Our Story of Transformation

The Wakeup Call

它是2013年8月。看到我的女儿Pia扭动并在西雅图儿童医院急诊室的地板上尖叫着迫使我重新考虑一个想法,我一直顽固地拒绝对抗几年:这可能是食物过敏。

作为一个繁忙的母亲,厨师和博主,妻子到一个克劳的希腊丈夫,而且有趣的朋友,他们的职业和社会生活围绕着食物,我发现了食物的想法是“健康危害”严重威胁,都是个人和专业。但是站在世界上最受尊敬的儿童医院之一,看到我们的小女孩在这么多的痛苦中,以及她周围的每个人都显然无助地带来了她的救援,让我进入另一个现实。

攻击,由严重的腹痛和干燥的攻击组成,从父母的房子开始。我吓坏了,但我知道我可以依靠我的父母客观地告诉我,如果我过度反应,他们养了四个孩子,有五个孙子,并完全没有废话。当我看到他们被惊慌失措时,我把PIA赛到了呃。

经过几个小时的测试,PIA的痛苦消退,但测试结果出现完全不确定。最后,呃Doc字面上耸了耸肩,“也许她需要更多?”

严重地?!那一刻,我只是把我的下巴和“引导了我的妈妈本能”,以掌握我的大脑进行解释。看看我们自己的经历来寻找答案是很自然的,所以我想到了任何让我作为孩子肚子疼的事情。突然间,灯泡打开了:乳制品。

Pia was five then. My goodness she had been sick a lot since she was born, almost always had an earache or a sinus infection, and had suffered through multiple trips to the ER and urgent care center for all types of problems. We were serious regulars at the pediatrician’s office, and she was prescribed antibiotics six to eight times a year for serious ear and sinus infections.

她的医生都不能同意她的错误。我被告知她有湿疹(现在我们知道湿疹是一种自身免疫疾病),她给予了类固醇霜。她的肚子和便秘“必须是”,因为她没有吃足够的纤维 - 所以我们应该给她的纤维补充剂(后来意识到她对腹腹膜壳过敏。)或者她的胃是伤害的,因为她被“强调了”(提示妈妈内疚的人。她的鼻窦感染和耳痛是由于“季节性过敏”,建议她每天都在她的余生中占据克拉蒂汀。当那不起作用并且症状不堪重负时,他们就会再次开抗生素。她最终对其中一半过度使用过敏,所以他们必须尝试另一个。每种症状都是单独治疗的,但我们从未过度诊断为什么这个小女孩完全从未感受到过。我们为她感到难以置信,作为父母,它只是完全疲惫和压倒性。

在ER的房间,我开始把碎片gether. I had been diagnosed “lactose intolerant” by my own pediatrician when I was about Pia’s age. In the early eighties, though, this “trouble” with milk was seen as just an annoyance, a trivial detail to accommodate when possible. It mainly meant my poor mom might have to cook a different meal for me than what she was cooking for my three siblings (which wasn’t going to happen), or that occasionally she would drop a container of very expensive Mocha Mix (fake milk) into the shopping cart. Mostly people just told me to “toughen up.” There was an industry-fueled pressure in the air, too. Remember the slogan: Milk. It does a body good? If I didn’t drink cow’s milk, I would never “grow tall and strong,” so more often than not I would find myself drinking the glass of milk set before me despite my body’s protests.

所以我花了很多时间作为一个孩子在晚餐后哭泣(我生动地记得这一点)。在我的青少年和二十年代初期,我滥用了令人恐惧的胃痛和constant胃灼热。我被戴上了b.r.a.t.饮食:香蕉,米饭,苹果酱和吐司(我稍后学会我对烤面包和香蕉过敏,所以这只是很大),然后有多次内窥镜识别我胃部和食道中发现的痛苦和炎症的来源。五年后休息五年,在没有明确的诊断,不适成为我的新正常,我刚刚继续我的生活。在那个时候,没有一位医生建议它可能是由于我正在吃的东西。但现在,这些年后,看着PIA经历类似的东西,灯泡打开了。后景是20/20,对吗?它突然似乎显然是饮食有关。

Back home, I started writing down everything she ate and her reactions, and it didn’t take long for my suspicions to be borne out: dairy definitely give her stomachaches, but when combined with gluten (think macaroni and cheese, grilled-cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, pizza- pretty much ALL kid food) it was even more intense. To be honest, it did not even occur to me that there were other foods that she could be having trouble with initially. I knew dairy was common and that gluten was everywhere in the press so that was where I started.

2013年9月,PIA开始幼儿园,并在她的年轻生活中开始了全新的冒险。我是如此有动力,帮助她在这个关键阶段感到擅长,并解决了她在她的饭菜中完全切掉乳制品的事情,并开始在这里和那里进行切割麸质。

一段时间似乎有助于帮助,但后来还有几个星期的学年,我不得不在她被送到学校办公室 - 颈部疼痛后早起。颈部疼痛?在她回家后睡个盹后,她感觉更好,所以我没有读得太多了。

但那天晚上我们去了我们最喜欢的餐馆之一,这恰好是在地球上最好的皮塔饼面包。即使我一定程度地限制了她的麸质,在糟糕的一天之后,她决定为那个惊人的面包制造一个例外。十分钟后,她潜入皮塔饼篮后,她在痛苦中呻吟着,对她痛苦的脖子和模糊的眼睛哭泣!

我终于认识到她正在描述偏头痛头痛的开始(对于五岁,她的头骨是她的脖子;“模糊的眼睛”是描述与视力改变偏头痛相关的菌条的方式。在那一刻对我来说,她对小麦或麸质过敏了。

经过测试

听到别人关于持怀疑态度的医生的故事,我去了Pia的儿科医生,掌握了她对怀疑过敏原的反应的证据和例子。他的信用,他令人惊讶地对测试的想法和命令初步(虽然不是很详细)的食物特异性过敏血液试验,其测量了她的IgG水平(IgG,用于免疫球蛋白G的短暂,是一种抗体)美国饮食中的十三个最常见的食物。当结果几周后结果后,现实开始下沉。她对十三次测试食物的十二次过敏。

But they had no idea how to help us further and couldn’t give a diagnosis or a plan of action because the test it is not approved by the FDA. Due to the lack of information they had at their disposal and their inexperience on the topic, they were uncomfortable giving me advice on how to proceed. I think the pediatrician’s exact words were, “I’m sorry, I don’t know what to say.”

所以我完全切断了乳制品和麸质以及其他一些常见的过敏原,这些过敏原从她的饮食中突然出现,希望答案很简单。可悲的是,“过敏世界”中的事情很少很简单。她的症状持续存在,特别是慢性拥塞和后滴水导致她一次又一次地清除她的喉咙。事实上,恒定的喉咙清除变得如此反驳,即它在家里和学校分散和破坏。当我们把她带到医生看看发生了什么时,我们被告知它看起来像Tourette的综合症,并且PIA需要与行为治疗师一起使用!我吓坏了,这是真正的转折点。我根本没有买!她正在清理她的喉咙,因为她无法呼吸。她无法呼吸,因为她的喉咙里有这么多粘液。我想知道什么是导致粘液??? So I started researching MDs, specialists, naturopaths—anyone with an opinion about food allergies—who might be able to help us. Eventually we found our way to Dr. Kelly Baker, ND, at the IBS Treatment Center in Seattle (Now treating patients at Integrative Healing Arts in Seattle), where they treat irritable bowel syndrome and also happened to do food-allergy testing. Filling out intake forms as we waited to see the doctor, I had a real wakeup call as I scanned the list of dairy-allergy symptoms:

  • 腹痛
  • acne
  • 添加/ adhd.
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • 溃疡疮
  • 便秘
  • diarrhea
  • ear infections
  • 疲劳
  • fibromyalgia
  • gas and bloating
  • 头痛
  • 胃灼热
  • 消化不良
  • anemia
  • irritability
  • 关节痛
  • osteoporosis
  • poor immune function
  • 鼻窦炎

Check, check, check. And I’m not talking about Pia—that list was me. At the risk of TMI I had most of the symptoms.

与此同时,我们的年轻女儿Coco也开始遭受可怕的胃痛和面部皮疹。四岁,她是我见过的最便秘的孩子,(当她读到这一天时,她会杀了我!)也有人建议她正在开发哮喘。由于我现在知道大多数孩子的过敏都是从一个或两个父母继承的,我意识到Coco和我需要测试。这是你可能问的地方,“你的丈夫怎么样?没有皮特想要被测试过吗?“好吧,不,他没有。如果他想要这样做,他仍然仍然是华夫饼,这取决于他的胃灼热是否着迷。我和你分享过这个,因为它是现实的生活。不是每个人都要上船上。他真的很尊重家里的饮食,是孩子和我们的健康的团队球员,但每个人都必须决定为自己做这件事。 He admittedly feels great when he eats “on plan” with us, and terrible when he does not, but he has not made the permanent leap yet.

So right before Christmas in 2013, the three of us went through the extensive and specific blood-3 antibody ELISA testing that assessed our reactions to 160 foods, spices, and herbs. And then, doing what any normal person facing the knowledge that she might never be able to eat certain foods again would do, we gorged over the holidays.

1月发现我们所有人都生病和疲惫不堪,而不仅仅是我们的假期狂欢,而且来自令人震惊的测试结果。

皮特和我坐在墨西哥的海滩上的太阳椅上是一个肯定的假期,我们通过我们的结果得到了我们的电子邮件。

在我更严重的过敏原中:

  • cow and goat dairy
  • pineapple, bananas, passion fruit, kiwi (highly, triggering, bordering on anaphylaxis)
  • 咖啡豆,香草豆(拿盒)
  • whole wheat, gluten, flaxseed
  • 黑胡椒,豆芽,利马豆,海军豆
  • 蛤蜊,扇贝

PIA测试了阳性:

  • cane sugar, eggs, cow and goat dairy, ginger, curry, and garlic
  • 橘子,葡萄柚,菠萝
  • 麸质,全麦,黑麦,亚麻,拼写,大麦,kamut(各种小麦)
  • 班车(想想所有这些纤维补充剂)
  • 榛子,花生
  • 串豆,利马豆,海军豆,咖啡豆,大豆

And Coco had her own list:

  • 麸质,全麦,拼写,kamut
  • 鸡蛋,牛和山羊乳制品
  • 橘子和蔓越莓

我的天啊。全面恐慌。玛格丽塔斯,而且马上!不,等待,拍摄。

我所能思考的就是“有这么多的食物来避免,我觉得我的家人怎么样?”皮特!他会做什么?我希腊丈夫的传统家庭食物呢!我的博客读者怎么样?这一年的一些最受欢迎的帖子是奶酪和奶油烤土豆的食谱,煎锅煮熟的严格,奶酪滴荚汤,和放荡的万雷竞技raybet app圣节果仁糖果。另一轮镜头请等待!这些是无麸质,对吧?

由于没有所有这些食物的生活前景,我知道如果我们这样做了,我知道我不得不找出会发生什么。对食物过敏的存在持怀疑态度 - 我已被众所周知,在那些继续我私下被称为“新时代”过敏的人那里沾沾自喜欢 - 我知道我可能要吃乌鸦。我必须在自我之前把健康状况。我介绍了我的“妈妈熊”并开始工作。借鉴我作为厨师和食谱开发人员的技能以及确定一个爱她孩子的母亲的母亲,我雷竞技raybet app发誓要拆除我们的常规,习惯和社会生活,然后在一个新的,更健康,更健康的基础上重建它们逐一块。

2014年1月我们在我们的ELISA测试中的所有物品上都冷却了土耳其。整个家庭都去了麸质,乳制品,鸡蛋,大豆和甘蔗糖,然后我们有各种其他成分,我们根据我们的结果单独避免。

八周内的惊人结果

在三天内,PIA的胃痛停止了。在一周内,她的皮疹已经清除了,她没有更多的头痛。在两周内,她的眼睛不再浮肿,他们的黑眼圈已经褪色,正常的健康卫生间习惯恢复,她的鼻塞和持续的喉咙清洁开始衰落。

在六周的标记,我把她带到了一个耳朵,鼻子和喉咙专家,在他的鼻子医院,留下了在以前长期感染的鼻窦中留下了留下痕迹的炎症。他说“只是继续做你正在做的事情!”

I also noticed that her wild emotional swings, which I had chalked up to “being a little girl,” seemed to even out. While she would normally cry every afternoon and be drooping with exhaustion after school, she started coming home in a great mood and full of energy. She was a different girl.

Sound hard to believe? All I can say is, I began this journey as a nonbeliever who considered food-allergy weirdos to be fussy, demanding, and self-absorbed, whereas I was all about cooking with abandon and eating with passion and loving life through all the senses! Uhhh, I was wrong. Little did I know I was actually dulling our senses by chronically stressing our systems and that I had been taking our bodies and health for granted.

As for the rest of us, the benefits of avoiding the foods on our “reaction lists” were astounding:

  • 我的湿疹和蔷薇纹清除了。
  • 我对囊性痤疮的二十年痛苦清除了。(你好乳制品和玉米)
  • 我的每月偏头痛,我从十二岁以来遭受了苦难,并且一直被归咎于“荷尔蒙”走开了,我没有得到一个。
  • 被诊断为关节炎的手中的肿胀,酸痛和限制。
  • I started sleeping eight to nine hours at night (and yes, those were in a row!) which had not happened since before I had kids.
  • 我的增加症状恢复到我不再服用药物的程度。
  • My heartburn is gone and my digestive health is on point! I had gotten so used to discomfort that it seemed normal.

在新方案的几天内,椰子感受到胃痛和慢性便秘。三周内,她的脸和颈部的神秘颠簸和皮疹都消失了。如果她不小心绊倒到一些乳制品,她的“哮喘”症状只会出现。

Pete, just along for the ride, lost 25 pounds in three months, even though he was actually eating more food than he had been before. (Leave it to men!) He also stopped snoring—thank God!—and no longer suffers from heartburn and indigestion when he eats on the program.

在我们的家庭中,一切都改善了:我们的情绪,睡眠质量,我们的能级,流动性,焦点 - 变化是戏剧性和不可否认的。我们笑得更多,有更多的能量,在医生上花费更少的时间(和金钱)。生病现在是例外而不是规则。

听起来不错?你准备好对许多讨厌的健康刺激说再见吗?睡得更好,看起来更好,感觉更好?我谦卑希望这个故事有助于您进行调整,并鼓励您在那里突出并过上您的最佳生活。