Eye opening experience

Something I have not talked about here or other places.  There are a select few outside of my family that know the health issues I’ve been having.  It isn’t that I don’t want people to know, just never felt it was necessary to go into it.  So, I’ll give a brief history.  For years, I’ve had trouble when I eat.  It was an annoyance, and in 2010, it finally came to a point that it was interfering with my life to a point that I needed to see a doctor about it.  Since then, they haven’t been able to figure out why.  Last summer, I start suffering more pain and nausea than normal.  I wound up in the Emergency Room because of it.  It then got worse over the next few weeks, and finally settled a little in the fall.  During that few week time period (maybe 6 weeks?) I lost 30 lbs.  My doctors were not happy about that.  I have for the most part, stopped losing weight and kept it steady, but I still have the pain and nausea and pretty have been trying to just live with it.  All my tests kept coming up negative.  Allergy tests came up negative,  and so on.  They finally did a video capsule test where I had to swallow a digital camera that took 2 pictures a second to examine my system.  They thought they saw two possible bulges in my intestine and sent me to a specialist.  I saw that specialist this past week.  Everything is fine.  No bulges, just muscles.  So, what next?  She recommended some special diets for me to try, as she felt that I was just sensitive to certain foods.  Ok, I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again.

Here’s the eye opening part.  Part of the special diet was the first day or two, pure liquid diet with the exception that I could have 6 saltine crackers during the day.  Was instructed to check the ingredients.  Now, I’m going to pause here for a moment and mention that years ago, I discovered that I did not do well with soy products.  I found out when I was fed Tofu and it made me feel sick.  I thought it was the texture of it, but just stayed away from soy as a precaution.  Ok, back to present day… I went looking for white bread (another approved item was 1 slice of white toast a day for a few days) and looked the ingredients.  Every single loaf of bread, white or whole grain, or Italian, sourdough, etc, had soy flour or soy oil, or both.  Hmmmm, ok, looks like I’ll have to bake bread now.  Went to the cracker aisle to get saltines.  Guess what?  Saltines were made with Soy flour.  Ok, have to make my own saltines.

I came home and we started looking at some basic items in our pantry.  I also went online and looked for more information.  Here is a list of items that have Soy in some way or another, that I found from this site:


Bulking Agent




Emulsifiers (if unspecified)

Gum Arabic

Guar Gum

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein or Hydrolyzed Protein (HVP)


Isolated Soy Protein






Mono and Diglycerides

Mono Sodium Glutamates (MSG)


Natural, Organic or Artificial Flavors (if the flavor isn’t listed in brackets beside it then it’s most likely soy-based)



Shoyu Sauce


Soy (anything with this term included)


Soy Oil (Crisco, Pam Spray etc)

Soy Protein Concentrate




Textured Soy Flour (TSF)

Textured Soy Protein (TSP)

Textured Plant Protein (TVP)




Unspecified Sprouts

Vegetable Broth

Vegetable Gum

Vegetable Paste

Vegetable Protein

Vegetable Oil

Vegetable Shortening

Vegetable Starch

Vitamin E


Instant coffee


Canned tuna


Now, last night, hubby and I were talking about all this.  One of the items we were shocked that had soy?  Peanut butter.  yes, Jif peanut butter uses soy oil to make its peanut butter.

So, while my family has tried to be aware of what we’ve been eating, we were not aware enough.  So, my first step is to remove all soy from my diet completely to see if I start doing better.  It will take time as I’ve had it in my system for a long time.  And who knows, maybe this is not the cause of all my trouble.  But I know it isn’t helping.


One comment on “Eye opening experience

  1. Robert Sawtelle says:

    It really is amazing what has Soy or Soy products in it. The one that amazes me is the Peanut Butter, they remove the Peanut Oil to sell it separately, then ADD Soy Oil to make the Peanut Butter, it’s not just Jiff, the Skippy on our counter has it! And ‘Canned Tuna’?

    And ALL this with Soy being one of the top 8 allergens in the world!

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