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The best way to identify if you have a food intolerance (and the way that we discovered Ashley’s soy intolerance) is by tracking intolerance symptoms. Pairing what you eat with how you feel allows you to draw connections between the two and identify why exactly you are feeling bad.
The trick? Food intolerance symptoms can be very difficult to spot. They can come on gradually and frequently appear in different combinations for each person. Further complicating the situation, they are dependent on the ingredients of the food that you eat so any symptoms vary day to day as the food you eat changes.
What are the symptoms that you should be looking for?
- Joint Pain
- Itchy Skin
- Cloudy Thinking
- Weight Fluctuations
- Headaches (including migraines)
- Irritable Bowel
As you can see, there are tons of different symptoms that can indicate a food intolerance, and making matters more complex, they don’t necessarily all happen or even happen all the time. This obscurity can make it extremely challenging to match a symptom to a particular food or get any sort of idea of how good or bad you are feeling overall. It can also be difficult to remember exactly how you felt or what exactly you ate even just a couple of days ago. A food journal can help with this by allowing you to look back and match particular symptoms to particular foods.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms (or any other symptoms that you think might be food-related), please consider trying an elimination diet. It can help you narrow in on specific foods or symptoms to get you on track to feeling better.