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Six months in - so many food intolerances, can hardly eat anything

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On 03/11/2016 at 7:55 PM, Jaemac said:

Hi Strawberry,

I've tried making bone broth and I didn't think I was very successful at it until just last week when I bought some commercially made bone broth (It's made locally here for our grocery stores and is authentic with no additives) and this stuff tasted just like what I had made. I thought I'd made a mistake as mine tasted like dishwater. Well that seems to be what it's supposed to taste like, not like chicken broth, lol. If you make it just know it won't add flavor to your potatoes it will add nutrients though. 

Also, I didn't know you were a vegetarian. As I assume you have trouble eating beans (as do most people, i mean we all know the jokes about beans) are you sure you're getting enough protein? What is your main protein source? If it's soy/tofu, you may want to explore that this may be one of the things making you ill. Soy can be really controversial. I looked up some of the symptoms of not eating enough protein, they are below.Oh, and if you're having trouble with the milk in butter you can make it into Gee which essentially involves melting it and skimming off the milk proteins to then it won't bother any lactose intolerance you may have. Just look up how to do it. Gee can also be purchased if money isn't a problem for you. Then you'd be able to add flavor to your potatoes. If you want to try a good chicken broth the one I use is called Better Than Bouillon and it's fantastic, it's pricy and does have a fair amount of salt but it salt isn't your problem then that may be a way to add flavor to your potatoes too, just make the water into a chicken broth and the potatoes will absorb it. The company also makes vegetable broth but I like the chicken better, lol. Hope the info below helps.

Eating too little protein can result in these symptoms as well:

  • A sluggish metabolism
  • Trouble losing weight
  • Trouble building muscle mass
  • Low energy levels and fatigue
  • Poor concentration and trouble learning
  • Moodiness and mood swings
  • Muscle, bone and joint pain
  • Blood sugar changes that can lead to diabetes
  • Slow wound healing
  • Low immunity

Hi jaemac, I've heard a mixture of things about bone broth, a lot of what I've read seems to say it tastes nice.  I'll give it a go this week and see what happens lol

I haven't eaten meat for 31 years but there's been a couple of times when I've seriously thought about having some.  I'm starting to feel like I might not have any choice soon.  I can't have soy/tofu, to be honest I don't think I'm getting much protein, if any, and I do have some of the symptoms you listed apart from trouble losing weight!

I didn't realise butter might be okay.  I had a big problem with cheese so cut all dairy out a few months ago.  I'll try some butter and see how I get on with it. 

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8 minutes ago, Ennis_TX said:

Note Nutritional yeast is not the same as a active yeast/bread yeast....I can not eat anything with yeast in it. Nutritional yeast is different and safe for most people who can not eat yeast used in breads etc. It is inactive, and for me does not cause any of the issues I get with normal yeast. Do some research into it might be worth a try.


I didn't realise that, thanks.  I'll look into it.

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On 05/11/2016 at 1:31 PM, Rowan13 said:


Just wondering have you looked into oxalates and oxalate levels of foods that bother you? I've discovered that the high and very high levels of oxalates in some foods seems to make me sick. I've learned that if I stay under a certain level of oxalates per day it is better for me. http://www.lowoxalate.info/

This is the main site I learned a lot about it and also the associated Yahoo group/forum. I've already realized I'm reacting to Salicylates, histamines and a lot of other stuff. Like you I get down to only a handful of foods but I've managed a few times to get somewhat better by checking to make sure I'm not ingesting high levels of of any of these components. However, I didn't understand gluten & dairy was making me sick and kept regressing. I at least have more awareness that for example spinach has massive amounts of oxalate & steer clear. (Though I loved spinach as a child) Oxalates build up in the system and if you consume more in a day than you can break down it can make you feel very ill, poisoned almost and cause a lot of side effects.

What seems to help me a bit is magnesium salt baths, but not too much! I even react to too much of that. Also dead sea salt mixed with the magnesium. My fav brand is Ancient Minerals flakes which I order directly from their site. Also drinking plenty of water and I like Smart water, distilled water sometimes and less often spring because that can make me feel sick too. Getting out in the fresh air can help but when I'm really sick even that can make me feel worse. But I feel my lessening of exercise and being in the outdoors (because of being sick & other stresses) has contributed to my getting sicker. (A catch 22)

Using google calendar or something like that is helpful for me to keep track of when I've been sick, what i ate, etc.  Even if I can just write a few sentences later I can look back and possibly see a pattern. I know now I can NOT drink coffee anymore. At least not for now. Staying up late on the computer strains me too but I admit I still do it because it also cheers me up. But I know if I overdo that it affects me in the next few days. Bone broth made me feel awful but I don't know why. It seems any time I boil or simmer something for a long time it doesn't make me feel well.  And finally, you probably know it already but the iherb.com website is quite good for supplements, special food products & other pharmacy type products. I also like this companies products, seekinghealth.com especially the Sensitive probiotics. (But I've only just gone gluten free so I'm not at all sure that that product is safe.)  Sorry for this mish mash.  Best wishes.


Hi Rowan, I did read something about oxalates a while back and meant to look into it more.  It sounds like this could be part of my problem.  I'll look into it again. 

Like you I can't drink coffee anymore, but feel better for cutting it out. I also tend to stay up late most nights which probably isn't doing me much good.  I stopped exercising a few months ago so I should probably start that again.  I've noticed anything I put in the blender seems to make me feel ill, it must be something to do with the way food reacts depending on how it's cooked I think, I can't think of any other reason.

Thanks for this and the links I'll have a look at them.  I hope things improve for you soon.

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