When the health coach gets sick.
I haven’t posted anything for a couple of weeks as I was slowly getting sicker. My eczema returned, I was more tired and unable to focus.
“What is going on?” I was thinking. I eat well, I’m creating balance in my life, I was feeling so great not long ago? It looks like I need some help myself. I talked with some lovely health coach colleagues of mine and also with my integrative GP. I thought, maybe its dairy. I should cut back. Talking with my GP we agreed to try a two week dairy free diet, to see if there were any improvements.
I do pretty well at cutting out dairy. After eating sour cream, or cheese accidentally a couple of times I was doing fine. So, I usually have some almond milk in my diet, well now I’m having 2 or 3 cups a day. I’m also eating my favorite bliss balls, maybe even a bit more than usual as work has been picking up. And I’ve been using things like pureed cashews to thicken curry’s, and trying vegan treats.
But I’m getting worse, and worse. Not better?
One exhausted Thursday morning, after my almond milk coffee and 2 bliss balls, I had a revelation. What if it’s the NUTS! I stopped eating them immediately, and started to feel better slowly over a few days. My GP had also scheduled me in for blood tests, which I had on the Friday and then followed up with her a week later. My zinc levels were incredibly low! My vitamin D3 levels were 3-4 times lower than they should be. We also agree that I might be having a reaction to nuts. It could an allergy or it could just be a tolerance level, I have been having way too much for me.
Wind forward two more weeks. I now feel so much better! Supplementing with zinc and D3, plus focusing on eating lots of zinc rich foods (hello oysters!) has helped tremendously. And staying off nuts until I find out my tolerance levels. I’m following up with allergy testing.
I’ve been investigating this in more depth and will add some more articles about zinc, D3 and how phytic acid in nuts can block absorption of nutrients. It’s been an interesting and valuable experience. If I had not experimented with reducing dairy, I may not have been as easily able to point to the nuts being part of the issue.
This is just one more example of why everyone needs a health coach, and a great learning experience for me to further help others.