Earlier this week, I had an appointment with my nutritionist. The appointment was for another round of food allergy testing via the skin prick test. The results of the last skin prick + blood tests I got in June weren’t too good, so I was hopeful that this one would be better.
Since my last test in June, I had to really really really watch what I ate. My nutritionist had me start out by eating one food for three days straight, then slowly introducing one new food at a time. (You can read more about my last visit/plan of action here.) I started with eating only fruit. I ate bananas for three days straight, then introduced a different type of fruit every few days. I immediately felt better after limiting the variety of my food. After I exhausted every kind of fruit I could think of, I starting introducing vegetables and I still felt good… until about 1.5 months ago when I noticed the skin on my face was starting to break out again and I was getting bloated after meals… WHAA? Huge red flag. My grandma was coming out for a visit in a week, so I knew I needed to get my body back to normal ASAP. Going on day trips isn’t fun when you’ve got a perpetual stomachache! I did a quick banana-only cleanse for a few days, then went back to my fruitarian diet. I immediately felt better once again.
I’ve just started delving back into the world of vegetables. I started eating sweet potatoes last week and next month I will probably try different vegetables. But for now, I’m only eating fruit + sweet potatoes. And I’m feeling good! (Which makes me happy because I love sweet potatoes. Aren’t they the best?)
(An example of a meal I used to eat when I was eating grains, nuts, beans and more veggies)
This past test, I tested positive for less foods, which means my body is less hyper-reactive, which is good! Since I still tested positive for a good amount of food, my nutritionist really thinks I have Celiac disease. I know I mentioned I blood-tested negative for Celiac disease in Part II, but since Celiac disease is fairly novel, the tests are not always accurate. My nutritionist said she’s seen enough patients with Celiac disease to notice a similar pattern in my health to theirs.
My nutritionist wants me to continue doing exactly what I’m doing now and I’ll get retested for just the foods I tested positive for next month. I’ll also get another blood test in a month to see how my immune system’s doing. (I didn’t get a blood test this past time.) Since my body doesn’t digest food like it’s supposed to, I may very well eat a mainly fruitarian diet indefinitely, as long as it continues to make me feel good. I used to be extremely skeptical about people eating a restricted diet, but now that I’m on the other side of the spectrum, I truly believe that you should do whatever floats your boat!
I love interacting with you guys via social media, email and the comments section below. Thank you for everyone who’s told me their personal health stories and keep them coming! A lot of you have said you’ve been able to heal your health issues or at least keep them at bay simply by changing your diet! I am continually fascinated by holistic healing and the effect of food on the gut. It’s certainly changed my entire life.
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