The good news - I am not sensitive to gluten. I tested low for it. That was very good news to learn.
Not exactly bad news but a dozen or so items were high:
blueberry (pineapple and strawberry)
yeast, bakers and brewers
I'm to eliminate these foods from my diet for 2 weeks and then go back to the doctor. I could have had the more thorough menu booklet personally made for my results but a high fiber diet is almost impossible for me (dealing without my sigmoid). Because I tested so high for yeast, sugar is out. Since sugar feeds the yeast. So no soda, no sweets, no candy, I could have artificial sweeteners but I'd prefer not to. No fruit or fruit juice, because of the sugar content. No milk either.
I was highly allergic to milk for the first 3 years of my life but I eventually outgrew it. However milk is not something I want. I might enjoy it in my cereal or to cook with it but I hardly ever have a glass of milk. I don't get sick after consuming milk, I just sometimes do not feel so well. The doctor said even if you outgrew a milk allergy, you still test very high for it and it's best to just avoid it. It's easy for me to take calcium supplements, no hardship there. Goodbye milk! Never really missed ya.....LOL If I truly want milk she said I can buy goat or rice milk. Which I may do. And yogurt is out but I take an acidophilis pill each day.
After seeing my results I realize now that I seem to crave what I shouldn't ultimately eat. What's up with that? I have joked there's a beast living in my gut, but it's so odd. I enjoy sipping hot tea, with sugar. I munch on pretzels, saltines and I love plain white bread you buy at the bakery. Toasted. Or plain english muffins.
I can still enjoy baked goods, they just have to be yeast free.
So a visit to my local health food store is in order.
Wish me luck with this! Can't hurt to try avoiding these foods. Maybe I'd feel better than I do when I have my worst days. That would be sweet! Even if my life was improved 25% by avoiding yeast, I'd be onto something......and the doctor said it's not for life. Just eat these foods in moderation later on (except milk, she said I just should never have cow's milk ever again, I have to agree with her).
Thanks for reading. I welcome any input or suggestions.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening