When I opened my practice 2 months ago, I became a provider of the ALCAT food sensitivity test because I think it is such an amazing test. I feel it is a very useful tool especially for those having stomach, skin and other issues. So since I became a provider I decided that I wanted to have the test done on myself since it had been about 5 years since I have had one of these tests done. I had a similar test done when I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance but it was not nearly as extensive as the ALCAT test. I also felt this test was necessary for me because 5 years later after being strictly gluten and soy free something else was starting to upset my stomach. I had my blood drawn last Tuesday and yesterday the results came in.
The results of my test were very interesting. Since being gluten free I could not drink beer anymore so I started drinking Redbridge Gluten free beer. At first I was okay with drinking that beer, it did not really bother me but as the years passed it would make it tired, bloated and nauseated just like wheat beer did back before I knew I was celiac. So I stopped drinking any of the gluten free beer and just stuck with my liquor and water drink. Well… it is funny how the body works and lets you know something else is going on with what you have substituted- turns out I am pretty sensitive to sorghum! Not only that- those potatoes that I would substitute as my starch every now and then, and lately a pretty good amount- yeah my body does like those either! The list doesn’t stop there… here are a few of the other foods that were a pretty good staple in my diet since going gluten free 5 years ago… from the looks of it another change is about to happen.
- Oranges (severe intolerance)….. Really???
- Carob ( substituted for chocolate in a large amount of products)
- Chamomile ( no more sleepy time tea for me!)
- Pinto beans
- Red/Green Leaf Lettuce
- White Potato
Sadly, my list doesn’t end there. Here is a list of the mild intolerance that I have to remove from my diet for at least 3 months:
- String Bean
- Goats Milk
- Cows Milk
- Portobello mushroom
After reading over my results the way I have been feeling lately makes perfect sense. I have been eating a good amount of these fruits and vegetables that are seemingly health for you- and do not get me wrong they still are but my body just does not like them right now. SO… with that being said I am going to clean out my refrigerator and start over. I will keep you updated on how things are going and how I am feeling. I honestly think that the hardest thing for me to cut out is going to be potatoes and some of the veggies.
All I have to say is thank goodness Coffee, Kale, Beets and Almonds are not on my list!
The results do not stop there!
I had the full panel done when I had my blood drawn, therefore it tests for food additives/ colorings, molds and anti-inflammatory agents that one may be sensitive to. Check out the results:
- Food Additives and colorings:
- BHT: a preservative used in food to prevent the rancidity of fats and oils. used to preserve odor, color and flavor. Added directly to shortening, cereals and other foods containing fats and oils.
- Green #3: used in cosmetics, frozen desserts, candy , confections, baked goods, cereals and mint flavored jelly
- Red#40: which is used in cosmetics, drugs and foods- even orange soda.
- Sucralose (Splenda): “calorie free” sweetener found in a large amount of foods: candy, soft drinks, breakfast bars
- Thank goodness I hardly consume processed foods so I tended to stay away from these preservatives but boy can I tell when I eat them… I have a pounding headache.
As far as food items go that is my laundry list of things that I have to avoid for AT LEAST 6 months before adding the mild foods back in (maybe).
There are more items that were tested and just confirmed my thinking of what molds and anti-biotic I was sensitive to. I find it very cool that some of the foods that I am moderately/ mildly sensitive to I naturally stay away from, the human body is amazing. It seems to keep you away from the foods that may do harm to your body in some cases at least.
I know I am very happy to have spent the money that I did on this test because now I can start to get my energy back and know exactly what I need to stay away from for the next few months to get back on track!
If you are interested in learning more about the ALCAT let me know, I would love to talk to you about it!
I am going to try and keep my readers updated on how things are going as I am eliminating these things from my diet and how I am feeling.
I look forward to sharing all of this with you in hopes that if you think you may be having an issue with certain foods and want to know for sure this will inspire you to take control of your health by having this test done and getting some advice from a nutrition expert!