They are REAL!
When you are talking about your food sensitivities does it feel like you are talking about a unicorn? Some people believe, other's just don't get it. Sometimes seeing, feeling and experiencing is believing. To start of my next series of blog posts, let's begin by hearing it from an expert.
Trying to explain food sensitivities to someone can be challenging, but this wonderful video from Dr. Brenda Tapp, one of the naturopaths I work with, does a great job.
Watch Dr. Brenda Tapp as she talks about food sensitivities.
I am living proof that they are real, and knowing about them since my IgG test years ago has changed my life.
For those of you who do not know my story, I have suffered with food allergies and sensitivities all my life. Over 30 years ago, traditional medical specialists were going to do exploratory surgery to see if they could ‘find’ out what was wrong! Whoa, wait a moment here…… they were going to cut open my gut to see if they could find what was causing my issues at the time.
The next week I was at a dinner and seated beside someone else who needed to avoid some foods. He told me that recently his allergist had suggested that he may be reacting to canola. He had similar issues to me, so I went home thinking that before they cut me open, I needed to try eliminating canola to see if that’s what it was.
Now at that time I was living in Winnipeg. Oh yes, that is where a lot of canola is grown. Beautiful fields of yellow in the summer. I was breathing it in, it was on my skin and it was in most of the processed foods I was eating at that time.
The long and the short of this story is that I did eliminate as much canola as possible from my diet and 3 weeks later I was considerably better, not perfect but better.
Let’s fast forward 25 years. I had self identified over the years that I needed to avoid canola, yeast and nuts, but I still was not healthy, and had random bouts of symptoms.
That is when Dr. Tapp came into my life.
After much encouragement from my daughter I agreed to have the IgG test done, and it was quite a shock. I thought I had it all figured out, but clearly I was wrong.
The IgG test showed I was super sensitive to gluten, eggs, diary and a number of other things.
How could that be?
Well, I was a perfect storm when I was self diagnosing. If you think about it, whenever you eat canola, yeast and nuts, most likely you are also eating gluten, eggs and/or dairy. Yup that was me.
Of course from that day, I eliminated the foods I tested sensitive to and today more than 5 years later, I am healthier than I have ever been in my life. Amazing!
Having that IgG test done gave me a place to start to make a difference in my life and my health.
In the video Dr. Tapp talks about the other way to identify what you are reacting to, and that was how I did my own self diagnosing, but it is sometimes difficult and time consuming.
Your health and wellness is so important, especially today.
If you feel you may be sensitive to some foods I highly recommend having this test done. It is often covered by extended benefits. I know it was covered by my benefit plan.
Once you have your test results, when you are wondering how do I do this, I am here to help you get started, that is what I do.
I help people integrate a specialized diet into their everyday lives.
Whether it is knowing what foods and ingredients to avoid, or what foods you CAN eat, that is what I help with. I help you know what to watch for when shopping, cooking, sharing a kitchen, making family meals, and lunches too.
I am here to help you navigate the wonder world of food that is out there.
Take the guess work out of finding a path to feel what the most wonderful you feels like!
Food Sensitivity Coach and food lover passionately exploring the world of food.
Thank you to Gin Quist Photography for the perfect Unicorn photo!
diane Couse, Food Sensitivity Coach
I am passionate about exploring the world with a view to food allergies and sensitivities. I look forward to sharing with you what I find, from books, blogs and websites to recipes, hacks, inspirations and opinions, join me in a journey to live your best life.