There’s a scenario happening way too often for my liking. It’s amazing, dedicated mums following a special diet for their children to the letter and not getting the awesome results they should be. Eating only the foods that are on the approved list, never straying, fanatical about the ingredients they are using. And then wanting to give up entirely because all this effort is not producing the results they expected.
What if the foods on this amazing special diet were not right for your child? What if an unknown food intolerance was holding you back from achieving the results you should be getting?
Food intolerances are a tricky business. A food allergy is usually easy to detect; a reaction occurs pretty much as soon as you’ve eaten the food and is obvious – a rash, hives, swelling. (Note, please treat any food allergy symptoms as serious as allergies can be life threatening). Food Intolerances on the other hand can be difficult to pinpoint. Reactions may occur anywhere from 4 hours to 4 days after the food is eaten and symptoms could include headache, fatigue, upset tummy, runny nose, diarrhea and irritability.
Trying to track what foods may have caused a symptom that can appear up to 4 days later can be complex! Yet I know from experience with my own son and many clients, that if you remove foods that may be causing intolerances (regardless of whether or not they are “approved” foods on whatever diet you’re following) you will see improvements in sleep, behaviour and health.
There are several ways you can test for intolerances. Many physicians scoff at these, but then again, they are usually the ones who have told us that special diets don’t work and are dangerous. I want to outline a few, including some that you can do yourself at home as a starting point to see if some of the foods your child is eating may be causing a problem. We are not looking for the traditional skin prick allergy test; we are trying to determine if an intolerance is the issue. Please remember I am not a medical practitioner and this information is for educational purposes only.
- ALCAT, ELISA test – these are blood tests that study white blood cell activity with certain foods.
- NAET or Applied Kinesiology. This is also called muscle testing and is testing your body for weakness which indicates that particular food might be blocking your body’s energy response.
- IgG blood testing. This test measures the IgG antibodies towards particular foods. Most of the popular IgG tests will test 93 foods. You can ask your doctor for a referral for this test, but it is not Medicare rebatable.
- Patch test. This is one you can do yourself to test a food. If we were testing for example eggs. You break an egg and put a small amount of the yolk on the inside of one arm and a small amount of the white on the inside of the other arm. Leave overnight. In the morning if there is any sign of redness or irritation, you can assume this food may be causing problems. If there is no irritation, then this food can probably consumed without an issue.
- Hair Test. This is a great test that requires only a small amount of your child’s hair. It is then tested to measure your body’s compatibility to over 500 foods and household items. The testing is based on the principle that disease is aggravated by certain foods interfering with your immune system. When you remove those foods, your immune system is freed up to deal with other issues. I have had fantastic results with my own family and many clients using this type of testing.
- Pendulum testing. This one might sound a bit woo woo but lots of people swear by it. It’s easy to do on yourself or for your child. You can buy pendulums at a crystal shop. You program your pendulum by asking it to show you “yes” and “no”. You will find that it swings different ways, and the directions will be different for different people. Once you know what directions are yes and no for you, you hold the pendulum over a food and ask “Is this food good for me?” and wait for the pendulum to swing to a yes or no. You can also ask for your child “Is this food good for x?”. It’s an inexpensive way to check things on the go quite empowering.
- Pulse testing. This is another that might sound a little out there but again has many reports of great results. It’s free and easy so that’s a positive! Sit down and relax. (and don’t do the test just after exercising when your heart rate may already be elevated). Determine your starting pulse by counting your heart beat for a full minute. You can use your wrist or your neck, as long as you take it on the same place each time. Write down your ‘before’ pulse. Now take a bite of food and chew it but don’t swallow it. Leave in in your mouth for at least 30 seconds. Take your pulse for 1 full minute again, while holding the food in your mouth, and write down your ‘after’ pulse. Compare the two pulse readings. An increase of 4 or more beats is considered a stressful reaction. The bigger the increase in the pulse change, the more stressful your body considers this food.You can test as many things as you like, but after each food, rinse out your moth and wait a few minutes to check your body has returned to your initial heart rate. Also it’s best to check individual ingredients – for example don’t test a pancake, test the flour, the egg, the liquid you’ve used, the fat you’ve cooked it in separately.
There are no such things as foods that are right for everyone. I have seen kids react to chicken, potatoes, rice – all foods that are deemed “safe” even on elimination diets – and they have improved when those reactive foods were removed. By checking what works for YOUR child, you can design a diet that will maximise healing.
Have fun and let me know if you’ve used any of these tests and what results you got! And if you would like to jump into looking at over 500 foods and household items with a hair test, just send me an email [email protected] and I’ll send you more information. I have a special offer that includes setting up recipes that filter out your intolerances as well as an individual consult with me to map out your own individual healing eating plan.