A few months ago I started getting bloated, gassy, crampy, and headaches after I ate anything. Even a meal of chicken and rice would upset my stomach and have me laying in bed for few hours. Some days I couldn’t pull myself out of bed because I felt so lethargic and my stomach hurt so bad.
I decided to do some research into food allergies. A year ago, after I had my appendix removed, I developed an intolerance to gluten. I have successfully become gluten free and was now wondering if I had somehow developed another food intolerance. I started cutting out all forms of dairy and I felt a little better but still was uncomfortable after I ate, especially later on in the day.
I found a place that tested both environmental and food allergies. After I was tested, I had to wait a few weeks for my blood work to come back. Yesterday I was finally able to pick up my results.
I’m shocked with the results. I am sensitive to 29 allergens… TWENTY NINE!! And the majority are my favorite foods. I suspected some of these foods on the list but had no idea about others.
My immediate reaction was to panic. I had no idea what I would eat. Almond milk, eggs, peanut butter, and banana are my “go to” foods. I was freaking out and thinking that I can’t possibly eliminate these foods for the 90 day. But once I was able to process the results I started to feel better. I finally know why my stomach hurts every time I eat. I don’t have an intolerance to many protein or carb sources. I can substitute almond milk for coconut or rice milk. And by eliminating these trigger foods for three months, I should be pain free after eating and hopefully start feeling like myself again.
There’s going to be a lot of experimenting with food substitutes but I know I can do this. Here’s to the next three months of finding new favorite foods!