My girl doesn’t like me talking about her digestive system…
All I can tell you is that Emily has had a tummy ache probably from the moment she had her first drink as a newborn.
Over the years we’ve changed her milk, changed her diet, added bran and prunes, removed dairy, added it back when it didn’t help, removed bananas and added them back… we tried many things but never figured out how to help her tummy.
As a mom, even though my girl is 18, I still want to help her so this past summer, I took her to a naturopath and decided to have blood work done to look for food sensitivities.
I know it’s a controversial subject. Many don’t believe in the results from the test but I felt like this could give us a new path to explore.
As my lovely husband pointed out that the veracity of that particular blood analysis isn’t proven, I reminded him that Emily’s diagnosis comes with a proven list of “will never”.
Never walk, never talk, never understand or even recognize us…
It’s proven! But we all know that it’s not true! Emily does all those things and more so with that in mind, we went to get her results this past September.
My fabulously amazing daughter flagged for 35 food sensitivities.
That’s a big number!
Our naturopath wasn’t sure how we would react to all of this but we had decided to take clear steps towards eliminating the food that Emily can’t process properly in order to help her.
Jonathan and I were ready to follow the same rule as Emily.
In no specific order:
- Cow milk
- Goat milk
- Sheep milk
- Egg yolk
- Egg white
- Bean (red kidney)
- Bean (white haricot)
- Soy bean
- Cabbage (savoy/white)
- Baker’s yeast
- Brewer’s yeast
- Brazil nut
- Sunflower seeds
- Wheat bran
- Durum wheat
- Mustard seed
Before removing gluten, we had Emily tested for Celiac and I’m happy to say she’s not allergic to gluten, just sensitive.
After the celiac test was done, it took us a day to remove everything in the kitchen that contained some of these items and we are slowly finding new ways to eat although some food we haven’t quite figure out how to replace or substitute.
Don’t worry, we still have lots of good things we can eat, here are some examples!
We’ve had something that kinda felt like pasta once…. 😳
I haven’t found a good cookie recipe yet 😢
And pizza without cheese is not really worth it 😳
On the positive side, Emily’s tummy felt better within a week of cleaning our eating habits! We are not ready to start reintroducing items yet but we are looking at lowering her medication.
I call that a win!
As challenging as this is, I’m so thrilled you took this step. I use a naturopath and have taken blood tests for food sensitivities, and I have a second naturopath who uses applied kinesiology (muscle testing) to determine food sensitivities and more. I can’t eat any animal milk products, eggs or parts of eggs, rice, corn, xantham gum, blueberries, cumin, or wheat. And I try to not eat sugar in any form because of healing a recent overgrowth of yeast. I’m so thrilled that Emily is beginning to feel better! It’s not an easy adjustment, but so worth it. My son has to eat gluten free, dairy free, no potatoes or apples. We make it work.
It’s challenging but after 18 years of looking for something to help her, we decided to make it work and we eat like her as to not make her feel bad about this. So far, she’s maintaining her healthy weight and we are losing some of our extra pounds. Next, we need to be more physically active 😊
What a challenge! Can she eat nutritional yeast? I mix tomato puree with nutritional yeast plus loads of spices to fix my pizza cravings. Use any base then spread the stuff on thee an top woth roasted veg. Works like a charm.
Yes she can eat nutritional yeast. So far we’ve only sprinkled it on top of food and not in it. I’ll give this a try. Thx
The more mom’s I speak to that have gone this route have had incredible results. Food heals, we have moved away from the kitchen as a society, and it is affecting many of us in so many ways. It is inspiring to know that you have seen such changes in your daughter, that you were so open to this method, and dove in with both feet. Keep it up, and please share that flat bread recipe!
Plantain is one of our new key ingredient! The flat bread is delicious.
2 plantain, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp baking Sosa, 1/2 tsp of salt.
Put all that in food processor and process until it’s all smooth. Makes 6 slices. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
From the Healing Kitchen recipe book!