Hello! Welcome to Beyond Soy!
Sometimes it really sucks to have a food intolerance. There are times when Ashley knows that she ate soy, but we can't figure out what it was or where it came from. These days suck. Not only does Ashley not feel well, but if we also can’t figure out what the problem food was then it may happen again the future.
When Ashley feels bad unexpectedly, we think back and try to list everything that could have possibly been the cause. Sometimes we can pinpoint a specific food or meal where we took a risk, or made an unlucky guess. But other times, we can’t figure out where we went wrong (or we identify several options that may have had soy).
Sometimes we’ll never know what it was, which can be very disheartening. It can feel very hopeless to know that Ashley feels bad without being able to fix it or avoid it in the future. In these situations, having a food intolerance can feel very oppressive and overwhelming. While a food journal can help identify foods that may have contained soy, but we don't always have a food journal going.
Ultimately, if we don’t know why Ashley feels bad we can’t change our behavior to avoid something similar happening in the future, and we can feel defeated by food. During these times, it is important to remember how much safe food there is to eat. We like to bounce back from this feeling with a meal we know is soy-free to get a little bit of soy-free eating under our belt. We use these situations as a reminder to be vigilant about checking for soy and remember the risks of cavalierly guessing about food.