Updated on November 30, 2015
IBS food allergy & sensitivity test results
I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We sure did. It’s been extra nice to skip the Black Friday madness, sleep in and enjoy a toasted coconut almond milk latte by the fireplace.
Last week I got an email with the food allergy/sensitivity test results. Seeing it for the first time was like connecting all the dots to my lifelong IBS symptoms. It made so much sense, I wasn’t even mad to find out that some of my favorite, healthy foods were poisoning my system.
I was actually relieved to finally have something on paper telling me the daily pain and frustration was not all in my head. It also explained why I was unsuccessful in pinpointing the culprit so many times. That is because there are multiple culprits.
While I was worried that I wasn’t going to be able eat anything but green jello for the rest of my life, turns out, I’m actually allergic to green jello.
We did a blood test on 96 most common foods. It was not the average testing the typical allergist tests for, it was specific to IgA, IgG & IgE immunoglobulin testing. (I had to google that word) There was also a stool test that I can say was one of the least glamorous things I’ve done in my lifetime. But I’m so happy I did. I’ll share those results at the end of this post. For now, here are the food results.
Foods I am highly sensitive to:
- Lemon (grew up with 2 lemon trees, my parents and grandmas)
Foods I am allergic to:
- Milk only (not cultured milk products like cheddar cheese, and not lactose, that I can have)
(Chart colors are: white and grey = sensitivity, black = allergy. Sensitivities below 2, are okay for now.)
Borderline sensitive foods:
(Not cutting them out yet, but if symptoms don’t improve we might)
Common allergenic foods that I am NOT sensitive or allergic to:
- Nuts, corn, legumes & grains
- Seafood & shellfish
- Coffee was also tested and I am not allergic or sensitive to it. LONG LIVE COFFEE!!!!!!!
Bananas & lemon were a daily staple and I practically grew up on beef, so those alone made so much sense. But really, who in the the heck is allergic to beef? I had no idea that was a thing. Ha! Yeah, no green jello!
Edited to add: Some reactions to foods are not immediate. They can take up to several days to become symptomatic. For example, if I had a chicken salad for lunch and at dinner time, I don’t feel well, I used to blame the chicken salad. When in reality, it was the mushrooms in the beef pasta dish I had 2 nights ago. Lovely, uh.
Over the years I cut out onions, dairy & gluten because the internet told me those are the most common things. And to some point, they are. But those efforts obviously failed and only fueled my frustration. When Mike heard about an IBS clinic that claims to cure IBS, we thought it was worth looking into and that’s how we ended up here.
I am very optimistic this is the key to healing my gut and fingers crossed curing IBS. 6 days after cutting out the sensitive & allergic foods, I am already feeling so much better. Except for the splash of canned milk I put in my coffee, Thanksgiving at grandma’s house. I was weirdly happy to finally be able to recognize the reaction and know exactly what caused it.
In my head, I saw my test results and heard the words “So it is written, so shall it be done” and a smile crossed my lips……fade to black.
The other thing we’ll need to address and tackle is the Candida (yeast) overgrowth in the gut. On a scale from 1-4, 4 being the highest, I’m a 2. So it’s not that bad, but we need to get it under control. The Candida diet is overwhelming and way too restrictive for me, so I’m still looking into options for it.
Anyone else have gut issues or IBS?
Do you have food sensitivities or allergies? What are they?
If you have tried the Candida diet or other ways to cure it, please leave your best tips.