Thursday, March 21, 2013

Allergy Elimination Diet

Food Allergies and What to Eat

A few years ago I went to a great doctor in Nanaimo who put me on this diet. Its the comprehensive elimination diet. I have attached a link as it can only be reprinted with permission. If you are wanting to get tested for celiac disease you should get your test before you start your elimination diet, because the results
will be negative if you have already eliminated gluten. It is always best to check with your doctor before you start any diet, and this one is no exception.

I was told to follow the core diet for two months, and keep a food journal, noticing how different foods affected how I felt. Watch for fatigue, nausea, hives, eyes feeling swollen, headaches. It becomes very obvious after a while. After a few months you can start to add back some of the eliminated foods one at a time and see what happens. The trick is to only eat the foods for one day and then wait and see how you feel. Also really watch close for foods that are still in your diet while on the elimination phase. I ended up eliminating a few less likely foods ie: rice, peas, legumes, beans. Now that I am not on them I really notice  when I eat them. I do not know how I could have been eating these foods before. Of course I was eating the rice everyday as an alternative to the wheat and corn so it took a while to figure that one out. That is where the food journal comes in, you will start to see patterns of not feeling well or of great days depending on what you have eaten.

For me the easiest thing to do was to make sure I had the freshest of fruits and vegetables, lots of spices and luckily I had a freezer full of moose and elk meat. I also ate lots of organic chicken and fish. I only cooked the organic chicken for myself as it was rather pricey. Now that it is just two of us at home it is easier to cook organic for both of us, but it is pretty hard for a family. I found apple cider vinegar to be a great seasoning and good old sea salt and pepper. You will find it easier to follow if you focus on what you can eat rather than looking at it as what you cannot eat. Try some new fruits and vegetables that you have not had before, just watch out for an allergy symptoms. 

Just before I started my diet I was also diagnosed with celiac disease, so that gave me extra reason to be very diligent about cross contamination. I have had to watch for the smallest of contaminants. What I have found is that it really is worth it. 

So where did I end up. My allergies are as follows. Celiac Disease, wheat allergy, corn, rice, soy, peas, legumes, peanuts, oranges, and dairy. Thankfully I have been able to add back eggs, which are a bonus. I can always have an egg with a nice little vegetable hash and it makes a very satisfying meal.

I am right now on trial basis because last week I think I might have reacted to carrots so I am waiting a week to eat them and then I will try it again and see what happens. I have a hard time finding celiac products that I can use because of the rice allergy, but have recently been finding lots of paleo recipes using coconut and almond that so far I am alright with. I do eat potatoes which most paleo dieters do not eat, but otherwise I follow a paleo diet because of my allergies. It is a really good idea to rotate your foods and not eat the same foods every day, otherwise you may develop allergies to the foods you have on your elimination list. 

Good Luck


1 comment:

  1. I am sorry to hear about your allergies and Celiac disease. I too am allergic to wheat, corn, soy, peas, nuts, and dairy as well as many other things which I guess you saw in my newspaper article. I understand what it is like to be in pain all the time and have extensive food allergies, so I offer you my support and hope that you too can go into remission. Sincerely, Lauren