Testing for Food Allergies and Sensitivities
In my last post I wrote a little about gluten sensitivity and what a huge impact it can have on your overall health. But did you know that gluten sensitivity and other potentially hidden food allergies and sensitivities can actually keep you fat? If you don’t believe me, check out Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making You Fat by Roger Deutsch and Rudy Rivera M.D.
Apple slices with almond butter. Turkey sausage or turkey
Rice protein shake with coconut milk, water, and frozen
berries (no strawberries).
Sauteed greens with turkey sausage
Lunch and Dinner:
Large salad with plenty of mixed vegetables and grilled
chicken. Make sure the dressing is olive oil only, no vinegar. Add ground flax
seeds on top for extra fiber and good fat!
Organic spinach salad with olives, olive oil & crushed
garlic (no vinegar). Sardines (in water or olive oil).
Baked fish with ginger sesame oil with steamed broccoli
Grilled lamb kabobs with cumin, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and
organic bell pepper.
Roasted chicken and rosemary with sweet potatoes (skin on), with
Brussels sprouts and sliced almonds.
Homemade, hearty veggie soup with chicken.
Turkey and veggie chili.
Coconut simmered tilapia with tomatoes and Swiss chard.
Grilled wild salmon with green onions and asparagus.
Romaine lettuce wraps with turkey slices, raw assorted
vegetables (radish, cucumber, organic bell peppers, & tahini or homemade
hummus w/o lemon juice.
Spaghetti squash with turkey burgers, basil tomato sauce,
and sautéed veggies.
Turkey slice with tahini, a few olives, and half a fruit.
Quarter avocado rolled up in a turkey slice and half an apple.
Once you follow this program for at least 10 days, you are ready to start reintroducing foods one at a time, waiting three days between each reintroduction to check for symptoms. I will go over the reintroduction in my next post.
If all of this seems to daunting, there is another option available. You can get a blood test through ALCAT labs. I recommend starting out with the 20 food finger stick test which is a simple test you can do at home. It requires you to prick the end of your finger with a lancet, just like a diabetic would to test their blood sugars. You fill a tiny vial with blood and send it off to the lab. The total cost is under $100. I can order a test for you or you can yourself from their website. Don’t let your regular allergist fool you with the skin scratch tests! While these are certainly valid tests, the difference between them is important to understand. The skin scratch test measures immediate reactions and the ALCAT blood test looks at delayed reaction. It can take up to three days after eating a food for you to have a reaction from it…that’s why it’s so difficult to know exactly what you are sensitive to unless you follow the above food plan or test yourself for delayed reactivity.
Stay posted for the reintroduction instructions as well as recipes for the above menu suggestions!