food intolerances, at the end of my tether here
Till the age of 27 I had never suffered much in the way of allergies, apart from being slightly itchy when I stroked a cat. Then 3 years ago out of the blue I started to wheeze and cough when I drank my favourite alcoholic drink, cider. After a while I seemed to react to all sorts of things, with reflux and excessive phlegm, and it was not seasonal, it was year-round.
By a careful process of elimination I worked out that sulphites were the problem, so I cut out processed foods and noticed my post-nasal drip improved a bit. Then 4 months ago I found out about Primal and cut out grains and milk, which immediately stopped my nightly bouts of acid reflux and had the added bonus of making me feel less bloated. My sniffles remained though. I've found various things that helped my sinuses, such as particular herbal teas that relieve symptoms, salt water spray up my nose, etc. I have also been avoiding nuts, taking activated charcoal, opening windows in all weathers and rigorously cleaning my house, thinking that it must be mold mycotoxins that were the problem. But I still can't breath properly, feel bunged up, and have unbearably itchy eyes all the time.
Now I seem to have developed a GI issue. I've never had much trouble with my guts before so this is out of the blue as well. Granted, it could be that I had food poisoning by coincidence, I've thought about that. But I've had food poisoning before and never felt such intense pain with it. One day I had carrot and parsnips for a starchy treat, and got diarrhea. Then one day I had a rare treat of a restaurant visit and had some gin and tonics and a few starchy things, I thought I'd be ok because I avoided beer and gluten but no, a very painful day of diarrhea the next day. The latest bout has been several days of severe pain and diarrhea after a weekend trip away where I had a fair amount of whisky and starchy foods. I thought it might be the alcohol, but then I had a few drinks on the last night of the trip and was fine the next day. I also thought it might be food poisoning since I vomited at one point on the worst day. I decided I will go to the doctor later in the week to find out if it's food poisoning, which would be a relief since it might just be a coincidence that I got a problem this a couple of times recently.
But now after feeling ok yesterday but not being very strict with food, I have pain and diarrhea again and I'm going to try cutting out FODMAPS as well. I'm prepared to keep at the elimination thing if it will make me feel better, but I can't help feeling as though the more foods I eliminate, the more problems I'm creating for myself. I feel like people think I'm bonkers when I turn down healthy foods. My fiance summed it up just now when he said 'You can't be allergic to broccoli, that's ridiculous!' which made me feel like I'm being neurotic about food. Going Primal was one thing I could deal with cos eating real foods made sense to me, but to be more and more restrictive is making my life so boring. I really thought my unhealthy emotional attachment to food was fixed by Primal eating, as I have lost weight and feel more open-minded about my food choices. I was never brainwashed by CW, I got obese because of depression and denial. But now I wonder whether I am tough enough to work through this problem, am I going to end up depressed again because food is making me ill?
So, my question is, is this how it happens? You develop a food intolerance and then the more stuff you cut out the more new intolerances you develop? Why has my immune system betrayed me to such an extent, and can it be 'fixed'? I've heard some people say their intolerance/allergy issues went away after a period of strict elimination, how does this work? Am I going to have to eat like an Inuit for a while, and if so, how long for?
Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
WOE: Primal + IF
Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!