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.)
(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.
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.
(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!)
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)
Frying Fat, Canola Oil
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).
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).
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.
A super exciting thing that came out of this was that I discovered I can eat goat cheese! Rejoice!
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.
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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