Rowena asked me to share my feedback about my dealings with Food Intolerance and how having a food intolerance test changed my life. It sounds corny but it really has changed.
A little bit of history about me: I have suffered with excema/dermatitis my whole life, in the last 2 years this has become worse, especially on my feet. I suffer with bloating, diarrhoea/constipation, tiredness, anxiety, irritability, nausea and the list goes on. For about 18 months now I thought I was lactose intolerant, I had cut out anything with lactose in it. This helped with some symptoms for a while, but then they came back with a vengeance. I knew it was time to see Rowena for a more in-depth look as to what was going on.
I went to visit Rowena on Saturday 27 February this year. I was booked in for a food intolerance blood test as I knew something was wrong with my body and I knew it was food related, I am in good health otherwise.
After chatting to Rowena and Francesca about my dietary habits and symptoms, Rowena gave me a small pin pick and drew some blood. I came back in the afternoon for my results.
Francesca greeted me that afternoon, I told her how excited I was to find out exactly what foods I was intolerant to as I was looking forward to feeling normal again. I found out that in fact I am not lactose intolerant but that I was strongly intolerant to dairy, and mildly intolerant to wheat and yeast. After getting over the initial fact that I could now only have dairy once a week, and wheat and yeast 3/4 times a week, I was looking forward to the benefits of not suffering from my symptoms any more.
I have done some reflecting on my lifetime dietary habits, I have always been a big dairy eater. I always suffered from bloating, and dermatitis, I did feel slightly sick after dairy products, but didn’t put two and two together until now. I thought I had eaten too much, not realising that I was intolerant and any amount of dairy would make me feel that way.
Its been almost two weeks with dairy, wheat and yeast in my diet, and while I do miss cheese, and vegemite, I feel great. I am not bloated and uncomfortable anymore, my skin is clearer, I am not tired as much, I don’t suffer from nausea, anxiety and irritability is at a minimum. It actually feels strange to not be bloated anymore, I guess I got used to being uncomfortable. I now have a flat stomach!!!
I can’t thank Rowena, Francesca and the team at Whitsunday Health Clinic for helping me. Thank you.