I realized I have not shared much about my love of FOOD.
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵.
𝘗𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘺.
𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘊𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘉𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘗𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨.
But when eating leads to pain or worse.
Then fear sets in. Anxiety. Restriction.
Thinking back to college I recall having issues digesting raw onions, raw broccoli. Later dairy.
After having C, I realized I could no longer eat eggs. No more egg sandwiches or sukiyaki.
Within about an hour- I was incapacitated with severe cramping, chills & sweats, misery for hours. Then fatigue.
I was an allergy fellow at the time so naturally I tested myself. No allergy.
Yet, I was petrified to do an oral challenge for months.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘴? 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐡..𝐧𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐬.
Interestingly though after many months, I did eventually test the waters.
𝐍𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐞𝐠𝐠𝐬.
In hindsight, I suspect antibiotics during delivery and immune system changes surrounding pregnancy and the postpartum period contributed to increased gut permeability and alterations in my microbiome. Ironically enough though now Josie, my youngest, has a true egg allergy. She developed hives and vomiting after eating scrambled eggs at 10 mos.
So tonight- we are having scrambled tofu as part of brinner.
Ok so what is the point of all of this?
Reactions to foods can change over time.
Our sensitivities and intolerances are impacted in large part by our microbiome.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐠𝐮𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐠𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞 𝐁𝐔𝐓 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬:
1. If you are having symptoms, keep a journal to track them. 𝘕𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦? 𝘋𝘔 𝘮𝘦!
2. DO NOT waste money on food sensitivity testing. 𝘏𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘪𝘴 𝘕𝘖𝘛 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘺.
3. DO ask for help from an allergist and/or a registered dietician who is well versed in these matters. 𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯 𝘙𝘋 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦.
4. Taking or eating probiotics MAY be helpful BUT like any supplement they are buyer beware. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘋𝘈 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘨𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴.
5. Probiotics are the seeds, but you need to feed the garden too. 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘣𝘪𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘳. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘴𝘭𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘥 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘨𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘥𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘱𝘢𝘪𝘯. 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘸- 𝘬𝘢𝘭𝘦, 𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴, 𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘤. 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴? 𝘍𝘭𝘢𝘹 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘸𝘦𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘦𝘨𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘣𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘴, 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘢𝘵𝘴.