For me, diet is not motivated by wanting to eat healthier. I have bad neuralgia and migraine issues. They can be triggered by certain foods and I need to be in control of these triggers to avoid or at least lessen the pain. I got the results back from my food sensitivities testing. There is a difference between "allergy" and "sensitivity".
Allergy- A reaction to a particular food within 8hrs of ingestion. This immediate response is often called a “fixed” food allergy. Symptom onset is rapid and may include swelling of the tongue and throat, development of hives, wheezing, nausea and abdominal cramps. Anaphylaxis belongs in this category.
Sensitivity- Delayed food reaction, up to 3 days. Due to the fact that delayed food reaction symptoms can appear up to 3 days after the food is eaten, some people remain unaware of the foods to which they are truly sensitive. Food sensitivity is often a result of repetitive eating. You should avoid eating foods from the same family more than once every 4 days.
This diet is basically the opposite of my current diet. I know it's going to be hard, but being in chronic pain is even harder. I'm tired of popping pills that no longer work.
I think that everyone should get tested. This should be the 1st step that the dr's rx, instead of just throwing pills at you. I know that this would put a dent in their and the pharmaceutical companies moneymaking. They test for 96 foods and I think you would be surprised at what you are sensitive to. My insurance didn't cover it, so it cost $99. This is nothing in comparison to paying copay after copay, and having to deal with the s/e's of meds.
Sensitivity levels range from 0-3, 0 being not sensitive. You have to permanently avoid certain foods, but others can be introduced as long as you follow the rotation diet. You should record the food and any reactions. Some foods you may not directly be sensitive to, but they affect other products. For me, I’m extremely sensitive to yeast. I am not sensitive to sugar, but sugar feeds yeast overgrowth. Root beer is fermented. There are meds, makeup, lotions, enamel paints, toothpaste, vitamins … that contain offending items. Certain ingredients indicate the presence of x. You have to read EVERYTHING.
I am so overwhelmed with information. I understand what I can’t have but I don’t know what to do with the foods I can have. It’s frustrating- rice milk is suggested to me but it contains sunflower oil, which I cannot have. It's even more complicated b/c I can only eat soft foods.