I finally went ahead and got some testing done my doctor had been suggesting for awhile. I’d put it off only because it wasn’t covered by insurance. At a couple hundred dollars – I kept finding reasons I didn’t need to have this test done. Vacation is coming up, bills to pay, etc..You get the idea.
A moment came where I felt it was time to have the blood test done. We were testing for food sensitivities. The best I can explain this is that a food allergy, you have an immediate reaction. A food sensitivity – you have a delayed reaction (in the range of 6-72 hours) and often times, because it’s a delayed reaction, you don’t think it’s a food you have a problem with. My body was making antibodies and acting in an inflammatory response…(apparently for years).
And so the moment came – I went to my doctor’s office to find the results of my test. I was sensitive to so many foods, I felt overwhelmed. Here’s a small look at some of the foods I’m now deleting from my diet.
Wheat, Gluten, Oat, Eggs, Dairy, Potato, Tuna, Tomatoes, Sauflower Oil, Soy, All nuts (except walnuts), bakers yeast, brewers yeast, watermelon, oranges, strawberries, iceberg lettuce (seriously?) and the list goes on.
My immediate reaction was to panic. What’s left? I could happily live on tuna, potatoes and eggs – and three of my favorite staples were now gone, along with most processed foods. Trust me, turn a box around, read a label and you’ll be amazed. Crap, I bought this flavored rice, it’s got yeast in it, turn a box of cereal around and there’s malt or wheat hiding it in the middle of the list, even though you think it’s a corn cereal.
Look at sauces and salad dressings you use, 99% of them are no longer on my list. That includes ketchup, bbq sauce, soy sauce, thousand island dressing, ranch, you see my dilemma?
I go to a restaurant and order a hamburger with no roll, no lettuce, no tomato, no onion, no cheese (except for hard cheeses) – no fries (learning to adjust to sweet potato fries)….wait, hold that lettuce on the salad, the onion, the croutons…yeah…
I’ve kept a positive attitutde mostly, looking at all the foods I still can eat, and decided – I’m not going to be radical here, I’m going to just work around it. We go out to eat a lot. I managed to figure things out. In fact, we just took a 4 day trip and I ate out 8 times. I had steak, and a burger, and sausage, and clams with cornmeal coating, more sweet potato fries than I care to have, or have had in my entire lifetime….picked at salads, picked at some veggies, etc. I did make the mistake of having meatballs with my sausage totally forgetting they use breadcrumbs – and I dearly paid for it a couple of hours later. I’d been “glutened” and I did it to myself, whoops. Lesson learned.
Breakfast was tough, so we decided to have breakfast at the hotel, and I’d have a safe cereal each morning. My husband walked down to a little deli each morning for his coffee and coffee cake and I’d have my cereal and maybe an apple.
I’m moving along swimmingly well – until I got home and hit the supermarket. I go to the cereal aisle to pick up my cereal that somehow or other passed my “test” of ingredients on the box. My husband and I were looking at different cereals, and my jaw dropped. My cereal (my CORN cereal) had wheat half way down the list of ingredients. How had I not seen it…how did I not know? I wanted to break down and cry. For the first time in over 2 weeks – I felt really overwhelmed. Seriously overwhelmed, like almost panic attack in the middle of a grocery store. I could feel my eyes wanting to well up. Seriously – my cereal…what else can you take from me.
What it comes down to, is if I want to heal my intestines, which are currently not doing well – read Leaky Gut- I need to let these things go. I need to heal my body – and correct a 20 year digestive issue. I picked up two new cereals to try, double checked the ingredients and they passed, my husband double checked also…but I stood there in a daze.
I’d all ready promised to give up this other stuff, I gave it all up, I’ve even had a great attitude about it….and then ONE more thing was taken away, and I just wanted to sit in the aisle and cry. Thankfully I controlled the urge and just slowly walked out of the aisle and into the last one. I snapped at my husband when we were putting groceries away. He knew why…I knew why…but I just flipped out. I apologized within moments and told him what he all ready knew. I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at the food. I’m so angry that I can’t just have what I want….well, sure I can, but I’m damaging my body in the process.
So to end this, I do want to tell you what I’ve gotten out of this so far — so I can end on a positive note.
- less mad dashes to the restroom – my GI track thanks me
- tried a couple new foods – sweet potato fries be damned, I’m starting to like them
- healthier eating
- knowledge as to why my body has been this way for so long
And so…I’ll continue to move forward. I’ve had my little outburst, and there’s nothing left to do but put it behind me and move on. Thanks for listening.