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no_bread.jpgIt’s Foodie Friday, but alas, sigh, and blah.  I’m really not feeling so jazzed on food today, because I’ve just started an “elimination diet” on the advice of a new doctor–an integrative physician–I’ve begun seeing.  I make health-driven food choices every day, but for some reason this “diet” thing has got me feeling deprived and kind of down.

I went to see the integrative doc because I’ve been feeling sluggish lately, and I was worrying about the strength of my immune system, especially since last year I got every cold that came calling

He drew about a gallon of blood, and ran about a zillion tests.  And though my propensity for hyperbole tested very high, about a trillion other things tested low.  Zinc.  Magnesium.  Vitamin D.  Etc.  Etc.  I call my diagnosis “mondo depleto” because that’s what the tests showed, again and again.  You’re not sick, he told me, but you’re not well either.  I nodded vigorously.

Supplements were prescribed, but then the part I was dreading:  the results of the food sensitivities tests.  “Too many to count,” said the doc, causing a zing of panic to shoot through my body.  Please don’t restrict me to the gluten-free aisle at the Whole Foods.  Please!

He didn’t, mainly because I have IgG (an immuno-antibody found in the digestive system)-related sensitivities, which is different from an allergy.  But he did tell me to stop all cow’s milk dairy and fermented product consumption for the next 6 weeks.  Fermented products, like including vinegar, wine, and bread.  Even my super-healthy 12-grain bread?  Yes.  Oh.

This post is skewing negative in the attitude department, but the fact is, I’m grateful to have gotten this information, and I feel empowered to re-plete my reserves and get my body boosted–especially as we’re into flu season

I’ve been on the supplements and diet for about a week now, and I have to say I am already feeling better able to concentrate, more “plugged in” brain-wise, and I’ve even dropped the 2 pesky pounds that had recently showed up for no discernible reason.  Many of us probably walk around with some of the same deficiencies that my tests showed, and don’t feel a thing.  But sensitive bodies are so-called for a reason, and I am a believer in leaving no stone unturned when it comes to not just health, but wellness.

Except that the whole no-bread-no-butter-no-wine is still hard for me to deal with on a daily basis.  So today on Foodie Friday, I put out the call–if you have food sensitivities or allergies, how do you keep your bliss around food, especially at the beginning of having to make changes in your eating habits?    

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