Many of you don’t know but I’ve been delicately addressing weight issues with one of my daughters for a few years now. I say delicately because as you know, these things can spiral out of control into eating disorders, whether eating too much or nothing at all.
I focused on teaching her how to read nutrition labels, educating her on portion control and moderation but she just kept gaining weight.
It was obvious to me the way she was carrying her weight was due to inflammation than body fat. I knew she had to have food allergies/intolerences, but to what exactly?!?!
I tried removing certain foods from her diet but this test became difficult & inaccurate when she would stay at her dad’s home.
I finally took her to an allergist who told me her allergies were probably environmental, but I insisted she get tested for food allergies as well.
I filled out pages of questions regarding Maxine from the time she was born, and when the doctor was addressing them, he asked me if I had breast fed her, I responded “Yes.” He followed up with “A lot of good that did you!”
I was horrified by his bedside manner but at this point was desperate and wanted him to just get the tests done.
He finally obliged to run an entire gamut of allergy tests.
Poor Maxine had no idea what she was getting into when they started the skin test but it had to be done. The prick test was done all over her back, Squares were marked with ink and labeled pet dander, dust, pollen and foods. A few drops of the purified allergen are gently pricked on to the skin surface.
Her entire back immediately turned red and began to blister, some bigger than others. Holding back the tears she looked at me and said, “Mami I have to scratch it!!!”
I told her she could not for at least 15 minutes so I gave her her iPod and told her to distract herself with music.
The doctor and nurse returned to the office after 15 min and could not believe their eyes!! The doctor said, “Wow! I’m really surprised by the food allergies!!” I said, “I’m not surprised in the least bit. I can totally see the inflammation on her body!” He asked me “What are you??” I responded, “I’m her mother and a nutrition coach.”
He then said “Oh…are you one of those who believes in eating gluten free?”
At this point, I realized I was dealing with a nincompoop and said to myself, “Let me just get these test results, this doctor is not going to help me resolve this issue.”
Maxine’s food allergy tests came back positive for dairy, soy, wheat, meat, corn and peanuts. YUP!!
He told me to have her continue taking Claritin, gave her some prescription nose drops and gave me some info on hypo-allergenic bedding & pillows and sent us on our way.
As we walked out of the building Maxine turned and asked me with a lot of distress….”So what am I going to eat now?”
I told her, “Dont you worry, you’re lucky to have me as your mom! There’s tons of other foods out there you can eat & enjoy!”
That got me thinking, Yeah I know exactly what to do but what about other moms and dads who have no clue? Who don’t even know how to eat healthy in the first place? You walk out of the building with these results but no direction on making dietary changes?!?! The solution isn’t always to find other packaged foods without these ingredients because those are also filled with CRAP!!!
Needless to say, this is more reinforcement of my journey here on this planet. To further educate, motivate & empower others to take control of their health with REAL FOOD!!
I am proud to say my daughter Maxine has lost 11 pounds in 2 months. 11 pounds!!! She’s beaming and becoming more energized each day!