We have entered a new realm of food and recipes. My husband and I just recently had a food intolerance test completed. Just as I suspected, I have an intolerance to soy and my husband has an intolerance to gluten. I started to believe this for myself after a lot of research into Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and starting to pay attention to how I felt when I had things with soy in it. I will be honest. I never in a million years thought such simple symptoms that could be attributed to a ton of other things could simply be due to an allergy or an intolerance.
My husband and I tried the ketogenic diet after I read books like Keto Adapted by Maria Emmerich, Keto Clarity by Dr. Eric Westman & Jimmy Moore, and Primal Endurance by Mark Sisson & Brad Kearns. I felt pretty good about the science of it all and did some more research on my own through google scholar and the books’ references. We started it all December 2016 after my inability to get my thyroid under control. Within the first few months, my husband began to lose weight and look very lean. I, however, looked lean but I did not lose any weight or body fat. In fact, I began to gain weight. I felt good, but not good. It was a very weird time for me. In July 2017, I decided to stop keto and simply remain gluten-free. I started to feel re-energized again and my husband was able to maintain his lean look and weight loss during this period. My reason for stopping? In all of my reading, there was little mention of people with gallbladder dysfunction or, in my case, no gallbladder. My body was receiving fat bombs and the pancreas was now dumping my bile directly into my small intestines instead of having a place to store in the gallbladder and slowly release.
We continued gluten-free until October 2017. I felt okay, but it did not stop all of my symptoms so I went back to the bread. In doing so, my husband did too and all of his weight came back. And that’s where the questions regarding his aversion to gluten began. In all of the food/diet books, the professionals talk about elimination diets being the key to finding out what is wrong because the science simply is not 100% effective. We did not feed too much into it all though because we have heard of the blowback people have after stopping the keto diet…all the weight and then some comes back. It has to become a lifestyle, not a diet.
If you’re questioning gluten allergy or intolerance, TWO “yes”s in the following lead to the possibility (from the book Body Love by Kelly LeVeque).
- frequent bloating or gas?
- IBS or acid reflux?
- daily or regular diarrhea, or chronic constipation?
- migraines or headaches?
- joint pains or aches?
- forgetfulness or brain fog?
- depression or anxiety?
- ADD or ADHD now or as a child?
- low thyroid?
- eczema or acne?
As for me, when I started my weight loss journey and the struggle with my failing thyroid, I was using a soy-based protein. I had no idea what I was doing. I was involved in a direct sales company that had me promoting its use to others while I was losing weight at a painstakingly slow rate. It was grueling, you guys. Little did I know that I was fighting my body. The best I had felt during the last six years was during the time I was simply eating clean and cooking mostly Skinnytaste recipes by Gina Homolka. The recipes I chose to make were lighter versions of Italian (my childhood comfort food) and Mexican (my husband’s childhood comfort food) WHICH were low in soy without us even knowing. This did not all click until I started graduate school and entered into my nutrition classes.
If you’re questioning soy allergy or intolerance, TWO “yes”s in the following lead to the possibility (from the book Body Love by Kelly LeVeque).
- hormonal acne?
- low thyroid?
- slow BM motility?
My love for nutrition books and the knowledge from my nutrition classes sent me searching for the answers. I simply want to feel good. I feel like that is not something that is too much to ask for. So I took charge. I asked my doctors to do allergy blood testing on me for gluten because of my vitamin deficiencies, asked for gut health testing, asked for an allergy skin test and all things came up negative. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? I feel fatigued the minute I wake up and my thyroid medication is in need of constant adjustment. I have bad acne, eczema & a recent rosacea diagnosis. I have anxiety issues, been treated for depression, and brain fog. I ache, you guys. I just figured it was due to my activity BUT it is worse when I don’t work out. frequent bloating or gas? In my frustration, I started to look at what all of these books suggested, elimination diets AND food intolerance testing.
After a 6-8 week wait, my husband and I have answers from a hair test administered by The Allergy Test. I put together this quick chart on excel for us, but we are starting with soy-free and gluten-free which is a lot BUT if it will stop the symptoms and help our weight go back down…We are all in! The red items are intolerances that were over 95% and the yellow items were between 85-94%. And for the people out there questioning the science, I realize this may not be fully accepted at the moment BUT we were desperate for a route to go. Also, this actually did pull up all of the things that I did already know like my aversions to Nickel, Silver & Platinum jewelry or belt buckles, a bad reaction to Carob (in Sweet Freedom), Ale due to bloating for 3-4 days after having 1-2 beers, and Flaxseed from a lump in my throat after recently trying to increase my fiber intake.
So here we are now. Searching for a way to have all the things we love in the way we love them that fits in a soy-free and gluten-free box.
Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes
- 1.5 cup gluten-free flour
- 3.5 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1.25 cup 1% milk
- 1 egg
- 3 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
- butter for greasing the pan
- Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl.
- Add milk, egg, and applesauce. Whisk together.
- Melt butter in a frying pan with medium heat.
- Pour a 1/4 cup of batter into the pan for each pancake. These will get bigger, so be sure not to pour too much.
- Cook on both sides and serve!
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