Welcome to part two of My Food Intolerance Journey. I’ve already discussed why I went for testing and what results I obtained, now I had to begin to learn more about the changes that would be necessary in order to correctly implement my elimination diet.
Food Intolerance: Talking to a Dietician
Having consulted with a dietician after receiving my results, I discovered in further detail what items I needed to restrict from my diet. Eggs and dairy were pretty straight forward. Lactose-free also doesn’t cut it – it wasn’t the lactose (the milk sugar) that I was intolerant to, it was the milk protein (namely whey and casein). I had already been off gluten, and whilst I had reintroduced it to my diet in the lead up to my testing, and it hadn’t shown up as a food I was intolerant to, I decided to keep it out too. It was almost out by default, because if you can’t have dairy, eggs or yeast, you kind of don’t have the option to include gluten. In fact the majority of processed foods were out really, because dairy, eggs, yeast and gluten are found in a myriad of packaged foods.
Yeast was the item I was most confused about. It had never occurred to me to cut yeast out whenever I had previously trialled elimination diets or cleanses. It seemed to be present in so many foods, both naturally and as an additive for the purpose of flavour enhancement (yeast extract). The obvious foods I had to give up were alcohol (especially beer/cider/wine – clear spirits and champagne are relatively low in yeast and would be better options for me according to the dietician) pizza and bread (I didn’t really eat bread anyway) are also mainly made with yeast. Dried fruits, mushrooms and fermented foods were also out. Ripe fruits and fruit skins also have natural forms of yeast on them. In fact, yeast will grow naturally on most food after a while. The dietician advised that when it came to yeast, I should just cut out the main culprits.
I had actually been taking a yeast based probiotic supplement which I obviously had to stop – the Saccromyces Boullarri from my Clean Cleanse. When I mentioned this to the dietician she recommended I try a different probiotic called Symprove, as this was gluten, dairy, egg and yeast free. Generally it is to be taken for three months, so I could include it alongside my elimination diet. She also said I should include lots of papaya and avocado as they are very healing for the digestive system.
I was told that most people begin to see results within two weeks of cutting out the offending foods. I was so motivated to find out if this diet held the answer for me. I knew three months of eating in this entirely new way would be tough, but I was determined.
Whilst so many foods that we all depend on on a daily basis were cut out of my diet due to food intolerance, there were also a lot of foods that I could eat. In my next post I will share a lot of my ‘food diary’ which I kept throughout my food intolerance journey.
The Clean Coconut x
P. S. Read more about the food intolerance test I took on the Lorisian website here.