So much for detoxing Ada’s little taxed body this week with a strict grain-free diet and lots of fresh veggies.
I am happy to say she finally started liking my homemade saurkraut, so she is getting good buggies (ie probiotics) in her stomach that way. Think of yogurt but dairy-free and homemade and cheaper.
But, with relaxing the rules on eating packaged gluten free goods at high risk for cross-contamination, I was getting pretty confidant about my own tolerance levels of gluten. I wasn’t getting the headaches and other symptoms I’d expected. I’m fairly sure, through elimination and challenge of foods for Ada, that eggs and/or gluten cause migraines, joint pain and some other stuff for me.
So when I was eating some gluten-free breads and crackers with her that were in shared facilities with wheat, I was feeling alright. I was surprised.
Then a few nights ago Azita didn’t finish her “Amy’s Meal”… a gluten and dairy free enchilada, that is made on shared equipment with wheat and has tofu in it (soy is widely contaminated with wheat at the field level, I believe). I decided to finish it for her, since I missed eating them and had been doing okay with the other possibly cross contaminated stuff. I was also feeling fine and hadn’t reintroduced soy by itself exactly, so it seemed like an okay time to trial.
Well, let me say, the lesson is learned when it comes to the difference between squeaking by okay on stuff made with wheat in the same facility and eating stuff actually on shared equipment.
She peed. And peed. And peed. And peed. This is where practicing elimination communication really helps you know when a food is affecting your kid in a negative way, by irritating the bladder. With Azita I just wrote it off as having a “heavy wetter”. When you do EC you see the patterns and times and amounts and what is really normal or not for your child.
She is red, rashy, uncomfortable ‘down there’– constantly pulling on her underwear.
Itching the inside of her ear.
Not sleeping well.
Irritable the next day. It feels like you have PMS.
Headache for two days.
A huge increase in milk supply– in other words, the return of my over-active-letdown– which led to plugged ducts and mastitis.
I don’t know the mechanism for this, but I can say that many women with too much milk, or over-active letdown, which can make it seem like the baby is getting tummy trouble from the mother’s milk, see a big improvement when they go off of dairy, a common intolerance and allergen. I think it’s because it stimulates the glands, and milk ducts are glands. So I seem to have this response with eggs and/or gluten. Also, one study showed that woman with seasonal allergies have higher rates of mastitis. So I can only imagine that being intolerant to foods that provoke your immune system might work similarly.
I don’t know why these symptoms to foods are so much more pronounced now than when I was younger. But it shows that you can’t know– you can’t write off any food as “Oh I eat it all the time, it can’t be causing me symptoms” because until you don’t eat if for a good while you just don’t know. I think my body was so bombarded by stuff it didn’t like I couldn’t see the forest for the trees– I just thought headaches every few days were normal, and that I had an overly abundant milk supply– certainly that was better than not enough milk, right?
Once your body knows you are listening, it starts to speak more clearly.