This begins week four since I learned that I am allergic to several (16) foods. This means that I have made a lot of changes in the past 3 weeks and I am beginning to see and feel the benefits of those changes. With a few exceptions, I have been free of dairy, eggs, and yeast (these were the main foods that I am allergic to) for 3 weeks.
What Physical Changes Have I Noticed?
I can breath!
Before the allergy diagnosis I was having a lot of problems with asthma as well as severe sinus congestion which made breathing difficult. I still have an occasional flare up of congestion or asthma but it is usually when I have been around other environmental allergens, like grass, trees, etc.
Before the allergy test I felt SO bloated all the time. Seriously, I would eat 3 bites of something and feel so bloated. I couldn’t figure out why though. Now I realize it wasn’t how much I was eating, but rather WHAT I was eating.
When I weighed myself last week I had lost 7 pounds!!! I am really hoping that this new allergen free diet helps me to lose some more weight.
What Changes Have I Made?
For the most part I have been dairy free. One day I had a hamburger patty (no bun of course) from the grill in the cafeteria at work. (Because I failed to plan ahead and pack my lunch that day.) I ordered it with cheese on it before I even realized what I had ordered. It didn’t seem to bother me though, no obvious symptoms.
One evening my mother made Chicken and Dumplings and since I didn’t feel like cooking I thought I would give it a try. She had used cow’s milk to mix up the Bisquick. Within 30 minutes of eating I had begun to feel bloated and had a stomach ache.
This has been one of the most difficult foods to cut out because I was so dependent on eggs for breakfast. I had been eating egg white omelets a few times a week. This could have been a major reason I felt so bloated all the time.
Cutting out yeast has also proved to be difficult. I had NO idea how many foods contained yeast. Basically all of the processed foods in my cabinet have yeast in them, as it is used as a preservative. This has forced me to eat much “cleaner”.
If you’ve been following our blog for awhile you know that April has followed the Paleo lifestyle for some time now. Since learning of all of my food allergies I too have been trying to follow the Paleo lifestyle. I haven’t went 100% Paleo, but I figure a little bit is better than not at all!
So, as I start week 4 of living with food allergies, I am beginning to learn how the different foods effect me and finding new and creative recipes to use to avoid those allergens.