I have a new doctor who recommended a pretty radical diet to fix me. It involves avoiding several categories of foods that can cause problems in some people. It’s a bit like glorified lactose intolerance (lactose is one of the groups). The other groups involve fructose, polymers of fructose, galactose, and polyols (sugar alcohols).
Right now I’m on the elimination phase of the diet, which means basically eating nothing on the disallowed foods list. So far this week I’ve had:
- Salmon with GF tamari and lemon, quinoa, and raw carrots
- Beef with lemon and GF tamari, raw carrots, spinach, and rice with lime, green onions, and cilantro
- GF corn pasta with tomato, basil, and Parmesan
- Omelet made with lactose-free milk, spinach, red bell peppers, and cabot extra sharp cheddar — had this twice!
- Rice cake with almond butter
- Half a banana
- Handful of blueberries
- Glutino pretzels
- GF lemon squares — I made them before I went to the doctor, but they are actually low FODMAP so I ate them while I was trying to figure out what to do with myself on Tuesday
- Homemade chicken broth (only chicken!) with rice noodles
- Chick-fil-a fries (and now I feel horrible, so maybe that didn’t work)
- Okay, I admit, I licked cherry, but that shouldn’t be enough to hurt me
So far one of the problems I have is remembering I can eat rice and potatoes, and another is to make sure I have enough carbs that I don’t get low blood sugar and end up with a horrible headache. I’m also worried about calcium. And a bit worried about the “challenge” phase, where you introduce the problem foods in order to try to provoke a bad reaction and find out your tolerance for the different groups. That sound decidedly unpleasant.
I mostly have felt better, though, and it’s nice to have an idea of how to attack the problem. I always suspected many of the foods on the bad list, but I never would have blamed mushrooms or apples. Also, since it’s about a tolerance threshold, I would always try a food and it would be fine, but I imagine once I added it and other foods, it would go over the threshold, make me sick, and I would be confused which food did it. There was never a pattern, because I didn’t know the categories to check.
Brushing my teeth with baking soda (to avoid polyols) is not thrilling me.
Wish me luck!