As a Nutritionist- I was sure I knew everything about modifying diets- that is until I had my own Alcat Food Sensitivity Test done in August. I had some TMJ and some digestion issues that I was sure I could fix on my own with herbs, or no dairy, or something my brain said I already knew..... then my results came in.I never imagined that I was having inflammation from some common foods that I- the Nutritionist knew were "good" for me.
Food sensitivities are not allergies- food allergies are immediate responses that appear on the same day consumed either by skin or respiratory or some other reaction. Food sensitivities can appear up to four days later.
So my Severe list contained- spinach, celery and oregano- and swordfish I don't generally eat. I gave away the spinach I had just purchased and started reading labels for celery and oregano sources. Yes indeed they were everywhere in my favorite items.
My moderate list had vanilla a host of other items and my most disappointing one- tea. How could they do this to me? I love tea- so no green, black, white, chai, earl grey and the list goes on...... I also had strong reactions to gluten and casein and whey- now my ice cream and occasional cheese had to go? (yes- even Nutritionists eat ice cream-)
There is more to say about my results- because there were quite a few other items I had responses to- but today after almost eight weeks- I feel significantly better. The TMJ disappeared- the GI issues are working themselves out. I will continue with the process of removal and substitution for another 3-6 months. So for todays tea substitutions I am drinking the following: chamomile, apple cinnamon, matte, and rooibos tea. Very delicious and welcoming when I wish for a warm or cold beverage. I am so pleased that my ALCAT results offer me information I would never be able to find from a food allergy panel and offer me the physical relief I welcome. How about you?
Nutritionist, Dietitian & Energy Worker