|Common Hidden Food Allergens:|
Wheat, Dairy, and Eggs
I was totally prepared to suffer the consequences, but they never came. I kept waiting for that familiar ache in my abdomen to return, but it didn't. Can it be that I have actually healed? I hope so! I really enjoyed our meal. I had salad with blue cheese dressing, half of a popover with honey butter, seared scallops and asiago hash brown potatoes. It was so good, but I kept thinking, "Boy, I'm going to pay for this tomorrow." But nothing happened.
Of course, this doesn't mean that I will go back to eating "normal." For the most part I will continue to eat the way I have, but it's good to know that if I want to indulge every once in a while, I can, without getting sick and pain.
I read in Hidden Food Allergies by James Braly that you can actually heal from food intolerance by not eating the food for a number of months (they recommend three to six months). I found this book to be helpful, but they recommend IgG allergy blood tests to determine intolerance, which have not been proven to be very accurate. I think an elimination diet is probably the best bet to determine food sensitivities. At least, that's what worked for me.
I wanted to go six months without dairy, but only made it three. I made it about eight months without eggs. I thought I had an intolerance to potatoes, so I stopped eating them for several months, but then started eating them again. I figured I was mistaken in thinking I had an intolerance to potatoes, but now I wonder if that break from them was all that I needed.
It feels wonderful knowing that I don't have to be so strict anymore and can loosen up a bit. I will continue to eat natural, whole foods and avoid wheat, dairy and eggs as much as I can, but it feels great knowing I can maybe eat a slice of pizza (next on my list!) without having too horrible of a reaction.
How about you? Has anyone else realized that they have "healed" from a food intolerance?