We love sharing posts with you by other bloggers. Today we have a guest post from Dani Sage, the creator of The Stay At Work Housewife gluten free lifestyle blog. She is also a full time salon manager and certified wellness coach.
Do I Have a Food Allergy?
It seems food allergies are a hot topic right now, from news stories to internet memes, a gluten intolerance is as trendy as this year’s Marc Jacobs. Now I’m not talking about food allergies with very obvious, very scary reactions like a peanut or a shellfish allergy; you could have a sensitivity to dairy, wheat, eggs, soy or citrus and live a perfectly comfortable life. You may not even have a reaction every time you eat the allergen. It wasn’t until one night of over indulgence that resulted in me swearing my appendix was about to burst, that I even considered that I may have a gluten intolerance. After only three weeks of eliminating gluten from my diet I began to realize that other problems I had been living with (thinking they were a normal part of life) were caused by eating gluten. Every food allergy presents itself differently, my unique symptoms included heartburn, inflammation, headaches, abdominal pain and exhaustion. It is amazing how many conversations that begin with someone’s curiosity about my intolerance, end in the realization that they may have a food allergy too!
Some symptoms to look for include:
- Joint pain
So how do you know if you have a food allergy? Well it’s not as simple as going to your doctor for a blood test (unless you have Celiacs disease, a very severe allergy to gluten). The most effective way to test for a food allergy or intolerance is to completely cut out the food that you suspect is making you sick for a week, and then purposely eat the item again; if your symptoms come back, you are sensitive to that food and should eliminate it from your diet. I know never having dairy or wheat ever again sounds like the end of the world, but trust me, once you realize how good you feel without it, you’ll never want it again. Not to mention the long term effects of not treating a food allergy include infertility, depression, chronic fatigue and malnutrition.
If you think you have a food allergy or intolerance work with your doctor or wellness coach to get you to your best self!