When I first started eating gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, the majority of my friends thought I was completely off my rocker. Who just all of a sudden stops eating all bread products, all dairy-products and anything with sugar in it? Weirdo. Well I am here to tell you that I am not a weirdo! Let me start at the very beginning.
Two years ago, my brother had terrible acne on his back that he could not get rid of. He tried everything it seems, Proactive, other skin care fixes and nothing helped. Finally my mom thought maybe he was having a reaction to something he was eating, so she took him to a naturopath for a food sensitivity test. I had never even heard of such a thing before! His results came back and showed that he was sensitive to eggs and gluten. He cut those out of his diet and his acne immediately started to clear up. That’s crazy right?! We were all amazed!
My sister has been self-diagnosed lactose-intolerant from a very young age so my mom thought it’d be good for her to get tested just to finally verify this and see what else came up. Sure enough her results came back that she was sensitive to dairy and also to peanut butter, which we all found a hilarious trick of fate because she is a peanut butter-holic. No more PB for her!
Now, I’ve never been able to lose weight. I was never obese or anything, but I was overweight for my size and always had been really. After seeing how much food affected my brother’s skin, and the accuracy of my sister’s results, my mom thought maybe food could be the cause of my weight problem too. (And no, it wasn’t junk food. I didn’t and still don’t eat junk food. Ever.) So I went to the naturopath and did the little finger prick. These were my results:
I was speechless at first. Cow’s milk? What? I LOVE everything dairy! And wheat? You must be joking! Bread is my best friend! Willing to give it a shot, I cut out gluten, dairy and sugar from my diet and combined with exercise, I lost 15lbs that summer! When you think about food negatively affecting your body, you normally think of junk food and fast food right? Who would ever think that “normal” food could have such a negative impact on your body too!
*Note that highly reactive foods should be eliminated completely from your diet and moderately reactive foods should only be consumed once a week I think it is. I’ve just eliminated them all completely, which has personally been better for my body.
Looking back now, I recognize the effects these foods were having on my body, that I didn’t realize at the time.
- As mentioned before in my coffee post, the reactivity to coffee I figured out myself. My body does NOT like coffee. At all.
- Cheese also has negative effects on my body which I now recognize.
- I’ve never noticed a problem with peanuts until recently which is a little heartbreaking. Like my sister, I am (well I guess “was” is more accurate now), a peanut butter-holic. Alas, it seems my body has turned against me, so almond butter it is from now on.
- The “sugar cane” is refined-sugar. This has been the hardest one to cut out because added sugar is in EVERYTHING. The biggest culprits are obviously candy, chocolate and baked goods, but sugar is also hidden in things like ketchup and salad dressings. It has been hard to try and cut every ounce of refined-sugar out of my diet completely because I do use things like ketchup and mustard.
- Some of the items on there were funny to see like asparagus, cranberries and oysters because I do NOT like asparagus at all, not too fond of cranberries and absolutely HATE any seafood besides tuna or salmon. So that gave me a good chuckle. At least my body and I can agree on some things!
Now the even more awesome part about this test, is that those aren’t the only results you get. Each food group gets broken down even further, into specific fruits & veggies, specific meats, specific fish etc. So interesting!
*I apologize in advance for the black dot in the middle of some of the pictures. Apparently my scanner is dirty.
Wheat, gluten, spelt, whole wheat – all bread products. Sesame seed is surprising because I don’t think I ever eat anything sesame. And it’s more reactive than wheat and gluten! Strange. Soybean has low reactivity which is good for me and my soy milk. I actually forgot that almonds were a sensitive thing for me. Definitely have some trail mix with almonds in it that I eat quite frequently. Oopsy. Come to think of it there’s cranberries in that trail mix too. Double oopsy. (I’d like to point out that coconut isn’t reactive at all. That coconut milk and I are meant to be!)
I think sugar cane was tied with cranberries for my most reactive food item overall. There’s my self-diagnosed reactive coffee bean and yeast, which falls into the wheat and gluten category. (I’d also like to point out that the “cocoa bean” is not reactive at all. Chocolaaaaaaaaate :D)
It’s really interesting to look at my results again. I’d forgotten a lot! I’ve also realized that I’m eating some things on the reactive list more often than I should be. Bad me.
Since cutting out gluten, dairy and refined-sugar products, I have to say I feel amazing. Now that my body is used to not having gluten and dairy, when I do cheat and eat something like ice cream, I feel atrocious. Like, really really awful. I can honestly say though that now I’m finally at a place where I can say “no” to things like that because I know how I will feel later if I eat them. It has taken two years, a lot of cheating, and a lot of feeling terrible to gain that self-control, but I’m so happy to have it finally!
Knowing what I know now, I’m SO thankful I got this test done, even when I didn’t think I had any direct negative symptoms from eating specific foods. If you have any doubts about how certain foods may be affecting your body, I HIGHLY recommend you get a food sensitivity test done. I will warn you, it is not cheap. But in the end, I think it’s 100% worth it to feel good inside for the rest of your life 🙂