I struggle a lot when nothing makes sense to me. I consider myself pretty logical and smart, but when I can’t make sense of something, I immediately want to toss it out and forget about it. That isn’t always the best solution.
I took a food allergy test with my naturopath a little over a week ago. We have had some suspicious about certain foods being less than ideal for my body and I was curious. So we took a blood draw for the “E95 Common Food Panel.”
For about the last year I’ve been avoiding gluten, sugars, high glycemic index fruits and the like. I’ve been focused on proteins, especially eggs, yogurts, kefir, etc.
So imagine my surprise when the test came back and all the wheats are fine, but the big reactions were from egg whites, egg yolks, whey, garlic and sunflower seeds. I wasn’t too surprised to see bananas on there as I’ve never really liked them and they seriously spike my blood sugars.
But let’s talk about that Whey result. Okay, I can accept that dairy might be a problem for me and I’m more than willing to experiment with my nutritionist to see if it makes a difference to remove it from my diet. But as I read the test further, I can’t seem to wrap my head around the fact that none of the other “dairy category” foods had a high response. All the other milks and cheeses are in the low category. How is that possible? Isn’t whey in milk? Shouldn’t they be “avoid” foods too? I find myself getting frustrated and screaming into the ether, “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore!”
I am seeing my nutritionist today and she promised to work through this with me, but I’m finding myself having a bad attitude about the whole test. If I can’t make that whey result make sense to me, then maybe I should just throw the whole thing out and forget about food sensitivities altogether.
Or is that throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath-water? Do I just need to look at the information in this test as a starting point and road-map to explore with my nutritionist and see if cutting back on dairy and eggs helps me to feel better. My rash decisions are not always the best ones, so I’m trying to take a deep breath, be patient and let E help me figure it out over time.