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Testing new foods

by Carly-Ann

I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned this or not, but at my last appointment with my ND, we established that my health plans have mostly had the desired results and we talked about my plans for the future.

I really want to do the next step in working on my digestion and she supports that, but the challenge is that it’s a pretty intensive three-month eating a supplement plan. Since we have travel happening all throughout the fall and into winter and I really want to have a little freedom during those times, I asked if we could defer until the new year. She was a-okay with that.

In the meantime, I get to start to introduce new foods to see if they show inflammatory results when I do. The thinking is that the anti-inflammatory diet I’m following cuts out all of the foods that most commonly cause an inflammatory response, however, as unique individuals, we all have our own responses. What works for me may not work for you and vice versa.

Even though she gave me the green light to start trying things out over a month ago, I still haven’t really wanted to disrupt the diet. It felt too risky, like I had too much to lose. Dr. Shannon’s advice was to pick a food that I really miss. I joked that it was pizza. In truth, one food that I’ve been really thinking about a lot is tomato. I thought of it even before we had the discussion and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I promised myself that I’d wait to test it until the tomatoes on our deck started coming in. We’re getting closer by the day and I can practically taste them every time I go out there to water.


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