For years on end, I always felt just okay. Borderline fine, sometimes worse. I was always exhausted, always bloated, and never feeling 100%. I put it down to being busy with work and life in general at the time. In hindsight, I came to the realisation that feeling that way constantly just wasn’t normal. I never really knew the root cause of the issue – until I visited a kinesiologist for some food sensitivity testing.
Kinesiologist Appointment 1
My mum went to visit the kinesiologist a few months prior, she’d been suffering almost constant sinus headaches which alleviated after her visit. She recommended that I book in with her too based on how I’d been feeling. Because appointments can be pricey, I started with some online research first. Which was completely pointless – there isn’t a trace of her on the internet. She’s been building her business via reputation and word of mouth alone, which astounded me in a modern, digital age. I think that says a lot more than a meager online review ever could! Another factor that speaks of her reputation is her busy schedule. You book your appointment ten to twelve weeks in advance, if not longer. I booked my first appointment in July, for October. I’d booked my return appointment in October, and the earliest I could get was the beginning of February this year.
Food Resistance Testing
I won’t lie, I was a tad skeptical going to my first kinesiologist appointment. How would this stranger know what was wrong with me right off the bat? Well, know she did. Previously a nurse, she now specialises in food intolerances and resistance testing. Resistance testing is being exposed to a certain element to see if it provokes a reaction. It’s carried out by placing a vial of a certain substance in one hand while testing the resistance of the other hand by applying pressure. If your hand goes limp when pressure is applied, you’re intolerant to that specific substance. I tried to keep my arm steady no matter what she placed in my hand. In short, don’t try to fake it, folks, it just can’t be done!
As it turns out, I have quite a lot of intolerances. Gluten/wheat and potatoes are the main ones, as well as anything similar/derived from their starchy family. Silver lining: it’s a good thing that I love rice! Sugar was a major one too (that stuff REALLY isn’t good for you apparently, who knew?). This meant that I had to axe a lot of my favourite things from my diet. Cake, chocolate, chips, crisps, bread, noodles… The staples in my prior diet. (I know, I know, BAAAD.) Eating out is a bit of a nightmare now, but luckily that isn’t an issue at the minute. My mum has an allergy to mushrooms, and I’ve refused to try them out of pure fear. And it’s a good thing I did because I can’t have them either! Another silver lining in my book, who wants to eat fungus anyway?
The Diet Change
I’ve been on the straight and narrow for about 8 months now and it’s changed my life. I have so much energy. My brain fog has disappeared. I sleep better and waking up is easier. And I’m hardly ever sick or bloated. My skin’s improved and I’ve lost weight, and my moods are better and more consistent! I feel brand new, and it’s the absolute best. This new diet doesn’t feel all that limiting either. There are gluten-free alternatives for almost everything, the only downside is they can be expensive. I do miss things like mashed potato and chips from the takeaway, but it’s a blessing in disguise that I’m no longer eating the vast majority of unhealthy stuff. I have yet to discover a nice gluten-free garlic bread, but what’s life without a challenge? Maybe I’ll become a chef and make my own, how hard could it be?
Learnings from my Kinesiologist Appointment
One thing will always stick with me from this whole experience. When I went back to see my kinesiologist at my return appointment, the very first thing she said was “You look different.” Not to read too much into it, but it must be a transformation that people can just see from the inside out. It felt great, a true sign that making this massive change was the right move. Maybe you’re in the same boat as me and haven’t been feeling 100% – book an appointment with a kinesiologist. I would have never known if I didn’t go, so now I’m urging everyone I know to do the same. It’s a change that’s worth making, you can trust me on that one!
Tempted to book an appointment for yourself? Let’s chat about it in the comments!