Oh my beloved eggs, why have you forsaken me!? And almonds! What’s your story? I thought we had something special! All I have ever done is make you into delicious tasting morsels and you too are destroying my guts. Oh, you think they are annoying? Try adding to this list dairy in all forms (including goats), whey & casein, sugar cane, banana, cranberry, pineapple, scallops, amaranth, sesame seeds, buckwheat & mushroom as well as moderate sensitivity to spelt, wheat, kidney beans, string beans, Lima beans & clams.
A few weeks ago I had my food allergies tested by my naturopath to try & help get to the bottom of my crappy gut. We had already determined that my gut was leaking to some degree (most likely stress related) which was obviously impacting on my digestion & absorption of the food I was eating. I was eating this amazing nutrient dense diet but was still showing low Iron, B vitamin deficiency as well as a number of other things in my blood results. I was feeling exhausted despite sleeping a lot, my hormone levels are all over the place, I was getting constant breakouts, I was bloated all the time and could not work out why, I had achy joints, my eyes & throat were constantly itchy, I had bags under my eyes & just felt generally sluggish.
A food allergy is a problem caused when IgE antibodies in your immune system mistakenly think that a normally harmless food substance is actually dangerous. Your immune system tries to defend your body, these IgE antibodies trigger the release of histamine which provokes an inflammatory response to attack this substance. If you constantly consume food you are having an allergic response to, your body will be in a constant state of stress & inflammation. Your immune system will also be so busy attacking these food particles that you might also become immune suppressed & get sick often and long term, far, far worse consequences like auto immune disease may manifest!
I knew a few things didn’t agree with my stomach, like dairy, yet I still continued to consume it occasionally because “I didn’t know for sure” I was intolerant. Don’t you love how we make excuses to eat things we know are not the best choices for our body. The below was a self experiment I did with some natural yoghurt. Left picture is before, right is about 1/2 hr after eating some …. Yet I still continued to justify why I could continue to have “just a little bit” because I wasn’t 100% sure I was intolerant. Seriously, WTF is wrong with me!?
Well, now I know. I have no excuses, I need not continue to do self-experiments with these food. So what will I do with this new found knowledge? Well, I have 2 choices: I could ignore it & keep eating these things, continue to cause inflammation & stress on my body, perpetuate my leaky gut & possibly end up with an autoimmune disease. Or, I can remove these things from my life for a while, feel better, allow my gut to heal & perhaps be able to reintroduce some of these things back one day. It’s kind of a no-brainier. I am sick of feeling crappy, I want to feel better. Adios allergens.
It seems to be a much bigger problem for people around me than what it is for me at this point. “What will you eat?”, “that is the WORST”, blah blah. Let me answer for you…. What will I eat? Loads of great, healthy & nourishing foods. Fruit, vegetables, meat, other nuts & seeds, coconut products, about a bazillion great foods that will make me feel 1000% better than dairy. It’s not the worst, it’s the BEST. I can start to heal my body & I can start to get my body back to functioning the way it was designed to. You know what would be the WORST? Eating nutrient-void, refined & processed foods every day & being so used to feeling crap that I didn’t know how it felt to feel good. That would be THE WORST.
So 3 weeks on and I have removed all the foods that showed even a “mild” reaction. My eyes & throat have not been itchy at all. Not once. The dark circles under my eyes have lessened. I have not been bloated. My aching joints have lessened. I am sleeping better. I have lost a little bit of weight & no longer feel like a slug. Moving forward I hope that allowing my gut to heal will improve my digestion & food absorption & help to remedy the hormone imbalances that are occurring. We’ve only recently begun to understand the extent of the gut flora’s role in human health and disease. We now know unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, hormone imbalances, IBS and other joint disorders. You can read more about that HERE. Stay tuned for a post on gut healing & how I am doing it.