March 7, 2011 By Leanne Vogel April 3, 2017Journey to health series: Journey to health, Gratitude, Relaxation and breathing Thank you for your comments on Fridays post. I’d like to think that the more we’re all aware of the issues that can threaten our health, the better care we’ll take in prevention. Many of you have asked for more details of my journey, so here goes! First step: Family doctor I suspected that my doctor wouldn’t be able to help me, but in an attempt to save money, it’s the first place I went. After a bit of pressure, I convinced her to send me for blood work. Second step: Naturopath My family doctor was quite nonchalant about my blood test results, so I decided to visit a Naturopath. After discussing my symptoms, we decided to try allergy testing to determine if certain foods were contributing to my symptoms. Also, we decided to perform an IgA allergy test for gluten to finally confirm whether or not I’m actually sensitive to gluten [I was instructed to go off gluten by another Naturopath in 2007 but was never tested]. Third step: Allergy testing We chose to test IgA, IgE and IgG responses in my blood, but to get the most accurate reading, you need to eat all the foods that you may be sensitive to for a period of 1-2 weeks. The longer you eat the foods, the stronger a reading. That meant I had to eat gluten, dairy, corn, yeast, and oranges. I was nervous, really nervous. What would eating gluten do to me? How would I feel? After the appointment I stopped by a health food store on the way home. If I was going to eat these foods, I was going to get the highest quality products I could find. I stocked up on wheat berries, sprouted bread, muesli, and liberte yogurt, cheese + Kefir, all organic. It felt weird going into a store and having to look for products with gluten. I took this testing as an opportunity to reintroduce foods slowly to gauge my reaction. I started with dairy [stomach pains, multiple bathroom runs, definitely sensitive]. 3 days later I started with gluten [no reactions at first, but on day 4 I noticed I was going to the bathroom a lot more]. 3 days after I introduced corn and that changed everything. The next morning I was in severe pain and felt like I’d been hit by a bus. I couldn’t wait to get off the ‘allergen diet’. I felt like death after 2 weeks. I was craving quinoa, millet, and almond flour but because I had to have 3-4 servings of gluten a day, it didn’t leave much room for anything else. I felt heavy and lethargic. I did however enjoy an oatmeal date bar I’d been eying up for the past 3 years and luckily it was everything I’d ever imagined. I had a moment with the bar, sitting outside the bakery in my cold car. I tried to recall the last time I’d eaten without restrictions. Before gluten free it was vegan, before vegan, vegetarian, before vegetarian it was countless missed meals, and calorie counting. I made a promise to myself then and there that I would work as hard as possible to determine how to optimize my health for good and never turn back, no matter how challenging. Forth step: Reviewing results 2 weeks after returning to my allergen free lifestyle, I felt okay again and it wasn’t long after that that I met with the Naturopath to review my results. We started with my IgE score. This tells us overall how many allergens are affecting your health. The normal range is anything below 87. Mine is 830. When a high score like this is seen, it’s usually safe to say that there’s something larger going on and that the allergies displayed in the testing may not even be allergies, but sensitivities caused by something environmental or parasitic. But, the allergy testing is a great starting point. Here’s what the test brought up:
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HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.