I’ve been struggling with stomachaches for the last several years. Nothing debilitating, most of the time, but definitely not something I want to live with for the rest of my life. The pattern was random – I could go a week or two and be fine, and then the next week would be terrible. I long suspected some sort of food intolerance was at stake, but I didn’t know what. A few gluten and/or lactose free friends encouraged me to try an elimination diet, or just try eliminating one thing at a time until I found it. However, not wanting to give up my favorite foods, and not liking the prospect of randomly eliminating things for a couple weeks a at a time until something changed, I decided to get a blood food allergy test. While not 100% accurate, these tests look for antibodies in the blood specific to foods, and can offer a good starting point for anyone wishing to locate food intolerances.
The results that came back were not altogether surprising, but also weren’t things I would have thought to pinpoint on my own. While I had figured I had a problem with eggs, I hadn’t suspected bananas, cranberries, pineapple, mushrooms or broccoli – nor would most of these be eliminated in a standard elimination diet. I’ve since stopped eating any of these things and am feeling a good deal better. At some point I’ll try them all again to look for false positives, but that’s beside the point.
The point is, knowing I had some foods I needed to avoid gave me the motivation to really start rethinking how and what I eat. I wanted to start eating better food (healthier, more delicious, better quality, all of the above). Where better to start than with the stereotypical superfood, kale? I mean, they’re putting it in everything these days!