(While compiling this information I realized just how poorly I was handling my soy allergy. We never stop learning and we must constantly be researching our allergy to stay on top of the name game.)
An ingredient by any other name couldn’t possibly be soy…right?
When I was first told I had food intolerances, though they didn’t know to what, I had no idea where that string would lead me.
My endocrinologist was the first Doctor to suggest I had food intolerance. While I’ve never been a big eater, I am a foodie so trying new things was kind-of my thing. However, when I wanted to really crack down on my symptoms I knew I had to figure out what I was reacting to.
So I off I went, from reading books to reading labels.
I started by omitting wheat and dairy (as suggested by my doctor) for 10 weeks I avoided gluten and dairy as best I could. Nothing changed, or so I thought, so after the 10 weeks I began to slowly reintegrating wheat and dairy into my diet. As suspected…there was no change.
When checking for food allergies the longer you can go without what you think you are intolerant to, the better you will be able to see how the allergen in the food affect you.
While reading labels during that 10 week period there was one thing I noticed. Every thing I picked up to eat contained soy. Some research into the NIH and Mayo Clinic websites suggested that soy was the issue as it is on the rise as far as people being allergic.
So began my long and arduous trek to a Soy-free existence.
One thing to think on, if you think you have food intolerances, is that to truly have a life free of your intolerance you have to know everything about the ingredient. And that if you aren’t careful and keep piling on the ingredient you can’t process correctly it can lead to you becoming allergic to the ingredient. So diligence to avoid your ingredient is crucial to living your best life.
I wasn’t going to break this post up, but I’m only half-way through and it’s already almost four pages long. So breaking it up makes it easier for you all to keep up with the posts and not want to rip your eyes out for all the reading and technical terms. Keep an eye out, I have lists of ingredients that are called something else, but are really soy. It’s scary!