I wasn't sure if I would post on this just yet because I am always sceptical about my food sensitivities, but before Christmas I had a follow up appointment with my holistic nutritionist and she suggested (after a lot of trial and error) that I eliminate soy. Soy! Seriously??
I took a couple of weeks to follow the advice because I was completely overwhelmed. I don't eat tonnes of soy - but it was definitely a shift. I will admit that I love smoked tofu. I eat cubes of it like people eat smoked cheese. I also eat lots of clif bars and luna bars, both of which are heavy on the soy (and pretty processed but that is a whole other topic).
I haven't been overly adventurous the past two weeks but I have done quite well. I am eating a lot of chick peas, cannelini beans and vega shakes. To be honest, the hardest part is the energy bars. How did I become this lazy?? I am not sure if ezekial bread with coconut oil makes me any less lazy - but I think it is a bit healthier. Also, as those with allergies are acutely aware, there is a lot of hidden soy. I have not yet been that diligent with label reading. I started with the big stuff first.
So what's the point?
I am not sure if I have talked about it before, but I have some pretty yucky digestive issues. I also have a milk allergy. There have been many evenings spent in the fetal position on the floor waiting for the stomach pains to pass. Becoming vegan was the first change that made a noticeable difference. I still have some problems with iron and vitamin absorption - but I go for testing pretty regularly.
Recently things weren't that great however, so I have been trying to make tweaks. So far the soy free approach seems to be working. I didn't really understand how so I did a little digging. Here is what I found:
- The unusable vitamin B12 in soy actually makes the body need more B12.
- Soy intake increases in the body’s need for vitamin D.
- Phytic acid in soy reduces the body’s use of calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other important minerals.
- Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders.
- The plant estrogens found in soy, called phytoestrogens,disrupt endocrine function
While I am not a researcher or a dietician, I do feel it is important to be informed and I can speak to the positive changes over the past few weeks.
Have you had a similar experience? Did you eliminate or reduce soy significantly. Please share!
Ditch the Soy
Dangers of Soy
Studies Showing Adverse Effects of Soy