FOOD FIGHT

Have you ever eaten something, or too much of something, and said, “Oh, man, I shouldn’t have eaten that. Now I feel awful.” I never

Classic Hamburger Sandwich courtesy of KEK064 freedigitalphotos.net

Classic Hamburger Sandwich courtesy of KEK064 freedigitalphotos.net

thought that nutritional foods, known as super foods, could make me so sick. Because I didn’t know any better, I ate lots of them. The more of the healthy foods I ate, the sicker I got. It took me many visits to different specialists, a battery of tests, and many years to figure it out. I had developed an intolerance to certain foods or what is known as a sensitivity.
I had bone pain, migraines, insomnia, stomach discomfort, constipation, bloating, severe pain on my left side, joint pain, and lack of energy. The pain was with me 24/7 every day for several years. If I happen to feel fairly normal, then I knew whatever task I needed to do, I should get cracking because it would not be long before I felt like crap again. The pain in my left side felt like a jagged rock scrapping my insides. It hurt to walk or to wear anything but loose clothing, I dreaded going to sleep because I knew hours later I would wake up in misery and not be able to go back to sleep. Some days I dragged myself to work on little sleep, maybe two to three hours. Finally I had to admit that working full time and being sick was too much. I left my job years before I could receive retirement benefits.
What were the foods that made me so sick? Foods like: salmon, asparagus, broccoli, almonds, cinnamon, oregano, beans, milk, eggs, wheat, corn. I had additional sensitivities to additives like aspartame, food coloring, sodium nitrate, to name a few. I paid out of pocket for a blood test that my insurance would not cover. It showed that I had a problem with fifty-five foods or additives. When I eliminated them, I got better. With a rotation diet, I have been able to add back some of the foods. As you probably guessed, I have to be extra careful eating out or going to social gatherings. McDonalds and Wendy’s are off limits, as well as Stouffers Lasagna or DiGiorno Pizza. Actually I never, ever eat fast foods or any processed foods. Most of my food comes from the health food store or produce department of my local grocery store. I have learned to prepare many delicious meals using fresh ingredients. I have also eliminated many toxins, opting for green household cleaners and cosmetics that are made from natural products. Sure I pay more, but I’d rather my money go for preventative care instead of drugs and doctor visits.
Food intolerance is much more common than food allergy. Most people have at least one food that bothers them. I recommend that if you think food could be the source of your illness to keep a food diary complete with your symptoms. You have to be a detective to track down the culprit. Once you suspect a food, eliminate it from your diet, then reintroduce it and see if you have the same reaction. It is all about trial and error.
This may sound strange, but my food sensitivity has been more of a blessing than a curse. I eat healthier, feel better, and look years younger. Although this is a life-long adjustment, I have defeated my illness. I won the battle.
For more information on the difference between food allergy and food intolerance, click this link:  http://www.webmd.com/allergies/foods-allergy-intolerance

About Susan MIlls Wilson

Susan Mills Wilson is a native of North Carolina where she writes romantic suspense. She is the leader of the Charlotte Writers Club Mystery Critique Group and a member of Charlotte Writers Club. Subscribe to Susan’s blog at www.susanmillswilson.com.
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