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I only have a couple problem foods, but I am just looking forward to the day that I can drink coffee again!

 

I'd like to know of any problem foods that you had to discontinue and how long it took you to get them back, if at all.

 

Also, when is a good time to try?

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Well, potatoes are an example. They were giving me trouble so I did away with them for six months. Then I tried them and now, if I don't overdo it, I can have them two or three times a week.

 

Blueberries are my favorite fruit and I keep trying them every six months but so far they still don't work.

 

I live on a very limited diet, partly because I don't really like most fruits and vegetables, and partly because I'm chicken. I mean, why put myself through a potential reaction for something I'm not crazy about to begin with? For the past three years I have been eating meat, rice, broccoli, cauliflower, butter, ice cream, Canyon Bakehouse bread, and some gluten-free potato chips on occasion. I've got some good vitamins now so I feel pretty good. It's all I really need.

 

I had some home made peach ice cream the other day and it didn't bother me so now I know I can tolerate peaches, but I'm not crazy about them. As a matter of fact, last night I mixed a little bit of the peach ice cream with vanilla to water down the peach taste.

 

Yeah, I'm weird.

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I guess we all have things we aren't crazy about. For example, I think blueberries are ok, I like them, but could live without them if needed. Strawberries and cherries I love more couldn't live without. I stopped eating beef, pork and chicken nearly 10 years ago because it never agreed with me, that is one thing Im really chicken about! Mainly because they made me so sick. I added chicken back about 5 years ago with no problems, I hope to get beef back some day too, I did used to enjoy a nice steak from time to time. Im just really too chicken to try now that so far. I have been reading that if you eat foods too often you can become allergic to them. Not sure if there is any truth to that, but im really thinking im developing an egg allergy. Is it possible to be allergic to eggs but not other dairy? I seem to be ok with dairy now but eggs seem to be an issue.

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When I did an allergist guided elimination diet he wanted me to be symptom free for 2 weeks before I added anything back. When you have been feeling better for a bit try adding it back but IMHO you should only go with coffee you make at home and go with black or just milk at first. You don't want to think you are reacting to coffee if you are really reacting to something in a creamer. 

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User, eggs are not dairy. Dairy is milk and milk products. And now that you mention it, eggs made me nauseous at first. That bothered me because I have always loved eggs. Then I read that cooking eggs in the shell without exposing them to air caused, I don't remember exactly, but I think it was higher sulfer content that could cause nausea. So now I do over easy instead of soft boiled. They don't make me sick anymore. (The trouble is there is such a high mineral content in the water here the egss taste funny compared to where I used to come from.)

 

And I think it's a bunch of hogwash about becoming allergic to things you eat every day. I mean, even though WE have celiac, not everyone does, and don't most people eat bread every day? Don't coffee drinkers drink coffee every day? How about kids who drink milk every day?

 

You may have also heard that you can become allergic to something you DON'T eat all the time. Once again - wrong. There are a lot of crazy ideas floating around on the internet, but most of them are not true.

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I have always made coffee at home, we are fancy coffee people so we always felt like we could make it better at home. We only do milk and sugar (no problems with a little dairy or sugar). Through my journaling and experimenting, I decided that today was my last day eating eggs. Tomorrow im hoping for a good day with no problems. I guess I will leave those be for a long while! They seem to be problematic no matter what I do. Tomorrow, I will have some millet cereal and my nice cup of certified gluten free green tea, and have a good day with no issues!

 

Thanks for the input, sometimes I just feel like im in a new realm and sometimes i need alot of guidance!

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I tried adding troublesome foods in after 6 months of avoiding them. I added them one at a time and I rotated things only having each every four days.  I spent a year eating these in rotation and thought I was fine because I didn't have the old foggy mind and fatigue.  However, my body was swelling up with my lymph system in full alert.  I cut them all back out and began to eat only things that I had no antibodies to and items that I didn't eat while I was so sick.  My body began to get rid of swelling and really feel good.  I now consider that my diet changes will be permanent.  I am about 3 months from making the diet change back to foods that I didn't have antibodies to.

 

Many natural circles believe that when foods escape the digestive track, as they will when one's gut health is compromised, the body fights these foods by building antibodies against them.  The body later recognizes that these foods when they are eaten again, so it produces antibodies each time it has these foods.  I believe this as my experiences seem to bear this out.  I hoped this wasn't the case so much that I went on for a year with these foods in my diet.  I didn't realize it was worth it to leave them out.

 

Coffee is a diuretic.  I have a daughter that use to have to urinate frequently during the night and day.  She lived in Ethiopia and drank freely of their coffee.  At our home she didn't have access to coffee frequently and she sleeps through the night and is free from running to the bathroom all day.  Have you tried cutting coffee and eventually used a coffee substitute that is a natural product?  I suggest letting some time pass after you quit real coffee and before you start the substitute, because I think you will be better able to accept the change of taste.

 

There may be foods that are just hard for a body to digest.  In my opinion one may be able to add these back in after the body heals.  The trick I guess would be to know whether you have antibodies to a food or not.

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That's interesting. I assume you are trying to suggest leaky gut when you talk about the antibodies? The doctor made no mention of that but I have heard alot of doctors are knowledgeable about it. I have just recently discovered eggs are a problem for me. I haven't tried to see if it is yolks or whites or what. Right now, Im just avoiding them because they were giving me straight up pain, not even bowel issues, just pain. I suspect I may have been wrong about the problem with coffee but I do still plan to wait at least a month or 2 before trying it again, maybe not though. I was thinking about chicory because I have heard it has a good taste and it can even have some health benefits to the digestive system. I found that quite interesting! The problem is that it is not readily available here and I have tried to harvest it myself but no luck lol.

 

desperate lady, what other allergies do you have?

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Everything I use to eat:

chicken, beef, beans, peas, carrots, almonds, walnuts, pecans, broccoli, lettuce, apples....49 of 60 things tested.  However :) I can have eggs and strawberries!

 

More importantly (perhaps) I eat meats (elk, pork, yak, bison, duck, and lamb)  Possibly a few others.

Vegetables:  spinach, swiss chard, Kale, collard greens, turnips, jicama, kohlrabi

spices:  lemon grass

Fruits:  strawberries grown without grain for mulch.  Bananas.  Kiwi, cantaloupe.

 

I would just like to say that it currently appears that my weight is dropping, but I will have to keep updating about it.  I have not been over-weight, but had been suspecting water retention.  This would be a good sign.

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