Why am I suddenly eating like a Cavewoman?
Back in the beginning of this blog, I had just learned about the food hypersensitivities that made my life more miserable than it needed to be. I knew that my greatest sensitivities were to cow’s milk, wheat, and eggs, pretty much in that order. I knew that consuming them gave me instantaneous headaches, aching joints, weak muscles, and itchy feet that would burn like they were being consumed by horrible tiny ants in the middle of the night. Of course, the sleep I wasn’t getting from the sore joints and burning feet wasn’t doing me any favors either.
I never thought I had Celiac disease, because wheat was not the greatest offender in my diet. But it did make me wonder — with sensitivity to 4 of the 6 proteins on a basic test, what else might I be reacting to? Despite eliminating the offending foods, my headaches hadn’t entirely gone away. Neither had the sore joints or the itchy feet. In fact, it seemed as if they came back at random sometimes, and even though I felt worlds better on my radically modified diet, I knew I hadn’t cracked the nut yet. So after three months avoiding dairy, wheat, and eggs, my doctor and I decided to run a more extensive test and determine where I was, and what I might be able to do.
While I waited for my appointment I consulted Dr. Internet, as many of us are wont to do, and I came back to something I’d glossed over several times before: Leaky Gut Syndrome, or by its clinical name, intestinal permeability.
Perhaps you got to this page by searching for headaches after eating, gluten-free, Celiac disease, dairy allergy, leaky gut, or Paleo diet. If you’re here for the recipes, I won’t be offended if you skip this post. I’m going to tell you my story in exhaustive detail. I was helped by dozens of personal anecdotes pieced together over time. Perhaps mine, in turn, will be the one that helps you.