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    the acacia and grasses are starting to bloom and I am tired and sneezy--has PB helped with your allergies? I have been lowcarb for a long time, but am wondering if eating primally might change my constant allergic fatigue and nasal symptoms--


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    Ouis,


    My allergies went away about two days after I stopped eating wheat. Your mileage may vary, but I think you'll be amazed what a difference PB makes.

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    Could be, but I eat unpasteurized local honey. It helps to build up your immunity against local pollens etc.


    You only need about a tsp a day so it shouldn't hurt your carb values.


    I have BAD allergies and notice if I'm not taking honey, I got tired of taking OTC medications, so someone suggested this years ago, I'll never go back.

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    yah--haven't eaten wheat in years--I have avoided honey for the usual carby reasons--maybe I should try it--I am already miserable and it is only February!


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    Full paleo/primal and I've ditched 35 years of horrid seasonal allergies! No more Claratin!


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    Primal eating pretty much made my allergies disappear, except for they have come back slightly in the past couple weeks. I've noticed some stuffiness if I drink or eat out with friends. This may be more of a gluten sensitivity that I never realized before PB. Some things that may help if you feel your allergies beginning to creep up are Apple cider vinegar with water in the morning and tea with a small bit of local raw honey before bed. A Netti pot is also a good no med alternative, if you do get sinus congestion or stuffiness.


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    I have been 18 months illness free. I was 100% primal from June 09 to September 09 and then slowly fell off the wagon, a percentage a week it seemed. By Xmas I was drinking much more than ever. January I decided to fall back into being primal 100%. Stuck with it for at least 3 weeks and was doing much better until the last week I started doing lots of HIIT workouts. Stepping back on those a bit, I noticed I was getting more tired and lethargic. Still grain free, I seemed to be sneaking in some alcohol (beer/wine--homemade).


    I started doing more lifting at less durations and took a week off of HIIT and just did regular cardio a few days with lifting. Things seemed cool. Then my wife (9 months pregnant, not primal) decides to bring home once a day baked goods and leave them on the counter. Of course my will power is like the size of a lady bug, I start snacking on them. 2 or 3 a day, especially in the late evening, a few hours after primal eating.


    This lasted a week, then I asked her not to do that and I would make some date bars, etc. Thursday evening last week I went to bed late. Friday morning I was so congested and sore in my sinuses. All weekend I've been miserable. Post nasal drip took it into my throat then into my chest and I had to bail on working out. I walked the dogs 3 days in a row at least.


    Saturday I realized it may have been the dairy and crap food and had to stop-- even the wine/beer. I am really paying for it now. Hoping to get better.


    I will note that I have suffered for almost 30 years of allergies, and would be sick for weeks every Feb-April and then again in September-November. I don't know if it's the climate here that could have triggered such an auto immune response like this, but I am still miserable. Could one week of this way of snacking cause this? Who knows. I spent last 3 days really strict in my diet and trying to rest. Sleeping is miserable...


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    I'm only on week three, so maybe eating primal will do the trick, but I always got honey from a local farmer and added 1 tsp a day to my tea. After about a week it would kick in and I wouldn't have any allergies.


    I'm curious to see if just diet can change that. I'm almost positive I'm not "allergic" to wheat though.


    Sometimes I think it's mental though. I've seen allergy commercials and felt like sneezing before!


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    My life long allergies (ragweed)disappeared this past fall. That alone is worth the price of admission for me.


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    OK, so my autoimmune response became so unbearable that I had to resort to a MD. I was asked to take Zyrtec and Singulair for serious fluids in my lungs and esophagus. I was kind of miffed because this was something that I dealt with for years every Feb-March and then again in Sept-November. Yet last year for some reason I never experienced being like this at all. In Feb of 09 I was not primal at all, but I had been doing P90X and was eating so well except for soymilk and whole wheat bread. In Sept I was primal so that may have prevented it then.


    The only thing that bothers me is that I can not imagine a few evenings of having a cookie with my wife and a few extra beers or glasses of wine would cause me to kick into such a massive allergic reaction to where my lungs filled up with fluids. I get that many have kicked their meds for GERD and allergies, but I've been reviewing my nutritional worksheets which I am pretty honest with and I can say that I am still eating primal. Feb workouts were less than perfect with me doing a bit more cardio doing Insanity.


    Perhaps there are people that indeed have auto immune issues and changing their diets cause them to respond better than before. I can say that with just a few days of this I am already feeling better. Sure it's assisted by some meds I don't want to be on, but I can tell you that having a few pieces of cheese and a few cookies did not cause this. Since last week, I am dairy free and still wheat/corn/soy free.


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