How to monitor your Symptoms?
If you have felt uneasy after eating a meal chances are you will want to find out why, It could be a food intolerance of certain kind. Look for certain signs and symptoms that gave you that feeling of unrest for future prevention.
It is often useful to keep a food/symptom diary to monitor your progress. Record the foods that are consumed before any dietary changes are made and then continue as new foods are introduced. Record how you feel and note any changes in symptoms (i.e. better or worse), as this will help to identify any patterns emerging with respect to certain foods.
After at least 3 months, and only when symptoms have subsided, ELEVATED foods may be re-introduced to the diet. However, this should be a gradual process. Introduce one food at a time and monitor your symptoms over a 5 day period. If symptoms return, this food is still likely to be a problem and should be avoided for another month or two. If symptoms do not return, this food can be included in your diet, but eaten occasionally. Another food can then be introduced and symptoms monitored for 5 days.
Hints and Tips:
- Be patient when introducing foods back into your diet.
- Do not over-indulge! You may have missed your favourite foods, but enjoy them occasionally to prevent intolerances from re-occurring.
- Initially re-introduce foods with the lowest antibody levels – refer to ‘Test Report: Order of Reactivity’.
- Wait 5 days to observe whether symptoms develop before introducing the next food.
- Continue to introduce increasingly reactive foods, one at a time, leaving 5 days between each new food.
Avoiding New Food Intolerances
As a new diet regime is adopted and additional foods are introduced, it is possible that intolerances to these new foods may develop. This usually occurs when a “problem” food is swapped almost exclusively for a different food. For example, if wheat is being eliminated from the diet, instead of substituting toast with porridge every day, vary your breakfasts and alternate porridge with fruit salad and yoghurt or poached eggs on rye bread.
In summary, to avoid new food intolerances:
- Avoid eating any one food too regularly.
- Limit each food to being consumed every few days.
- Include a wide variety of foods in the diet to ensure that a range of important vitamins and minerals are consumed.
- Occasionally, a food may need to be omitted from the diet indefinitely.