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!


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We’re in the Portland area, too, on a little farm where we have dairy goats for milk. Been eating GF for about 13 years now. I recommend Dr. Daniel Chong,ND, who practices in Milwaukie, on McLoughlin. 503-577-9179 or http://www.SeekHealth.Net I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Chong. We’re working with him to recover our son on the autism spectrum. He specializes in the hard cases!

Comment by Kim Walters

I will definitely look into Dr. Chong. Thank you so much for the referral. Having a good doctor is half of the battle 🙂

I love that you have dairy goats… very cool! 🙂

How old is your son, if you don’t mind me asking?


Comment by Katie

Your skin problems sound like Eczema. It is possible that your body has gone into a healing crises. The body tries to eliminate toxins through the skin, this can cause the inflammation you are dealing with.

Have you considered an Elimination diet? That is how I have tracked my food intolerance. You start with a detox of five days. Basically, you removed all problem foods and are left munching on fruits and vegetables. (my doctor supplied me with a list) It takes five days for food to move through your body. You’ll feel worse at first (withdrawal) but after the five days, you should be feeling much better.

At that point, you’re allowed to introduce a food back in. Don’t eat it every day. Watch for symptoms. If, in the following five days, you still feel fine, the food is good. If, however, you get symptoms, its not good for you.

Another thing to consider, is the foods you crave. Cravings are often linked to our intolerance. Remove the offending food and you’ll stop craving.

Comment by Amanda Acton

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