billyliar Posted January 8, 2016 Share Posted January 8, 2016 This is the 1st step to me committing to Whole30 so once i hit the post button i'm doing it! I have had digestion problems for as long as I can remember. The main symptoms are abdominal pains but also include skin rashes / hives, headaches, diarrhoea, brain fog and severe fatigue among other things. Over the last few years I have had many visits to my GP and they carried out various tests to rule out serious conditions. The last test I had was an upper endoscopy which showed inflammation in my duodenum and oesophagus and the doctor advised that the treatment was to take lansoprazole which I had already been taking for 2 years. This frustrated me as I know that this wasn't helping and if anything was causing more problems with food allergies/sensitivities. It was at this point that I decided to take matters into my own hands and started to research it for myself via books, blogs, forums, podcasts etc. and discovered that many people had the exact same experience and resolved it naturally through diet, lifestyle changes and natural supplements. I started to notice that many of my symptoms were brought on by what I was eating, particularly dairy and gluten so cut both out and felt much better but still not right and was still getting skin rashes and other symptoms. My doctor was reluctant to carry out allergy tests and said that tests are inaccurate and an exclusion diet was the way to go. I then purchased a food intolerance test from Amazon as I was unable to pinpoint the exact cause. The test advised that I had problems with cows milk, maize (corn), hazelnuts, spinach, salmon, rabbit! and peas. I wasn't surprised about cows milk as noticed symptoms after eating cheese but corn was a surprise to me as I thought wheat would be the main problem. With this new found knowledge I started to monitor how I felt after eating corn and sure enough it was bringing on headaches / irritability along with IBS symptoms. After some research I realised how hard it would be to avoid corn as it seems to be in pretty much anything that comes in a packet. At this point I discovered the Paleo diet and then read about the Bullet proof diet and then Whole30 and realised that I could probably resolve my symptoms through diet and have realised that a few positive changes weren't enough and a more radical approach was required. So here goes, I'm fully motivated to starting my Whole 30 which I hope will relieve my symptoms, help me make better choices about what I eat long term and hopefully prevent further visits to my GP! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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