As much as I’ve tried to avoid the fact that I need to change my eating habits for my health’s sake I don’t think I can much longer especially if I keep working out like I have been. While I am not the world’s unhealthiest eater I cannot deny that there is a huge possibility that what I am eating effects my health in a big way and perhaps I can prevent my thyroid from being attack by avoiding foods that trigger these attacks.
From the research I have been doing to talking to others who have a food intolerance it is obvious that it is time for me to look more into testing myself for a food intolerance. While I like the idea of being able to cut out whatever I am intolerant to and instantly get 100% better I believe this will be a lot easier said than done.
First I need to narrow down the culprits and pinpoint what I am actually intolerant to (who knows I might not have a food intolerance after all). After consulting Google on how I can test for a food intolerance I realized that there are for the most part 2 ways I can go about doing this.
For starters I can do a blood test that will test for an inflammatory response to a number of food items. While this route is the quickest and easiest route to go its drawbacks are that it is expensive especially if I want to test a broad range of food items also it is not 100% accurate. Depending on the lab I do the blood work through I can have the results within a week or two.
The second route I could take would be to do an elimination diet. This diet would entail me cutting out a number of foods for 2-3 weeks then 1 by 1 adding them back in to see which one causes me issues. While this route is more accurate in pinpointing which food(s) I have issues with it is a lengthy process that requires major will power. Depending on the number of foods I eliminate determines how long it will take me to complete this process. I calculated it out and it would take me 6 weeks to test only 3 items.
And The Winner Is…
After much consideration and a failed attempt at doing the elimination diet I had decided to splurge on getting the blood work done. Since this is a costly test I did not want to go with just any test. It took hours of research and days of thinking it through but I finally chose to do the Pinnertest. This test seemed to be the most accurate out of all the food intolerance tests out there. Plus it offered a payment plan so I did not have to pay hundreds of dollars all at once.
The process was fairly simple. Once I received the test kit in the mail I followed the instructions, which consisted of me pricking my finger and depositing 2 drops of my blood on the test pad. Then I mailed my test kit to the lab and in less than 10 days I received my results via email.
Per my results I am highly intolerant to chocolate (WTF I didn’t even know that this could be an option). Also, I am mildly intolerant to corn and barley (after reading chocolate on my results these 2 were easier to take). Per these results if I avoid any foods containing the following I should feel a million times better.
Cereal Starch, Corn, Corn Flour, Dextri-maltose, Dextrin, Dextrose, Fructose, Glucose, Glucose Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), Modified Starch, Vegetable Oil, and Vodka
Barley, Barley Flour, Beer, Beer Vinegar, Brown Rice Syrup, Fructan, Malt or Malt Flavoring, Malt Vinegar, Maltose, Matlodextrin, Whisky, and Worcesterhire Sauce
Brandy, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Liquor, Cocoa Powder, Liqueurs, Mole Sauce, and Pectin
Results Are In And I’m Not Happy
Okay I am not going to lie this sucks. Who on earth has the will power to avoid chocolate? The whole time I was waiting for my results to come back I was praying that I wouldn’t be intolerant to dairy because the idea of giving up cheese was unbearable. However I didn’t realize that I would end up intolerant to chocolate. There goes my victory mochas after Saturday morning yoga. I need some time to morn the loss of chocolate and come to terms with the fact that chocolate and I have a love hate relationship. While I love chocolate it is sending my body into attack mode and my poor thyroid is the helpless victim.
For my health I will need to be strong and stay away from these items. We shall see how good I will be at avoiding temptation over these next couple weeks. For now I need to get a little more organized when it comes to meal planning and see how I can better avoid these foods without feeling like I am missing out. Wish me luck cause I am really going to need it!