In June of 2017 I was very sick. You can read about my story HERE.
I saw a doctor of oriental medicine that completely saved my life. I truly believe God led me to her.
During one of our first appointments, she instructed me to take powdered colostrum from cows since I didn’t have any as a baby because I was formula fed. This would hopefully have plenty of benefits for me. After a few more appointments we saw that some of my symptoms weren’t changing so my doctor encouraged me to take a food sensitivity panel. I had already known about the sensitivity panel because in 2016 my oldest daughter was going through some problems of her own that ended up being completely food related. It never occurred to me that I too could have food related problems.
I constantly had belly aches, cramping, anxiety, panic attacks, joint pain, migraines, memory loss, constipation, gas, nausea, and the list goes on! But, I thought that all of these symptoms were normal because it seemed like the majority of the people I talked to had similar problems.
“Good health starts in the gut” -The Complete Gut Health Cookbook
But after January of 2016 when I gave birth to my second daughter, it seemed as though I couldn’t tolerate anything. I was getting so physically sick after every meal and I didn’t know what was going on. I used Google to research my symptoms. Google seemed to say that I had IBS and I freaked out. I thought that I was at a dead end and that nothing could help me. I didn’t even want to go out in public because I would immediately get so physically sick and would have to have my husband drop me off at the nearest bathroom. We reached a whole new level of marriage at that point. All of my embarrassing problems were out in the open for my husband to see.
During that first month that I met with my new doctor, I took the test. I was so nervous but excited to have the results. Then, in a couple of weeks, I was able to see my sensitivities!
Once I got my results, I was devastated. My highest readings were everything I loved, which could mean that it was linked to my leaky gut syndrome.
Leaky gut happens when the tight bond in the gut (that controls what passes through the lining of the small intestine) doesn’t work properly and allows substances into the bloodstream. It can supposedly be healed with proper diet and reduced stress. Unknowingly having food sensitivities my whole life wreaked havoc on my digestive system. I ended up with severe leaky gut which then allowed parasites into my bloodstream and attacked my body. You can read more about my parasite’s HERE.
I was in complete denial about possibly having any food intolerance before taking this test. Then once I took it, I went home and cried for a few months. I had to completely change my lifestyle and my eating habits. I thought that I was never going to be able to eat cake again. I thought I was going to have to eat bland foods for the rest of my life. I had no idea where to begin with cooking, baking, eating out, etc. It took me a while to finally pick my head up and be responsible for my nutrition as well as my family’s.
When I saw the results of my test, there were three groups that were fairly high and I was told that these could be genetic. They were dairy, chicken eggs, and coffee beans.
I had no idea that I couldn’t tolerate chicken eggs or dairy! But I learned that some food sensitivities don’t always show noticeable symptoms and can often be long term effects. Once my doctor saw that I couldn’t tolerate dairy, she quickly took me off the colostrum that was meant to help me but ended up hurting my gut. I had to kind of re-set again and that was hard.
It has been a year since I have taken the test and I have learned so much! I had a lot of ups and downs. Crying fits, anxiety, frustration, anger, you name it! But now that I’am on the other side of it, I’m doing okay. I am tempted to eat things I know I can’t have but I’m fairly good at saying no. Though, right now I am 30 weeks pregnant and this has caused my self discipline to go out the window. There are some things I will not try again, such as dairy, because I know how sick I get and it’s just not worth it. But other things like mayo, gluten, and corn, I’ll try because of cravings. Yes, each time I get sick. Each time I regret it. But pregnancy really has blurred those lines for me. I have noticed that those things I’m tempted to eat, really aren’t that great after I’ve had them. I end up wishing that I didn’t give in because I’m so used to my diet now that other food… “normal food” just tastes…off. It tastes fake. I can literally taste the junk that has been poured into it and that in itself grosses me out.
Out of all of my sensitivities, I know what the majority of them do to me. If I have coffee, I get an insane migraine that leaves me bedridden and lasts for days. I’m nauseous and extremely sensitive to sounds and light. If I have dairy, I get a stomach ache that lasts a week or longer. Corn gives me extreme panic attacks the next day. I feel faint, can’t breathe and lose control of my body. Oats do the same thing but hit me a little faster.
Taking the food sensitivity test has been such a huge light in my life. I know exactly what to stay away from and I feel a million times better. I still have a lot of issues regarding my overall health but I believe that now I am able to get proper nutrition in instead of attacking my own body and causing myself distress.
I made sure that my family has also done the test so we know as a whole what to stay away from. This was very difficult when we first began but I’ve been able to remember each person’s sensitivities. I’m hoping that as we heal our gut, and as my children get older, we will “grow out” of most of the sensitivities. I’m excited to re-test in the future to see if anything has changed.
By eliminating food that I can’t tolerate, most of my symptoms have disappeared! By adding in food, like beets, some symptoms have improved! Beets have greatly improved my memory. I got to a point where I couldn’t remember things my mom told me just a few days or even hours prior.
I get at least one message a week regarding food sensitivities and allergies. Many people don’t know that they are two separate things. Food sensitivities are different than food allergies. Allergic reactions are caused by your immune system. Sensitivities and intolerance is caused by your digestive system. Unlike sensitivities and intolerance’s, food allergies can be fatal. Allergic reactions include rashes, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, dizziness, anaphylaxis, etc.
I’m excited to announce that I have partnered with Everlywell, a company that provides easy and affordable At-Home lab testing. I believe that taking a food sensitivity test has completely changed my life and I know it can change yours too! Their tests are not for anyone under 18. If you need to test someone that is under the age of 18, please contact me so I can further direct you to the doctor who tested my children with a different panel.
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