Louise’s Food Intolerance Story

Anyone who knows me well, will know I have had issues with food for years. I was never able to pin point exactly what was wrong with me, just sometimes food would make me incredibly unwell and I couldn’t understand why. Since my late teens I’ve always had an interest in food and health, I’ve also been aware of food allergies as I have relatives who are allergic to different foods.

This Saturday was Valentine’s Day, but it was also mine and my boyfriends 6 year anniversary. Seen as it was such a special occasion, he booked a lovely meal at a french restaurant in Sheffield called Le Bistrot Pierre. I’m aware that the restaurant cater for food allergies and intolerance, but I decided to treat myself and just eat what I fancied. Plus the restaurant was so busy, I didn’t want to make a fuss.

The food was amazing. I had soup to start, sea bass for main and a delicious chocolate dessert, with a cocktail to drink.

However, I spent Saturday night and the majority of Sunday with an upset stomach and migraines. I still don’t feel perfect now if I’m honest.

It wasn’t until I started working at Foods You Can that I really knew food intolerance was a ‘thing’. Perhaps that’s because I was uneducated in regards to intolerance. It wasn’t until I’d spoke to Bunmi about the issues I have with some food that she suggested I could be intolerant to certain foods. Bunmi offered to do a non-blood test on me, which I was more than happy to do as I was interested and wanted to find some answers.

That afternoon, Mark is in the office and sets up the machine for the non-blood test. He hooked me up to a machine which would make a different noise if I was intolerant to something. (I’m going to write a detailed post soon about my experiences of both the non-blood test and the blood test, so look out for that!)

After the test was done, Mark wrote down everything that the test had shown I am intolerant to.

According to the test, I’m intolerant to:

  • Loganberry
  • Rosé wine
  • Turmeric
  • Chilli
  • Courgette
  • Haddock
  • Cumin
  • Dairy (The protein in cows milk e.g. cheese, milk, yogurt)
  • Peaches
  • Carrot
  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Lamb
  • Aspartame
  • E250 (Used in food preparation)
  • E123 (Amarath – red colourant in jellies, cakes, puddings, soups, gravy mixes and burgers)
  • Cigarette smoke

The test also showed that I need MORE of:

  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

I’m genuinely impressed with what the results of the non-blood test showed. I had an idea that something was going on with a lot of these foods, I just didn’t know I was actually intolerant to them!

As of tomorrow, Tuesday 17th February 2015, I’m going to be cutting these things out of my diet and going Dairy Free. I’ll also obviously try to have more of the vitamins and zinc.

I’m aiming to regularly update with how I’m getting on with this! Keep an eye on this blog.

If like me, you’ve had issues with food and can’t work out what may be causing some troubles, I would recommend doing an intolerance test.

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