Well, I did get my results from the food sensitivity testing (LEAP) back on Monday, but my case of the bubonic plague, er, shingles, kind of preoccupied me.
But now that my shingles are getting better (no more constant pain, hooray!), here are my results:
Foods that are MODERATELY reactive:
FD&C Yellow #6
Salicylic Acid (at first when I read that I was like, wait, isn't that the stuff in OTC acne wash? Who eats that? Lol!)
Oregano (big joke on me for those last 2- I'm Italian, for crying out loud! At least garlic's still ok!)
Cranberry (keep in mind I read this the Monday after Thanksgiving, when I single-handedly wolfed down an entire bowl of cran-orange relish!)
Carrot (I usually eat a ton of baby carrots pre-Peak, since I had heard they help with cm!)
And here are the foods that are STRONGLY reactive:
Mushroom (again, I had just eaten about a dozen of my mom's famous stuffed mushrooms at Thanksgiving!!)
RICE (Rice??? Really??!!! Who else but ME would be reactive to freaking RICE???!!! So, now I can't even subsitute gluten with rice, lol! DH is afraid I'm going to waste away to nothing, hahahaha!)
There you have it. Interesting, isn't it? The rice thing just blew me away! And here I was worried I wouldn't be able to do sushi anymore because I thought fish may be on the list... but no, it's the damn RICE I can't have! I love me some fish, though, so I'm happy they were all ok (tilapia is not a big loss, I prefer swordfish or tuna steak if I'm making a large fish for dinner. King Crab is my ultimate favorite.)
I have an appointment to go over these results and to develop a diet plan with the dietician next Friday. She had forwarned me that the first couple weeks on the diet are very strict, so I have a feeling I will need to cut out ALL of those foods for 2 weeks, and then maybe slowly reintroduce the moderately reactive ones but only in moderation.
So, as it turns out, Mallomars ARE off limits (due to the cookie center, the cookie made with wheat).
And then my Mom, being oh-so- my Mom, immediately tells me: "Oh, I guess you can't have ANY of my Christmas cookies, then." AHHHHH!!!! No babies AND no cookies for Christmas??! I think I'm gonna cry.
Aww, you guys are so sweet to post recipes and substitution ideas :) To answer the quetsions about why I did the testing, it was something that Dr Boyle was talking about in depth at this year's AAFCP Annual Meeting. He presented his research to the other NaPro Medical Consultants, and was advocating for the "Food Print" test (which is identical to the LEAP test, but it is out of the UK) for all NaPro Infertility and M/C patients. He's a big believer that diet influences fertility, since fertility is a part of the overall health.
So, my NaPro Dr had told me all about it, and really wanted me to do it since July. I put it on the backburner. Until now, when I realized I could do it locally.
I do have some digestion issues, but as I've described to my Dr, it's not what I would describe as constipation. MY "normal" just happens to be going once every 2-3 days. It is not difficult to go, or anything like that, though. However, I do look forward to being more regular with this diet. I don't tend to have many outward symptoms from the foods I eat, BUT, I'm sure it is effecting my hormones, etc. and hence my fertility. I do think that this will improve my fertility.
Finally, YES, my insurance is covering it at my out-of-network rate. Since my deductible was met for this year, they are covering 60%, woo hoo! The total cost was $595. I did the complete testing, but you can also opt for other tests that cost less.