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My dad called me the other day to tell me about the ALCAT test. Can anyone tell me more about it? I looked on the web. Sounds expensive. Wondering if insurance covers it.

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Great to see sum new topics on here is good for us all the hear of the kind of problems we all have and how we can work them out .
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I'm sorry to hear that, Ctupton. :( Have you tried a topical cream on the rash yet? Like Desitin or a cortaid type cream? Of course it won't actually help the problem, but it may help relieve the symptoms. Keep us posted on how that is going for you!

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Chest rash has appeared. This is a new one for me. I am suspecting the tiny bits of jalopeno peppers in a cheese I bought. I hope that is it because I don't normally eat that. I got it by mistake. Today is the 3rd day with the rash. I went out and bought liquid Benedryl to have in the house. Our nurse at school lectured to the whole staff and advised us to keep it available, especially for severe reactions. Her (grown)daughter saved her own life by doing that. Liquid works more quickly than a pill . It gives you enough time to get to the emergency room. I mentioned it to the store clerk and she said she in fact had an allergy attack the evening before. She was having trouble breathing--but she just stayed home and waited for it to go away. She also said she is allergic to many things. I sure hope she get some Benedryl! Chris

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Tell me about it. I've had to take up to 20 tablets a day and I've adjusted, thankfully now it is less, but one the days when I am having a really hard time getting them down (which occasionally happens) I use some juice to help me swallow 'em. Works for kids and it works for me! ;)

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Yes i got meself a calcium one too ( i hate taking tablets)

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I hope that helps you! It really has made a difference for me, but I know that every body is unique.

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Got meslef some vitamin b like you suggested so will see what they do for me and my future with my hands etc.
I have over the yeas found alturnitives to most of the foods i cant have .

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Well, thanks for being ready listeners! ;)
I've done a lot of research from when I was in my teens because my younger brother was born with allergies and then my older sister became ill when I was preteen and gradually her symptoms began showing up in me. Besides my own issues, now my nephew and three of my nieces (all four in the same fam) are allergic to milk and tomatoes, severely, but not in a life-threatening way.
So I've learned a lot and it has pretty much been a part of my life since I was a kid.
One interesting thing that my ENT Dr. told me about ten years ago was that allergies often go in cycles. So you may have a lot of problems for ten or eight or fifteen years and then do better for a similar time period. This has certainly seemed true for my sister, she was really ill for about 15 years and now the last 3-4 she is doing much better, still has allergies, but she's able to live a relatively normal life.

I hope that things get better for you Ellie! Canada is a miserable place for that. I lived in Alberta and Saskatchewan for a few years so I am well aware of what winters are like there. My sypmathies, but hang in there, spring will come! And maybe it is just a reaction showing that your body is under stress in different areas.

Maple Granola sounds good! Send me some! :D


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Hi!
It is so nice to talk with other people with allergies (I know I don't have many compared to others) it just isn't the same talking to other people about it.

The Dr has decided I have Cold Urticaria.
(meaning cold hives).

Thanks Wanderr for all the information. It is interesting to learn all of this even if it doesn't always pertain to me. I love to learn more about all kinds of things and I find you can learn a lot from people who have been through different experiences. Better than from a book.
The weather here is much better and I have just returned from a couple of hours at the gym and then I took my daughters dogs out for an hour walk. It was great.

I have to go and make some Maple Granola. I will see how I like it.

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Wanderr dont say sorry for posting long posts its just what we are after lots of infomation to help us deal with our allergies.

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Dairy has been a problem for me in the past and for a couple of years I switched to soy and rice products, until I became allergic to those too. :P Now I can handle some dairy every day, primarily because of the supplements I am taking.

The cold rash is interesting. I have had an itchy rash-type thing from being in the cold before, but always assumed it was just the extremes and blood flowing. Usually it was just on my legs though.
It does sound like it is more than just the cold, esp. if it doesn't happen all the time. Have you thought about what you were wearing when it happened or didn't happen? I know that for me nylon can cause problems, but of course typically in winter the auto-reflex is to put tights or nylons on. Or possibly something that you've eaten? If it is specifically exercise related, exercise does get your blood flowing and that can bring different toxins out of your body into the blood more than usual. Although in my experience it is typically the opposite, exercise helps a bad reaction to move through my body quicker and I get over it quicker.
Keep working on it. Even if you don't fully figure it out, figure out how to manage it. Like at the first sign take an allergy pill or a shower or whatever helps. Allergies often change from year to year and even month to month and there are so many things that can interact and influence them.
However, one thing that you can tell your doc is that allergies can only be to proteins (living or once living things--you can't be allergic to a rock--that would be a chemical sensitivity; this seemed like a trivial difference of terms to me until I discovered that my allergies would respond to allergy meds, but chemical sensitivities won't and they are quite different in how I go about getting rid of them). So you cannot be "allergic" to the cold; neither can you be "chemically sensitive" to the cold. There is something else in your body causing this reaction. It just happens that being in the cold brings out that reaction, perhaps hormones change in your body or something is released to help you warm up that your body doesn't like or something.

Oops, sorry for the long post again. I can get really into this stuff since I don't normally talk about it in my life because people aren't really interested or just think I'm another health nut or tree hugger (which I am sooo not, but circumstances are changing me!).

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Thanks Wanderr for your post, it was very interesting. I have some mild food allergies but the dairy is my main one.

I have just developed and allergy when I exercise in the cold I develop a rash & hives from head to toes, and have trouble breathing, I live in Ontario, Canada so we have cold winters. My Dr. says it is not the exercise it is the cold, the hospital says it is the exercise enduced from the cold and the other day I was told by the owner of the gym I belong to that there are three things that set that off. The body core temperature rising too high, followed by the cold and some other trigger. Her other trigger is ASA, Advil or on of those types of drugs. Who knows.
The Dr. says if it happens more often I will have to take an allergy pill before going outside in the cold. I think there is more to it than just the cold, it doesn't happen enough for that.

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Thanks for your nice long post full of interesting things to think about. It makes you think about how you live your life and the quailty of your life.

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It's been interesting reading the posts. I've struggled with allergies for maybe 15 or more years. Actually, they started when I was a kid, but the food allergies didn't really kick in until I was in my later teens.
I don't have any anaphylactic reactions, but if I eat too much of anything I'll have an allergic reaction to it. Generally my allergic reactions are towards chronic fatigue, nasty taste in my mouth and occasionally hives or migraines.
I rotate what I eat, but not strictly. I've learned over time just to listen to my body really well. If I really crave something chances are I need a nutrient in it (okay, not the chocolate and coke, I was thinking more like spinach or sweet potatoes) and I let myself eat it several times over the period of a couple of weeks. But, in the same vein, if for some reason I get turned off a food, like milk or tomatoes or meat, I don't make myself eat it, even if it is just going to rot in the fridge.

I have also gone on a no sugar diet for six months when I was younger and that did seem to help some, but not enough. Now I take probiotics twice a day, an antihistamine every day, and another herbal supplement every day. Plus vitamins. I have to drink only reversed osmosis water or I get ill; I can't handle the minerals in normal water, esp. from a well.

There is a lot to think about with allergies. Often they interrelate with other things going on in our bodies. I herniated a disk in my back five years ago and my allergies promptly went through the roof! I've also had big problems because of stress. I run two air purifiers in my apartment at all times and one in my office. If any of them are off for even a few hours I begin to feel it (even though I don't usually know they are off, since I never turn them off).
I also have chemical sensitivities so I've switched to natural, fragrance free, personal products and actually have someone come in and clean for me because I don't generally have the energy to and I can't get the natural cleaning agents here that are available in the US and other western countries. Although I am gradually switching to vinegar and soda.
Also, if you are having hives or itchiness a lot, think about what detergent, soap and shampoo you are using. All three of those can literally make me itch myself raw.

A lot of food allergy symptoms can be related to other things and if your body is on overload you need to think about doing a complete overhaul of your lifestyle, not just foods!

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Eating for your allergies now thats an interesting one ?
I just know that if i dont stay off the things i am allergic to i am in trouble.and mine is instant.

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watch out for red wine some is clarified with eggs
just so you know.
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I am on the same testing/diet as WCARTIST. The test is from ALCAT (which can be reviewed on the web). My sisters had severe allergic reactions when they were younger, and went to a holistic doctor who ran this test. It checks for food "intolerances" which are reactions that happen on a cellular level, after the initial IgE reaction, which is the classic "allergy" reaction. I don't get hives and tonsillitis like my sisters, but I have chronic fatigue, black circles under my eyes, and a thyroid that is "subclinically" hypothyroid.

My severe intolerances are Onions (waaah!!!)Spinach (YAY!!) and Egg, and should be avoided for 6 months or more to decrease sensitivity. My moderate intolerances are basil, black pepper, soy, yeast, all grain except rice and corn, milk, and anything else fun, and are to be avoided for 8-16 weeks, and gradually rotated in, checking for symptoms. I can eat most vegetables, all meats, and most fruits with impunity. And I can still have RED WINE!!!! That is SOOO important!

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Hi all,
I'm new to this forum and don't have a specific allergy that has been identified. I began breaking out in hives in February and they've really not stopped since then.
I'm exploring the possibility that although I am not allergic to any specific foods that I may have an intolerance to one or many. Allergist is baffled and right now wants to put me on another medication. I am exploring if accupuncture can help instead. I'm on a powerful steriod to keep the hives at bay and my main goal is to get off it because it's made me gain about 20 pounds since February.
Anyone else out there experienced or experiencing the same?

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hi all i just joined. I started having problems 2 weeks ago a sudden rash and hives itching everywhere.
i go to an allergist tomorrow for the first time as the antihistamines are only making it bearable not better. Any questions i should ask?
I ate lime, cilantro and strawberries yesterday among other things (i know for sure i have had those a couple times last two weeks)and felt worse (was on the antihistamines at the time) and got all red and itchy and sneezy with runny nose. not sure if it is food allergies or other things.
any and all suggestions would be helpful
itchy uncomfortable
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I have a health food store that I shop at and they have bread, hamburger buns and bagels made from millet and rice flour. It's not as good as regular bread, but it's better than no bread. And once they're toasted, you really can't tell much difference. I'm not allergic to soy, but found the easiest way to avoid my allergens is to eat clean, no processed foods, except for the breads I mentioned and allergen free rice cereal. Everything else I've been making from scratch.

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Hi I just got my prescription re-filled (allergra D) and my inhaler so I hope until I start feeeling the effects from eating better I will feel better from the allergy medicine.
I must be completly addicted to wheat and yeast as I do crave them and I am definietly allergic to it.....
Thanks for all your support!

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EBBERR, Are you feeling any better?

I guess my mood did improve, not beating my body up with allergens makes it much happier (& me too!)

I remember reading an article about our bodies craving what is not good for it-food addictions, like others, take time to get out of our systems. emoticon

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do you find your mood has improved too since changing your diet? I am having a heck of a hard time staying away from gluten products and soy!

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Thanks for the link!!

I feel so much better since I have stopped eating the foods I am most allergic too! Shopping has become easier, my menus are planned & I know what I need!! emoticon

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This is the responsibility of thought - to choose wisely.
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Hi I just found this website and found it intersting and wanted to share with you all.
http://www.parentsofallergicchildren.org
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I can't go to very many restaurants. Having a garlic allergy makes it difficult to find a place to eat. But I have found a couple of places. We never travel so I don't have to worry too much about finding a place in a strange town.

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There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and you hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.-Wm James

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Lisa, good luck with your new Dr., finding the right one is such a help!

I was traveling over the weekend, what a pain eating out is!! But I did it & feel pretty good. I find that if we don't stop during normal meal times, the waitresses are much more cooperative, they aren't so busy & don't mind all the questions.

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Use it well.

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I am on my fourth allergy doc. Actually, the one I have now is the only one that found my food allergies. I'm going to have to push for environmental allergy tests. I know there has to be more going on than food.

Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead...
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There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and you hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.-Wm James

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Lisa,
I would look into a new doctor.. do you have other doctors that could do some testing.. I would think you could have testing done whether you are having a break out or not. I have the breathing problems and other signs and I think it is all realated to food and other allergins. It may help your peace of mind just to know what you may be allergic to.

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Hi, everyone.
I hope everyone is feeling good and doing well.

Erin, I was reading what you wrote and I think I need to get tested for things other than food. I continue to have a headache daily and I can't take anything for it. I also have bad chest pains associated with reflux or something. I'm being careful with food, so I think it's something else. My allergy doc says I can't be tested while I'm having symptoms (hives). I think I may need a new doc!!
Well, I'm at work, so I gotta run.

Lisa

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Hi Erin:
The picture, I know you have to look close is a hummingbird feeder with a hummingbird, wings going, feeding on it. It was taken in our backyard.

I have a big problem with any dairy products. So I just stay away from them. It is not an allergy, it affects my digestion. I also have problems eating out if I have not been at the restaurant before. Some places put a lot of additives and it also affects my digestion, within l/2 hr after eating I don't know what might happen. I have learned to live with it. I have had some embarrassing moments.


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no not at all, I don't mind :) do you have food allergies too along with your husbnad?
I do have a question.. what is your picture of ? I was thinking it was a christmas tree stand... :)

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Erin, thanks for the info.
I am really interested in finding out different things like this. I hope you don't mind the questions.

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Ellie,
Hi I don't know about food allergies running in my family but I know my mom had really bad asthma and was severly allergic to mold and my father and siblings are allergic to outdoor and indoor allergies. I don't think anyone has been tested for food. I guess I am the lucky one in the family :) I should tell them to get tested as well. I was told by my doctor that doing the shots will be good when I get pregnant and have children as it will strengthen the immune system and may make them less allergic to things so that could help. I don't know what triggered. Honestly up to a few years ago I was fine no food allergies (or at least I didn't know) and then I did the testing and found out I was severly allergic to peanuts, shellfish and soy.. and now a nother big one is eggs (I was told I can have eggs in things but not eat just an egg)

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Erin, does any of this run in your family?
I know my husband has the nut allergy but luckily none of our 3 children have it. It is hard to understand what triggers it.

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HI thanks for asking..
I like our small group, this is defintlty one of my favorites!!! You all are great.
well do the rest of the testing this coming wednsday.
now allergic to wheat, eggs, soy, oranges,shellfish,yeast,peanuts... And we are going to test more on weds. she said I was testing so bad on some things she said my back was all swollen. She said I was the most allergic to dust mites she has seen ( I know not food but she tested for everything)
thanks for asking..

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hi i am not allergic to cashews but I wanted to see if it is okay... you are okay eating it?

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You might check with your Dr. to make sure they will be ok for you. I'm allergic to peanuts also & don't have any trouble with cashews or cashew butter. Just make sure it's made in a facility that doesn't process peanuts also.

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Hi everyone...
is anyone else allergic to peanuts?? I have found out 3 years ago and miss peanut butter.. today i was at the grocery store and noticed a cashew butter... I was wondering if it is safe and if anyone heard of it.

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I usually find info on the web about avoiding foods that yeast thrive on. I know it definitely likes simple sugars.

I am considering getting a skin test also. My allergy doctor said it would be useless because I am still breaking out a little. I'm avoiding the foods they said to avoid and then some, but I'm still having problems. I'm beginning to think it's environmental as well as food and possibly yeast.
This is sooooo frustrating.
I do have to look on the bright side. I lost 10 lbs in two weeks and I do feel better, if not great.

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I think it is called RAST, it is the skin testing.. they put a little bit of allergen in the needle and then see how your skin reacts. I highly recommend asking your doctor about the testing. I went to my Ear Nose and Throat and went for allergy testing.
I go back on Wednesday and can get more information for you..

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Erin what is a RAST test. I am only have a problem with milk. Never tested. My husband has a nut allergy
don't know if he has really been tested. It has been 50 yrs that he has had that problem. Probably didn't test back then.

I am interested to know and learn able everything you are going through. It helps others to understand and get a better understanding of other problems.

I wonder if all the immunization they do is hurting rather than helping. My hd had asthma more as a child but once he had the measles it seemed to be a little better. His mother had heard the same thing from other mothers back then.

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the yeast diet sounds interesting... where did you hear about it?
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Ebberr, I'm sorry to hear that you have more food problems. I've been reading about yeast overgrowth causing food allergies. I'm thinking about going on a diet to help get yeast in check, but you can't eat any type of sugar at all. I'm allergic to sugar, but I can eat fruit. The yeast allergy diet cuts out all fruit as well as sugar. That might be a little tough.

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I haven't been on for a couple of days. I've had a bad headache and some hives again. I had to start my rotation over. Now, I'm eating just one kind of fruit for breakfast, one kind of vegetable for lunch, and one kind of protein for dinner for one week. Then I'll add one different kind of food each day. I have a feeling that it's chicken or sweet potatoes that set off this last attack. That will bum me out. So, other than that, all's well. How is everyone else?

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How is everyone doing?

I'm trying to get ready to do some traveling, so I need to go through clothes & figure out what I can & can't take on an airline. I need to look at my books to find a packing list.

Greatest challenge is food of coarse, any suggestions? emoticon

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hi everyone..
Got my RAST test done today!!!!! And some new major food allergies... I am annoyed and bummed. So now it is: Eggs, shellfish, peanuts, soy, oats, wheat, yeast, oranges... I get more testing this week so hopefuly no more foods found... I amupset about this but I guess better found than not... but I will get a rotation/ elimination diet from the allergist remade this next week

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no but that would be great.. let me know if you learn anything about it. I would definititley give it a try

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I was at the web site today because I saw ad for gluten-free oats. I requested a catalog.

I have a question since I'm pretty new at this. Have any of you heard of Bioset? It's an acupuncture treatment for food sensitivities and allergies. I'm intrigued, but I'd like to know more.

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I have never heard of that one before. I'll have to check out the website and see what it is about. I pretty much just avoid flour. Since I haven't come across a bread that I can eat yet, it is a bit easier. One of these days I need to attempt to make my own bread though.

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Hi everyone I was at the grocery store today and was looking in the flour department (not whole foods just the local Publix) and saw this flour called bobs red mill. I was wondering if any one has bought it, or used it before. I didn't buy any but I was just wondering if it is worth it. I am attaching the website of the flour company. http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten_free_inf
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Also is it better to just buy all the different flours and mix it yourself?
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Just a quick hello!

I hope you are all making out well with all of your rotations of foods. It must be very difficult. It will help in the long run, but very hard at the moment.

Good luck to everyone! Stay strong! emoticon

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I'm having trouble not eating the same food every four days. It's frustrating. I think I'm having a problem with corn. That wasn't on my list of harmful foods, but three times I've broken out in hives after eating corn or corn products. I just bought cornmeal for cornbread muffins. I guess I'll have to make them for everyone else.

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I know that is the hardest part. I re-started my rotation/elimination diet this week. And the hardest part is eating the food i never heard or or never really tried before. I have written all my food by days out and have it taped about 6x4 on the side of my fridge as a reminder of what i can eat that day. I also figure it will make grocery shopping easier too.



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I'm on a rotation diet, also. I made a chart from posterboard and hung it where I can see it to plan my meals. My diet also only lists food that I am not allergic to. I am not to eat the allergy causing foods. I have to rotate every four days. The most difficult part is eating things I've never even considered before. I hope to learn to like them.

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My diet would be extremely limited if I left out all the foods I am allergic to!! That would leave blueberries, that's the only one.

I am really looking forward to feeling better, so I am approaching this change with a positive attitude. I know I can do this & I am grateful to finally know what is causing most of my symptoms!! emoticon
I don't have any anaphylactic reactions, so I am including the foods that didn't cause a high IgG antibody response, that still severely limits what I can eat. The only food groups I have to totally eliminate are lentils, fish & corn. emoticon

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Now that sounds like the intelligent way to go about a rotation diet! I really like my naturopth but she just gave me a generic rotation eating plan and told me to leave out the foods that I am anaphylactic to (barley, wheat, spelt, kamut, all nuts, peanuts, seeds - poppy sesame, sunflower etc). The rotations was heavily weighted with barley, nuts and seeds so it really didn't work for me. The purpose was to deal with intolerances to corn, rice and specific vegetables and fruits which would have been nice if the other food fit my needs. Perhaps I'll try to ask her to get me a better plan, but I do feel better with what I've changed so far.

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On my rotation diet it is only foods I am not allergic to. None of the other foods are in the rotation at all. Eventually if I want to i could try one thing at a time like something with wheat in it, wait a few days and then see How it is.. never anything with shell fish or peanuts as I don't feel like being rushed to the hospital just incase :)...
but the rotation diet my doctor ordered is rotating different foods so that i won't become allergic to those too.

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I've been supposedly on a rotation diet for the past month, I say supposedly because the diet my naturopath provided had about 50% foods that i know I am allergic to and it was heavily based on foods I am anaphylactic to so it didn't seem possible to me. What I have done is the probiotics she recommended, cut out sugar, salt, alcohol and dairy and so far I am feeling fantastic, she felt that dairy was the underlying allergy for me affecting my non anaphylactic reactions (I was tested to be certain of the dairy). What I do know is that I feel great right now and I've had very few minor reactions lately and that is a step in the right direction for me :) I will keep up with the clean eating principles of the diet but I won't mess around with foods I know I can't eat.

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I can fax it to you if you would like.
Just send me a "spark mail" and I will fax you the diet I have tomorrow. I think it will be helpful.

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Welcome to the team, If you have any tips on a rotation diet, I'd appreciate them. I have my menu written out, but with anything new, it's taking a while to adjust.

I haven't talked to anyone else that was on a rotation diet also. My Naturopath suggested it & I am trying to get the hang of it.



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HI.
I was on the rotation diet and actually was supposed to be on it for about a year but after 6 months I kind of stopped..
I actualy ahve it posted on my fridge and at first it was dreadful trying to figure out what to eat but then I got used to it.
On certain days you eat certain things for instance Monday and Saturday are the same foods and tuesday and sunday and so on. You can not have anything you eat on Monday on Tuesday unless you substitue. if you are on a rotation diet it is best for your allergist or doctor to put what you can and can not have on it.
I am allergic to soy, peanusts, yeast, gluten and wheat so a lot of foods I would normally eat were not on the list and that had some getting used to.
I am a vegetarian (or was) and not eating soy was a huge change. Since my allergies I have started to eat some sea food just to hvae some other protien besides beans since I cant; have peanuts and can't have soy I have started to eat fish. I was a strict vegetartan for over 18 years but I guess we all have to make sacraficices and that was mine...
I am going ot my doctor this week and will start the shots back up and will probably start back on the rotation diet.
I lost over 30 pounds and was down to 160 in just 2 months when I started the rotation diet and ketp it off for a while but I started to eat breads and such and the weight came back..

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I love tea. Thank God I can still drink it. Every four days. I tried quinoa for the first time. It wasn't too bad. I can get used to it. I also ate salmon. I didn't like it, but my dog and cats loved it! It's tough trying to eat right and healthy when you have allergies. I think I need to supplement with vitamins and calcium pills.

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easy as tea!! I love Java Mate from Guayaki, great coffee substitute!! www.guayaki.com/index.php
NaturalNews.com printable article
Originally published February 15 2008
Antioxidant-Rich Yerba Mate Controls Weight and Prevents Cancer
by Anita Khalek

(NaturalNews) Yerba Mate tea or Mate, widely used in southern Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay), is an infusion made from the leaves of the tree Ilex paraguaruesis, a species of holly. It is rapidly gaining momentum in popularity as a healthy herbal beverage around the world. The infusion is traditionally prepared by steeping the dry leaves of the mate in hot water (not boiling), and served in a hollow dried gourd called a mate in Spanish with a metal straw or a bombilla. This process is repeated over and over, and the gourd is passed around between friends and family.

In recent months, scientists from the University of Illinois have published new findings about Yerba Mate that have shown it to help in obesity management and protect DNA from oxidation. It has a very high antioxidant capacity, higher even than green tea, and is being considered as a dietary supplement. New findings also suggest that Mate helps prevent some types of cancer. Mate extract has been shown to be a very potent inhibitor of oxidative stress.

Obesity and weight management

A growing concern for many people across the world, obesity is considered by many as an epidemic in the U.S. and research is focused on finding ways to curb the growth. Supportive evidence provided recently by scientists proves that Mate tea has a positive effect on controlling weight and boosting weight loss. Results of a study of obese men and women consuming Mate tea have shown an increase in fat oxidation and an increase in the feeling of satiety after consumption. The effects on weight loss could be attributed to the saponin concentration, which interferes with cholesterol metabolism and delays intestinal absorption of dietary fats. Saponins are highly water-soluble bitter-tasting compounds found in many plants, and are responsible for the distinct mate tea flavor.

Cancer prevention

Mate is shown to possess chemo-preventative properties with the highest cytotoxicity against liver cancer cells, especially when compared to green tea. Anti-topoisomerase II activity has shown a 65% inhibition compared to 15% for green tea. Topoisomerase (TOPO I and II ) are catalytic enzymes that control the changes in DNA structure by boosting the breaking and joining of DNA strands during cell replication. Cancer cells show higher concentrations of Topo II than normal cells due to the high rate of cell division. Mate contains a diverse list of flavonoids which contribute to its anticancer potential. In the study, Mate was shown to be a very potent Topo II inhibitor with significant cancer cell growth inhibition capacity, even at low concentrations.

Considering Mate tea as an addition to your beverage list

Mate tea differs from other teas such as green or black tea mainly in flavor. The notable bitterness from the saponins and smoky aroma from the roasting process make it an acquired taste, however, it is diverse in biological compounds that are not available in other teas, such as xanthines and theobromine which make it an energizing drink. The saponins give it anti-inflammatory and hypocholesterolemic properties. Mate tea is also used as a digestive aid, increasing the rate of bile flow. Due to its high concentrations of known active compounds, it is being considered as an ideal product for extraction of these compounds for use as supplements or in other foods.

On a personal note, I have enjoyed Mate since childhood. It was such a treat to drink it with cousins as we passed the gourd around. Traditionally, Mate is steeped in hot water. Adding a small piece of lemon zest and a pinch of ground cardamom will punch up the flavor of the infusion. For a fun change, substituting hot sweetened milk for the hot water makes it a wonderful treat in the morning that adults and children alike will enjoy.

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Adapted from the works of Heck and de Mejia of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


About the author
Anita Khalek resides in North Carolina. As a total wellness advocate, she is a passionate believer in empowering people to improve their health via a natural approach. Her focus is around discussing solutions that become lifestyles rather than trends. Anita is currently working on several projects including a cookbook.
Questions and suggestions can be directed to anita@finefig.com

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See, that is how I had heard it as well. I go in every week for my allergy shots and my doc checks every time to make sure that I'm being good and avoiding all the stuff that I can't eat anymore. I must admit, the hardest part is avoiding wine. It is one of my favorite things in the world and I can't have it anymore. It makes me sad...

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I was just reading some of the posts on here. I was told to avoid the food that I'm allergic to and rotate all the other foods every four days so I don't start getting sensitive to them also.

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How is everyone doing? It's been quite today.

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I have read quite a bit on the "rotation" diet the last week. It is used when the allergies are numerous & reaction is not of the anaphylaxis type.

www.food-allergy.org/rotation.html
www.parentsofallergicchildren.org/ro
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I must admit, I have never heard of that before. From my research and from what I have been told, that isn't a good idea. With food allergies, the reactions might start out being minimal, but the more you are exposed to said allergen, the worse the reactions can become.

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I don't have immediate, drastic reactions like you do, so yes, I eat the food I'm allergic to, there are too many to just eliminate them. Can I starve to death on just Blueberries?

The idea is to limit my exposure to them, since I can't eliminate them all.

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I'm confused. They are telling you that it is okay for you to eat stuff that you are allergic to? But only every 4 days?

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Are any of you familiar with a "rotation diet"? That is what I am supposed to do, do I could use some pointers. Must be the way for people with lots of non life threatening reactions to be able to not starve to death.

I have to build a menu around a 4 day rotation so I'm not exposed to the allergens for at least 3 days in between. Since I can't possibly eat all the items on the list that day, I though I would focus on the ones I had less of a reaction to & concentrate on rotating the higher ones in less frequently.

I think I'm getting a little less confused!? emoticon

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Please post away. I started this thinking that maybe others would find it and share stories. That would be a great way to get others here.

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2/6/08 1:17 P

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I have had some allergies that I have known about for years. Those would be fruit with pits. I haven't been able to eat those for 6+ years. The other allergies I have only known about for a few weeks now. To find out about the food allergies, she did the scratch and poke test. The reactions were pretty bad and very obvious. Since I have completely removed the foods from my diet and my system has cleared out of them, if I accidentally eat something with one of the items in it, the reaction comes on quick. I start to turn all red and get warm from just a little bit.

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Can we post an announcement on the main message boards about this team? I bet we would find a lot of members with food allergies. emoticon

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I love my quinoa, teff, amaranth & triticale. I hope I can continue to eat them, how do you deal with items that weren't on the list?

I've been eating "healthy" for several years, but not getting any better & gaining weight!

I am so glad I have something concrete to work with now, even though it is a little overwhelming.

How long have you known you have food allergies? I just got my test results today. Did they do an Antibody Assessment? My MD didn't want to do the test, but my nautropath did, I'm glad I went ahead and had it done.

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How do I eat for my allergies? I have adopted the "yeast-free diet". The only problem with that is they subsitute a lot of stuff with rice. Since I can't eat rice, I had to find other things to replace it. So instead of rice, I'm eating quinoa. It is really odd but I like it. I'm eating more soy and everything that I eat now is made from scratch. I haven't found a single bread that I can eat yet. All of the pre-made breads that I have found have yeast, barley or rice flour in them. I'm getting ready to make my first loaf of bread this weekend. We shall see how it goes.

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