DIY – Food Intolerances

DIY – Food Intolerances

Why pay good money for Food Sensitivity testing when you can Do It Yourself?

If you are tired, bloated, gaining weight and generally not feeling 100% you may have a food intolerance. It can be bit tricky finding out what you are sensitive to but, with persistence, it can be done. Here’s how to identify which food groups may be causing health problems:

First look at the food groups which are the most popular for intolerances – wheat, yeast, dairy, spices, sugar, caffeine, citrus.

Start with wheat – stop eating all wheat-based products – cakes, biscuits, bread, flours, check breakfast cereals/ soups/ sauces.

Remember to look at labels in the supermarket to find out if wheat is hiding in other products. Stay away from all wheat-based products for at least four weeks. Try to be vigilant and allow a bit longer for supermarket trips.

If you don’t feel any better after four weeks then move on to the yeast group. Whereas wheat is the grain, yeast is the ingredient that helps the grain to rise. It can be anything baked or brewed.

Cut out all products containing yeast such as beer, wine, malted breakfast cereals, malted drinks, bread, vinegar, sauces such as balsamic/ mint/ ketchup, stock cubes for another four weeks.

If you still don’t feel better then move on to dairy.

Cut out milk, butter, cheese, milk chocolate, ice-cream, cream. Do this for four weeks and see how you feel.

Work your way through the other four major food groups. When you find the food that has been your main intolerance and cut it out for four weeks you will feel fantastic.

Many people report weight loss, increased energy, better sleep, great skin. When you eat something infrequently such as seafood then it’s easy to pinpoint whether it’s a problem but if you’re eating foods on a regular basis it could be anything.

Staying away from the seven main food groups on a four week rota basis is a good start although there may be other factors involved such as an inability to digest the food groups. In some cases, people aren’t actually intolerant to dairy but they lack the necessary enzyme-lactase to digest it.

This can mean that bloating or fatigue seems to occur no matter what food is eaten, or it can be that bad bacteria is putrefying in the colon. After about three months you’ll probably have a good idea what you can or can’t eat. On the other hand, make an appointment to see us and we’ll tell you in an hour (or so).