Living With Food Intolerance

So many of us are struggling with food intolerances and I used to be one of them. I’m not talking about food allergies, that is a different subject. Food intolerance is often caused by poor gut health. It takes time for it to snowball into multiple intolerances. For me it started with one food; bananas of all things, and over the years things just got worse until I had multiple intolerances, making life very difficult.


A food intolerance involves the digestive system. It’s a chemical reaction and the inability for your gut to properly digest the offending food, causing all sorts of uncomfortable symptoms. Unlike a food allergy, which is a immune reaction and can be life threatening. Although, some of the symptoms can be similar.


Don’t get me wrong, a food allergy can be more serious and can’t be cured. I’m grateful that I have no allergies. However, many of you will know how difficult it can be to live with a food intolerance, particularly multiple intolerances.

My gut health started to decline in my mid to late teens. I was having some ongoing health issues, but the doctors couldn’t work out what was wrong. Doctors are great, but unfortunately they don’t know much about nutrition. I developed my first food intolerance after a few years of this, bananas.

A few more years later gluten was added to my list, followed closely by dairy. Many years after this my gut health, and overall health started to decline rapidly and this is when I struggled with many more foods, normal foods that you shouldn’t be intolerant to. Tomatoes, avocado, onion, garlic, almost all fruit, spinach, nuts, legumes, red meat and what I mentioned before. I was living on rice and anything made from rice, potatoes, sweet potato, carrots, other root vegies, eggs and chicken.