The results are in. I was tested by ( a rip off ) company, (see comments for reasonable suppliers) for allergy/intolerance on 200 foods, and I now have a better idea of what my body is sensitive to.
This is a quote from the covering letter:
“The occurrence of raised levels of IgG in food sensitive individuals, and their decrease when the offending food is removed from the diet, provides strong circumstantial evidence for the involvement of IgG in food sensitivities. This view is further supported when the elimination of offending foods also results in symptomatic improvement.”
I only have 3 allergies. These are:
Plums (never liked them anyway)
Brazil nuts (oh no, my favourites!)
Gliadin (this is, to all intents and purposes, gluten)
I am borderline on red kidney beans. Although still in the normal range, I scored fairly high on cranberries, egg white, wheat, soya bean, cashews and pistachios. Interestingly, I scored a big fat zero on all the dairy stuff (and meat and fish.)
So, even though I have fantasies about being locked overnight in Greggs bakery, gluten will have to go. This isn’t the end of the world – I’ve already more or less eradicated it from my diet, and only “cheat” with it here and there.
My previous health scan also showed that I was not dealing to well with my “high” levels of protein intake. I have the liver function of someone who binge drinks. A sobering thought, so beware all Paleo meat-troughers – moderation is the thing.
With the 40 day diet chellenge coming up in Lent, I now have some firm dietary markers to go by. I will follow Zone, but swap out some of the protein for favourable carbs. I’ll eliminate gluten, and dodge sugar and alcohol. Although I’m pleased to discover no intolerance to dairy, I would like to find alternative calcium sources as it’s crucial at this stage in my life to maintain good bone health. Any and all ideas welcome, folks.
Good luck to everyone on the challenge!