Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So Much for "The Fertility Diet" for PCOS

My food allergen IgG testing came back. I have moderately severe reactions to...





drumroll please...




Milk and Casein!!


I knew it wasn't in my head when I stopped dairy for a couple months and was MORE REGULAR THAN I'VE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE!

Everything else, and I mean everything else, was completely fine. Wheat, gluten, all other grains, all meats, all fruits and veggies. I can have sushi again!! (The Leap testing found high sensitivity to RICE, among other things, and LOW sensitivity to DAIRY. WTH?? And I paid $600 for that test??)

I did try the PCOS "Fertility Diet" when the book first came out, with high-fat milk products as a big part of the diet. Guess I know now why I wasn't super-fertile on that diet.

I'll be contacting the nutritionist soon to work out a plan. Oh how lovely to not have to avoid gluten anymore! (Though I am supposed to take it easy on carbs and sugars...)

22 comments:

Joy Beyond the Cross said...

Great news! I too am a bit leary about dairy, but my doctor recommeds the "Harvard Diet for Fertility" and it talks up the importance of dairy. I don't know what to think half the time. Anyway...I was just curious, can you remind me again where you got your testing done? I would like to do something like that as well. I think the Dr. in California ordered, but I can't recall where you actually had it done. Thank you!

The Comeaus said...

Our little boy is autistic and absolutely can't have any gluten or dairy, not even a Cheerios. These proteins aren't digested by many autistic kids and "run around" in their bodies, acting as opiates on the brain and turning the child into nothing short of a wild animal. It's horrible to go through and horrible to see.

Of course, it doesn't affect all people that way, just many children with autism.

My point is, I am SO HAPPY for you, because a GFCF diet is difficult and not exactly yummy if you aren't really creative, which I'm *trying* my best to be! (My husband and I aren't on that diet, but of course our son is.)

TCIE, I hope so much that your health improves, your fertility is restored, and your dreams come true. Your perseverance is an inspiration to me.

Suzie-Q T-Pie said...

YAY! I read a pcos diet book and that one said to avoid all dairy and gluten. Well, I've mastered the no gluten, but I have a hard time ridding myself of cheese. I can't have milk or yogurt without my stomach hurting and my face breaking out. What kind of test was it again? I would love to know for sure what I can and can't eat.

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

The test was called MetaMetrix, and it was an IgG blood test, which had to be shipped Fed Ex after being drawn.
When it's ordered (by your Dr), it comes with all of the stuff you'll need to ship it off.

Perfect Power in Weakness said...

Yay for answers! Now you know how to go forward with your eating. Bring out the sushi- yum!

Is this the only food sensitivity test you had? I've been waiting for my Napro dr. to get back with me about how and where I can have testing done to see if I have any food sensitivities. It's literally been since August. Ugh.

E said...

Oh, that would be hard to give up for me. But for you, totally doable since you have worked on elimatinga all those other foods in the past!

Sarah said...

Oh wow, how great to have answers like this (and I am jealous you can now have gluten!!!)

Awaiting a Child of God:) said...

LOVE SUSHI!!! I'm on the anti inflammation diet so thank goodness I can't eat it! That's about all I can eat! haha.

Happy to hear you happy!!!

WheelbarrowRider said...

I don't know how people have the willpower to remove things they don't know for sure are the problem, I would need a blood test for sure! So glad you can have back the things you love for the most part!

Megan said...

Yay for sushi!! :)

the misfit said...

I'm afraid I have developed a giant pet peeve with people who advocate whatever diet they are on as universally beneficial and "good for you." If I've been told once to give up wheat and dairy because it's good for "endo sufferers" and will stop my stomachaches (it's totally in my imagination that if I avoid chiles and live on string cheese, I feel great), I've been told a thousand times. So kudos for getting an actual diagnosis that's consistent with how YOU know your body works, and gives you a way to take good care of yourself going forward without torturing yourself with every other diet every other person is on. (Those are so unhelpful.) Maybe this will make the difference you need!

matchingmoonheads said...

i hope this is the difference!
how cool that you know. i'm still in the 'eat as much fatty diary as i can handle' phase, trying to see if i feel better or worse. unfortunately, i always feel out of touch with my body. it took me like 3 months of magnesium pills to realize that's what was causing the diarrhea. oops.

A Martha trying to be Mary said...

TCIE: one more thing that we have in common! I am also reactive to casein!!! I found it via also a blood test. Not to lactose or milk as such but specifically to casein.

Whenever I have been off diary it has been great, but I am really bad at it since I am majorly addicted to cheese.

When I went completly milk free my digestion improved inmensely as well as my skin and my energy. I combined it also with Wobenzyme and the spleen chi diet by Randine lewis. .

I have fallen since in love with almond and rice milk and to satisfy my "milk tooth" I can take some sheeps or goat´s cheese.

I am so happy that you are finding your own answers. I agree with misfit that its highly personal and each of us needs to find its own way.

Little JoAnn said...

what is casein?

Pet Rescue said...

Hi TCIE, I've followed you for awhile, but no comments yet. Too shy I guess :) I've also been doing the diet dance, going back and forth between different ones. I have been GF for awhile now, and as much as I have been avoiding going CF too, I finally looked up why CF is necessary. It seems they are very similar in structure.

http://www.gfmeals.com/Articles.asp?ID=158

Sorry, I don't want to burst your gluten bubble (I'd love to eat it again too!) But I just wanted to let you know! Of course how you feel is the most important part!

simone said...

Glad to hear you got some good news about the GF. I have cut out milk and cheese as much as possible for the past year. At first it was hard but then I got used to it. I give in once in awhile but I have found the cheese tastes too salty for me now. I use rice milk and almond milk. I have found that my skin is much clearer, my GI system is better, and I have lost weight.

Hebrews 11:1 said...

woo hoo! Good news. But the pharmacist's wife in me says--be sure you are getting your calcium from another source if you cut out dairy. :) SO glad you are getting answers!

Beth said...

I've got dairy free recipes for everything if you need anything let Me know!

JellyBelly said...

What great news!!! I have dairy-free recipes too if you want any pointers.

Btw, I'm so jealous that you can have gluten!!!

Second Chances said...

Welcome to the dairy free club! Seems to be the trend these days. I'm afraid it's not a fun club, at least not for me anyway. Oh how I miss thee, cheese stick. BUT, here's to hoping for MAJOR fertility improvement!!!

Anna said...

Hi TCIE,

I just found your blog -it is so beautiful, what you are doing here!. You and your family have been in my prayers. Love you! Anna

callmemama said...

I had trouble with dairy, until I completely went gluten-free. Now, finally, for the first time in FOREVER, I can have a glass of milk and feel great after (I used to only tolerate yogurt and some cheeses).
I think it has something to do with removing the main allergen, and healing your gut. It's common for people with leaky gut to have multiple sensitivites.