I just received my results from my food intolerance panels from Meridien Labs (testing for IgG4 and IgG antibodies). I am so thankful to have these results as now I can start on the road to recovery!
I ended up doing both food panels (which included spices) for a total of 196 allergens and most of my results were in the low range with a few main ones in the high to moderate range.
High (avoid): All dairy and casien, garlic, egg whites
Moderate (avoid for 6-12 months and then challenge): gluten, almond, egg yolks, alfalfa, grapefruit, kidney beans, chili powder, tumeric, navy bean, malt
Low (but in the high range of the category): vanilla, corn, white grape, water cress, water chesnut, kale, beef
I have been avoiding all gluten for the past almost 3 months and I felt amazing for the first 3 weeks after going off it and then I had a homemade pizza with cheese on it and got really sick and decided to go off all dairy for a while. I sort of knew that I had a problem with dairy as when eating it I was always stuffed up with sinus headaches, clearing throat constantly and sometimes diarrhea.
As well, everytime I have eaten sunny side up eggs in the past I have gotten an itchy throat. I told my doctor about it so he did an blood based allergy test and it came back negative. I continued to eat eggs up until yesterday when I got my test results. I also noticed that every time I ate eggs I had brain fog and was extremely tired. Now I know that eggs don't agree with me!
Now as for almonds I eat them every single day as either almond milk, almond butter or as regular nuts. Last week I had some almond butter right before bed and as I was falling asleep I kept gasping for air in my sleep. I would wake up and my heart would be beating very fast which would make me scared to go to sleep. I didn't put two and two together at the time. No wonder I have been feeling really crappy lately! duh!
My doctor has said that I will be eating mostly meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts and seeds (except almonds). So far I am starving on this diet but I have been incorporating coconut oil and avocado to fill me up.
We are off to Disneyland next week with the kids and I know they have lots of gluten free options but dairy free, egg free, garlic free and almond free is going to make it a little more challenging to eat.
I know this is going to be challenging as gluten-free baking usually involves almond flour and now I also have to use rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk etc. instead of almond milk. Garlic and egg seem to be in everything too unless you only make your food from scratch.
That said, I am still happy that I had this test because being sick sucks and hopefully in time I can feel back to my old self again. Yah!
Do you have any tips or experiences you can share with me about your own food intolerances and how you cope? Also, if you have taken the ELISA test, have you been able to reintroduce some of your moderate level foods?