First Experience Dining Out After Food Allergy Diagnosis

Posted by Wendy Neal Sunday, March 28, 2010 Bookmark and Share

If you've been following my blog, you know that a few weeks ago I was diagnosed with severe food allergies to dairy (from cow's milk) and egg whites, and moderate allergies to mushrooms, psyllium, alfalfa, and turmeric. And while I don't have an allergy to gluten, I'm evidently sensitive to it so I'm following a gluten-free diet as well.

My new diet had been going very well for the first few weeks - mainly because I was preparing all my meals myself and I could control exactly what was in them. I had not yet gone out to a restaurant since my diagnosis. That is until one day a bunch of coworkers and I decided to walk down to the local lunch spot just down the street from our office.

Let's just say that the experience was less than stellar. First of all, nearly everything on their menu contained wheat. So I ended up ordering a burger without cheese, and planned on not eating the bun. Also instead of the greasy fries that normally comes with it, I substituted chili (the only type of soup they had with no gluten and/or milk in it).

Is My New Diet Working?

Posted by Wendy Neal Friday, March 19, 2010 Bookmark and Share

In my last blog post, I told you that I finally found a naturopathic physician, Dr. Jason Bradley, and he was able to find the root cause of a lot of my issues. After just a few weeks on my treatment, which included dietary changes and a few supplements, I'm happy to say that I'm feeling much, much better!

Following are the results of my initial lab tests:

Food Allergies

I have major allergies to cow's milk dairy and egg whites and need to avoid those. Also moderate allergies to mushrooms, alfalfa, turmeric, and psyllium, which means I can consume them sparingly. And I may be gluten-intolerant, though I'm not allergic to gluten.

Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies

After my first blood test, I was on the borderline of having a serious vitamin D3 deficiency (below 32 ng/mL would be considered deficient and I was at 32.2).  He wanted my levels to get up to 75 or 80, so I started supplementing with 15,000 IUs of D3 a day. 

Find the Root Cause

Posted by Wendy Neal Monday, March 15, 2010 Bookmark and Share

Got a New Doc!

I have been very lucky to recently find a naturopathic doctor in my area, only about 20 minutes from where I live. I decided to go see him because I had another serious episode with anxiety, panic attacks, and digestive problems in the fall of 2009, and it was much worse than any I'd had before.

It started out with what I thought was a normal stomach bug: I had abdominal cramps and nausea for a day or so and wasn't able to eat much. But then the nausea and cramps kept getting worse, and the nausea was horrible shortly after eating. I began to lose a lot of weight, of course because I wasn't eating much (and those who know me personally know that I’m a pretty small person to begin with). Not only was I losing weight but I began to feel severely malnourished, lethargic, had dark bags under my eyes, pale skin, and just felt plain awful and was in a lot of pain. My anxiety levels were skyrocketing and I was having severe panic attacks that were physically debilitating. I ended up missing 13 days of work in the span of about 6 weeks.

Tips for Controlling Hypoglycemia

Posted by Wendy Neal Tuesday, March 2, 2010 Bookmark and Share

First of all, what is hypoglycemia? The literal meaning is low blood sugar: "hypo" meaning low, and "glycemia" meaning sugar. It is a disorder which is characterized by both sugar highs and lows. It can occur when sugars or carbohydrates are not metabolized correctly.

Several years ago, during the time I was having all these dizzy spells and weird episodes, my doctor decided to do a fasting blood glucose test. My results came back pretty low and he just mentioned that my low blood sugar levels were low. I didn't get a specific diagnosis of hypoglycemia, as doctors at that time typically did not view hypoglycemia as a valid disease for the general population; it was mainly something that a diabetic would experience as the result of their diabetes medication causing their sugar to plummet too low. He just told me to avoid too much sugar and pasta and then sent me on my way. No specific dietary plans or education or anything else.

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