I just found out I have some pretty major food allergies.
I wanted to get in better health, and I knew this pregnancy was the way to motivate me. When I went in for my first appointment, I talked to them about how despite changing to the supposedly better for you whole wheat diet and exercising, that I was gaining weight. I was tired all the time too. The doctor decided to test my thyroid and run a 95 Basic Food Panel. We'd discuss the results in July, and until then I was to keep a food journal and aim for 1500 calories.
Blow me down when in the mail today I get the result of my allergy test. They told me they weren't going to send them to me. They sent it to me though because some of these allergies were practically off the charts.
I'm showing triple and quadruple the "significant" levels for Dairy allergies. This counts for cow's milk, casein, Lactalbumin, goat's milk, American, cheddar, cottage, mozzarella and swiss. Gluten and Gliadin I'm showing allergies to and a sensitivity to wheat and rye.
Then the biggest shockers to me... I'm allergic to grapefruit, lemons, oranges (but not nectarines) and garlic. They are showing NO melon allergy though I've been told for the last 13 years that I was allergic due to a reaction that I had.
Cheese, bread and garlic are some of my favorite things in the world.
I've always known about the milk sensitivity... I just avoided drinking milk.
My world is in chaos. Those are some pretty major avoidances. I also can't just switch to soy because soybeans are showing a moderate significance which means I can have them, just not every day. (Same with beer but obviously I'm not drinking right now).
Of course I want to be healthy and take this seriously.... but my head is just realing. I've been on these foods for 29 years. Do I have to cold turkey them? Does this mean giving up pizza? Where am I going to find new recipes? How can I incorporate cheese into the kid's (and hubby's diet) without making completely seperate meals.
Part of me is releived to know that yes, it's not in my head and something has been wrong. Part of me is scared to death by this news now. I just don't know what to think.
from a mommy to a kiddo with a milk allergy. It's really hard, but you learn to read labels and make more homemade/homestyle foods from scratch. I had to do without milk (and chinese food, and garlic, and ... ) when I was bf-ing. It was hard!
Hopefully an allergist will be able to tell you more about your results. There's a difference in the hystamine reaction levels that you're getting. Some things you may be "sensitive" to or even mildly allergic, but as long as you don't have a noticeable reaction you may be able to keep eating. For example, Caleigh is allergic to milk but can have small amounts of yogurt without getting hives. It just causes some digestive distress. But that kind of sensitivity reaction may not be enough for you to worry about.
I also wonder if your pregnancy may cause higher reactions on the testing? I don't know though.
Good luck Mish! And lots of hugs!
Btw, there is a food allergy board here on pgo.
mom to Caleigh Grace
On our Biggest Loser team, Cindy (lifeisgood) cooks without wheat for her family. I also have a friend who was allergic to wheat for a long time (5 years, would make her violently ill). There are tons of recipes out there for cooking with rice flour, etc. Anyway, just giving you some hope that you can still eat pretty well.
Hugs!!! That is crazy news.
Oh, and I agree with Beth that you should look into whether your pregnancy could make a deifference in the results. It seems that if you have an extreme allergy that you would have already known.
I took a blood test. All those I listed were in the "extreme reaction" area. Now Melon made my tongue tingle, but that's not on the list... shows little reaction. None of them I have a major reaction too... I eat cheese all the time, though it gives me flatulence occasionally.
My mom just found out a couple years ago she has a gluten sensitivity. I'm guess all of these are linked more like that.... I don't get violently ill, but it's taking a toll on my energy/weight. She certainly feels better the more diligent she is against using those products. She's also learned like if we're on vacation and we eat out, she feels better getting a plain italian sub at subway, and then scooping the contents from a 6 inch, onto 2-3 inches of bread and just eating it that way. It'll be a learning curve I'm sure.
Wow that must have been a firm slap in the face to see that report, I am so sorry you have so much bad news .
Good news is that you don't have visible reactions to theses so no I doubt you have to cut them out cold turkey and I would think that you could get away with having those foods on occasion. Obviously you need to discuss with your doc but I wouold for sure insist on having these tests redone after you have had your baby because pregnancy does affect your immune system and your sensitivity to foods. While I was pregnant I couldn't eat eggs because they made my stomach rumble and made me super gassy. It was totally different than morning sickness which I was lucky enough to almost completely avoid or food aversions.
DS - Kaelan April 2009
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I have no advice as I've never had any food allergies...but you've gotten some great tips thus far. Super big hugs girl!! So sorry to hear all this and I hope you get some more answers soon.
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DS #1 08-16-1999
Wow! That is a huge range of foods to stay away from. I'm wondering would your insurance cover for you to see a nutritionist or dietitian? That is where I would start and see if you could get someone to help you change your diet. Then it may need to become a family change.
I only have one allergy- mushrooms. When I eat them I a major reaction. I wonder how you could be allergic to so many of those things that you eat regularly and yet not know it?
It's because it's a weird classification within "allergy". It's technically a "severe food sensitivity". So while it's not killing me in spectacular fashion to eat them, it's still having adverse health effects. The more I eliminate them, the better off I'll be.
I'm starting with Dairy and trying to limit the others as much as possible, while eating up what we have in the house.