Does Your Food Hate You? The Truth About Food Intolerances
Food is one of life’s simple pleasures and a vital part of living. It should fuel and replenish you, not be your worst enemy. This is the unfortunate case for many people, and some go around for years unknowingly eating food that is unsuitable for their body. Over the last few years, I had started to develop sensitivities to several different foods: bananas, avocados, pineapple, and wine. I began to notice the negative reactions to food in my early 20’s, but as of late it has become more severe. When I eat these foods, I immediately get an itchy mouth and ears, swollen lips, and hives. It’s quite embarrassing to be at an event drinking wine and all of a sudden you’re face is covered in itchy splotches.
I was living in Colorado and hadn’t been to an allergist at this point. I knew I needed to find out what the real issue was and why my body hated these foods. Not to mention, at this time (2012) I constantly felt tired and had digestive issues. After hearing about a friend’s experience with kinesiology allergy testing I decided to try this holistic method of testing. Kinesiology is a noninvasive way to test for allergies or food sensitivities, using your muscles as an indication for intolerances. Being tested was an easy, stress-free, (for you needle haters) and quick process. The doctor had me lie down on a table and had me place my left index and middle finger on various vials of herbs of particular foods while pushing down on my right arm. If my arm goes weak it signals intolerance to the food. In the end, I probably tested a 100 different vials and the conclusion is I’m sensitive to a whole lot of food! I’m talking foods I have been eating forever and had no idea they were creating chaos within my body. I just always thought that being bloated and having digestive issues were normal. WRONG. Oh, that beer you’ve been drinking for years? It contains hops, which you can’t digest properly. GREAT. That milk you’ve been drinking for forever? Not good either.
Having this new knowledge brought attention to the effects certain foods were doing to my body. I decided to eat these different foods to see exactly what they did to me, and sure enough all of these foods had negative impacts on my body. Fortunately, I don’t have any life threatening allergies. The food sensitivities I have just make for an uncomfortable few hours
If I learned one thing from this experience it is to listen to your body. Your body will be blatantly honest with you and give you all the signs you need if something is not jiving. Sadly, you sometimes have to divorce the foods and drinks you’ve spent many years with. That food you love so much (avocado L) may actually hate you.