Eat This, Not That: Leah’s Edition

If you are a long time reader, you know that I’ve been dealing with some major tummy troubles for the past couple of years. (Want to know what my troubles are, exactly? Scope out this post.)

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(Source aka I only wish my stomach was that flat.)

So after 2 years of dealing with doctors, working with specialists, and having the gamut of tests run on me, I was told last month, after my endoscopy, that I’d basically have to just live with it and that they couldn’t diagnose me with anything.

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Yep, that’s right. Self-medication was also recommended, let me repeat that. A physician recommended self-medication. Now, I don’t know about you, but I was livid. I think that your body has symptoms for a reason and those symptoms are indicating something is wrong so that you can deal with those issues. Am I right?

Don’t answer that. Because I don’t care if you think I’m right. I know I am. And I had all of my suspicions confirmed over the past 6 weeks.

I met with a Naturopath that my dad has been seeing for the past 6 months or so. When Western medicine fails, go Eastern, right? I was willing to give anything a shot at this point.

After a brief meeting, he immediately said that he thought that I had some food intolerances … which is what I’ve been assuming all along but everyone refused to test me saying that it didn’t sound like food allergy. Don’t worry, I had all the important tests done – Celiac, Chron’s, etc were all negative. Dr. Wolf actually said that it made his job easier that we had eliminated so much through Western medicine and he really believes in using both philosophies to compliment each other. I concur wholeheartedly after this little endeavor!

So to test my “intolerances” (Not to be confused with allergy! There is a difference!), he hooked me up to a device similar to this one shown below.

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(Source with description!)

After about an hour of testing (completely painless!), his computer spit out a nasty list of things that don’t give well with my body. (Don’t ask me how it works, I have no idea!)

Food Intolerances

Wheat/White flour, bran, startch
Beef, Pork, Tuna
Cow’s Milk (and anything made with it)
Apples, Bananas, Strawberries, Oranges
Carrots (cooked is probably ok)
Aspartame, Sugar
Frying Fat, Canola Oil
Cocoa, Chocolate
Soy milk, Tofu
White wine, Whiskey

Now the idea behind this is not that I have to live without these foods for the rest of my life. In small doses, I should be fine and some may be bigger triggers than others.

The dairy, I knew. I’ve always had a problem with that. Apples have always upset my stomach. Oranges make me phlegmy, and whiskey makes me angry (true story).

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Gorgonzola and Apple Stuffed Pork Chops

The red flags in my eyes were bananas (I was eating one a day, at least), chocolate (again, eating it pretty much daily), pork (um, bacon! Hello!), and the soy stuff (again, a daily occurrence – a lot of non-dairy alternatives are soy based).

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Loaded Risotto

The wheat/white issue wasn’t a big deal for me. I can deal with alternatives. And don’t confuse this with going gluten-free cuz I’m not! I can do things like spelt and I don’t have to worry about getting certified gluten free oats or anything like that.

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Spelt Berry Muffins

A super exciting thing that came out of this was that I discovered I can eat goat cheese! Rejoice!

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Bleu Smothered Chicken

I also lost a little piece of my soul when he told me I really needed to cut out my daily Chobani because dairy was pretty much off-the-charts-bad. I’ve tried soy yogurt (ew) and I think I’m just going to abstain. Chobani or nothing at all!

So, if you are super observant, you have probably noticed my diet beginning to shift already. We have been working our way through getting the no-no foods out of the house and transitioning to alternatives. In addition to baking with spelt, moving to goat cheese, and nixing the bacon (*tear*), we’ve starting drinking rice milk, adding turkey and fish as other sources of meat (versus pork and beef), and stocking up on carob as a chocolate replacement.

In addition to the diet changes I have made, I’ve also been taking a few supplements per Dr. Wolf’s recommendation.

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A probiotic at night, digestive enzymes before meals, and something else called Thunder Pearls to fight the bacteria in my intestines that he picked up traces of.

I left the appointment really excited. This is the first time I had left a doctors appointment feeling like they heard me, understood me, and could fix me. It’s an amazing feeling. I was still a little skeptical but I was going to give it a shot. What else did I have to lose?

Symptoms is what I had to lose. And lose, indeed! (Now if I could just lose weight…)

That’s right folks, my intestinal distress is 100% manageable. I stick by these new diet guidelines probably 90% of the time, I take my supplements probably 80% of the time and I am symptom free probably 6 out of 7 days a week!

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13 Responses

  1. I’m really glad you posted about this because I’ve been having tummy issues for a long time too. I just got diagnosed with endometriosis but I think there is more to it than that. I’ve been told to look into a naturopath too. Symptom-free 6 days out of 7 is awesome!

  2. That is amazing Leah!! I think a lot of tummy issues are food intolerances, which regular doctors just can’t seem to diagnose. I’ve done all the same tests, including allergy. They really wanted to tell me I had IBS, but I throw up when I eat certain foods which has nothing to do with your bowel! I’ve long thought about naturopathy, so thank you for the feedback 🙂

    Also, SUPER happy your symptoms have almost gone away!

  3. Glad you finally found something to give you relief. That makes this grandma very, very happy.

  4. What a BUMMER! Wine and whiskey? Boo. At least you know what it is. And hopefully that means you can figure out ways to eat other things that don’t hurt your stomach. Maybe you can eventually eat them again?

    • We shall see. Last night I had regular penne pasta at Olive Garden and my belly ached later. It might be that my tolerance is lowered since I’ve been following the guidelines so now the intolerances may have a greater negative impact on me than before? Not sure.

  5. Hopefully you’ll start to feel better soon! If you want to give soy yogurt another try the yoso brand is good… It’s still different than dairy yog but better than the other soy brands.

    I just wanted to add that goat has nearly the same proteins as beef so just pay extra attention when you have goat products to see if you have a reaction. You should be okay since you’re not allergic but I just wanted to throw it out there on the off chance it affects you!

  6. I am all for Eastern medicine! 🙂

    I was going to recommend you start taking a Papaya Enzyme: http://www.quality-nutritional-supplements.com/benefits-of-papaya-enzymes.html

    I have been reading on safe stuff I could take and that was high on the list of things to buy.

    I also buy a great deal of my herbal supplements from: http://www.iherb.com/ – they’re based out of CA

  7. I know this sounds crazy but I have read that a lot of people have had luck with the laser method for clearing food intolerances……

    “The laser treatment involves holding the substance to which you are sensitive near your bellybutton and shining a laser pointer through it into your belly. You then wash your hands and avoid contact with the substance for 24 hours and it is supposed to help overcome a sensitivity to the substance, so long as you don’t have a genetic allergy to it.”

    It uses a common laser pointer like from an office supply store. I’m skeptical but I would give it a try if I discovered some intolerance to certain things just to see for myself. Ever since I read about it I have been kind of fascinated.

  8. can I just say you are super brave to go through all that…I know I would have a really hard time giving up some of those foods (or even just cut way back)…looking forward to how you creatively deal with all this!

  9. So sorry to hear of your tummy troubles. Good luck with the new changes in your diet, glad to hear it’s starting to help!

  10. So sorry to hear about all your troubles, but I’m so happy for you that you seem to have found the triggers for it and can now hopefully live without these problems! Now I can’t wait to see the innovating recipes you come up with from this!!

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