For the past two years, possibly three… I have been struggling with quick weight gain, low energy levels, being tired all the time and constant bloating after meals. It was becoming very frustrating! Especially since I eat an array of fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts. I feel my diet is pretty clean (compared to most). Nearly two years ago I went to a doctor who diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. It honestly was no surprise to me as I was experiencing most of the hypothyroid effects. I was put on a thyroid medication but wanted nothing to do with it knowing that it was a prescription compounded with pig glandes! Umm NO!! Not for this chick! I took the script to an apothecary where they compounded the prescription without the use of animal glandes… this lasted for two months and then I decided to stop taking the prescription all together. I had heard from many on lookers that being on thyroid medication was life-long, this didn’t sit well with me (as I am well against any over the counter medications, let alone prescriptions). So I’ve decided to deal with the thyroid issue and treat it with food!
“let thy food be thy medicine” correct?!
Fast forward to, well, let’s just say 3 months ago… Bloating, tiredness, foggy brained, irritable and putting on weight so quickly that if my diet wasn’t 100% clean (in my case meaning if I wasn’t sticking to mainly juice) then I could easily gain 3 pounds in a week!! yeah!! a week!! I had enough of this chaos and wanted answers!
Three weeks ago I went to a doctor in Scottsdale, Az who had mentioned the Food Sensitivity Test. I’ve heard really good things about people who had done the test and who are now eating according to the test results… and in return, have seen tremendous results! So hell yeah! I was on board! Prick my arm, test that blood and let’s get me FIXED!! Uum, but let me just be honest for here, I don’t want to mislead anyone by leading this scenario into an “exciting” moment at the doctors office pre testing… I was the biggest baby when getting my blood drawn and nearly left the office a couple of times!! No joke! I hate getting my blood drawn… hate it!!! Thank goodness I was in good hands and the doc didn’t make fun of me and allow for me to run out without getting all of this done.
Test results came back and here they are:
Severe Intolerances: Avocado, basil, cumin, millet, papaya, pomegranate, squid, swordfish, wheat, wild rice.
Moderate Intolerances: Acorn squash, apricot, bok choy, brazil nut, canola oil, cayenne pepper, coffee, eggplant, fennel seed, haddock, kelp, kiwi, mackerel, okra, peppermint, pine nut, quinoa, spelt, tapioca, barley, malt, oat, rye.
Mild Intolerances: Amaranth, artichoke, asparagus, bay leaf, black beans, blackberry, blk/green tea, cabbage, caraway, cardamom, celery, chamomile, chicken liver, clam, clove, cocoa, coconut, egg yolk, fava bean, fructose (HFCS), ginger, green pea, iceberg lettuce, kidney bean, leek, lima bean, macadamia, mushroom, mussel, navy bean, parsley, pear, pistachio, radish, romaine lettuce, saffron, sage, sardine, sea bass, swiss chard, thyme, tuna, turmeric, turnip, veal, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk.
Of course I don’t eat a few of the foods on these lists due to me being vegan… but as you can see, I have a SEVERE intolerance to AVOCADO! What?!?!? Millet and wheat… then as a moderate intolerance bok choy, brazil nut, cayenne pepper (oooooh I LOVE cayenne pepper), coffee, kelp, QUINOA and spelt!! Ick!! Like, really?? It’s no wonder I have been struggling for so long… Most of what I love to eat are foods that my body can’t tolerate. Go figure!
So I’ve been off of these foods for a solid week now and let me tell you! I am seeing a major difference! I haven’t had a desire or a “need” to take a mid afternoon nap, I’m not hungry like I normally am and I’m not bloated!! Yay! On top of all that GREAT news, I’m also down 4 pounds! **Happy Dance!** These fantastic results have come in just one week of cleaning up my diet. It is my plan to keep clean of these intolerances for 8 weeks and then go from there.
Today’s food journal:
Breakfast: Banana and handful almonds
Snack: Juice (Beets, broccoli, spinach, kale, carrot)
Lunch: Home made vegan sushi rolls
Dinner: Juice (Random greens all thrown into the juicer)
Like I’ve mentioned above, I’m not hungry like I used to be prior to eating accordingly to my sensitivity test and I’m not quick to grab a snack… because truth is, I can’t have it!! So this has been great! And I know each day will be different in the way I feel, my hunger levels and what not, but for now, and for the past week, I have felt better than I have in quite some time!!