Monday, April 5, 2010

food intolerances, new diet, new me

okay, so i've been dealing w/ digestive problems for at least a decade, which have also parlayed into other health issues. i finally had a food intolerance blood test and met with a naturopath.

the results of that blood test?

severe intolerance (meaning i will never really be able to eat these things):
nectarine, papaya, sage, turnip, venison

moderate intolerance (meaning i may heal my gut enough to eat some, but not all):
beef, black pepper, caraway, endive, green (bell) pepper, honeydew, kidney bean, lemon, macadamia, mung bean, oregano, safflower, sardine, squid, sunflower, tarragon, zucchini

mild intolerance (meaning i can start reintroducing them one at a time after 10-12 weeks of avoidance to test whether i've healed from them enough to include them in my diet again):
almond, anchovy, apple, artichoke, banana, basil, bay leaf, beet sugar, brewer's yeast, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cashew, catfish, cauliflower, celery, chamomile, coconut, coriander, cranberry, date, dill, duck, egg yolk, eggplant, flaxseed, flounder, fructose, grape, halibut, hazelnut, herring, iceberg lettuce, kale, kiwi, leek, lime, liver, mackerel, mussel, nutmeg, oat, okra, peach, pine nut, rhubarb, rosemary, shrimp, soybean, swiss chard, swordfish, trout, vanilla

and no gluten. 

and no dairy/casein/whey. 

also, i'm doing a digestive cleanse in order to help try to heal my gut--so no yeast, no sugars, and no high-glycemic carbs (really, no white potato since i'm gluten-free anyway.)

so what CAN i eat? 

acorn squash, bok choy, cucumber, jalapeno pepper, mushroom, parsnip, spinach, tomato, asparagus, broccoli, fava bean, kelp, mustard, pinto bean, yellow squash, watercress, beet, carrot, fennel, lentil bean, navy bean, radish, string bean, white potato, black eyed pea, chick pea, green pea, lima bean, onion, romaine lettuce, sweet potato

apricot, blueberry, grapefruit, pear, pumpkin, avocado, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, raspberry, black currant, cherry, olive, plum, strawberry, blackberry, fig, orange, pomegranate, watermelon

chicken, quail, lamb, turkey, pheasant, veal (and pork, but we don't eat it)

egg white

bass, crayfish, salmon, tilapia, clam, haddock, scallop, tuna, codfish, lobster, snapper, crab, oyster, sole

buckwheat, rice, corn, tapioca, quinoa

anise seed, cinnamon, ginger, parsley, cardamom, clove, licorice, saffron, cayenne pepper, cumin, mint, thyme, chili pepper, curry powder, paprika, turmeric

baker's yeast*, carob, garlic, pecan, walnut, black/green tea, cocoa, honey*, pistachio, brazil nut, coffee, maple sugar*, cane sugar*, cottonseed, peanut, sesame
(*allowed after 10 weeks because i'm doing an initial digestive cleanse, as well) 


so there ya have it. 

aren't you glad you're not me?