Sunday, 20th May 2018
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Intolerance in moderation

I was talking recently with Katie, a twenty something year old daughter of some old friends in the UK. Katie recently started a blog about food intolerance, and for anyone interested in the subject, I’d highly recommend checking out her website (https://foodorfoe.blog). Her writing is highly informative, always entertaining and often hilarious, as she describes her tricky journey through a three month elimination diet to check for any food intolerances.

As with so many good things in life, Katie’s story began with a suggestion from her Mum. Following months of feeling sluggish, bloated and dizzy after eating, plus a constant blocked nose and the unwanted return of eczema, Katie realised she had to do something. But what? And that’s when her Mum suggested she take a food intolerance test to find out whether her ailments were food related.

So Katie duly took the test, and back came the results: intolerant to no less than 17 foodstuffs, including peanuts, nuts, wheat/gluten, cow’s milk/beef, garlic, soya beans, lentils, buckwheat, plaice/sole, yeast, Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay grapes. Gulp! As Katie points out, many of these were her favourite foods, and cutting them out of her diet would demand a radical change in both her eating habits and lifestyle.

Luckily, help was at hand. The company that did the food intolerance test also included a session with a nutritionist, who provided a wealth of useful tips, advice, recipes and websites. But to cut so many foods out of her diet would take not just a huge amount of will power, but also a great degree of planning (as a simple example, no more shop-made sandwiches for lunch when at work!).

What follows in Katie’s blog are the trials and tribulations of eliminating 17 foodstuffs from your diet for three months. She highlights the practical difficulties of family meals, nights out with friends and going on holiday, how much work and effort is needed, and what it feels like when the benefits start to kick in. But one of the best parts of her journey is that Katie is no food saint: she also describes what happens when the call of a packet of crisps or a glass of Chardonnay is just too strong!

So did Katie’s journey work out? Did she feel a noticeable improvement in her health? Would she recommend that you try the elimination diet for yourself? You’ll just have to check out her blog to find out! (but for those of you who don’t have easy access to a computer, the answer is yes to all of those questions!).

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