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Olives, Fish, Seafood, Tree nuts, and most nuts are the main culprits for me, as in passing out and having trouble breathing. Mushrooms, eggs, milk, juices and caffeine make me ill with headaches, bloated stomach, and gassy. It is so hard to find recipes that dont have at least one of these items daily on a meal plan but Im trying to learn substutions. Leaning on this group heavily for their information and support.

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I recently had some testing done during a health crisis. I discovered I have quite a few food allergies. I feel soooo much better without these in my diet BUT the weight still isn't budging more than a few pounds up and down :(

My allergies:
1. Gluten (already knew)
2. Eggs - white and yolk
3. Dairy (cow)
4. Chicken
5. Soy
6. Peanuts

I have a list of about 8 things that the allergist wants me to limit to a max of twice a week due to where I tested - those are not an issue at all as it does not change how I was eating them previously and they aren't things I would start subbing in place of my allergens (ie, crab, snapper, turkey, hops, etc)

How I deal:
good question, as I'm still learning to deal. It's frustrating to make up a bunch of grab-n-go snacks for myself but not make a new batch before the old one runs out. It's difficult that much of my "subs" are a lot more expensive (ie almonds, cashews, and other nuts/seeds) so I'm tending to lean toward fruits and veggies a lot. Problem, I'm not filling up enough, getting enough calories, and I wind up drinking my calories.

HOWEVER all of it is coming about and I'm working through these things and finding recipes and learning to make my snacks "on time." Part of my motivation is how GOOD I feel without these things in my diet and how WRETCHED I feel when I do eat them.

I'm learning to like goat cheese and goat yogurt. I already only used almond or coconut milk so that was one less thing to have to deal with. The problem is trying to find acceptable cream cheese substitutes and so far goat cheese is not one of those. It's also difficult finding almost anything canned/jarred that doesn't contain soy in some form - this is the most frustrating so I'm attempting to learn to make things and just storing them in old ketcup, dressing, etc bottles. Oh mayonnaise is another I can't find a sub for. I didn't use it a lot but there a few recipes I'd like to use it in - right now I'm just going without. Green smoothies are one of my ways of coping - getting a lot of nutrition in without having to eat a ton. I use either blended hulled flax seeds or an egg replacer for my egg substitute - of course there are some items I simply had to give up, like deviled eggs :-/ Now instead of a veggie skillet with one egg mixed it, I just make a veggie skillet.

I guess the biggest adjustment is making everything from scratch. Convenience foods ruined me. I'm also learning how to eat out at restaurants... there are quite a few things I can eat at almost every restaurant BUT it just might not be what I always want to eat, which is the real bummer.

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10/12/13 9:54 P

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I have found soy or almond milk work well. If a recipe calls for milk I substitute. I have also found that goat cheese is fine. The best pizza place is Menskies because they have a non-diary option. I have known about my dairy allergy for about a year. I am still experimenting on what I can eat, I have had to cut out everything except for yogurt.

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Hi I am allergic to nearly everything due to leaky gut syndrome but the things i am Not allergic to are, chicken, turkey, eggs, cherries, asparagus, chocolate, rice i still been eating things i am allergic to cause i dont know what to eat

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I found out about 1 year ago that I'm intolerant to eggs, onions, green beans, dairy, peanuts and gluten. I'm also sensitivity to sugar, chocolate and coffee but since these were only a category 1 I didn't have to eliminate then but I did have to limit them to once every 4 days for about 3-4 months.

How I adjust - I do my best to avoid these foods BUT I will have a spoonful of ice cream every now and again and I will nibble on cake or cookies but I really do my best not to do that. When I do indulge, my reaction is usually a 4-5lb weight gain that will take a few weeks to go away. I cook a lot and I have gotten a lot better at making family meals that I can eat also instead of making 2 separate meals.

I really thought I had a lot of foods to avoid but after reading a lot of the other posts, I really shouldn't complain.

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All milk products(dairy), bananas, corn, peanuts, and I have no gall bladder so gassy foods can really do a number on me as well as greasy ones.

How I adjust...not sure, sometimes I do and sometimes I don't.

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5/1/13 10:29 A

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So far Aspartame, Gluten and Yeast (I'm pretty sure and I think it is all types). I'm having a pretty hard time of it as I have just started cutting out yeast in the last three weeks. One day I ate nothing but pineapple, water and popcorn. It was the best day for my stomach in months.

I've lost around 30lbs in the last 6 months between not being able to eat much in the first half and then cutting out gluten a few months ago (and therefore most carbs).

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aspartame, splenda, stawberries, shell fish, all MSG products,
all corn products( there is alot of different ones too), sulfites, lecithen.

lots of home made things to eat and a lot of label reading that makes me go grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.



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3/8/13 9:58 P

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Wheat, corn, milk, coffee, potato, yeast and pork.

Which pretty much eliminates EVERYTHING not home made.

No butter, cheese, flour, anything at all with corn in it (which you would be shocked at), nothing with any kind of potato or starch, etc. No yeast products (vinigar, mustart, salad dressing, etc.)

Basically I think i'm down to fish, chicken, beef, vegetables, fruit.

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Oral Allergy Syndrome. All fresh/raw fruits except bananas. All nuts except cashews. The beans in green beans unless they are cooked thoroughly. Milk. Cheese. Sometimes, a probiotic will allow me to eat cheese or drink milk, but not always. Sometimes, cooking fruits helps, but not always. For example I can't eat fresh apples, butI can eat applesauce. Otherwise, total avoidance is my ticket. I get very frustrated that the Spark meal plans don't include an "eliminate these foods" choice.

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2/7/13 10:55 A

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No gluten or dairy

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2/6/13 7:15 A

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believe it or not I am allergic to sugar. even carbs that turn to sugar my body absorbs it and wont let go of it. ugh frustrating

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1/17/13 9:12 P

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Okay, here we go.

No beans, soy or legumes of any kind. This includes peas. I am also allergic to corn, carrots, milk and eggs. I have an intolerance to lettuce, pineapple, and oranges in anything other than every other week. I am allergic to tequila... Yep. Tequila. I am allergic to canned food of any kind as well as good cooked in foil or aluminum pans. I can be allergic to chocolate depending on the nickel content of the source. I am allergic to salmon. I am very sensitive to shellfish so at the moment I am on the "watch and report reactions" list before complete removal. I am not technically allergic to wheat or whole grain, or oatmeal, but I am allergic to the way it's processed so that is out. I can only eat enriched breads. Some i am just allergic to. (yay for adulthood) Most of this is all due to the fact that I am allergic to nickel. So no leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, no whole grains, almonds, hazelnuts... It goes on and on.

Fortunately I can still eat my most favorite vegetables.

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1/8/13 3:48 P

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Have celiac disease, so cannot eat gluten (wheat, barley, malt, rye, or soy products).

Am also allergic to milk, eggs, chocolate, gum, apples, peaches, plums, pears, beans, potatoes, corn, almonds, english walnuts, hops, iceberg lettuce, carrots, mushrooms, celery, peas, soy, and wheat.

I have to be very careful with everything I eat. Check labels before I cook/eat. Ask loads of questions at restaurants. Make most of my meals at home so I know what I am getting. When I eat out, I tend to take some of my own food along so that I can be safe.

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I have just found out that I am allergic to milk and milk products. I am still learning to adjust my eating.....
suggestions are appreciated


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I'm allergic to life. I have not eaten eggs or seafood products in about ten years. When I come in contact with my throat begins to close, I vomit violently, I itch in the worse way. I am also allergic hazelnut, anything that grows on a vine,oranges, lemons, limes, lives in water. I have learned to avoid these food items at all cost. I will take a chance and eat chicken and beef a couple times a week recently found out that I have a low allergy to both. When I eat it more than
that I have extreme abdominal swelling. I currently looking for a diet that I will be able to consume with no allergic reactions. Wish me luck!! emoticon

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10/26/12 1:58 P

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I found out about a year ago that I am allergic to potatoes and tomatoes. The longer I avoided them the worse the allergy got. I have not eaten a potato or tomato for over a year now. If I do accidentally the reaction occurs within 30 minutes and includes violently vomiting like the exorcist! During the summer I started having this rash and itching unbelievable. What I found out is The potato is a member of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomato, cherry, eggplant (aubergine), melon, pear, paprika, bell peppers, cayenne pepper, red pepper, tobacco and chili. I was putting paprika etc. on everything. Since i was deprived from two of the staple foods I was attempting to at least give myself some flavor. :) Anyway, I had begun to think I was a hypochondriac. The doctors kept saying I was symptomatic but they didn't know what to do. I had heart problems, blood pressure problems, and just wanted to sleep all the time. I was quite relieved to find out what my problems stemmed from even though I am deprived of some really good foods. No pizza, spaghetti, potato chips, etc. for me. I would love some recipes that make me feel like I am not missing out on things though!

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So glad I found this forum!
But I'm sad that there are so many people with food allergies now, though. When I was a kid in the 70s/80s I was always the only one!

Allergies:
aspartame (nutrisweet)
all berries
most tree nuts
oats
wheat
cherimoya
shrimp
peanuts
chamomile
and a few others that only cause a rash & nausea so I just pick them out / scrape them off.

AND I am currently nursing a baby who gets constipated with horrible gas if I eat any of these:
milk
onions
peppers
cabbage
broccoli
cauliflower.
(at least these restrictions are only temporary!)

AND I have colitis, so I have to limit greasy foods!

The Wheat allergy is the worst--because I'm 1/2 Italian and it's the only allergy that I developed as an adult. :(
On the other hand, I outgrew my allergies to eggs and chocolate, so at least there's that!

How do I adjust?
Most of the time I don't even think about it because I've been allergic my whole life to most of them.
The wheat allergy trips me up, but I just substitute polenta or GF pasta for pasta. The GF breads and pastas just aren't the same, though Quinoa pastas & Udi's breads aren't bad.

I've spent my life asking "what's in that?" and avoiding "secret family recipes."
People think I'm a picky eater--I just don't care anymore.
Although, now that I've grown a thick skin & stopped trying to explain my allergies, there are so many people with allergies that people often guess that I have allergies!


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Yeah it's a lot of explaining.


Edited by: KKENT4950 at: 7/23/2012 (12:31)
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Mostly fruits and Chocolate. I eat organic as much as possible. If I have to go to a potluck, I make sure I bring food I can eat. It gets sort of tiring having to explain my allergies to people all the time. Some people are curious other can be down right mean. They say organic food is a joke or somthing insensitive. it works for me to eat clean organic food. I have learn to not have to explain how I take care of myself.

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6/29/12 10:28 A

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I have Celiac's disease (no gluten for me) and am also casein (milk protein) intolerant, these are not allergies but I can't have them all the same.

Severe soy allergy -carry epi pen for that
Tested positive in February for coconut and buckwheat - so I stay away from them now too.
Oral allergy to kiwi - makes my lips bleed.

I've been six years gluten, dairy and soy free. Just recently (February) had to cut out the coconut and buckwheat.

I pretty much make everything I eat.I guess I was lucky in that I've always loved veggies and fruits.
I'm in a wedding in september and will be bring my own meal for the reception - better safe than sorry.



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Concerning lactose intolerance, I take the Digestive Advantage for lactose. One pill a day and you don't have to worry about taking pills with everything you eat. I still use lactose free milk, but I can eat yogurt and ice cream.

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NicoleH1008, I'm also lactose intolerant. Go to just about any store and buy Lactaid Plus or the generic thereof. If you take it as instructed, it will help! Also, try low-fat or no fat "dairy products" because the lactose actually clings to the fat!

In addition to that advice, I'll tell you a few other things I've discovered. You will probably find that you can eat most solid Cheeses - they either don't have much milk in them or something else counteracts the problem! Chocolate milk is better than regular milk because of the chocolate. Try drinking a pint though, because you can overdue it. If you have to have a chocolate candy bar, go for the dark chocolate -- the more cocoa, the better. It's a great antioxidant and, again, the cocoa counteracts any lactose present.

As for yogurt, I can eat about one serving per week. But, I have to go buy that one serving separately. If I have the stuff in the house, I know I will make myself sick. Sherbet is an excellent alternative to ice cream unless you also have problems with citric acid.

Edited by: TRESA7 at: 6/21/2012 (20:06)
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Just saw my doc today. Aside from the latex allergy to include nuts, several fruits, I have problems with vegetables, whole grains, milk, soy, soft shell crab cakes. I feel like I am an anomaly and keep getting told to avoid food or it could be my last bite.

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This is my first post--am a new member. I am starch intolerant, and have struggled to find a healthy and tasty way to eat. My best approach is to follow low-carb diets, since most starches are eliminated from those. (I don't eat a strictly low-carb diet, because I don't want to eat all the fats usually included in those.) I can't eat gluten-free recipes, because I can't eat rice flour, tapioca flour, arrowroot flour, potato flour, and all the other things celiacs eat. Can't eat wheat, rice, potatoes, dried beans, corn--no starches. Fortunately, I can handle dairy.

There are so many good low-carb blogs, and I have also developed quite a few good recipes myself (at least good to my taste). For example, I make "potato" salad with cauliflower, and it's quite good. My husband is a big potato salad fan, and he's quite happy with the caul substitute.
I love thick, creamy soups, especially my creamy jalapeño soup, and I use pureed cauliflower as a thickener since I can't use flour or any other starch.

I feel for you--it's all a bit of a pain. Hard to eat in restaurants and see all the yummy things we can't eat, and parties are difficult. But one day at a time, it sort of falls into place.

Good luck!

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Welcome , sorry to hear that you have IBS and allergies. There are a ton of resources out the online for your ailment. Sometimes it is hard to adjust, but, the consequences are not worth the trouble. Good luck to you.

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Hello all, my nutritionist tells me I am lactose intolerant and most grain products intolerant (kamut, millet, buckwheat, wheat of course). in the past I would often eat these things and pay for the consequences later but am to the point where i'm ready to deal with it head on (by cutting them out completely). recently my dr diagnosed me with IBS.

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I am lactose intolerant. I also cannot tolerate green, long fiber vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower. My stomach cannot digest them, nor carrots or other hard fresh vegetables. I have found that twice cooked cabbage works for me - think egg rolls, etc. I can cream broccoli and cauliflower using almond milk and non-dairy margarine. And, I steam other veggies. But, I can't order a salad out. I actually had a chef leave his kitchen to tell me that his salad without lettuce would be terrible, so he fixed what he thought I would want instead. Few vegetables, lots of cream and cheese. So, I picked up a plain burger on my way home. LOL

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I am allergic to Iodine which at first was shell fish and escalated to all fish!! I have an epipen! I cannot even be in the same room with fish cooking. I was never like this until I had to many CT Scans with Iodine injections. I am also allergic to oxolates, hmmm , what are those? They are found in plants and animals they are the major cause of giant kidney stones! Ouch.To avoid stones I drink lemon in water all day. I really miss Crab legs! And other fish too! emoticon

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I'm still quite new to SP, been here about a month. I have been severly lactose intolerant for a long time. I barely remember being able to eat that stuff without getting sick. I have general allergies and have been through the shots. I was tested for allergies 15 - 20 years ago, but didn't have any other allergies or food issues at the time. Now I am trying to figure out my food allergies. I think it's either OAS to birch pollen or Related to nuts and wheat. Right now it's a lot of trial and error. I also react to what I refer to as my mystery spice. I come across an ingredient in seemingly random things that causes an instant asthma attack. That's fun. This past weekend I almost passed out after eating a peanut butter sandwich. It was just crunchy peanut butter on a whole wheat or whole grain sandwich thin. I'm waiting for insurance to see an allergist, but in the meantime I am avoiding nuts and cutting way back on wheat.

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Hey everyone :) I'm a newbie here on sparkpeople :) and also a newbie to my food allergy... I am gluten intolerent I thankfully do not have Celiac, however anytime I eat gluten I get very sick and cant hold anything down (I know tmi lol)....but like Salazara196 I do cheat and pay for it too. I'm excited to get to know you all and lose weight together ;)


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I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue disease when I was 27. I was also pregnant at the time with my second son. Being a flour girl at heart (bread, cake, cookies, etc) changing my eating habits was extremely difficult. I have adjusted since then, (I"m 34 now) and it's really not so bad. Do I cheat on occassion...yes. Do I pay for that cheat...yes! I tend to use my diagnoses to to my advantage sometimes, but for the most part do try and stay gluten free. I have learned to make all sorts of things with gf flours and mixes and my family hardly notices the difference. I've taste tested a lot of gf items, so in the case that one of you might be interested in what tastes good and what is just awful, I'd be happy to help. emoticon

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I recently was diagnosed as being lactose intolerant. I love chocolate milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, cereal, chocolate....and now nothing. Im adjusting to finding alternatives but really its an added stress I dont want.

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For the Fam I just cook for my allergies then add in at the last minute or have someone else taste then of course don't eat it myself. (it does keep me out of the leftovers!) Eating out is harder I just keep my meds close its the only way I will do that.
It is a matter of adjusting and label reading then re adapting recipes it does get easier with time and after awhile it's second nature.

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I Am not Allergic, but my 5 year old is allergic to Peanuts, Tree nuts, Milk, So the whole family eat like we are with a few exceptions. She originally was allergic to wheat,soy, and a host of other things, I nurse her as a baby, so that's how her allergy's became my eating restrictions.So I have learned a thing or two about allergy free cooking.

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It's discouraging to me because there just doesn't seem to be that much to eat out there with all of the food problems I am having. Anyone else feel overwhelmed and discouraged or am I the only one out here?

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I'm allergic to Tree Nuts, Mushrooms and raw shrimp. this all began in my 30's and its been tough ever since mostly I read a lot of labels adjust recipes and get my girls to devein any shrimp I cook! I also am supposed to avoid peanuts and beans (at least not eat them daily) because I have the potential to become allergic to those Items which is tough when you want to cut back on meat.

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It's crazy isn't it? I was just diagnosed a month or so ago with food sensitivities and I find it amazingly difficult. It probably just takes some getting use to.

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Hi there, I am new to this group and just read through all the allergies, most of you make mine look easy! LOL

I am allergic to chicken, turkey, duck, goose...if it flies, I can't eat it.
I am also allergic to Vitamin B2 in large quantities. I know this because I was taking B2 for migraines....and all of a sudden had several episodes where I was rushed to hospital. They thought it was MSG at first but then after seeing an allergist he informed me that it was B2. Very weird!

My daughter is allergic to apples and it's actually harder to get around her allergy than mine. What makes allergies a pain in the A$$ to me, is that I LOATHE cooking, shopping and anything to do with food...well, other than eating what someone else makes me emoticon



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Hi guys! With me it is Dairy, Yeast, Gluten and Wheat.

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Thanks for the recommendation for Clean, Green and Lean. Haven't heard of it. Will have to check it out.

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From my experience and from my holistic doctors there are a few things you can do to minimize your food allergies..
1 - heal your gut. See a naturapath to do this
2 - detox - naturapath is ideal for this, too. Read Clean, Green, and Lean
3 - NAET www.naet.com/ or a similar treatment like this proprietary one - www.becomeallergyfree.com/

“This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge; folks, this ain't normal.”
― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain't Normal: A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World


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Hi, Corra!!! guess my food sensitivities aren't so all encompassing as yours. I should be thankful I don't have to worry about any fruits and only 2 veggies at this point.

As far as dietitians saying they can't help you....I think dietitians come with different degrees and perhaps you should try an allergist (a physician) and she/he may be able to find someone who can help you set up a diet plan. That is my 2 cents for what it is worth.



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Hi. i'm new to the group and it was nice to see i'm not alone where allergies are concerned.
my list, like some of you are extensive. Not all of my allergies are Anaphylactic at this point so i am careful to limit my exposure. i have seen 2 diaticions and both have told me they can't help me with a diet plan so i'm on my own. all things that are now anaphylatic are in capital letters. here it goes:
Food Allergies:
barley, garlic, BLACK PEPPER, BROCCOLI, onion, corn, cabbage, carrot, green & red peppers, lettuce, pea, string bean, tomato, lima bean, sesame seed,PUMPKIN, SPINACH, apple, apricot, banana, cantaloupe, cherry, KIWI, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, prune, raisin, beef, chicken, lamb, pork, VEAL, freshwater fish, oats, RYE, wheat, milk, chocolate, COFFEE, walnut, peanut, shellfish, cucumber.
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its simpler just to say every thing. i have had reactions to everything they tested me for. that test got me a free ride in an ambulance LOL



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I have 1 severe allergy to bee pollen and know I have to watch for it in teas and some "health foods." That is pretty easy to avoid, but was recently tested as IgG abnormal to 9 of the 25 most common allergies in the U.S.: whole eggs, green beans, cow's milk, wheat, soybean, onions, peanut, Baker's yeast and pork. It makes me wonder what I can eat for protein aside from fish and chicken. The reason I was tested is because I have been having difficulty losing weight and did notice a correlation with eating beef and not being able to lose weight (beef was not tested) and I am in need of losing about 90 lbs so my two knee replacements don't wear out too soon (like before I die) (I am almost 66).

I like to drink green smoothies and had been adding egg white powder or soy protein powder to make a "balanced" breakfast but guess I won't be doing that any more.

The other reason I thought I may have allergies is because I have hypothyroidism, degenerative arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, migraine headaches, bruxism and even ocular myasthenia gravis some of which are autoimmune disorders.

I haven't had my consult with the dietitian yet but it is this next Tuesday. Until then I am trying my best to avoid the 10 that aren't good for me and am wondering what in the world I CAN EAT!!!

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I am with you on the crackers. Trying to become a cook. Most foods in a box or bag seem to have allergens in it. I am where you are, bored with the choices. I hate to admit doing this, but have eaten something, known I will have a reaction, had hives and simply taken a benadryl. I know it is wrong,

I love quinoa, but have to consume it in moderation. I live on soy and am afraid that it will become an allergen. I have tried to rotate foods, but it is difficult to get in my protein. Also hear that a little soy is good, but not too much.

I take supplements daily, but found out at my last physical that I have pernicious anemia and really need to increase my B vitamins. Already take additional Bs. They believe it is linked to digestive problems caused by the allergies. I force myself to eat meat, but hate it. The allergist told me to stay away from chicken and pork. I question whether it could be the drugs they pump into them that I have a problem with. I am allergic to some antibiotics (severe allergy).

One thing that has worked for me has been buying organic when I can. I swell up from commercial raisins, but can eat organic (the ones without the coating on them).

As for the physician, maybe you can request that he refer you to an allergist. Not sure about insurance. My new plan covered it, but I had a deductable. It was worth it to me. I had continuous sinus infections, hives and intestinal problems.

I am by no means perfect with my diet. I started with the worst ones on the list and completely eliminated them. The others, well , I'm working on it. Should probably eliminate them all and then try and slowly bring them back. Although my favorites, crab and lobster, will never be in my diet again. I take that back, maybe as my last meal:) I mourn shellfish.

Flax may be good for us, but trying to eat right, exercising and feeding our souls does much more. I'll tell you when "I" get a handle on all of them!

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I don't know exactly what I'm going to do either. Prepared products that I search for that are gluten free oftentimes have flax, especially crackers. The Blue Diamond Almond crackers seem to be my 'go to' cracker...but that can get pretty boring...same with cold cereals..so I just kind of quit eating them.

I make my own oatmeal and quinoa flake concoction a lot of time in the a.m. I found a cracker recipe on the Sparks Recipe Page for gf people that I'd like to try. The only problem is that it didn't come with any nutritional guidelines.

Becuase of food allergies, I take a lot of supplements...such as: rice protein, Nanogreens, magnesium capsules, Vit B and B-12, and the list goes ON and ON.

I did the scratch test on both arms for everyday allergies, but he said he didn't do specific foods unless I suspected specific foods and that if I
did suspect, I should just stay away from them. How's that for an answer from a physician???? :-/

I've never heard of anyone else being allergic to flax. I'm not alone. I don't know what to think about it though since it is so good for you.

Thanks for answering me!

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Hi Ladysmithc

I am allergic to flax seed. My mouth swells and I get hives. My boyfriend and I started to add flax to our diets and I started having bad reactions. At my last allergy testing I found out that it was one of my worst allergens. Up there with shellfish, which now causes mouth and throat swelling and breathing problems. Unfortunately I am running into the same thing in regards to so many products containing flax. It is hot now and seems to be added to everything. I am having a hard time finding a bread product I can eat. I am allergic to wheat, rye, pumpernickel... Still searching.

I have a long list of food allergies and feel very frustrated and overwhelmed. Shopping has become a long process and trying to meet my nutritional needs is difficult.

BTW. Allergists do test for specific foods, animals, trees, weeds, grasses and more. I had the full test which was a long list. It is a scratch test. He then went back and tested some again on my arm. I was a walking hive after and took several days for it to subside.

K

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One other item:
Is ANYONE ALLERGIC or SENSITIVE to FLAX?
I can't seem to tolerate FLAX SEED (Gold or brown), nor the oil.
I swell in all of my joints and flax is in so much, especially a lot of my gluten free items :-(


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TO: KELLYRBFITZ
I went to an allergist to see if I was allergic to more than just a slight allergy to milk and gluten and he said he didn't test for particular foods. Are there drs that will test for particular foods? What kind of allergist will do this?
Do you have to tell them what you suspect?

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Hi,

Mine is Soy, and it was just figured out. I have been sick and in pain for many years and the doctors never could find out what was wrong. Just a month ago i have a severe reaction and I had to go to the hospital. Well, problem found!

Now my weight loss has been a lot easier. I dont even think about the foods I normally alway want, because I know how much pain i have been and i dont want a life of pain anymore. I am really thankful for this allergy, because i have high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, and very overweight to fix, and with no choices, i will get my health and life where I have always hoped it to be.

A little at a time goes a Long way.


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My allergy is NUTs of any kind. My reaction can and has put me in the hospital. LOL, one time I stopped breathing in the firestation dispatch office while I was working as a paramedic nothing like being knows as the medic that coded while talking to the chief all because he had ordered cashew chicken.

I found out about the tree nut allergy on prom day in high school. That was horrible, instead of having fun at prom I was stuck in the hospital.
Peanuts happened a few years later while I was at a baseball game. Although that reaction is not as severe as the tree nuts and I can generally get it to stop with some type of antihistamine or in a pinch chugging a coke (coke syrup is an antihistamine but is diluted with all the other stuff.)

Sunflower seeds are my weakness during baseball/softball season but I have to be careful. Anything shelled or ground in the same plant as nuts is enough to have me grabbing the epi pen.

Add that to the fact that I just plan ole do not like fish and that takes a huge chunk out of things I can eat on a diet. But like everything else in life you just learn to adjust or so I tell myself.



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Hey!

I'm allergic to onions, everyone in my family is. I am super sick for about 24 hours if I eat enough. Also, my reaction happens if I eat enough garlic.

I am lactose intolerant as well.

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hi all

I am allergic to whole wheat, EASY to find out , i just cannot keep it down

also i am allergic to metal get a bad rash everything i wear has to be gold it is getting
expensive on earing but i learn to be careful about them lol

I was allergic to many food in ;the past but took a series of needle for a couple years
those i find out when i join weight watche
i cannot eat food or milk made with soya because i am taking synthroid i have thyroid
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Hi Everybody, I cant have several things, Cow and goat milk, wheat, chicken, fish (except shrimp & Lobster) no sulphates, cantaloupe, oranges, chocolate, soy. Very difficult to stay away from things.

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Hi. I am allergic to soy. I found out it is a very easy allergen. I have been tested as gluten intolerant. I rebelled when i found out. Now i am 4 weeks clean and have a new perspective on the positive benefits. Pacobff (aka Lisa) virginia.

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I am allergic to all grains (such as wheat, rice, barley, corn) and potatoes. I had limited feeling/circulation in my feet by the time I figured out what was causing the problem. After 5 years of staying away from these foods I have both feeling and circulation back in my feet. I substitute buckwheat and quinoa for the grains I can't eat (buckwheat is from the same family as rhubarb) (grains are in the grass family). I miss all the foods I used to eat, but it is not worth the allergic reaction. emoticon

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When I was 14 or 15 I had a few weeks where I was getting very sick, I told my mom and we set an appointment with an allergist, the next day I woke up to my face and throat swollen and hives everywhere. We went immediately to the Pediatric Urgent care and all they could tell me was I has some food allergy. I went to an allergist who told me I was not testing allergic to anything so it must be psychosomatic. I went into anaphylactic shock 4 times in the next month and the Doctor ran another test. I came up with 14 food allergies on top of the medicine and bee allergy I already had.
I spent the next two or more years with Doctors telling me different things were the cause of my problems. Originally it was Wheat, Eggs, fresh milk, any dried seeds or beans, and a sensitivity to tree nuts. by 17 (my last allergy test) They had determined I was allergic to Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachios, cashews along with a list of less common nuts, also ginger (fresh or pickled), and a sensitivity to all other nuts (except almonds) and honey.
I was told that it was uncommon but possible to develop allergies at puberty and to lose or change them after I had stopped growing.
I have been very careful with foods that contain anything I am allergic to and my family and friends also have to use caution. Recently I had a big out break of hives because we visited family and the table wasn't washed well enough after someone at pistachios. My Father had to explain to my 90year old Aunt that just because we can't see the oil doesn't mean it isn't there.
I had a hard time adjusting to losing peanuts because they were my main protein source for a long time (which could have influenced my development of the allergy.) Now it is just normal. I can't eat certain things, and I'll never visit some restaurants. The hardest thing is that other people in my life have to be so careful. It's really hard to explain to a 3 year old that she can't be hugged or held, if she eats her favorite meal,because it could kill someone.

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Hi everyone! I am new to the group and semi-new to the site (I've been attempting to get on it regularly for years.) I gained over 75 pounds in college due to unhealthy eating habits, medication with known weight gain as a side effect (depo provera, beware- it's true!), and inactivity. My post-graduation goal for myself is to get back to near my pre-college weight of 136 lbs.

Anyway, I've had a nice little helper the past two months- and that's my newfound peanut and tree nut allergy. As a vegetarian, I definitely ate a TON of peanuts, tree nuts, PB+J, trail mix, etc. and just justified it by saying I was getting my protein. One day out of the blue my mouth began swelling up after eating Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. From there it only got worse and spread to just touching anything peanut or tree nut. Now even things that are manufactured in factories w/ peanuts/tree nuts are setting me off. Blech! Haven't had to use the Epi-Pen because Benadryl is so far working fine, but as someone new to this thing it's kind of scary.

I've always had problems but nothing with food. Especially a food which I feel is in everything! I'm also allergic to a LOT of medications and have environmental/seasonal triggers. I'm also pretty heavily allergic to cat dander in terms of shortness of breath, wheezing, itching, etc. I feel like the last year or so everything has escalated. I need to check labels constantly, call friends and check on their pet situations, and worry about seasonal/environmental triggers. Anytime I forget my Epi or Benadryl at home I'm afraid something will go crazy and I'll need it. I guess I'm still adjusting and avoiding- not really cooking or working around it. Maybe I'll pick up some tips here. I guess on the positive side it really is helping the weight loss since I'm not feasting on peanuts all the time anymore!!

Anyway, sorry to write a novel- I guess now that I don't have essays to write I resort to writing essays on message boards : )

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ok i can't eat any citrus fruits, dairy, chicken and eggs. i just avoid them. but sometimes, all i want is one small block of milk chocolate!

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oranges, kiwi fruit (almost kills me- I swell up like a puffer fish), soya also does nasty stuff to my stomach, very acidy tomatoes give me hives under my arms and bananas give me hairy throat syndrome and GERD like straight out of hell..

adjust? don't touch them were possible with a 10 foot pole.. lol..


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I'm sensitive to dairy. I wouldn't say allergic, but I know I've had too much dairy when my skin starts to break out.

My true test was when I went away to boot camp, and the only thing I was allowed to use to keep my skin healthy was a bottle of Cetaphil. Other than that, I was armed with the foods I ate in the galley. I stayed away from dairy almost completely for 9 weeks, and my skin was the best it had ever been. When I reintroduced plain old Greek yogurt, within two weeks I was breaking out as bad as ever, and as soon as I stopped eating it, the inflammation went down. If I could be perfect, my skin would be awesome, but outside of a very controlled cooking environment like boot camp was, it's extremely difficult.

I generally don't miss dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and milk, but I do keep a carton of coconut milk in my refrigerator to put in my coffee in the morning, and I use either Earth Balance Coconut Spread when the cooking calls for butter or, if it's just high heat, a little bit of coconut oil. There are enough dark chocolates out there with no dairy in them that I can have a treat without feeling deprived, and if I need some ice cream, there are coconut versions of that, too.

Okay, obviously I love my coconut products, but part of the reason that I choose them is because they are less processed than a lot of the soy products and some of the nut products, and I don't digest nuts easily. So I'm a coconut-a-holic for a reason!

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Food intolerances/allergies include eggs, yeast. gluten, casein, whey, lime, cantaloupe, honey dew melon, most beans, cranberries, and brussel sprouts. Because of the yeast issue I have to avoid sugar, chocolate, any fermented foods (vinegar, black tea, coffee, etc.)

I'm hoping that after following a strict diet for 6 months to a year, I can try reintroducing foods into my system after my gut/intestines heal. It is VERY difficult eating this way.

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wheat and dairy. I eat a lot of gluten free foods. My children are both cross country runners and eat a lot of pasta. I compensate by eating a lot of rice with their sauce.


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Hi, I'm new to this group and I wouldn't say that I necessarily have an allergy but more like a condition. Due to multiple kidney stones developing in both my kidneys, I have been placed on a low-oxalate diet. Many of the foods I love to eat are now off limit. I can't have wheat, soy, many vegetables, nuts, potatoes and a whole list of other things. I try to follow a gluten free diet, but need to make sure that the gluten free products don't have soy as a substitute. I have always struggled with my weight and hope that I can motivate myself enough with this new diet change to also finally take many much needed pounds off.

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I'm allergic to coconut. I check the chocolate labels to see if there is any form of coconut in it. It's quite hard because this allergy started up not that long ago. I've also been allergic to green beans all my life. My parents told me when I was a baby I would get incredibly sick when I would eat them. I tried them again recently and I got sick again. I avoid buying any frozen veggies with green beans in them or eat any dish that has green beans.

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Hi guys!

I feel like a weenie complaining about dairy and wheat intolerances. With IBS, mostly everything upsets your stomach anyway but eliminating those two things have helped more than anything else. I used to blow up like a zepplin and now I'm human again. Almond milk is actually cheaper and healthier so I am happy to make that switch. I don't do too much soy because I am in perimenopause and it can take as little as two 8 ounce servings a day to change your hormonal balance. Wheat is of the devil. lol

I feel badly for those of you who have the long list of allergies. Poor babies! emoticon

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10/3/11 10:43 A

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I am not allergic to anything but I do have celiac disease. No gluten for me. I was diagnosed in June of this year and since being gluten free I feel so much better! I have a couple of other tummy issues but we haven't figured them out yet. They thought it was diverticulosis but there were not indication of clear pockets on the CT scan so we're back to the drawing board!

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9/29/11 1:14 P

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Hi I am Lactose Intolerant but it is just on the borderline of being an actual allergy. I can eat products made with dairy but it does not always do nice things.

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My daughter is allergic to eggs and chicken. I did not know you could be allergic to chicken but it makes sense if your allergic to eggs also. We get a lot of "looks" when we go out. She is also lactose intolerant. She can not eat hot lunch at school and we have to bring our own food almost everywhere she goes. We check labels on everything, often.

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9/25/11 7:35 P

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Hi all! I am allergic to milk( not intolerant), nuts, fresh vegetables and fresh fruits,soy.

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Hi. I'm new to this board and after years of believing that I had an intolerance to dairy, wheat and about 50 other foods (I was muscle tested for these), I found out after getting a special blood test that I am "allergic" to only 7 items which usually cause severe intestinal cramping and digestive problems. The first 4 items on the list I am highly allergic to, the last 3 only cause issues when I consume large or constant amounts of them.

Kidney beans
Lima beans
Pinto beans
GARLIC
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Bananas
Honey
Pineapple

I also have intolerances to all melons and try to avoid cow dairy and gluten to assist with my weight loss.

Anyone else here have an allergy to garlic?? I noticed that once I gave it up, years of digestive issues came to a complete stop. The only trick is that it makes eating out very challenging as restaurants like to put garlic in everything!


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9/14/11 6:33 A

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I am allergic to milk, nuts, bananas, eggs,strawberries,corn,fish and probably more but those are the ones I know for sure.

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My food allergies are *deep breath*, you ready for this?...

Potassium Nitrate
Aspartame
Lecithin
Splenda
Nutra-sweet
Whey
American Cheese
(Actually, I am lactose intolerant but actually allergic to the last two)
Ginger
Lemon
Paprika
Turmeric
Vanilla
Carob
Orange
Peach
Pineapple
Strawberry
Watermelon
Banana
Plum
Grapefruit
White Potato
Spinach
Tomato
Beet
Green Pepper
String Bean
White corn
Yellow corn
Blue corn
Rice
Rye
Wheat
Spelt
Kamut
Catfish
Scallop
Tuna
Sole
Salmon
Lamb (the nutritionist says this is rare!)
Pork
Turkey
Tea
Peanut
Sunflower
Pistachio
Pinto
Soybean
Lactose intolerant
Gluten intolerant

My kids have 32 and 26 food allergies. You should see me trying to fix a meal LOL (I have to laugh!)

First, I remind myself every day that it could be worse. I could be on a peg-tube and unable to eat at all. I remind myself daily of all the foods I CAN eat and keep a snack list nearby.

I try different dishes to shake things up but mostly all my food is homemade and so are my kid's foods.

I have to see a dietitian every so often to make sure I am staying healthy and she has been a godsend of information and support.

I have learned that when I eat out, take my own creamer and salad dressing. I am learning to just enjoy the fact that food is life... the better it tastes makes it a bonus!

Enjoy the good food! Savor every bite! One day I may not be able to and I seriously need to live with that fact.

Another way I cope gets me dubbed the weirdo LOL. I LOVE to smell other people's foods. Assuming it doesn't have something that I can't be around at all, like oranges. If it's a safe to smell food, I inhale deeply. When I do, I can taste it in my mouth. It's like aromatherapy!

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Coconuts.
I read all the "chocolate" ingredients to make sure there isn't any coconuts, &/or coconut oil.
If I do tend to eat a good amount of either, my tongue swells up, if I catch it before I swallow then my throat doesn't swell. So luckily I haven't had that problem lately. The last time I had a huge issue was when I was in high school.

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I am new to this Team and was glad to see a group for food allergies. I've suffered from tree nut allergies all of my life. I didn't have a severe aniphylactic reaction until I was in college... but have had about 5 sesne. I'm typically SO GOOD about reading labels and such, and whenever I eat a nut it's always over some silly reason. Eatting a cookie offered to me by someone who has known me my entire life and is quite aware of my allergies! My question to others... if you have severe tree nut allergies have you ever been able (or heard of anyone) able to eat almonds? I've "accidentally" consumed almonds in the past without reaction. I was recently retested for allergies by my allergist, but told them NOT to do the nut scratches as I already knew my reaction would be severe. Nice to meet you all! Amy

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I am new to the forum, so hello everyone! I always had medicinal allergies as a kid but did not get any food allergies until adulthood. My food allergy list is:

Nightshades
- Tomato
- Peppers (of any kind, spiciness doesn't matter)
- Eggplant
- White potato
Avocado
Eggs
Shellfish
Milk (intolerance, not an allergic reaction, though)

The avocado and tomato allergies were the first to show up. Apparently they are related to my latex allergy, as they all have similar tropical-ish protein structures. I'm completely unsure on the science behind it, just know that I can't eat the items above anymore! The nice thing is, though, that sometimes when I go back and try something I shouldn't eat, it doesn't taste good anymore. Must be something about a swollen tongue that makes foods taste "off" :-)

I'm wondering if there is a way to exclude certain items from this site's suggested foods in the meal plans? I think nightshades are some of the most common diet foods out there, because they're delicious and so flavorful, and being able to automatically exclude them from the database feeding my meal plans would be very helpful.

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7/14/11 11:59 A

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I myself am allergic to dairy in any form, finally got it sorted out in November, which made for a hard holiday season, being new to the no dairy no matter what routine. Being only 7 months in I will still slip up once in a while especially when stressed to the max. But I'm learning and getting better about it all the time. I was raised lacto vegetarian, and by choice stayed a lacto/ovo vegetarian when I left home, and now eat mostly ovo vegetarian, slowly sliding towards mostly vegan, very slowly at a glacial speed, may never go full vegan, lol.
(side note, of my cousins we all have dairy allergies in one shape or another, which has driven my poor grandma up a tree, reason - her dad was a dairy farmer back in the early 1900's (1920 - 1940+).)

Meal planning can be something of a challenge around here do to all of the different needs, allergies, and other health issues. One thing I learned how to do a long time ago was deconstructed meals, it really makes meal time go smoother and everyone can take what they need want without worries of food caused sickness.

Causes behind challenges:
Hubby, severe migraines diagnosed at age12, can not have msg, soy, nuts in any large amounts, when possible we avoid them altogether for him.
Teen Son, about to fly the nest, diabetic and allergic to tomato's, so if we are having pasta I make a tomato sauce and an alfredo sauce (sometimes I'll serve a pesto for everyone).
Teen Daughter, has a milder intolerance to tomato than her brother, and loves tomato sauce and salsa, so getting her to see the need to walk away from the tomato is hard. Every once in a while she forgets and eats to much and makes herself sick. I'm thinking there might be some other food allergies/issues for her, but getting a 16 year old to try an elimination diet and then stay away from foods that make her sick ........ nasa will get a manned station on mars first,lol.
Eldest daughter, flown the nest and on her own, shares my dairy issues.

In September I want to talk to hubby about all of us (me, him, and teen daughter) doing an elimination diet to sort out once and for all what each and everyone of us can and can not safely eat. This is my way of sneaking under teen daughters parental nagging radar.

One thing I have noticed is that making our own foods from scratch really helps. When I make meals I make enough for that meal and 2 lunches for the next day, before we sit down to eat I pack hubby's and my lunches.

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I don't use spark peoples food plans in the food tracker. I tried once, and while I liked some of their suggestions I was finding that I spend more time making changes to their plan to adjust for what I can/cannot have and what I have in the house than if I just use it to log the food I do eat, and learn to portion my food and plan my meals for the nutrients/calories I need. It felt very freeing and more about me making healthy choices and less like being on a diet ( a word I detest), and has made it easier for me to stay on track even on the day's when I forget to log my food.

Edited by: MGARREN at: 7/14/2011 (12:07)
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It seems that if it is healthy -- I can't eat it. I am allergic to leafy vegitables (spinach, lettuce, cabbage, brussel sprouts, celery, etc.) and to fish (cod, tilapia, etc.) The leaves have been a life-long issue but the fish is new in the last 3 years after I tried taking Omega-3 supplements (which I have stopped). I am looking for alternatives to balance my diet and make losing weight without these most basic foods possible.

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My list of allergies which cause an anaphylactic reaction are

nuts
shellfish
celery
vitamins

I can eat dairy but I have so many problems afterwards of being so congested I have quit eating it all together and have switched to soy. I am allergic to corn. Just recently I have decided to go back to eating a vegetarian diet, no wheat either to see if that will help with my allergies because some days it seems I break out in hives for no reason. I make my own food as much as possible.


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Let's try this again...

List of ingredients that contain milk
http://www.godairyfree.org/Food-to-Eat/F
ood-Label-Info/Dairy-Ingredient-List.html

List of foods/ingredients that contain tree nuts
http://www.foodallergygourmet.com/Food%2
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