Thursday, April 14, 2016

Food Intolerance Tests Understood


Food intolerance tests have had their fair share of controversy.

One reason for this is that you cannot simply take one blood test and have your definite food intolerances laid out before you.

Here is what you get when you are tested for food intolerances. You get a lists of foods you are intolerant to, along with a list of foods you have consumed a lot of recently. This can be disturbing because you typically consume a lot of the food you most enjoy, and when that shows up on your intolerance test, that can induce fear like none other! (can you say chocolate, coffee or strawberries?!)

To keep this illustration at a minimum, on my first intolerance test, the list was:
  • strawberries 
  • cantaloupe
  • cinnamon
  • iceberg lettuce
  • all cheese
  • cow's milk
  • egg whites
  • egg yolks
  • coconut
  • gluten and wheat
  • baker's yeast
  • sugar
  • walnuts
This was quite disturbing to me (like I actually, hormonally, one month pregnantally teared up). I loved strawberries, sugar, coconut, bread and what is a pregnant girl to do without ice cream?!

Which is why I laid down this list for over a year. I didn't want to believe it... so I didn't.

Well, the truth was, it wasn't all true.

Some foods were on the list because of over consumption and/or consumption directly prior to the test. This is why you retake the test at least once, a third time is probably the charm.

To best utilize the food intolerance test, you eliminate all intolerances listed on test one. About 6 weeks later, retest without any of the initial foods on the intolerance list in your system.




So, a couple of weeks ago, that is what I did. These were the foods still remaining on my food intolerance test list:
  • cinnamon
  • all cheese
  • cow's milk
  • egg whites
  • egg yolks
  • gluten and wheat
  • baker's yeast
Before we get too excited about sugar not being on list two, the second test did not include sugar in its testing. Type 2 diabetes runs in our family, and I definitely ate too much sugar before starting this venture, so I will still keep that standard of keeping it to the very bare minimum.

Also removed were strawberries, ice burg lettuce, cantaloupe, coconut and walnuts! That may not seem like much, but when you have been avoiding certain foods, you learn to appreciate them a little more. Also, I adored these foods, which is probably how they ended up on the first intolerance test.



So, with allll that being said, I highly recommend taking a food intolerance test to avoid foods that may be vamping up your autoimmune issues, namely MS, but only if you are going to retest 6 weeks or more later, after the possible intolerants are completely out of your system. Otherwise, you may be forbidding yourself of something you love.

Keep up the fight!

Laura

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