Before I share my results of the Repeat Alcat test I wanted to say more about why I wanted to repeat the test.
- I noticed an increase in my acne. I figured I am eating something I am sensitive too and wanted to identify it. I was going to repeat the test after a year, but since acne was flaring, it seemed time to check my chemistry. (Having break outs was what made me test in the first place).
- I am eating a much more variety of foods and especially produce. The panel I tested for originally tested standard food Americans eat. I am not just eating those processed foods anymore. I get a wide variety of produce and eat whole food. I wasn't sure if I should just check the vegetarian profile being that I don't eat much red meat, but I went for the platinum which checks everything they test for.
- If a sensitivity was clear, I did not want to keep avoiding it and consuming something else I should now be avoiding.
From amongst all the foods I showed some inflammation to in the first testing, all but 3 came up in the safe (green-go) category. My new safe foods are lamb, carob, clam, codfish, coffee, CRANBERRY, GARLIC, lobster, ALMOND, BANANA, BREWER'S YEAST, CRAB, goat's milk (includes FETA), OLIVE, PEAR, SALMON, msg. The capitalized ones are ones, I missed and also realized I may have been too hard on myself as far as either feeling guilt when I did rarely eat it (for the relatively low amount amount of inflammation). I am happy to see they cleared. I enjoyed salmon last night and crab legs tonight! (and I am glad I didn't stick with the vegetarian profile).
Sugar did not clear. It stayed in the red zone (recommended to avoid at all costs). I was mentally prepared for it not to change. I have come to realize that sugar is a poisonous substance. I might as well have it stay in the red zone and not get to comfy with the idea that it's "safe."
The two other foods that I reacted to before and still reacted to are cow's milk and baker's yeast. I had mild reactions before and severe reactions this time.
Since I was tested for many more things, naturally more things showed up as moderate and severely reactive (red and orange). The newly tested foods that showed a reaction are navy bean, pumpkin, saffron, SESAME, whitefish, celery, endive (who cares), fennel (mother's milk tea), peanut, swiss chard (ate it last week), watercress (ate it only once, I think, in a co-op distribution over a year ago.) I will miss sesame. While I enjoy some of the other things, I don't think I will "miss" them. Since I rarely eat them, perhaps I should continue to rarely eat them? I'll ask Alcat's dietician.
Totally eliminating cow's milk and baker's yeast, and sesame, in addition to the sugar will be a challenge. Oh will be difficult. Can I just scream now?
But the beauty of doing the ultimate test is that there are many things I know I can eat. When I look at the Green list, I feel so encouraged to see all the choices of seafood and fruit. I can eat all grains and most spices. I am not gluten sensitive! Another beauty of retesting is that I see what's in the yellow zone (caution) now and I know that I don't have to be too hard on myself this go around. I can choose to avoid some that I won't miss, or rotate, or minimize, as I prefer and they will probably stay in check.
I already know that in 9-12 months I will retest. I see that sensitivities are seasonal and each sensitivity isn't necessarily a forever thing and safe doesn't always mean safe. But I am learning how to eat better and safe have a better chance at staying safe.
Since I got my results 2 days ago, I know what to avoid. My skin and bloating feel better. I went out for a walk tonight and felt a little more pep in my walk.
As I was walking tonight, I was thinking how I had not had a headache in months. I'd get an occasional headache and take something. Initially when I was testing, it seemed like I always had an irritating cough. (Some of you may remember.) I haven't had a cough since I've been doing all this. I used to have some annoying muscle spasms (tic-like) in my neck (You may remember this, too). I see big improvement with this too. I had some ankle swelling before testing. I attributed that to getting old. I noticed that cleared. I would have never thought it was food related.
And finally not to mention I have lost weight without counting calories and portions. I noticed my weight has stablized. Perhaps getting re-orgainzed in my food choices will help.
Is it worth the effort... oh yes! Nutrition is everything.