That’s right, beautiful people, my york food intolerance test results have arrived.
After squeezing what felt like every drop of blood out of my left hand’s index finger so that a little sponge would soak it up. After popping it in a tiny tube and feeling rather cynical about how such a small amount of blood can show any food intolerances. After going out in the freezing cold to post it in our classic, british, red pillar boxes. And, after arriving home from drinks with good friends and dinner with my lovely husband the results were there, sitting in our post box waiting to be opened. This I did with unrestrained excitement (sad, I know) to find that the results weren’t exactly as expected. Which goes to show that I cannot interpret and read my body as well as I thought. However, it was nice to open an envelope of results that aren’t determined by my performance in artificial situations, such as examinations in a school hall.
My predicted food intolerances were:
These were the results:
The foods I have to avoid without compromise are,
- Chilli pepper (shame but I think I’ll manage)
- Gluten (wasn’t expecting this to show up since I have to eat gluten free anyway)
- Cows milk (not sure how I feel about this. I’m happy to use soya milk in hot drinks and over breakfast cereal but not too sure about alternatives when baking)
- Yeast (I haven’t quite got my head around what this will involve as there is some contradictory information out there as to whether this involves sugar, fruit juice and high glycemic index foods or purely yeast containing foods. But, what is certain and devastating is that I have to cut out wine! As well as tamari sauce, tofu, vinegar and products containing vinegar, marmite, cider, dried fruit, over-ripe fruits, grapes and mushrooms. Oh, and I have to buy yeast-free stock).
Yeast will be the most difficult to cut out. I’ve already spent periods of my life without dairy, and whilst I love cooking with chilli I know plenty of recipes without it.
The foods that I have to limit because I have a borderline reaction are,
- Egg white
- Hops (contains gluten anyway)
- Wheat (also contains gluten)
I’m not going to tackle my borderline reaction foods yet. I think it is more prudent to focus on the foods that I have to cut out completely. Yet, being realistic and kind to my mind, I am not going to cut out wine during the christmas period. That would be setting myself up for one massive head dive into the ground. Not good for ones psychological well being. I will endeavour to cut out everything else.
Rest assured, fellow food followers, my foodie ways shall not cease. My creativity, perseverance and commitment shall produce results that are not only edible but yummy. Watch out, there could be some taste explosions still. I hope. With this new information should come increased energy levels and a clearer mind to produce good food to share, that will nourish our bodies and souls.
Wish me luck! If you pray, please do. If you send thoughts and breath, please do. If you wish to join me on this journey, please do. All are welcome.
Your newly enlightened gluten-free welsh girl
7th February: Amendment
I have come to the conclusion that my mental wellbeing is as important as my physical wellbeing. Therefore, by cutting out all of my intolerances (i.e. dairy, chilli pepper, and yeast – including vinegar, marmite, wine, cider, stock (unless yeast free), citric acid, MSG, grapes, dried fruit, sake, miso, mushrooms, sweeteners, condiments containing vinegar) as well as my gluten allergy is too difficult. Obviously I can never compromise when it comes to eating gluten but with the others, the pleasure I get from eating them in small to moderate amounts and occasionally is greater than the minor symptoms that may accompany their consumption. Therefore, you will see recipes and posts which include these foods. The York Test has enlightened me and I know what to do if my symptoms become worse and more often but I am weak.