How Having a Food Intolerance Changed My Life
Modifying your diet to cope with a food intolerance can be daunting, as food is a large part of everyday life. Whilst discovering the foods that may be triggering your symptoms is the first step in changing your diet to suit you, it isn’t often clear where to go from there. You may feel that there is a limit to the foods that you can consume compared to before, resulting in restricting your diet.
However, you don’t need to live in fear of your trigger foods when you discover that you have a food intolerance. One of our customers, Scarlett, realised that seeking advice on your diet is very important.
Before taking a YorkTest, Scarlett’s life revolved around her eating pattern. “My life revolved around my stomach – I’d wake up every night in searing pain with the concern deep down that something was wrong with me. I couldn’t go to lectures or do anything social, and I was largely a recluse, doing my university work from my own bed. It wasn’t the life I wanted to lead.”
Taking the test
Agitated with having to plan her life around trips to the toilet, Scarlett had suspicions that there might be an underlying cause to her problem and so she decided to try YorkTest’s IBS Diet Programme.
“I’d pretty much exhausted all other options by then and was a little bit fed up with the treatment that I had already had for IBS, which didn’t seem to really work for me.”
After taking a pin prick test, Scarlett said,
“I received a big pack in the post, with tonnes of information on IBS (and the FODMAP diet), a food diary, and a list of foods I’d reacted to.”
Although Scarlett did have suspicions regarding her trigger foods, her test results confirmed this.
“The results showed definite reactions to milk and egg white, and borderline reactions to chilli peppers, egg yolk, lentils, wheat and yeast. This was a bit of an eye opener – I can remember several occasions where I’d glugged a glass of milk or had a particularly cheesy meal and gone to bed with almighty stomach pains afterwards. At the time I put this down to stress or anxiety – which I know can be contributors for me – but the test showed definite patterns with the foods I’d been eating.”
“After a chat with one of YorkTest’s Nutritional Therapists which was provided as part of the IBS programme, I decided to overhaul my diet once and for all.”
Making a change
Once Scarlett had received her results, YorkTest provided advice on how she could alter her diet to avoid eating trigger foods, helping to reduce the IBS symptoms that she had experienced on a daily basis. However, this process didn’t run smoothly.
“Cutting out dairy is harder than you think. Despite the many people I’ve told: ‘oh I don’t drink much milk to be honest’, it’s in a number of things you consume in your day-to-day life without even realising.”
Even though the initial changes were quite daunting, YorkTest were able to provide advice that was very useful to Scarlett.
“Talking to the Nutritional Therapist was really helpful. I was always quite a fussy eater, but she tailored some meals to contain foods that I actually liked, as well as giving me some options to try out if I was feeling adventurous.”
YorkTest’s Nutritional Therapist also recommended that Scarlett had a look at Deliciously Ella’s story.
“It’s a blog written by a chef who previously suffered a health condition but decided to overhaul her diet. She focuses on eating to make your body happy, rather than counting calories – a mantra which I’ve adopted. I hate the idea of a ‘restricted diet’, but knowing I could eat
‘anything’ so long as it made my body happy, and worked for me, didn’t feel like a restriction.”
Several weeks after Scarlett changed her diet to combat her food intolerances, she has been less prone to the symptoms she previously experienced.
“Although my symptoms haven’t disappeared completely, I feel more in tune with my body. My IBS is so much better and as a person, I feel ‘well’ again. I’ve discovered ways of making my favourite foods and recipes work for me, and I’ve become more adventurous when it comes to my overall diet.”
“I’d never go as far as to say that I found a miracle cure, because tailoring my diet and understanding what worked for me was difficult, and it was hard to give up problem foods straight away. But I think when you have more control over the way you consume, prepare and look at food, you start to feel rewarded by it rather than guilty.”
If you are experiencing similar symptoms, then YorkTest may be able to help you, with their Food&DrinkScan Programme. The at-home test is simple and easy to use, and is followed by your results and a nutritional consultation to help you make the next step in finding a diet that is personalised to suit you.
YorkTest advise that you consult with your GP first if you are experiencing the types of symptoms mentioned in this testimonial.