Then, my husband and I tried to have our first baby.
Talk about a slap in the face. After a year of trying to conceive, I felt nothing short of depressed, overworked, lethargic, and always nauseous. Food just didn’t appeal. I had little energy. My body seemed like it was rejecting any and everything I gave it.
By some stroke of luck, I randomly went to get an allergy test. I was really drawing at straws by this point. And to my shock, I was told that I had a severe allergy to WHEAT.
Everything I ate on a daily basis had wheat in it. I couldn’t believe the truth that I was faced with. Wheat had to go.
It was painful at first. I felt like my life had taken a turn for the worst and that there was nothing left on the planet for me to eat. Still, after two weeks of eliminating wheat, I started to see positive side effects. For starters, my energy shot up. Then, my feelings of nausea subsided. Soon, my HORRIBLE acne started to clear up, and then, just 3 weeks after I had eliminated wheat from my diet- I got pregnant.
Most of us think of allergies in the traditional sense — hives, rashes, dry eyes, congestion, runny nose.
What most people don’t realize is that sensitivities to food can also come in the form of anxiety, depression, joint pain, asthma, acne, bad breath, brain fog, fatigue, constipation, diarrhea, and even difficulty losing weight.
Out of all these symptoms listed, how many of them are literally sabotaging your health, at this very moment?
Regardless of all this information, the truth is that only you know what it feels like to be in your body. You are your own best healer and you have the final say in what makes you feel good and what doesn’t. Use the list below to determine the not-so-obvious ways to identify an allergy or sensitivity.
1. You say, I cannot live without my “fill-in-the-blank.”
If you feel addicted to a certain food, this is a warning sign. Often times if we get too much of a good thing, our body can actually develop a sensitivity.
2. You feel puffy.
It may be tight pants or morning wake-ups with that uncomfortable, snug pajama feeling. And sure, you can blame it on yourself letting loose over the holidays and eating way too much. But what if it is happening more and more? Or even all the time? If you are feeling like you are rounder, bloated and “puffier” than usual, a food sensitivity may be the culprit.
3. Your health just doesn’t seem up to par.
It could be dark circles, fatigue, low energy, constipation, infertility, insomnia, or painful joints. Regardless, you just don’t feel yourself and you can’t put your finger on why….
4. No matter how much you try- the weight just isn’t dropping.
Believe it or not, it may not just be the slowing down of your metabolism that is stopping you from losing weight. When you’re eating foods that don’t work in your body, you become inflamed. Inflammation causes you to hold on to weight no matter what your calorie count is or how much exercise you’re doing.
So….THE BOTTOM LINE?
There are plenty more signs to help you identify possible food sensitivities, but the most direct way to start figuring it out is to eliminate the top 8 allergens from your diet completely for at least two weeks. Once you have a clean slate, you can reintroduce certain foods into your diet to see if your symptoms come back. (The disadvantage with standard allergy tests is that they aren’t precise enough to detect the lower levels of food substances that could be causing your symptoms.) Interested in learning how to keep a food diary and conduct an allergy based elimination diet? Check out this article, “Are Hidden Food Allergies Making You Miserable?” for more guidance!
Best of luck! And as always, feel welcome to share this post, comment, and add personal insight + personal experience about this important topic!