Something was “Wrong” with my Body
In 2012, I began having asthma attacks. While this is something that “runs” in the family, I had not personally experienced it. I like to breathe and so I found myself taking pharmaceutical drugs for the first time in my life. I also noticed there was a pattern to my “asthma.”
At the time we were living in Mexico. We had moved in August as part of the contract for an extended work assignment my husband had accepted. Each visit to the United States of America, I experienced major breathing issues. I had convinced myself that it was because of all the dust in our Kansas home because our adult children living there were living like pigs and refusing to clean. When we moved back to the US in June 2014 and I had fully reclaimed my home from the dirt, the asthma became progressively worse until I finally sought help from a medical doctor.
A variety of tests were done that confirmed my “allergies” had worsened and were creating an increase of inflammation. The inflammation was showing up primarily in my respiratory system. Of course, the “answer” was to start using a “preventative” inhaler daily that included steroids and had “night time death from asthma related complications” as a side effect.
By this time, I had also gained another 30 pounds despite the types and amount of food I was eating. I knew this wasn’t normal and searched for the cause. As I searched for the answer, I discovered a book written by my most favorite naturally-minded medical doctor, Elson Haas, titled The False Fat Diet. The book is about an elimination diet and it taught me that there ABSOLUTELY was something “wrong” with my body and it has a name — False Fat. False fat is the body’s response to foods you are sensitive to.
I began to write down what I had eaten shortly before my breathing became labored. I thought sugar, gluten, wheat, and dairy might be to blame. As I began to avoid those things as much as possible, my asthma became more manageable. I did notice that while the weight stuck around, my body did change. My face slimmed down.
I started investigating tests for food allergies. Scratch test versus blood test versus hair test. None of which would be ordered by our doctor — blocked by insurance wanting other things tried first.
At any rate, I looked at the lab work I did have access to order. The blood test recommended in Dr. Haas’ book — Alcat — was one that I could order. The problem was that the comprehensive Alcat test was out of my financial reach even with paying the wholesale rate. THAT IS RIDICULOUS! So, I began again to keep a food journal and tried to be as accurate as possible. Do you know how much you consume every single day when you include spices, herbs, condiments AND all the ingredients of all the foods you make or buy preprocessed?
HOW WAS I GOING TO FIGURE THIS OUT?
On November 1, 2019, while scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I happened upon an ad for an at-home basic food sensitivity test. I clicked the ad to take a look. The price was much less than my wholesale price for the Alcat test. Thanks to our Health Savings Account debit card, I took the opportunity to order the test.
When the test arrived, it sat on my desk for a week. I finally opened it, followed the detailed instructions and shipped the lab form back to the company. Four days later — the Friday before Thanksgiving — I received an email with a list of 26 foods that were harming my body.
My body is adversely reacting to 26 “good for you” foods. Remember the list I had compiled for myself using a food journal; sugar, wheat, gluten, and dairy? Only one was right — dairy. Non-reactive to wheat and gluten, though sugar wasn’t tested for. I continue to consume only the type of sugar I know my body doesn’t react to — maple syrup and coconut palm sugar. This food sensitivity test also showed that I have no reaction to honey.
Cow’s milk is all that I am “highly reactive” to. Do you know how much one consumes daily that is in the “cow’s milk” category? I do. Egg whites, mozzarella, yogurt and coffee are items my body is “moderately reactive” to. Fortunately, I have never drank coffee. My body “mildly reacts” to: codfish, asparagus, pineapple, cabbage, garlic, carrot, kale, chicken, soybean, banana, egg yolk, ginger, broccoli, cheddar, lamb, eggplant, cucumber, tuna, sesame, bell pepper and white potato. Nothing on this list was being eaten to excess nor is anything on this list eaten daily nor is anything on this list something I had been craving.
I’ve chosen to avoid all of these foods. I printed off the list and posted it in the kitchen so we are all aware of what harms my body. I am not perfect with this. I love pepperoni pizza and yes, at times, I still choose to enjoy it. I am fully aware of what is going to happen and that I am consciously choosing it in that moment. I’ve done a lot of personal testing to discover how these foods have been impacting my entire world and I was not prepared for what would ultimately happen when I removed these reactive foods from my daily routine.