My Food Sensitivity Test
For the past couple of years, I have been dealing with some weird digestive issues and seem to get an upset stomach every time I eat out. Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t stop me from eating at Italian restaurants, Sushi, Mexican, Thai, etc. But, nonetheless, being sick after every excursion is uncomfortable and inconvenient. My mom suggested that I go to a gastro doctor, but I was referred to an R.N. and wanted to see what it was all about.
I wish that I could explain the process in as much detail that it was described to me. However, I’ll defer all technical questions to the Denovo Clinic, and instead, explain what I remember.
I walked in thinking I was merely doing a screening for food sensitivities. I somehow assumed it would involve a blood panel, however I wasn’t asked to eat a full breakfast, fast, etc. so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It ended up being a three hour panel using electroacupuncture (also referred to online as electrodermal testing). I held a metal bar in one hand while my other hand was probed with another metal end that sent electrical currents through my skin.
A Homeopathic Approach
The first hour or so was a series of base point readings. Various points on my hands and feet provided a reading, 0-100. When something fell below 45, it was considered weakened, with 45-55 being balanced, and 55+ being stressed. I seemed to have a weakened nervous system, adrenal system, heart, gall bladder, and stomach. In addition to being provided with this information, I also felt like I was receiving therapy simultaneously. We talked about my history with disordered food eating (you can read more of that here), my work-life balance, my relationships, my home life growing up, etc. I felt relaxed and comfortable, and felt a sudden explanation for everything that I suspected was awry in my body.
I was recommended several homeopathic remedies, including 2 for digestion, 1 for my thyroid, 1 for my female organs, and another for my gallbladder.
The Avoid List
The latter half of my appointment was another series of readings for food sensitivities. To clarify, an allergy is something that would cause your throat to close up or inflict hives. A sensitivity can cause mild reactions such as inflammation, digestive issues, exhaustion, or even cold symptoms. This time, when the reading fell just below or just over 50, it was added to my “avoid” list. I walked away with 3 and a half pages of foods to avoid. Here is a small sampling so you can get an idea:
- Cow’s milk (including whey)
- Wheat (white, organic, whole, and bran)
- Rice (brown, while, wild)
- Potatoes (white)
- Peppers (green, red)
- Peas (green, soy)
- Milk (soy, rice, cow)
- Lettuce (iceberg)
- Ham (pork)
- Grapes (green)
- Cheese (feta)
For most people, this might have been the most horrific part of the test. However, I’ve gotten pretty creative at coming up with recipes with a limited source of ingredients, so I think I’ll be just fine. Of course, if I followed the list exactly, that would mean less trips to the sushi bar, hemp protein instead of my favorite whey and plant-based options, and no more ground turkey. And I’m sure you caught the most ironic sensitivity: pineapple.
I am still battling with the idea of homeopathic therapy and food restriction, even if it’s done with a food sensitivity in mind. My scientific and math-minded self tells me to be skeptical. And my prior relationship with food tells me to find balance, rather than elimination. But the optimist in me wants to try it out for a month. If I can improve my digestion and walk away feeling more energetic and pleasant to be around, then it would be worth it! So today starts Day 1. I know, I know, it’s Christmas Eve. But I’m not the type of person that likes to put things off until a Monday. You know what they say, YOLO!
Have a fantastic holiday, everyone! And if you’ve ever been through the above process, please reach out to me! I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.