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RPAH Elimination Diet: Week 2

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I'm into week two of this diet now.

Successes: Cucumbers and asparagus have been added to my diet and I've cut down on wheat and dairy to about one serving each a week. By next week I plan to be completely wheat- and dairy-free.

Bad ideas: I had lunch at a restaurant yesterday for the first time in ages. I chose chicken, green beans, lima beans, collard greens, and praline bread pudding for dessert. I was fine until the evening when I started to itch all over so bad that I had to take an antihistimine. I had a bowl of rice cereal with rice milk and went to bed early.

I went to Whole Foods and read EVERY label on the lotions that they stock. I couldn't fine even one that didn't contain some sort of preservative, fragrance, or plant/herb that was either a known allergen or on the Avoid list. So I bought some plain food-grade safflower oil to make my own lotion with. It was about 10 times cheaper so I think this was a great decision. It was much easier finding unscented dishwashing liquid and some Castile Soap. I have already been using unscented clothes detergent and using an extra rinse.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/14/2014 8:24PM

    Coconut oil is what I use on my skin.

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KALIGIRL 4/9/2014 8:37AM

    How cool - making your own lotion! emoticon
emoticon taking charge of your health!

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MORINANNA 4/8/2014 11:26AM

    going gluten/ wheat free is kind of hard, I tried going all gluten free for my AR and it really does help, now I am more easy on my self and stay away as much as possible, but I still have my days of eating what ever I want, my issue /goal is really not weight loss orientated more dealing with chronic pain and hoping by working out slowly, and eating more healthy non processed yucky food, I can get off some of the med's I am on, ... making your own lotion is the very BEST I am a licensed massage therapist, I make all my own oils, if you don't have a problem with lavender, or a nut allergy.. a simple way to make oil is fill a small electric potpourri burner with much lavender cover with almond oil and simmer , I usually make mine by the moon phase, and heat it up several times over a 3 day period then strain and bottle, lavender is also a pain reliever, I also have a juice recipe that helps with all type of health issues, its simple and if you have a juicer and use real fruit even better, 28 oz of apple juice, 8 oz cherry juice, 8oz grape juice and 8 oz organic apple cider vinegar if you can find it, drink one 8 oz cup a day or more, takes getting used to but it really really helps , if you need any help at all with lotion / oil recipes recipes feel free to ask I;ve been making my own for years!

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LIS193 4/8/2014 10:51AM

    Did you find out what caused the reaction? The pecans??

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Day 1 of 100 Happy Days

Tuesday, April 08, 2014


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KALIGIRL 4/9/2014 8:38AM

    Especially emoticon after eating out!

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MORINANNA 4/8/2014 11:17AM

    I just found your page because you comment on my blog, I love your goals, we have so much in common when it comes to goals... you inspire me!! emoticon

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RPAH Elimination Diet: Week 1

Thursday, April 03, 2014

After seven days on this diet I have seen some significant changes in my allergy symptoms. My rosacea is clearing up; the dark circles under my eyes are almost gone; I've lost three pounds. However, I still get hives though they're not as bad as they can sometimes be. I get a warm flush after I eat and mild heartburn.

Considering that I have seen some noticeable improvement I'm going to continue following this diet for another week. Then I will switch to the more moderate version and start adding in more vegetables that are on the moderate list.

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KALIGIRL 4/5/2014 7:59AM

    Glad it's working for you!

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RPAH Elimination Diet: Days 1 & 2

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I found out about the RPAH elimination diet for people with food intolerances last week and I've created a list of recipes and a shopping list. I cut out alcohol and tea before I started the diet. I didn't want to mistake any sort of withdrawal as a symptom. I went shopping yesterday (boy was that a crazy experience!) and had my first whole day eating nothing but food that does not contain sulfites, amines, or glutamates (SAGs). Everything was fine through breakfast and lunch which was homemade bread and peeled Bartlett pears. But right after I ate a dinner of brown rice, chicken breast, and green beans, I got a pain on my lower right side and started to get heart palpitations. I had some minor itchiness in the evening but no hives. I was also tired and foggy all day. I feel better today after lunch and I'm planning on making potato leek soup tonight. I thought I'd go vegan in case it was histamine in the chicken that gave me a reaction. I also plan on shopping at a different store tomorrow, one that has better quality meat and produce and a bigger gluten free section. After my next shopping trip I'll be ready to be dairy- and gluten-free. Oh, and I lost a couple of pounds!

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Rosacea Triggers

Monday, March 17, 2014

I am going through a Rosacea flare-up and am trying to develop an anti-Rosacea meal plan. I'm starting my research with this list of Rosacea triggers:

*Factors That May Trigger Rosacea Flare-Ups*

The following list was compiled from patient histories by Dr. Jonathan Wilkin and produced by the National Rosacea Society.

Sour cream
Cheese (except cottage cheese)
Soy sauce
Yeast extract (bread is OK)
Broad-leaf beans and pods, including lima, navy or pea
Citrus fruits
red plums
Spicy foods
thermally hot foods
Foods high in histamine

Hot baths
Simple overheating
Excessively warm environments

Strong winds

Topical steroids

Alcohol, especially red wine, beer, bourbon, gin, vodka or champagne
Hot drinks, including hot cider, hot chocolate, coffee or tea

Medical conditions
Frequent flushing
Chronic cough
Caffeine withdrawal syndrome

Emotional influences

Physical exertion
"Lift and load" jobs

Skin care products
Some cosmetics & hair sprays,
especially those containing alcohol, witch hazel or fragrances
Hydro-alcoholic or acetone substances
Any substance that causes redness or stinging

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ROOTIHAUSMAN 5/6/2014 12:12AM

    I have flare ups too! Stress and hormone changes as well as some of the foods in my diet. I have a flare up right now and it does itch. I have to be careful not to scratch it.
Thanks for the list!

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KALIGIRL 3/18/2014 8:20AM

    A long list!
Hope you discover what's triggering yours...

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PATTYKLAVER 3/18/2014 7:46AM

    Knock on wood - it's been awhile since I've had a flare-up, except the small ones I get if I have a glass of wine. Stress has always been my major kicker. I learned as a teenager to stick with the same things that I use on my face. I usually don't see too many articles on it and my doctor isn't very helpful. Guess it's time I see a dermatologist anyway and do some research on my own.

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LIS193 3/18/2014 12:41AM

    For me it used to be wheat, since I cut that out my skin has cleared up

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PLANTAGO 3/17/2014 10:41PM

    For me it's:
alcohol in every form, but red wine is a super trigger
sauna, hot bath and shower
swimming in chlorinated water ( but for my DH it's actually beneficial, LOL)
spicy food, especially Indian
moisturizing facial creams (rich and oily are OK in very small quantities)

I, too, have a flare-up right now. And it's itchy this time! emoticon I have to be careful, because scratching makes it worse.
Lukewarm compress consisting of oatmeal with flax helps with redness and itching.

Many hugs!

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PJ2222 3/17/2014 9:47PM

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