My Experience with Food Sensitivities

There are several reasons why I decided to get tested for food sensitivities with MRT.

  • The first and most important reason is that I have been experiencing gas, bloating, and abdominal pain on and off for the last year. I could never tie it to any specific food or foods because sometimes I would eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and be fine and the next time I would be in pain.

  • I have known food sensitivities that I was able to pin point (tree nuts) so that increases the likelihood that I would be sensitive to more foods.

  • I was TIRED all the time. I felt sluggish. I lacked energy and wondered if it was caused by the foods I was eating.

  • I was also secretly hoping that it would help with my compartment syndrome in my calves which I have had for the last 12 years and has prevented me from being able to run.

  • I wanted to experience the diet protocol that my clients will also be experiencing.

I received my results within a week of my blood test and I was shocked and disappointed by the results. Wheat and peanut butter were my life!

These are my reactive and moderately reactive foods and chemicals. As you can see, some of my tree nut sensitivies actually resolved.

These are my reactive and moderately reactive foods and chemicals. As you can see, some of my tree nut sensitivies actually resolved.

I received the results late in the day and was going grocery shopping the next day. I was extremely eager so I decided to start my LEAP diet right away. It was in the middle of the week and I had a day off before working the rest of the week. However, with two little kids, laundry that needed to be done, and a house that needed to be cleaned, I didn't have much time to taste test new recipes to see what I liked with the limited food choices I had. As a result, I was hungry, a lot! I love grains and was only left with a few options to replace my beloved wheat (buckwheat, amaranth, coconut). When it finally came to expand my diet, I was thrilled to be able to eat a plain rice cake. They had never tasted so delicious before!

After a few days on the diet, I wasn't feeling much better and actually noticed feeling a little more tired than usual. I knew that was normal so I stuck with the diet and after the first week I was feeling much better. My "brain fog" was gone and I hadn't had any gas, bloating, or abdominal pain. I was still having calf pain, but I wasn't waking up with pain or experiencing the same tightness or achiness in my calves during the day.

I have learned some valuable lessons from this experience which will better help me guide and support my clients on the right path. Here is what can be learned from my experience:

  • Don't jump right into your diet. Take some time to gather your foods and try some recipes. Together we will find recipes using your "safe" foods and individual preferences. We will develop an eating plan with meal and snack ideas so you aren't left to go hungry.

  • Introduce only one new food per day. The symptoms that I experienced weren't severe so I thought if I introduced Italian seasoning (for example) I would be fine. I definitely reacted to Italian seasoning and now I don't know what herb it is in the blend that caused the reaction. It made me feel like I took one step forward and two steps back. I should have tried each individual herb first to check for possible reactions.

  • Be honest! I have gone through the diet protocol (and still am). I know your struggles and I can help you get through them but only if you are truthful with me.

  • Check me out on Pinterest. I only pin recipes to my boards that have been tested and approved. If I didn't like a recipe or haven't tried it then I won't pin it (except of course for on my "Recipes To Try" board).

  • Listen and follow my advice and instructions on the diet protocol. I didn't always follow the advice that I should have and I paid the price by developing symptoms a few times when they could have been easily avoided.