If you’ve been following me along my journey of coming off the pill, you know from my last post that it has been far from sunshine and rainbows. It has actually been quite difficult emotionally and physically. But as always in life.. there comes a twist..
It turns out that all these symptoms I’ve have been experiencing might have a deeper cause. After doing a food sensitivity test with my naturopath, we discovered I am actually allergic to eggs and gluten. Well guess what.. I have been eating an omelet for breakfast and hard boiled eggs for a snack in the afternoon for the past few year. It’s no wonder my body was so upset!
Now an obvious question is if I am allergic to eggs and gluten, why is it that the symptoms weren’t evident until I was off the pill in January? To be honest, that is something I am still trying to figure out. Somehow the pill was suppressing my symptoms for the allergies, while other symptoms were obvious yet I chose to ignore them.
A little background here.. when I say I chose to ignore the symptoms, I mean I didn’t even have the slightest suspicion that it was the eggs upsetting my body because I absolutely LOVE eggs. I mean, I love them every way you can make them; fried, scrambled, poached… and don’t even get me started talking about my love for deviled eggs! This is why I somehow skipped over them when eliminating things from my diet to see what was causing issues. I tried eliminating dairy, nuts, soy, etc but truly didn’t even think to try eggs.
So for whatever reason, after coming off the pill my body was rejecting eggs and gluten at full force. This was why I was so extremely bloated because my body couldn’t digest either of them.
I have now been off gluten and eggs for a month and my symptoms have subsided. I no longer have a red rash/bumps on the back of my arms and my bloating has completely diminished. I feel AMAZING. This is something that I so desperately wanted to be a mistake. I was hoping that the guys in the lab mixed up my blood samples so that I could continue on enjoying eggs but the proof is in the pudding.. Unfortunately, my life is forever changed.
I am now that pain in the ass friend that has to look up all the restaurants before we can decide on a place to eat. It’s hard enough to be gluten free but try being gluten AND egg free. Most people don’t realize egg is in a lot of products. It is listed on labels as “lecithin” (however soy lecithin is not egg). Products like salad dressings, almond milk, ice cream etc all have egg in them.
For the past few years I have been contemplating going vegetarian or vegan. I always said “I could give up everything but I just can’t give up eggs”.. well guess what. Now that I’ve been robbed of my favourite food there is nothing holding me back from moving towards being vegetarian. We shall see what the future holds… for now I will concentrate on adjusting to this new lifestyle of being egg free & gluten free and I hope that I can help inspire others with allergies as it is definitely life changing! Let the experimenting begin.
Wish me luck!
As always, thank you for being a part of my journey. I truly appreciate your love and support!