amberlynnMember Since 09 Oct 2009
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I'm a Mom to two boys. My oldest was diagnosed with Autism in Jan 09. He has gone through many food allergies in his short 4 years - currently he is allergic to dairy, and he has a really bad soy intolerance (its GI and Behavioral reactions). He has outgrown peanuts, eggs, corn, wheat, and oats. My youngest son got away with only a few minor 'inconvience' allergies, lol. He's mildly allergic to sunflower seeds, safflower oil, and cinnamon. He's only 2 so here's hoping he'll outgrow them soon!
I realized that I had some food intolerances as early as college - I could not drink milk without spending the day stuck in my room. It was awful. But, I dealt, and just didn't drink milk. It wasn't until I was breastfeeding my older son that I realized what I was eating was making HIM sick, and I started on an elimination diet, removing all of the top 8 from my diet. Eventually, we figured out he was anaphylactic to dairy, took him to an allergist who said he didn't have any problems with wheat, and I added it back to my diet...
Needless to say, I went from feeling great, to feeling like crap again. It wasn't until I asked my doctor about being exhausted all the time last year that I started to make some connection. He recommended going back on the eliminatin diet, but I was not up to it at that time - we were just in the process of learning about my son's autism. And we were flat broke, lol - not easy to change up your budget!
So, this year I went back, complaining again of being tired (falling asleep at work!), general achiness, nausea, and just feeling junky all the time. Labs came back completely normal again, and he said "Go back on the diet". So I did, and here I am!
I am feeling good again, I seem to be able to have a clear, concise thought pattern again, lol . The 'allergy fog' I was feeling has lifted. I also discovered an egg intolerance (GI only). So, this has been a fun path!
I never thought that food would be an enemy for me, that I would have to bend to my will... I'm used to it for my son, but for me, this is a whole new ball game!
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