Many of you may or may not know that we offer food sensitivity testing at our office. This blood test, check your body against 96 different foods and against 2 different inflammatory pathways. Once your results are in, a 12 week elimination plan is put together and your way to decreasing many symptoms is on its way. According to Alletes Labs indications for food sensitivity testing are:
Autism Spectrum Disorder,
Attention Deficit Disorder
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
We have also had patients mention decreases in heartburn, fatigue, brain fog, and joint pain. Dr. Pete and Elizabeth here at KCNSJC are doing food sensitivity diets along with our patients. Check Dr. Pete’s path below and Elizabeth’s in on Wednesday. After their 12 week elimination they will be posting again.
Dr. Pete Casey’s Food Sensitivity Test and Challenges
I wanted to do the food sensitivity testing because I have been dealing with some muscle fatigue and memory fogginess over the last couple of years. I’ve also dealt with skin dryness and irritations that I didn’t used to have to deal with. The most surprising or inconvenient foods that I am sensitive to are:
Egg yolk, egg white, turkey, chicken, almonds, cashews, safflower seed, sesame seed
Eggs are a challenge because they are an easy and nutritious breakfast piece that I’ve relied on for years, whether it be scrambled or boiled. They are also an additive or base for a lot of recipes that my wife and I use. Turkey and chicken makes it a little difficult because it just narrows the meat options we have. Almonds are challenging because my wife and I use a lot of recipes that use almond meal or almond flour (like Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!!). Both almonds and cashews have been my go-to grab snack for years so that is going to be hard to replace. Safflower and sesame seed oil are used in a lot of store-bought foods, like humus for instance, and so when checking the labels of foods to see if I’m sensitive to any of them, it seems like these two come up quite frequently.
I’ve done restrictive dietary plans before, like the Paleo Diet or the Whole 30, which are plenty challenging and were very beneficial to my health, but this plan is more specific to what I am sensitive to and so there is a lot more label-checking than before. Plus, I am having to really branch out from my go-to foods because I was sensitive to most of them (not coffee though, thank God!). The other surprising thing is that I can eat some things and be ok with it, like organic, non-GMO corn chips. I had all but gotten away from chips, but as long as they’re not cooked in safflower or sesame seed oil, then they are free and clear!
A concept that has come up before for me that is very clear to me right now, is that in today’s world it is incredibly difficult to eat healthy and do so consistently. Not only are we bombarded with advertisements for crap-food that is chemically enhanced or modified to make you crave it, but foods that you buy that aren’t whole foods are all so impure. Like why does safflower oil need to be in humus? Or why does sugar need to be in bacon? Nothing pre-made or pre-packaged is “simply” made. I’m thankful that I have my wife supporting me so that we can make meals from whole foods so that we can know what’s in our food. Where I’ve seen this type of dietary plan fail the most is when an individual does not have the support of his or her spouse and family. It is considerably harder to resist frozen custard or pizza or breaded chicken strips when your spouse is sitting across the table eating it!
It won’t be easy the next few months, but I want to start feeling better. I look forward to sharing how it goes!Tags: Allergy, Food Sensitivity