s so wonderful to hear that you’ve been able to figure things out on your own & all is going well. I’ve recently just started eliminating tomatoes from my diet. There horrible for bloating & just make me feel horrible in general. Also, with infertility – my doctor just recommended going completely gluten. Instead of going cold turkey, I think it’s best for me to ease into it.For the most part I don’t eat much gluten,but I know some condiments I use contain it – guess it’s just an excuse to make a new vitacost order :)

  18. Glad you are feeling better! It’s hard to adjust to a new diet when you’re so used to eating certain foods all the time. It’s basically adapting a whole new lifestyle! Have you noticed anything besides less tummy issues? Have you had a change in energy levels at all? Just curious! (You know, since I’m one of those weird nutrition students that cares about dietary side effects)

  19. Love experimenting to learn more about my body. While prepping for a competition, this is when I learned the most about my food sensitivities. I’ve always had sensitivities, but process allowed to pin point a number of key things. Good for you for giving your body and yourself a chance to see things through :)

  20. I’m so glad you’re learning so much and getting your issues under control! I think it’s so interesting that the foods we eat a ton of can often cause the body to build up antibodies and have a negative reaction. It’s (like you say) a huge reason to strive for variety and not rely on the same foods day-in and day-out. Kind of hard to do in practice, though – proud of you for sticking through this month!!

  21. I’m actually allergic to shrimp… I found out when I, like you, had tummy troubles at the beginning of the year. I know I have sensitivities to milk and gluten but I’m not full out allergic. I try to stay away from it 80% of the time. Shrimp I went on a bender with in Hawaii right after I found out… I accidentally ate some in May and was sick (like, cold sick and sore throat and no voice) for DAYS. It was awful. Now I make sure if I order anything with seafood I ask that it be cooked separately from shrimp! I miss them though.

  22. I love this update – I think it is so interesting to read about how different foods impact our bodies differently. I giggled out loud when I read about the pineapple and apricot consumption – I do the exact same things ;)

  23. Catching up on your blog & ugh I seriously need you in my life!!! I need someone to add some variety and plan out my weeks like you’re able to. TEACH MEEE!!! Lol. I’ve found that I usually eat the same foods ALL. THE. TIME. and lately I’ve been getting sick of them so I’ve been eating more junk than usual (hello M&M’s). If I had the willpower (and time) to write out a plan like you do I think I’d be much better… but I’m also too busy to come up with new recipes even though it’s so easy to do… It’s just one more thing to worry about! Help meee lol

    1. Also, I can relate to this completely! I’m so happy you’re trying new things and even though it didn’t come about in the best way, it seems like you’ve grown so much already :-) I had the same moderation problem. As I mentioned above, I tend to eat the same foods all the time so I think that’s how I became sensitive to greek yogurt and broccoli. Sucks because I love both! I have yet to reintroduce them into my diet.

      1. I am virtually in your life :) Honestly, it was really hard to switch things up but I made a commitment to myself to JUST DO IT. As soon as I pushed myself to have a different breakfast, everything else came much easier. It definitely takes time and I often was not coming up with new recipes but trying ones I found. I started slow at first, one thing different, then two things and slowly but surely I now have so much more variety to my diet and what I have been eating! I also try to buy a few “new” things a week to cook with.

  24. Yay! I was hoping to read this and hear that you were feeling better.

    I know something that helps me no matter what I’m eating is to really space my meals out and to not eat too close to bed. Snacking all day really overloads my digestion, and going to bed having just eaten results in me waking up super bloated and not feeling well at all.

    I’m excited that you get to try introducing a few of the sensitive foods now and that you are going to take it slow. I’ve read a few times where after this kind of elimination diet people just introduce all of the foods back at once but that’s not very helpful because you can’t tell if you are reacting to everything or just a certain thing. You’re taking a great approach!

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