I’ve been seeing a therapist to help with my depression (and other life issues). The therapist recommended I see a naturopath to help me work with my digestion. And that is when my life started to change.
We have been working with some digestive herbs and other things to ramp up my digestion, but none of it was helping long term or changing my digestion for good. So, my naturopath suggested an antibody blood test to see if I was eating anything that could be bothering my body. BOY WAS I EVER:
The pictures are of my test results. Anything in the I-VI range is creating an antibody response in my body and should be avoided. So, in addition to being vegan (as I’ve been for 10+ years) and gluten free (as I’ve been for 3+ years) I will also be avoiding the following items:
- lima beans
- soy beans (and all forms of soy)
- wheat gliadin*
- wheat gluten*
- brown rice
- sunflower seed
- whole wheat*
- navy beans
*I’ve already been avoiding these as part of my gluten free diet
So, yeah, that is quite a list. It became even more daunting when I realized most of these foods are hiding even in “allergy free” items and in other places I wouldn’t expect. My favorite almond milk has sunflower lecithin (I did not even know that was a thing), baking powder has cornstarch (I found a recipe to make my own. What sort of madness is this?) all chocolate has soy lecithin (save for one brand), all potato chips are verboten (until I find some all olive oil ones), and garlic is pervasive in most all packaged foods.
Thank goodness I know how to cook, right?! And, thank goodness my husband is doing this diet with me. With out those two factors, I’m pretty sure I’d have given up by now.
I’m currently 1 week into this journey. In about a month my naturopath and I will decide what to do next. In the meantime, I’m hungry when I should be, the food I eat sounds and tastes good, and I digest what I eat in time to be hungry at the correct time again. That has not been the case for many years. It feels like magic.