Post 5-Day Cleanse

In light of learning about some food intolerances I have, I decided to do a 5-Day Cleanse to sort of jump start my system into accepting the new way of eating. It worked, sort of. I followed Young Living’s nutritional cleanse and posted all the directions in a Facebook group for other YL members to join in.

I began the cleanse on a Friday, and was excited to start. The day before, I went grocery shopping and prepped the allowed foods so everything was ready. I told my family I was doing this, and my husband was in full support.

Day 1: I felt pretty good. I was a little hungry mid-day, but drank a lot of water and it passed.

Day 2: I woke up with a headache. Usually for me, this means I will end the day with a migraine. I read that headaches can be a part of the detox process, though, so I used M-Grain essential oil on my temples and drank water. It eased up a little, but I was pretty miserable by evening. I decided to forgo the protein shake for dinner and had a salad with tuna, no dressing. I went to bed feeling as if I was getting sick.

Day 3: I started shaking. Thinking back, it may have been withdrawal symptoms as my body was being deprived of its morning tea. However, I was also dizzy, and as I have a slight heart defect that can cause dizziness and issues with blood pressure, I decided to end the cleanse.

Since then, I have not had any gluten, diary, or eggs. I am feeling fantastic overall, and have noticed some of my gut issues have subsided a bit. I will remain gluten-free for the rest of my life, as I know it is an ongoing issue. However, I want to attempt to add back in eggs and dairy after thirty days. Especially the eggs! I can handle no dairy, even though I love cheese. There are a lot of cheese alternative products that my friends say are pretty tasty. We got chickens because I love eggs for a protein source, and I think my heart will break a little if I discover I really can’t have them.

Have you done a cleanse before? What was your experience? I would love to hear from you!

Exploring Food Intolerances

My family and most of my friends know about my long journey towards health. I don’t usually talk about it in public, but I don’t know why not. There are probably a million people out there who have similar questions about their health, and my experiences may help them.

Before I get into it, though, a little disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional. The information I share is strictly my personal experience or information given to me about my own health from a medical professional. Please seek professional advice about your health condition.

In December, I decided I wanted to have a definitive answer regarding food that causes an immune response. In the past, I asked doctors to test me for food sensitivities, and they either refused or told me just to “eat healthier.” After years of frustration, I took matters into my own hands.

Last month, I ordered a food sensitivity test from Everlywell*. Note: This is not a food allergy test. A friend of mine used them and took the results to her doctor for review. She said it was helpful, and less expensive than testing through a local lab as ordered by her doctor. After some research on how Everlywell does things and reading reviews on other websites, I placed my order.

I won’t bore you with how to collect your sample for the test — that’s all on their website — so let’s jump to the results.

I had a mild to high immune response to 43 out of 204 tested foods. I expected gluten and cow’s milk to be in the top ten, and they were, but I was suprised to see chicken egg white and yolk to also be on that list. I mean, we got chickens because I love eggs for breakfast!

So what’s next? An elimination diet. It is recommended to remove at least five foods that cause the most immune response for 30 days, and then add them back in one at a time with a few days between each addition.

Just after Thanksgiving, I went completely gluten-free, but it can take up to six months for it to be fully removed from the system. I have also been drinking almond milk instead of cow’s milk, but I have still been eating cheese, yogurt, and butter.

Starting next week, I am going to completely eliminate all cow’s milk products and eggs for the next thirty days. Once I have determined what products cause the immune response, I will move to the next set of foods. I will share my journey with you, and hope that it helps you find your way to better health.


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