Going Gluten and GMO-Grain Free

I am tired….
June 30, 2010, 7:15 pm
Filed under: Finding the cause

Tired of feeling like crap that is! Blunt, I know! But those of you who know me, know that I really can’t spit it out any other way. I am so frustrated with my daily ailments. I haven’t had a “good” day in weeks and I could really use a break from feeling so awful.

Here’s the scoop:
My stomach problems have improved so much over the last few months and I am positive that it has something to do with the lack of gluten in my diet. I have limited my grains, began buying local and organic, and listened to my body. Even after all of my effort, I still have fairly frequent tummy issues that I just can’t seem to resolve.

I have become quite accustomed to the stomach problems but what really has me down is the constant itching and redness of my skin! I get welt-like, itchy, red blotches all over my body (more profound on my face, neck, chest, and back) after showering and white (almost zit-like) , extremely itchy bumps in the same areas (but mostly on my jaw-line and neck) after eating. Pretty much all day I am suffering! I have to take Benadryl just to sleep at night.

I do see a connection between some of the stomach and skin issues.

I have tried to eat the same foods and meals repeatedly to see if the reactions are the same, but I just can’t find the pattern. My only hunches are possible reactions to mushrooms and garlic. Anyone have a good, safe at-home food allergy testing method? I’ve read about taping a piece of the suspect food to your inner wrist overnight and watching for a reaction… anyone tried this?

So enough with the complaining… here are a couple of my next steps:

Find a naturopathic doctor who is willing to listen to my laundry list of complaints without judgment and be able to provide some solid feedback. Any recommendations in the Portland area?

I am researching how to plan a structured elimination diet so that I can one-by-one introduce foods back into my diet. I think this will help me pin point some of my allergy foods. I just need to work up the will-power to be as strict as necessary for this plan to work.

I would love to hear any of your experiences or suggestions!