hemocode intro

About a month ago I milked my index finger for 10 mins all in the name of science.

A company called HemoCode reached out to San Francisco CrossFit asking if we could choose three coaches and three athletes who would be willing to implement dietary suggestions in accordance with results to a blood test they would do. These blood tests are to detect food intolerances. They are careful to explain that the intolerances they look for are different than food allergies, which would be an IgE test.

So we complied. I was one of the coaches chosen and my results came back as such:

As you can see, I have no severe intolerance according to this test. I am a superior human being, I suppose. (Only half joking.)

Here are the results from another participant THAT SHALL REMAIN ANONYMOUS:

Not a genetic specimen.

So what are we supposed to do with this information?

The idea is that we are to cut out the foods in both the moderate and the severe intolerance lists. These are foods are are supposed to cause other reactions in the body; inflammation, gut disruption, “foggy brain,” etc. So we are to note any changes we saw in our life and performance during a three month adherence.

According to the booklet that came with the results, after 3 months (6-9 months for the severe items) you are to slowly reintroduce each item one at a time and note any effects, good or bad.

So all that is good and well. All of that I can get behind.

But then they lay out this “Rotation Diet” as the optimal way to eat so that you can ease intolerances from certain foods while making sure you don’t accrue any new intoleraces.

This is the food matrix from the booklet:

Now things are a bit ridiculous.

If you’re someone that eats out every meal, maybe you can swing this. If youre someone that cooks each meal right before you eat it, maybe you can swing this. If you have someone that cooks your foods for you, maybe you can swing this.

But in each of those scenarios, those are some ridiculously privileged situations that most of us are not in the position to work with.

I make almost all of my lunches for the week in one fell swoop. 40-50 minutes from start to finish, I can watch an episode of Parks and Recreation while doing it all. Were I to try to rotate everything in this list, I would end up spending probably 3+ hours in the kitchen. I don’t have 3+ hours in a single day to devote to this.

And I only work one job and I don’t also go to school or have any kids. I’m already leading a life of comparative leisure compared to other people who are juggling jobs, kids, school, older parents, and anything else life throws at us.

So, needless to say, this is incredibly unrealistic.

However, I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. What I like about this is there is a lot of awareness on how each of us reactions to foods differently and how honing in what our body does and doesn’t works well with, we can see changes such as a decrease in skin irritations or better sleep.

After all, that’s basically what a lot of more popular fad diets are based around. Paleo, vegetarian, ketogenic, the allergy diet. They are all based around the idea that we have a reaction to food that is beyond severe allergic reactions, more nuanced, and by honing in on them we can feel better.

After doing a few of the diets mentioned above, and reintroducing the “forbidden foods,” I never felt any worse for it.

Well, according to this, that makes sense. None of the ingredients that Paleo is all up in arms about is on my lists. In fact, substances that Paleo whole heartedly embraces, I’m not supposed to eat.

So this is week 1 of many. And while I can’t quit coffee (coffee?!?!) cold turkey, I’ve cut back A LOT!

We’ll check in and see how we’re all doing along the way!