When I was fighting my candida battle, a big part of the process was eliminating foods and reintroducing them to see if they bothered me. Doctors refused to do skin allergy testing on me, but I did get many different blood allergy tests. All those tests told me that I was allergic to essentially everything I was eating. This could have been a symptom of my leaky gut. While blood tests aren’t always accurate, I eliminated each of those foods over the course of my year-long healing process. I didn’t notice any real changes or any new pains when reintroducing, but I was suspicious of a few of the main staples in my diet; one of them being sweet potatoes. I was eating sweet potatoes so much because I missed carbs so badly and they satisfied my cravings. When I eliminated them and reintroduced them, I noticed some pains, but at the time, they seemed no different than the pain I had been feeling daily.
Now that I am feeling better, I don’t really worry about those reactive foods anymore. Since my leaky gut is on the mend, I think I generally do okay with anything healthy that I choose to eat. Sadly, in the past week, my pain has returned. It hasn’t been anything unbearable, but its definitely there, and it feels like it did this time last year. It was scaring me because I will be DAMNED if I ever go back to that horrible time in my life. I was trying to figure out what could have been bothering me. Could it have been the drinks I had, the fun-size snickers from the Halloween basket at work, the gluten? Then it dawned on me….sweet potatoes. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I bought some delicious organic sweet potato chips from Aldi. They only had three ingredients, so surely they were fine. Well, we crushed the whole bag, and the next day, I felt some stomach pains. Fast forward to last night, I made some incredible sweet potato cookies, and today, I am feeling pain again. I think all this time, I refused to believe it could be my beloved favorite veggie, but I need to be honest with myself. Before the chips and the cookies, it had been a month since the last time I had sweet potatoes, and I was feeling totally fine. After we finish this batch of cookies, I think I am done with sweet potatoes for a while.
Hello stomach pain my old friend…..you can fuck right off again 🙂