KarenS wrote:...is sensitive to a lot of things we eat frequently, like chicken, almonds, lemons, and sweet potatoes!
When I did a test like this, my former FM doc said that several low level sensitivities, and especially to foods you eat everyday, are common with leaky gut. It means you have to heal the leaky gut, but not necessarily avoid those foods forever. IMHO, that's where you need to start, because if you don't heal the leaky gut, he'll just start reacting to the next set of food you settle on to eat. It's a common problem with leaky gut.
The other thing that might help is to rotate food while healing. About 7 years ago I started with eliminating common allergens (the top 8 as they are called) then did a full rotation diet. If I ate chicken (or related foods like eggs or turkey) on Monday night, I didn't eat it again until Friday night. It's called a 4-day rotation and helps the body not see food as an enemy because there is time in between exposures. If you're eating something everyday with a leaky gut, the body thinks "Sound the alarm!" because it is seeing the same protein signature everyday. To the immune system, it is no different than a bacterial infection that doesn't go away.
I focused on rotating proteins (animal, fish, nuts) but a full-on version also does fruits and vegetables. If you eat other high-protein foods like beans, corn or legumes, I'd rotate those, too. You can google "rotation diet" to see ways to implement it. It does take a bit of menu planning to pull it off successfully, but I found it immensely helpful.