Update: Sept. 1, 2012
Following a really dismal scope and consult with the allergist, the “Pretty Darn Allergen Free” diet as defined below is drawing to a close. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be adding back most foods one at a time, and hopefully without ill effect. I’ll still maintain the following limitations:
- Dairy – For whatever reason, makes me feel rotten, so I’m 100% dairy-free;
- Eggs – Known IgE-mediated but so far non-anaphylactic allergy to raw or lightly cooked eggs (on advice of the allergist, eggs in baked goods will come back at the end);
- Oats and malt – Also a known sensitivity or maybe allergy;
- Wheat – Am really toying with staying wheat-free or low-wheat for a good long time, because I think I just feel overall better.
Am still hoping to be able to share some allergy-light recipes along the way, along with the further adventures of EosGirl. Stay tuned!
Diet started: June 25, 2012
Scope date: August 23, 2012
I am starting an elimination diet that cuts out the “Big Six” allergens (with one exception), as well as everything that’s yielded a positive skin prick test. The idea is to see if there’s an allergic cause for my eosinophilic gastritis/esophagitis. Recent research is suggesting that EoE, at least, can sometimes be treated with dietary elimination.
As a starting point, the no-no list is:
- Dairy (which has been out of my diet for a couple of years, in any case)
- Eggs (which I have only been able to eat in baked goods because they otherwise provoke non-eos allergy symptoms)
- Shellfish (I’m keeping fin fish in my diet, though)
- Peanuts, tree nuts, and coconut
That pretty much leaves me fruits other than apples, veggies, beans, turkey, fin fish, and what I’ve been terming “weird grains” such as millet and amaranth.
The Unwritten Rules
After much reflection, I’ve decided that I’m also going to do my level best to eliminate derivatives of eliminated foods. So, no soybean oil, corn syrup, and also that whole host of largely unidentified “natural flavors,” “citric acids,” and other miscellaneous terms that usually stand for soy or corn. But I’m also not going to freak out over a slip in this regard.
Finally, while this might be a good opportunity to cut out unnecessary inflammatories like refined sugar and caffeine, I think that’s going to be asking just a bit too much of myself. Maybe another diet. Bring on the treats. Such as they are.