I may or may not have mentioned I was going to have food sensitivity testing done? Well, I did today. The boys and I ventured over yonder to the sheep farm a.k.a. NeuroScience and Joe drew my blood. He does a great job by the way. Better than most lab techs - after 3 kids I've had plenty of blood drawn.
There is no doubt that Calvin reacts to me eating chocolate. Not much, but there is some burping up going on. I couldn't figure it out because I was specifically eating dark without dairy.
I know now: stimulant. Good God. Well, my sensitivity testing will also tell whether or not I am sensitive to cocoa (which an old one did, so I am prepared but either way, it is gone).
Okay, here is my understanding of this all. I am (perhaps ignorantly so) fairly certain I do not have any food allergies. I do not react instantly to any foods that I am aware of. I am not picky so I've eaten a variety of things (including things that no one should eat...you have, too so quit laughing...I'm talking wood pulp in foods, and other non-nutritive items in all our processed crap we call food - yes, I said crap and no, I do not usually talk like that but it angers me a bit).
However, I know I have food sensitivities. You do, too, so quit laughing. Just kidding. Really though, I am trying to get over my negative feelings by being inappropriately sarcastic.
Again, what I understand this as is: when we are eating something and our body detects it as a toxin, we are sensitive to it because our body then needs to kick in and "take care of it". What organ? The liver of course. Alcohol ruins what organ? Yes, the liver. Why would you want to ruin the one organ that needs to work so darn hard? That is what I am asking myself. So, I need to show a little more respect to Mr. Liver (yes, mine is a boy) and quit eating so many 'toxins' (food items I am sensitive to).
Think about poor Calvin. When his body detects dairy, it is so smart. His liver does not want it. Too much. Think about people who drink too much alcohol (okay, I did this once or twice, but not in years because it is ludicrous). They throw up.
Calvin was throwing up. It was not really burp up and I really did know it.
Okay, back to the point here.
I have also mentioned my struggles with acne. I am not sure, but I would not be surprised if the two (food sensitivities and acne) are connected. So, I am testing 110 foods and also some inhalants that can be responsible for seasonal allergies (and trigger my asthma).
Go figure. I'm a mess. I came home feeling very overwhelmed.
"Nolan is definitely sensitive to foods and obviously Calvin is, too. Especially dairy. How am I going to eliminate all these foods? I have to make it from scratch. I barely have time to blog, let alone bake. What about Evan in school with all that horribly non-nutritive food? What about dairy and gluten at daycare? Do I have to stay home to make sure we all eat correctly? How are we going to afford our needs like this van we are looking at? Maybe we shouldn't get the van." Etc, etc. This is seriously stressing me out. Like eat a third of a box of dairy and gluten free graham (why is it spelled that way?) crackers stressed out. I am not an emotional eater, but I guess this is tipping the scale.
God, we need to talk.