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  • Trying to figure out if I have food allergies...Help, I'm overwhelmed!

    Hello! I need some help with food allergies, I suspect I have some for a few reasons 1. Hay fever symptoms that go on all year. 2. often feel bloated/gassy 3. permanently swollen lymph node (doctors have checked it, they say its cause of my hay fever that causes constant inflammation) 4. commonly feel cramping/ unhappy guts. I've been reading a lot on the subject lately and what I'm overwhelmed with is what foods I need to cut out. Some say I need to cut out nightshades and dairy (does this include goats milk/cheese?) only, others say pork, onions, fermented foods, and eggs too. Of course there's the obvious wheat, soy, and corn but I already don't eat those. Also, I've read some of these symptoms could be symptoms of an unhealthy gut, do I just need a to start taking a probiotic or do I wait to see if I discover any food allergies first? Thank you!
    "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.Ē -Ginny

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    Food allergies and poor gut health can go hand in hand. The 5 R's of gut repair should help. Read and follow this as a guideline:

    https://www.im4us.org/dl62

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    • #3
      Thanks, that is helpful but it doesn't specifically say which are the foods that could be causing trouble though. It says use an elimination diet but I have seen several and am not sure which one would be best. FOr instance, onions or no onions? eggs ok or are they a possible food allergy? I have seen some elimination diets that eliminate only 1 or 2 foods more than I am eating (nightshades and fermented things) and others that eliminate all kinds of other stuff. I guess I want to know which foods would you eliminate if you were trying to find out if you had food allergies?
      "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.Ē -Ginny

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      • #4
        Start with eliminating the FODMAP, read the article and eliminate as many of these as you can for 30 days.
        Add to these dairy, eggs, and grains.

        All out of your diet for 30 days….
        eat clean meat, good veggies and add fruits and nuts that you are able to eat…

        After 30 days, slowly add a certain foods back, see which food causes the issues.
        My story, My thought....

        It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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        • #5
          Thanks, I don't know how I missed that!
          "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.Ē -Ginny

          My story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/i-now...#axzz2MzPtxo00

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          • #6
            Food elimination is a much more accurate way to determine food allergies than any kind of allergy testing where once you have the results, you still have to try the elimination diet to determine if the results were right anyway (and they very often aren't).

            For best results, eat really clean according to FODMAP standards (from MarielleGO's link above) for a month or so. Then ONE AT A TIME, add the foods back for a few days. If you notice any symptoms that weren't there while you were eating clean via FODMAP, that food may be a trigger. Then, onto the next food you eliminated.

            And yes, unfortunately, even the best quality eggs are a trigger for some.
            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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            • #7
              I am doing a Whole 30 AIP/FODMAP elimination to figure out my food intolerances. Like mentioned earlier, gut problems can cause food intolerance so the limited easy to digest diet can also help w gut healing.
              You can get Paleo lists for various plans at Whole9 which is the ISWF site.

              I haven't started adding things back yet since I have another week to go so I can't let tell you how my plan worked out

              Best of luck!
              K

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              • #8
                Thanks y'all, sad day on the eggs Im tired of these allergy like symptoms especially so I will give it a go and hopefully find theres something I can do about them.
                "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.Ē -Ginny

                My story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/i-now...#axzz2MzPtxo00

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eig View Post
                  Thanks y'all, sad day on the eggs Im tired of these allergy like symptoms especially so I will give it a go and hopefully find theres something I can do about them.
                  Eat your fermented veggies and other ferments regularly! Got to get that gut bacteria back in working order.

                  Also, as you try the elimination diet, they may point to other triggers and not eggs, ya never know. You may eventually be able to add them back. A some people do fine with them as long as they don't go crazy on them all the time so just eat them occasionally. It may not be a "forever and never" thing with the eggs.
                  "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                  • #10
                    could be the proteins in the whites too. some do better just with yolks.
                    As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                    Ė Ernest Hemingway

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                    • #11
                      I had an allergy and food sensitivity blood panel done and found they were all spot on. Have you considered this option.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stupid Yeti View Post
                        I had an allergy and food sensitivity blood panel done and found they were all spot on. Have you considered this option.

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                        Quoting from an earlier post in another thread:

                        Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                        Chris Kresser says food allergy tests are EXTREMELY inaccurate in this podcast:

                        Chris Kresser says food allergy tests are EXTREMELY inaccurate in this podcast:

                        Food Allergy Testing, Tricks for Flu Season and Exclusive Book Bonuses

                        Originally posted by Chris Kresser
                        Thatís a great question, and Iím continuously reevaluating that question because there are all these new tests becoming available and new options for clinicians, but each time I look at the research Iím continually disappointed by the lack of evidence supporting any of the food allergy testing. I think Cyrex Labs probably has the best available food allergy testing thatís out there, but theyíre only really looking at cross-reactive proteins that are related to gluten intolerance, and even then, Iím still not 100% sold that itís accurate. I think food allergy testing, though, can be used as a springboard or as a basis for experimentation, a jumping-off point, if you will. What that means is you do a food allergy test, you get it back, and it says youíre allergic to strawberries, celery, and egg whites. Rather than just take that at face value and completely eliminate those foods from your diet forever, you could try a period of a couple weeks or three weeks where you donít eat that those foods at all and then add them back in and see if they are a problem for you. If you look at the research, the elimination/provocation protocol, which I just mentioned Ė you know, taking foods out of your diet and adding them back in Ė is still the gold standard for food allergy testing. And if you go to a top-flight food allergist, thatís what theyíll do. They may use some of the testing in the way that I described as a way of figuring out how to structure the elimination diet, but really I think you still have to do that kind of testing and thereís no reason to avoid a healthy food like celery or strawberries just on the basis of these test results without doing your own personal testing.
                        Also: Testing for SIBO, Graves Disease, and all about Anemia

                        Originally posted by Chris Kresser
                        And then there are also tests for food intolerance and tests for leaky gut, though I think those are less useful... As far as food intolerance testing goes, weíve either talked about it on the show or Iíve written about it or both, but I donít consider food intolerance testing to be very useful for a couple different reasons. Number one, and Iím pretty sure Iíve mentioned this on the show, there have been some kind of blinded trials done anecdotally by clinicians, where theyíve drawn their own blood and put it two vials, you know, on the same day, same blood draw, and labeled the two vials with different names and sent them into the same lab and come back with completely different results for the two different vials of blood that came from the same person on the same day. So thatís a little suspect. And then number two, even if the test was completely reliable, the question is still whatís causing those food intolerances? I mean, food intolerance is a symptom; itís not a disease. Thereís an underlying disease or pathology thatís causing those food intolerances, and that would usually be SIBO or intestinal permeability or a parasite or a fungal infection or some other gut problem, maybe a gut-brain axis issue or maybe gluten exposure, undiagnosed gluten intolerance. Those are mechanisms. Those are problems that lead to symptoms. So if you just remove the foods that the food intolerance testing shows that youíre sensitive to, certainly that will help with the symptoms, and thereís nothing wrong with that, but assuming you want to be able to eat some of those foods again, addressing the underlying problem is a much better approach. So I donít put a lot of stock into food intolerance testing for those reasons.
                        "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                        • #13
                          That's interesting, and odd that all my food allergy tests matched up with foods I do not do well with.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Stupid Yeti View Post
                            That's interesting, and odd that all my food allergy tests matched up with foods I do not do well with.

                            Sent from my LG-LS970 using Marks Daily Apple Forum mobile app
                            Some people can get lucky I guess.
                            "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                            • #15
                              I started an elimination diet back in October. It IS overwhelming at first, but once you get into it it really isn't that bad. And once you start feeling better it is worth it. In my case I suspected nightshades were my main problem and within a few days I started seeing results. And a bonus is that I have definitely seen improvement with seasonal allergies. I live in Texas and at this time of year everyone gets rocked by cedar fever and the worst I've had is some itchy eyes that went away with OTC drops.

                              If you do suspect nightshades (or it turns that is your problem) you have to be really careful of spice mixes since they often include paprika, cayenne, chili powder. Also be careful with gluten free products because a lot of them include potato flour or potato starch. Just a teeny pinch of any of those do me in. But eggs, nuts, onions, fodmaps all are still on my menu so while I had to give up a lot of favorites I still have a lot to choose from.

                              Get into the habit of food journaling because you really need good records once you start reintroducing things. Good luck.

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