The Results Are In…

by Jen on September 26, 2011

Good morning everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend :)  We enjoyed temps in the high 20’s here (about 85 degrees).  I wish this weather could last all year.

Since the weather was so nice, we didn’t have a busy weekend.  We tried to enjoy the outdoors as much as we could.  Which meant going to the mall?  Ummm…..ya.  M wanted to look for a new suit.  Why he chose the nicest weekend to take the family to the mall, I don’t know.  But off we went anyway.  After dragging the kids through the mall for 2 hours, he didn’t find one he liked.  Well, that was fun.  And a total waste of my Saturday morning.

I’m not sure if I told you this or not, but my 4 1/2 year old was peeing in his pants at preschool last week.  Twice.  I know I’ve told you that he still pees a little in his underwear occasionally everyday, and that it drives me nuts!  Justin’s laundry pile is enormous at the end of the week.  I’ve tried punishing him by yelling, taking toys away, or taking privileges away, but nothing seems to be working.  So I’ve decided to change my approach.

Instead of punishing him, I’m going to bribe reward him.  I’m going to reward Justin each day he keeps his underwear dry.  And what is little Justin’s treat?  Candy.  What kid doesn’t like candy…especially gummy worms.  Each morning he stays dry, he gets a treat.  Each afternoon he stays dry, he gets a treat.  So far, so good.  Yes, I still have to remind him throughout the day to use the bathroom, but at least I don’t have to fight with him about it.  He knows the reward and is willing to do anything go to the bathroom to get it :)  The only downside is explaining to the other kids that they don’t get a treat.  Caleb was especially upset about this and said that he would start peeing his pants again to get a treat!  Oh lordy.

Now on to the real reason you are reading this post……

My allergy/food intolerance test result is in!  After all this time, I have finally found out what foods my digestive system can’t tolerate.

 The Results Are In…

 The Results Are In…

As you can see, different foods are listed on the vertical axis, and my body’s reaction to them is listed on the horizontal axis.  From this, you can tell that my body is extremely intolerant towards eggs and is highly intolerant towards peanuts.  Eggs.  Peanuts.  Eggs.  Peanuts.  My 2 favorite foods.  Ones that I eat every single day!

I was a little surprised by these results.  I always thought that someone who was intolerant to peanuts would have a severe allergic reaction.  However, that is the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.  A food allergy stimulates an immune response, whereas a food intolerance stimulates a digestive response.  My body cannot process these foods which is why I get bloated and gassy all the time.

So what is the course of action?  Eliminate peanuts and eggs completely for a few months.  After a few months, I may be able to reintroduce them back into my diet slowly.

Instead of eggs at lunch, I’ve switched to this:

 The Results Are In…

That’s non-fat plain Greek yogurt mixed with berries.  YUM.  I could also add some chicken to my lunches to get some more protein.

And what have I substituted for my beloved peanut butter?

 The Results Are In…

Almond butter.  And actually, this stuff isn’t too bad.  It’s growing on me.

After eliminating eggs and peanuts for 24 hours, I must say, I do notice a difference.  I have definitely had less gas and bloating.  Now I really need to read labels carefully and see what the exact ingredients are.  I always pitied the families with peanut allergies.  I thought, how could one live without peanuts??  Well, now I know.  You just do. 

As for the eggs?  I do miss them.  And I’m going to have to figure out what to use to replace them in my baking.  I’ve read that I can substitute mashed fruit.  We’ll see how that works.

I really hope this helps with my digestive issues.  I’ll keep ya posted.

Question: Have you ever wondered if you have any food allergies or food intolerance’s?  Is there one food you would never want to give up?

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 J and A September 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Well it's good to get answers and that you notice a difference already! But sad it's some of your fav things. :( Love Just Almonds! Great on your overnights oatmeal!

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2 Jen Riley September 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wow, I can't believe it's eggs and peanuts! Things you eat every day…that's crazy! At least now you know. And hopefully at some point you'll be able to add them back into your diet again. Baking without eggs will be easier than you think. I have a whole cookbook of yummy breads and things…all dairy free.

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3 Playground Snoop September 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

You could make a goal for the other kids that they could work towards too. It doesn't have to be the same thing.

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4 Debbie September 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I'm glad you finally got some answers, surprising as they are!

Baking without eggs is super easy. You just have to know the reason for the eggs in the recipe – leavening, moisture or both? Once you have that answered, you can make the appropriate substitution.

I hope Justin's training is continuing nicely. I found with E he was great for a few months when he first learned, then in preschool he would get so focused on something he would forget. It took a couple of months to get him truly trained.

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5 FamilyFoodFitnessandFun September 26, 2011 at 4:57 pm

@Dana – that is very true..I'll have to think of something for the others!

@Debbie – how do I find out what the eggs are for?

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6 Mom vs. the boys September 26, 2011 at 6:12 pm

0h wow, who would have thought huh! that really sucks that those are favs too! interested to see how you feel after removing them.

my middle guy still pees in his underwear just a little bit too sometimes, not sure why because he's not letting it all out. just enough to maket the underwear wet. it is sooooo hard to train with treats when the other kids see it. I used to give my oldes two smarties and the other boys one. I just couldn't deny them, they are too young to get it!

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7 Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy September 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm

glad you found some answers and are seeing results. And you know you don't have to go gluten and dairy free again! I'm not sure how baking will go without eggs, but there has to be some way to do it.

I know soy bothers me when I eat except in small doses. I have some foods that I've given up because of migraines too

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8 Cori September 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

You can get Ener-G, which is an egg replacer at places like Community Natural and Planet Organic. I bought some, once upon a time when I was thinking of going vegan, but never ended up using it…I've heard lots of success stories for bakers, though.

I think I'd die if anyon nour family had a peanut allergy/inteolerance. Peanut Butter is a food group for us…especially with vegetarian twin toddlers! It was even one of the major deal breakers on my Q&A for dayhomes this spring – if they wouldn't serve PB – my girlies could go there!

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