Sunday, June 26, 2011

Allergy Diet Results

Hi everyone! If any of you have been wondering why I haven't been blogging, its because Matt's laptop broke recently. It's a little harder to blog from my phone.

I've been following the new allergy diet following my recent results - wheat free and dairy free seem easy compared to wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, corn free and nut free. Although none of these foods cause a true allergic reaction, they cause severe inflammation (eggs are only very slight - I've been eating them sporadically and have not had any side effects.)

One of my major concerns all of my life has been cystic acne. In the two weeks I have been following this strict diet (although I haven't truly been eating healthier; there are still unhealthy foods that fit this category) I have noticed a significant change in my skin. Without having to enitrely cut carbs (I can still eat potatoes and rice) my skin has cleared drastically. The breakouts along my jawline and neck have almost completely disappeared. Other ailments such as headaches and digestive problems, and additional weight I gained in recent months, have not changed that much. I've read about people reaching their normal weight by following the plan, because their bodies are finally able to function properly without the constant battle against invasive inflammation. I guess I'll wait and see if that's a side effect of the diet.

Overall, the diet is easy to follow when I cook at home. Eating out is the biggest challenge. Even at Olive Garden I was able to find a dinner that fit my plan, although it turns out the dressing had cheese in it, which I could tell almost immediately after eating it. I am starting to feel better day by day, and I think everyone should have this testing done. It is possible to feel well!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hello Again!

After much deliberation and debate on both sides of the spectrum, I am no longer vegan.

The main reason is this: my food allergies.

I am literally allergic to a vegan diet.

The first offender is wheat - which surprisingly turned out to be wheat gliadin, and less the actual gluten causing a reaction, Along with that, all dairy products, eggs, soy, corn, shellfish and some nuts have been cut from my diet. I'm sure there's something I'm forgetting, too.

With the new modified diet, I hope to achieve a healthier, happier life. I am constantly in pain, either with headaches, breakouts, or general body aches and fatigue.

I've also decided to re-dedicate my time to posting more often. Right now and in the past 3 months I have been busy either working two jobs or working really hard at one job. Now that time is on my side, though, and finances are getting easier, I think I will find a lot more space left in my brain to be creative.

Thank you to those of you who have stayed or will stay a fan of Modified Nutrition even after the veganism has come and gone. I still firmly respect vegans and vegetarians, but unfortunately I am unwilling to sacrifice as much as some can or will. I hope you will keep coming back to read more, and thank you for stopping by!