So I’m posting this here mostly for my own safekeeping but having used an elimination diet to isolate and identify food allergies, this is what I found.
I realized my problems were likely food related when they dropped away on juice fasts. So I started with a juice fast and then added in a new food every 3 days, in large quantity. If there was no reaction I would add a new food, if there was a reaction I would try and add it back again to see if I got the same reaction. High School science taught me well!
Food Group: Sugar, Chocolate, Caffeine
Immediate Effects: Extreme ADD, OCD, Hyperactivity, Irregular Heartbeat
Withdrawal Effects: Weakness, Extreme Fatigue, Intense Cravings, High Irritability, Headaches
Food Group: Dairy
Immediate Effects: Nasal/Sinus Congestion, Stomach Upsets, “Heavy/Sick” Feeling
Withdrawal Effects: Depression, Anger, Sick Feeling, Intense Craving
Food Group: Grains and Quinoa
Immediate Effect: Uncontrollable Consumption, Stomach Pain, Hyperactivity, Adrenaline Rush
Withdrawal Effect: 3 day Migrane, Starving Feeling, Depression, Fatigue, Stomach Upset
Food Group: Nightshades
Immediate Effect: Increased Skin Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Twitching
Withdrawal Effect: Passes within 24 hours.
Food Group: Yeast, Fermented Foods, Alcohol
Immediate Effect: Adrenaline Rush, Itchy Skin
Withdrawal Effect: Intense Depression, Sadness, Cravings
Hoping that’s it for now! I like my fruits, vegetables and seeds too much to give any more up.