I had a food sensitivities test done and was shocked by the results.
Food sensitivities are different than food allergies.
Allergic reactions to food are usually immediate and obvious. You eat peanuts and end up (if you’re allergic to them) in ER.
Sensitivities are sneaky. You eat some innocent food and three days later wonder why you have a headache. Or are feeling depressed. Or lethargic. Etc.
Sometimes called hidden food allergies, food sensitivities may cause nasal allergies, asthma, arthritis, stomach problems, inability to lose weight, fatigue, migraine headaches, and oh so much more.
I was a skeptic about this until Nerissa had her test done a month or more back. We were surprised to see neutral foods like spinach, or spices like pepper, were obvious problems for her.
Who would have guessed it?
I still wasn’t convinced. But after seeing her carefully examine all the foods she ate, and eliminate all the known sensitivity suspects, and then seeing her feel better, I decided I better do the blood test, too.
What an eyeopener.
For example, I was stunned to see the king of antioxidants — blueberries — to be a red alert food for me.
I’ve been eating blueberries every day for years.
Those innocent berries are a problem for me.
Same with green peppers, though I was looking for an excuse not to eat them anyway.
Same with eggplant.
Same with grapes. (No wine for me.)
All bad guys to my body.
There are numerous things I can safely eat, of course.
All forms of meat are fine for me, though chicken is nudging the suspect line and turkey is hands down good for me.
I knew cheeses were a problem for me, but I didn’t know blue cheese, Swiss cheese and goat’s cheese were all safe. (I love goat cheese.)
None of this means you can gorge on the safe foods. Calories still count. Moderation still counts. But, in general, eating a lot of safe foods will be better for you health-wise in the long run.
If you’ve never had a food sensitivities test, I encourage you to get one. They draw some blood, send it to a lab, and you get the results in a week.
There are at least four kinds of respected food sensitivities tests. Nerissa took the IgG ELISA. I took the MRT. We both agreed the MRT was more comprehensive and easier to understand, though it was four times as expensive to do.
Keep in mind that the results you get aren’t all bad news. You don’t have to give up the food villans forever. You can correct food sensitivities by eliminating the suspect foods for a couple of months, and then reintroducing them to your body. Your body will then be reset. The result is a happier, healthier you.
Ask your medical doctor about it.
Better yet, since your doc may not know about these tests, ask an alternative care practitioner about them.
PS – I was hoping garlic and scallops were OK for me. They are. I’m addicted to both. Had the results shown them as bad news for me, I would have done the test again, but with someone else’s blood.
Note: The MRT food sensitivities test that I took is done by the Signet Diagnostic Corporation. You can get information by completing their online form at www.nowleap.com/complimentary_prescreening.html (I don’t know the company or anyone working there. Again, consult with your physician.)
TIP: I currently have someone making my food for me once a week. This makes my life easier. I just reach in the frig and pull out the next meal. It’s weighed, balanced, and only consists of safe foods for me. If you’re in the Austin or Wimberley, Texas area, let me know and I’ll tell you who he is. If you aren’t near by, you might look for a nutritionist that makes house calls.