As I previously mentioned in my "Shop Like a Caveman" article, I am working with a heavy duty nutrition doctor. Despite being an avowed vegetarian since the age of 8, I have always known something is wrong with my diet. I've taken out dairy, sugar, Aspartame, caffeine and preservatives over the years, but nothing seemed to work. I always had headaches.
I added more protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B-12, whole grains. Nothing helped.
And I could just tell for some reason that the headaches were chemically-induced, but nothing I was doing was helping.
Until this past weekend. When I happened to Google "wheat intolerance."
My symptoms were all there!
- Canker sores (which I've struggled with for most of my life)
- Joint pain
- Acid reflux
- Generally feeling unwell
It's hard to diagnose because the symptoms usually manifest 2-3 days after eating wheat products.
Turns out whole grain products are one of the worst things I could eat.
Then I revisited Eat Right 4 Your Type, a book that was massively popular about 12 years ago. When I read it, I recall discovering that as a Type O, I should be eating meat, meat and more meat. As a serious veg, my answer was "no way!"
Then people started coming out saying it was junk science, so I completely disregarded it.
Of course, that's when I thought I was invincible.
Whenever I don't feel well, unless I'm dying, I just get on with things. I don't stop to dwell on every little headache or body pain.
But recently it has become rather annoying, and I just knew something wasn't right.
It's the wheat.
So now it's out of my diet and I am starting to feel better.
Unfortunately, it took me 30+ years to figure this out!
Also, Eat Right 4 Your Type mentions that Type O's have the strongest stomach acid of all the blood types. That may explain why I have acid reflux which is so bad that I don't even feel it - but it is wreaking havoc in my esophagus.