So overall here are the changes I have noticed:
No running nose
No dry cough
No sneezing in morning
Less bloated in my midsection
Feeling more energy
I will admit, this has been very difficult and after 12 days, I realized I had eaten a raisin, which are the grape family and since I’m allergic to grapes, I had to start all over again. Sigh. It was tough….
How do you take 52 foods you normally eat and take them out of your diet and try to open your mind to new things that is a very limited amount of foods really.
Then I have to, One by One, add my food allergens back in. You do one, so take gluten, for 8 days and have it with two meals of your day. And then see how your body responds. So we’re not just talking 6 weeks, we’re talking almost an entire year probably of incorporating all those foods back in, one by one, for 8 days at a time. It just is alot to work with.
I love what has happened so far but I don’t want to be that restricted for that long. It’s not living.
I’m so glad I found out what my allergens are and that I know how my body reacts to having them in my day to day life. I have completely cut out gluten (except am making an exception on the holiday of Christmas and New Years) and all dairy, coffee – , garlic…those were the highest allergens I responded to most. They give you numbers of how high your body responds to the food and those rated the highest, coffee actually the highest of everything. I did try coffee recently and noticed that I couldn’t sleep that night, (just not used to the caffeine from it anymore) I got a dry cough at night and the next morning I used half a box of tissues and felt horrible like I had a cold but just allergies and mostly, I found I could not breathe well and while trying to get to bed I had a wheeze just when breathing. This is almost like asthma symptoms.
Through this I have learned that I want to keep my body in a natural state, feeding it with natural, unprocessed foods that are predominantly from the ground. Lots of vegetables, fruits here and there and lean protein. That is what my body wants. I have also learned 3 in 5 people have food allergies and don’t know it. I think it’s best to know the most about your body as you possibly can. It’s only to your benefit.
I didn’t do before and after pictures but did do measurements and lost a total of 4 inches from my midsection. Now, I will say that I tend to bloat easily with certain foods and the other time of the month. But I do feel less bloated and mostly, less sinus issues…which has really made me happier in the morning, as they could sometimes take my day over–that’s how uncomfortable it was.
I hope this helps you in some way to realize that sometimes if you can’t figure out why, after taking so many roads, your body will not change, that sometimes you might have to dig deeper. Here’s to moving forward!