On my way to acupuncture yesterday I stopped and had my food sensitivities rechecked. I am so happy to report that some of the things I've eliminated I'm no longer showing as sensitive to!
Some of the things I've really missed and can now eat again (in rotation every 4 days or so) are salt, Mozzarella cheese (on spelt pizza crust!!!), rice and corn, tuna and avocado. I am looking forward also to cottage and cream cheeses.
Still no wheat, eggs or chicken. Surprisingly no sweet potatoes, curry, turkey, and now canola oil! Safflower and olive oil are okay now.
I can have sole, black coffee and barley (in my coffee substitute) sparingly. So rotation, rotation, rotation.
My bladder urgency is mostly gone and others have commented that my energy seems up. It's hard to tell, day to day, when changes are so miniscule, so other peoples' comments are so appreciated. I wish I had drastic changes to report, but am cautiously optimistic that this experiment is useful.
I haven't mentioned it in awhile but I am still following my own, unique "diet," avoiding those foods to which I tested as "food sensitive."
A few of the things that I have been eating:
- Celery stalks with almond butter
- Spelt tortillas (from Trader Joe's)
- Pork loin
- Plain baked potatoes
- Quinoa 'pudding' (thanks, D.)
- Hot apple juice with cinnamon
- Rolled spelt with dried cranberries (instead of oatmeal in the a.m.)
- Laughing Cow cheese (the French "American cheese")
- Fresh tomatoes
- Steamed broccoli and mushrooms
- Raw carrots
I can't have salt (think any kind of broth) so soups are out, no legumes (lentils and hummus), no sugar, and no soy (tofu and edamame). And I can't have rice, so a lot of items for celiac disease (wheat allergy) sufferers are out.
I've been warned that it may be a long time before I see any improvement: "Symptoms often appear as the last stage of any disease's progression, so too, much healing might need to take place before symptoms finally disappear: the last to arrive and the last to leave…Nothing will happen overnight and improvement often comes in almost imperceptible steps." (Sawyer and Bachrach, p. 35)
I think I can commit to a year of this, and I'll get my food sensitivities retested in 3 ot 6 months so I may be able to add some things back. I've also got a list of additional foods I want tested as well.
It's definitely been a challenge, but it hasn't become unbearable yet.
My first potentially offending food is wheat (and gluten). I am eliminating it for a few weeks to see if I notice "any results." Since the goal is to eliminate foods that trigger symptoms, the numbness and tingling in my hands should be one indicator.
The book maintains that "over time it becomes easier to identify the offending foods." For example, "[if] after a meal you experience a reaction such as numb tingling, a fleeting spasm, or some other telltale sign" you make note of the food and then eat it again later with known safe foods. It's only been a few days, but I haven't noticed much yet.
As a sidebar, I just have to say, it was imposssible to avoid processed sugar last night: it was Halloween! I had a few snack-size chocolate bars and some Tootsie Rolls. All in all, I did admirably well restraining myself from gobbling through the entire bowl meant to give out to the kiddies.
But I did have trouble falling asleep last night (is there caffeine in chocolate?) and this morning I felt clumsier and had more shaky vision than usual. I'm going to say that was the sugar, and drink lots of extra water today to try to flush it out of my body.