Monday, August 20, 2012

You are the weakest link - Goodbye!

For the past couple of days I've struggled with a general feeling of unwellness (is that a word?): slight headache that felt as though it originated from sinus pressure, general aches - quite separate from the killer DOMS I inflicted on myself with Saturday's workout - crushing fatigue and a big old case of the bleurghs.  Great. I've just got over the cold from hell and now something else is attacking?

Then a vague memory stirred. I've felt this before...when I attempted that elimination diet a while back. I'm pretty sure what I was feeling were withdrawal symptoms from one or more of the foods that I don't tolerate well. Either that, or a response to eating that particular food, after having cleaned up my act a fair bit over the past week.

The problem is, I haven't been logging my food at all, and I can't for the life of me pinpoint what the offending item might be. I think I need to get my act together and re-do that diet - and this time see it through. I'd really like to say goodbye permanently to my nutritional "weakest links".

I'll have to psych myself up in preparation - after we get back from our holiday next month. No way am I avoiding all that delish Malaysian and Vietnamese food. Meanwhile, I'll just have to be a bit more vigilant about the things I'm eating over the rest of my 28-day challenge. More fruit and veggies, less splidges of this and sprinkles of that.

Has anyone ever successfully identified a food intolerance or allergy? How did you go about it? Enquiring minds want to know...



Sara said...

I don't think I have a specific allergy, although wheat makes me dog tired. This is good at night but beyond bad at lunchtime. So, I eat it rarely. I think it's good to do an elimination now and then, just to give your guts a rest and a chance to repair any self-inflicted damage. Plus, mentally, it resets you and give a blast of energy. So, I'm in for an elimination diet. We can do it TOGETHER. I'm already cutting back the caffeine. I'm sure most of my most awesome symptoms were due to that.

Kek said...

Come to think of it, maybe I overdid the coffee last week...caffeine withdrawal could be the culprit. Or one of them, anyway .

I think an elimination diet buddy would be a good idea. Let's do it!

MTB Girl said...

Hey Kek, I got my blahs diagnosed with a dietician and the FODMAPs diet. It seems if I eat too much of one thing, or a range in combination, or onions in any way I get a big case of the blahs and digestive distress. I've finally worked out that it's not just wheat I have an issue with, but onions and mushrooms too.....I still ignore it and bear the consequences sometimes if I really want pastry :)

Dr Sue Shepherd is the authority on this, see here:
It's a matter of working out which ones of these you can have some, none or lots of. It tends to be different for everyone. Happy to chat to you further about it if you like.

Kek said...

I've read a bit about the FODMAPS thing, Amanda... might have to do a bit more reading on it.

Miss Positive said...

I suffered for a couple of years from terrible stomach pains and cramps, I'd get an "episode" every couple of months or so. Had all the tests under the sun, and in the end they diagnosed me with IBS (which I've since read is doctors code for "We dont know"). In the end I figured it out myself that I was having bad allergic reactions to artificial sweeteners. Stopped the sweeteners, and havent had an attack for 5 years.

Its frustrating when you're trying to figure it out though, I thought it was so many different things! Good luck, hope the elimination diet works!

Kek said...

Yep, artificial sweeteners are a common cause of gut issues, Hilary. I'm very choosy about which ones I use and how often because I suffer from "those" problems too.

Trouble is, even if I stick entirely to home cooked food made from whole ingredients, I can have all kinds of symptoms - skin, gut, headache, lethargy and other problems. So there's *something* (or things) that I need to identify. :/

I will get to the bottom of it.

MTB Girl said...

The issues with artificial sweeteners and home cooking might point to FODMAPs issues too. Those -ol ending things are in some mushrooms! They also stick inulin in yoghurt to make you feel fuller longer...and give me gas! o_O. If you have a look at the list on that webpage, I have issues with fructans and some polyols. I have issues if I have too much fructose in combination with other things too.

I have a book with a specific elimination plan in it if you want to give it a go? Can't hurt...much :) It's a bit different to the usual one, so you can test for each FODMAP. Let me know if you'd like me to send you an extract...for research and education purposes of course.

Kek said...

I'm interested, Amanda.... I'm pretty sure yoghurt isn't my problem, because mine contains nothing but milk, cream (!) and live cultures. Thank goodness for that, because I'm not giving up my yoghurt for ANYTHING.

Research & education is what I do.... :p

MTB Girl said...

Good to see you've got a good yoghurt with real ingredients and no science experiments! I'll get the book out and get some to you hopefully today or tomorrow. :)

I know you'll do a good and proper experiment on yourself :)

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