After my hour-long appointment with the Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) doctor, I had a lot to think about. Even though it seemed a little out there, I promised myself I’d keep an open mind about NRT, so I gave myself plenty of time to consider everything, do my own “research,” and bounce some ideas off of my husband, who always brings me back down to earth when I start to get ahead of myself with my crazy ideas and plans.
During our conversation, the NRT doctor told me a lot of things that I already knew about good nutrition and healthy eating (i.e. eat whole foods, not too much sugar, organic when possible, avoid GMOs, etc.), which was all great, sound advice. However, when it came to my analysis, I just couldn’t wrap my head around what she was telling me, like how the arm reflex test determined which of my organs were under stress and how my body “tested” for certain nutritional deficiencies and then decided (via vials resting on my stomach) which supplements and how much of them I needed to take to fix those deficiencies. It just didn’t make much sense to me, and when it came to the cost of the program and supplements, it was a huge investment, especially for something I wasn’t totally on board with.
The long list of supplements that the doctor recommended to me made me a little uneasy. She thinks there’s an issue with my liver that may have contributed to my colitis flare as well as problems with my spleen, so she recommended a number of supplements to help with digestion and detoxifying my liver. I have no problem with taking supplements, but I didn’t want to take a whole slew of them all at once with the possibility of aggravating my digestive track again by introducing so many new things at once. Who knows if they’d agree with me? It could happen, right? It just makes me nervous. Plus, the supplements alone cost $200! Yikes!
With that said, I’m not going to do the NRT program. However, I *might* try an elimination diet. The doctor thinks I have some food sensitivities to gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley), soy, and egg yolks, so she suggested removing these foods from my diet for the next 4 months.
Again, I have no idea how pushing down on my arm could determine these food sensitivities, but I’ve always kind of thought I might have an issue with gluten. (Soy and egg yolks are a total surprise to me!) I’ve always struggled with breakouts, but when I’ve limited the gluten in my diet, specifically during my two colitis flares and when Mal and I were eating more of a Paleo diet, my skin looked really great, so maybe it was the gluten?
Removing egg yolks and soy from my diet would be pretty easy for me, but gluten would be a lot more difficult. I’m not sure I want to give up (good) beer or (real) bagels anytime soon, but maybe taking these foods out of my diet would keep my skin clear and make me feel healthier overall? I dunno. I’m not sure what to think of NRT, so maybe eliminating these foods would do nothing at all, and I’d just miss beer a lot?
For those of you who have eliminated foods from your diet for health reasons, do you have any advice? Was it worth it? Do you miss those foods?
And, as always, breakfast included a glass of iced coffee.
I ate my breakfast with a 28-pound pug on my lap.
Murphy was really tired and cuddly this morning.
I assume since he’s been to the dog park two days in a row now. Check this pic of him passed out on the couch last night! LOL!
P.S. Speaking of breakfast, check out my newest post with Tips for Navigating the Breakfast Buffet!