How dieting made me gain weight & my journey after an intolerance test
Here’s my story on how I gained 5kgs by being healthy and how I decided my lifestyle must change after just one foodprint intolerance report ğŸ˜Ÿ
Note: You can choose any clinic for an intolerance test or opt for any dietician acc to your comfort levels. Below are what I chose from my personal research.
What I did not know and what you should know if you don’t (aka the intro)
- Dairy (i.e. milk, butter, curd, etc) is only good for you when you’re a kid. It’s considered an animals excreta and humans just consume it. If you feel like pooping right after you have a cup of coffee or curd, you’re most likely intolerant to it. ğŸ˜”
- What you need for the intolerance test – your blood. No day-fasting required, except, you shouldn’t eat or drink anything 1-2 hours prior to the test. All intolerance tests lead to a food-print report like the below image;
- On a foodprint report, the score goes from 0 to ~160. Detoxing a particular food item or ingredient you’re intolerant to, takes minimum 3 months (especially if your score is closer to 160). Takes so long since it has to heal your gut naturally. ğŸ¤·
- An intolerance test changes every ~6 months after you detoxify what you’re intolerant to. This happens because the antibodies (that get activated every time you consume something harmful) of that particular ingredient is now non-existent. The food industry and ingredients are expanding every other day, so probably you may consume something else you’re allergic to, and that would appear in your new report, just fyi.
- Picking up from the above point, the foodprint report gives you your tolerance for over 200 items. This will include stuff you may have NEVER tried before, in my case it was, horse ğŸ, ostrich, ox ğŸ‚, etc. Also, I eat chicken probably 3-4 times a week and the score is just 1. So it’s not like your score significantly fluctuates just cuz you eat something in large or small portions.
- You may try to be as organic as possible but our generation goes out a lot or purchase a lot of ingredients from the grocery that are mass produced and packed with hormones, preservatives, etc. which is why it’s vital to do a test if you have weird symptoms ğŸ¤'(lol I wish we were living in the olden days where er1 was healthy and these reports were not even necessary)
- You are probably born with intolerances like how every human body does but you may just aggravate it due to your lifestyle
- Our pancreas doesn’t work effectively after 7PM, so don’t eat anything after that. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it stops functioning completely. I (as well as my dad) have been advised to not eat after 7PM by many dieticians/nutritionists, and I did notice a change once I adapted this! I lose weight faster, and I feel more healthy and light. You must sleep only after a minimum of 4 hours after your mealğŸ˜´
How does a Food Intolerance work?
Food extracts are ‘printed’ onto nitrocellulose pads on a glass microscope slide, together with calibration standards and controls. A blood sample provided by the patient is diluted and dispensed onto each printed microarray. Food IgG antibodies, if present, bind to the food extracts. The bound food IgG antibodies are subsequently detected through the use of other immunoassay reagents which generate a blue color in the presence of the food IgG antibodies. The density of this blue color is measured using a high-resolution scanner. ğŸ”¬
The results generated by the scanner are then calibrated against the standards using the FoodPrint ® reporting software to give quantitative results. This software then produces a tailor-made printout of the final food IgG antibody result for each food on the requested food panel. ğŸ˜¯
Difference between Food Intolerance and Food Allergy
- Reactions are usually delayed and symptoms may take several days to appear
- You can be intolerant to several different food groups at the same time ğŸ˜±
- Sufferers can experience multiple symptoms, from a migraine to bloating, diarrhea, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell
- Reactions usually occur quickly, with a maximum of 2 hours after exposure to the ‘reactive’ food
- The body’s IgE immune system is activated by the immediate ingestion of the reactive food
- Symptoms include difficulty in breathing, rashes, swelling, runny nose and anaphylactic shock. These can potentially be life-threatening ğŸ˜µ
How I gained 5 kgs by dieting and my journey to the intolerance report
Ever since I realized my lifestyle (aka attending events, eating from outside every other day and managing my website simultaneously resulted in me not having time to work out) was getting out of hand, I decided to reduce tastings and delegate more of that to my team. Due to work, I’d travel every day to Abu Dhabi back and forth for months too and would have to manage my baby (aka blog ğŸ’–) on the side. Anyway… to become the healthier Naomi, I started consuming more of my fav proteins/healthy snacks to keep me full (i.e. egg whites, lentils, almonds, milk, rice, and sandwiches too every other day). ğŸšğŸ¥›ğŸ¥™
Diets and workouts stopped working on me, I felt bloated that would result in pain to an extent I’d feel I was heavy even while walking. My ankles as well weren’t visible after a week. ğŸ˜©
(Intro to Hala: My amazing colleague who’s a nutrition junkie + gets a high with just the word ‘pilates’ or ‘coconut milk’ LOL)
I discussed my issues with Hala and she told me I’m not fat, I’m bloated and have tons of water retention (well that made me happy as I didn’t want to be super unhealthy that lead to me putting on weight right?). She recommended I get an intolerance test done asap as it was getting out of hand. That’s when I came across CosmeSurge and I got my test done by them. ğŸ‘
I found out that most of the things I was consuming, to be healthy, I’m actually intolerant to it… #FML
And that’s how my friends… I gained weight by just trying to be healthy ğŸ¤¦”â™€ï¸
After I studied my report I was like JHDHSVDIXJD!!!! OMG, I’m intolerant to THIS, this, THIS and THAT?! What do I even eat now? Living your life a certain way for 24 years and then saying stop eating all of that, trust me… ouch lol. ğŸ˜
That’s when I decided I’d start with a meal plan. I researched quite a bit. Few were either too expensive or had boring food.. Color my plate and Simply Healthy Diets were my final 2 options. I eventually concluded on Simply Healthy Diets by Mitun De Sarkar for the below reasons,
- Relatively cheaper
- Dietician and food included with the package
- Great gourmet-type food ğŸ‘…
- INDIAN CUISINE mostly (as most of Mituns clients are Indians). I guess that was the main reason too. Hey, Indians love Indian food hahaha ğŸ›ğŸ˜‚
- I’ve seen Mituns food quite a bit around Instagram and she’s super sweet! Feels like a friendly coach who’s not too harsh on the sad me…
- Intolerance test at CosmeSurge is AED2200. After receiving a lot of messages and requests on an InstaStory I uploaded, I asked them if you guys could get a discount code! So if you give em my name you’ll get 15% off! ğŸ¤‘
- Simply Healthy Diets charges AED2800/month for 3 courses and 2 snacks, 5 days a week and AED6000 for 2 months for 6 days a week + 2 free consultations. Click here to view the other rates (the main rate card).
My conclusion and how much weight I’ll lose in 2 months
- If I probably had more time to workout, I’d be healthier ğŸ¤·
- I’ve shared my foodprint report with Mitun and we had the first consultation where we created a game plan which resulted in me purchasing the 2 months package with Mitun
- I’m allowed to have the items that are in yellow in moderations
- Via research, my report and maim diet tips as well, Mitun and I concluded I’ll go with a Dairy-free/Gluten Free diet, By just not having em, I’ll lose <10kgs. ğŸ¤© Hala lost 20kgs in 2-3 months by just going gluten/dairy free too, so did Khloe Kardashian. It does work.. but it's veryyyy toughhh!!!
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Hope you liked this article, stay healthy xoxo
Please note: the FoodPrint ® IgG antibody test does NOT test for classical allergies, which involve the production of IgE antibodies and cause rapid-onset of symptoms such as rashes, swelling, violent sickness, difficulty breathing and anaphylactic shock. If you have a food allergy, it is important to continue avoiding that food, regardless of the test results obtained. This advice also applies if you have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease or any other food-related condition such as lactose intolerance.
Here’s my honest update to you… after over 2 months.
My first week of the diet was C R A Z Y ğŸ˜¢ I actually felt I was going crazy cuz for 24 years of my life I was never “restricted” when it came to eating ğŸ˜ As much as I agree I aggravated my intolerance, I also felt it was unfair for me to not touch gluten or dairy AT ALL. I never realized how much gluten and dairy I was eating until I started the diet, additionally, I never knew how much gluten or dairy was present in almost every delicious meal ğŸ™„
Did I cheat at all in those 2 months?
I did not, except the last week when I had a tasting and they brought out a Sticky Toffee Pudding ğŸ˜¶ I personally felt I had ENOUGH, and I just HAD to indulge. When it came to my other tastings, I was trying to be super optimistic about my diet and told myself “YAY Naomi you’re going to explore ‘the other side of F&B in Dubai'”. I convinced myself that I can now see how many options are there for people who are Gluten Free AND Dairy Free (GF/DF), and if they’re actually good. My conclusion was – definitely not too many options, but there are options. Just do a quick google search and there will be tons of recommendations for ya! ğŸ˜€ Considering I’m a blogger, I’ve tried a VARIETY of delicious food, thus, I did not feel the GF/DF offering were oh-so-amazing, but they sure were great. The best restaurant I visited was Mint leaf of London. Not once did I have a FOMO moment (#FearOfMissingOut) ğŸ¤¤
Whenever I had a sudden craving (especially when I was stressed), I was literally surviving on these sweets the whole course of my diet.
How many kgs did I lose and what were the mistakes I made throughout my diet?
This wouldn’t be considered as cheating, but defo a mistake… I did end up having dairy once or twice in my coffee since the Barista forgot to replace cows milk with coconut milk instead ğŸ˜ Before someone suggests… I DON’T like almond milk with my coffee as some time it can split sometimes. However, there might be a few ways that one can prevent almond milk curdle when poured into coffee. Having said that, once when I bought normal salted potato chips, I realized after I finished eating it that it had yeast. I only came to know later as I had a severe tummy ache!! ğŸ˜©
I lost about 3kgs but felt like I lost 6kgs. I made many mistakes and I know I could have lost a lot more had I not done those mistakes. The below are my observations,
- I only worked out 2-3 times in those 2 months. I was so busy with work and blogging, that by the time I came home I just wanted to crash.
- Every few days I’d gain a kg and then randomly lose it. This hindered my total weight loss. Mitun’s take on this was, I have water retention (especially after my periods) and my BMR is great which in turn (at times) helps build muscles. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the amount of energy needed while resting in a temperate environment when the digestive system is inactive. It is the equivalent of figuring out how much gas an idle car consumes while parked. In such a state, energy will be used only to maintain vital organs, which include the heart, lungs, kidneys, nervous system, intestines, liver, lungs, sex organs, muscles, and skin. Thus, Mitun told me to stop concentrating on what shows on the scale and judge my weight loss by the clothes I wear.
- I not only wanted to do an elimination diet for my health, but I even wanted to lose weight in the process. Although I was only eating healthy, I used to consume even more calories since I had tastings + I started getting hungrier than usual.
My review on my meal plan – Simply Healthy Diet (SHD) food
Mitun is a gem, she isn’t a pushy ‘nutritionist’. She will understand your lifestyle and accordingly advise what you must do. Not once has she pushed me out of my comfort zone and ordered me on what I should do, but she did advice whenever needed.
Every week SHD would email me an amazing menu where I could choose what I wanted to eat for the following week (see screenshot below). Although they have a variety of different cuisines, a majority of the dishes are usually Indian cuisine as that’s what their clientele is, what they demand and prefer. I love trying out a variety of cuisines, but I do love my Indian food! â¤â¤ If there are specific things you don’t like or would like to alter, Mitun does take that into consideration and will let you know if it’s do-able. If you end up choosing something that you’re actually intolerant too, she’ll not send that over (she prefers having your intolerance report beforehand though).
SHD’s food is REALLY good ğŸ˜ Many dishes I opt for, are spicy too, just how I like it. They have everything from Dhoklas, biryanis to even daal makhani! To be honest Y’all, this was luxury for me and was a big deal since I didn’t even know these dishes could be GF or DF! ğŸ¤‘ğŸ˜² The variety is simply phenomenal and I can see how much hard work was put into developing these recipes. If it wasn’t for SHD I don’t think I could do this diet successfully as my cravings would’ve shot up the roof.
The disadvantage: Sometimes the desserts for the week are great, sometimes, not-so-much. At this point in time, I used to survive on healthy desserts or my sister Jade used to make some for me (click here to know the desserts I had or find the recipes). Additionally, at times, you may choose a dish that sounds good but it may not suit your palate. Out of the 2 months I’ve been with SHD, this has happened to me just twice, so it’s not a do or die situation! ğŸ¤-
PS: I personally felt SHD isn’t just for people on a diet, or have intolerances. Her food is legit home-made, thus, if you don’t know how to cook, miss your mom’s food or if you love Indian food, SHD would suffice ğŸ¤©
Diet over. Now what?
I was intolerant to kidney beans, black peas, white peas, and everything in that family since I was a kid (for over 20 years) ğŸ˜¢ğŸ˜¢ My mom then recommended I start homeopathy. I never believed in it but hopped onto that bandwagon regardless 5 years ago. I used to think what and how can 3-5 tiny sugar balls change your entire immune system and an issue you were born with?! ğŸ¤¯ I religiously followed the treatment, had those tiny pills every single day and in 4 months, I was HEALED… COMPLETELY! The amount of “Rajma Chaawal” I had after was insane! ğŸ¤£ğŸ¤£
As soon as I got done with my diet I wanted to restart my homeopathic medication. I kinda thought I was doomed and there was no way I’d be healed as being tolerant to Dairy and Gluten again is not a piece of cake (hahahha #punintended). I’ve been on it the past month and I’ve seen major improvements! ğŸ˜ The way my body reacts to the same has significantly improved.
I’m also restarting my meal plan with Simply Healthy Diets and this time, I’m not going to repeat the mistakes I did before. I’ve also noticed I’m more conscious about what I eat now and I’ve found myself flipping many items to see if they have ingredients I’m intolerant to. I’ve started going swimming every 2 days now and I can feel my pants becoming looser, body getting more toned and my metabolism has increased.
More updates coming soon as I have any!