How I Healed My Food Intolerances Without Doctors
A few nights ago, I made some vegetarian quinoa burgers for dinner and decided to add an egg to the mixture (as per the original recipe I was adapting). It was one little egg amidst a vegetable- and whole-grain-filled mixture and I was up for experimenting. Thankfully, that little egg caused me no trouble at all and I feel comfortable eating them again. This is big!
Let me explain. Eight years ago, I met with an acupuncturist in San Diego where I was living, at my wit's end and completely clueless about why I felt sick after every meal and couldn't digest my food properly. Doctors had prescribed me all sorts of medication over the years to address my symptoms, but nothing had solved the issue. I had never tried acupuncture before, nor had I experienced anything other than Western medicine, so I was dubious to say the least. Within my first three appointments, I felt better than I had in years.
It all came down to my diet and lifestyle choices, which I had barely taken any notice of until then. It turned out that what I ate was creating these reactions in my digestive system due to several food intolerances. All of these had been checked through a simple and non-invasive saliva test the acupuncturist had ordered for me. It wasn't easy at first, but when I began to feel better, avoiding dairy, eggs, and soy wasn't such a struggle.
That was 2003. I haven't (consciously) eaten eggs, dairy or soy since that diagnosis. While I've made exceptions here and there, experimenting with goat's and sheep's dairy, which I can tolerate fine, as well as miso and tempeh, those three things have been out of my diet for the past 8 years. But that's not where the changes end.Continued on the next page