Appendix D: Personal Example - Testing for Food Allergies

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.

For me, one particular side effect of my testing was very welcome, the permanent loss of 8 pounds of body weight and 1 1/2 inches around each thigh. These desirable effects were caused by eliminating peanuts and substances derived from peanuts from my diet. My allergy to peanuts (including peanut oil) had been unknown to me before testing. In fact, until I did the test myself, I counted myself among those who believed that allergies were likely just to be "in the head" of the sufferer. Needless to say, my compassion for those suffering with allergies has increased.

Overweight, fatigue, and tension are frequently caused by food allergies/ intolerances. Why not do your own free testing to see if that is happening with you?

My peanut-eating patterns before allergy testing were typical of someone with addictive food allergies. I loved peanut butter, ate peanuts often, and my favorite candy bars usually contained peanuts in some form. I never went more than two days without consuming some form of peanuts. Cravings would compel me to make the next peanut butter sandwich. What happens with addictive food allergies is that after a day or so without the substance we tend to suffer withdrawal symptoms and tend to crave the substance. Just a small amount of the substance will usually give us our 'fix' and we can then go on for a day or two without more of it. What happens is that this 'fix' prevents our withdrawal symptoms. In my case, the withdrawal symptoms were "yuckiness" and "irritability". The heightened allergic reaction brought about by five days of abstinence from peanuts, which I never had experienced until the testing reintroduced peanuts, was a deep joint pain lasting for many hours after consumption of peanuts. I had never considered myself to be allergic to anything, but this pain thoroughly convinced me that it was too difficult for my body to continue to consume peanuts. This was the only strong allergy I found for myself, though I did react mildly to both dairy and yeast.

While reintroducing foods during my testing, a lack of time as well as laziness led me to introduce new foods every three hours rather than just three times a day. If you decide to change your testing in a similar fashion, beware the long-term reaction(s) which may be masked by the introduction of a new food three hours later. Retesting five days later may be required for those particular foods whose test results may have become confused.

Reminder- food allergy can without our knowledge cause most any "psychological" symptom.

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