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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I Guess I'll Just Starve To Death, Then.

Just got back from getting my allergies tested.  Even though I know I have issues with them, I have never bothered to be formally tested before.  I just figured I'd stay away from cats and cow's milk and I'd be okay.

Well.

I'm a mess.

I'm allergic to feathers.  Good-bye my wonderful down comforter and my even more wonderful down coat.  Although, I don't know if I'm going to get rid of the coat.  It's too warm, and did the allergy tester not notice where I live?

I'm allergic to gasoline, exhaust, and diesel fumes.  I guess Joel gets to fill up the car from now on.  Actually, I hate doing it because I usually get a wonderful migraine shortly afterward.  Now I know why.

I'm allergic to perfume??????  NO!  I rather like my perfume.  But I'll not wear it for a couple weeks and see if I feel better.

Mold, cats, grass, pollen....all unsurprising.

Then there's the foods.

Cow's milk.  Cheese.  Yogurt.  Eggs.  Corn.  Wheat.  Soy.  Additives and preservatives.  Mushrooms.  Citrus.  Pineapple.  Lactose.  Sugar.  Caffeine.  CHOCOLATE.

And some other stuff that I can't remember right now.

I haven't felt good for years.  I knew it had to do with my diet, so I've now been off sugar for a few months.  But I am still not feeling good enough.  Which is why I decided to do this.  I'm glad to know because, after all, knowing is half the battle.

I'm just a little worried about what I actually CAN eat.  Wheat, corn and soy?  They're in nearly everything on the face of the earth.

The bright side?  I now have absolutely no excuse for not losing weight.  Since I can't eat anything, the weight is sure to come off.

Right?

49 comments :

  1. You can eat broccoli, but don't you dare put cheese on it.


    So what are your dinner plans?

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  2. I am scared to get tested, I am afraid my list would be similar to yours. . . and I love food! But I am so tired of being tired. Headaches. I could go on forever.

    I would be so sad about the citrus and cheese. Two of my favorite things. (although I know cheese gives me problems, I just like it too much!)

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  3. There are so many forum and support groups out the now online! Don't worry you aren't alone! Here is a book that I have heard is helpful. http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Gluten-Free-Grocery-Guide/dp/0977611132/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260547808&sr=1-6

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  4. A good friend of mine's husband has a similar allergy list. He was sick and lethargic and had terrible digestion ALL the time. When he cut out wheat, corn and soy, he dropped twenty five pounds in three months and never felt better... I've talked to his wife about the dietary changes, and how they affected her entire family. It all sounded pretty strange at first, but they have totally adapted and really, they are all healthier for it. Good luck!

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  5. Oh, wow! I wonder if I'm allergic to some things.

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  6. Have you thought of maybe getting your girls tested too? Sometimes it is easier to make lifestyle changes if there are also other in the family who need/ want to do it too.

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  7. Bria and Chloe have been tested. They have similar lists, although not quite as long as mine. They're young yet, though.

    Like Bria is highly allergic to soy, but not corn. And Chloe has corn and wheat, but not soy.

    Sophia hasn't ever been tested yet. I'll have to do her soon.

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  8. Wow-I am so sorry. Well, when you figure out what you can eat, let me know. It's sure to be healthy, and I need some good ideas on healthy eating. :)

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  9. Sugar, Caffeine AND Chocolate?! What ever WILL you do? I'm spazing out for you. Ok. I'll stop now.

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  10. Wow.
    Sometimes I wonder how real all those tests are. My mom recently told me that 1 in 10 people is allergic to wheat. Frankly, if we're all gonna die, we're all gonna die -- and I want to go down eating bread. :)

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  11. OK this is really starting to make me worry! How can a person survive? What do you live on? How do you prepare meals? does that mean the the Easter Bunny will pass you by? I love your blog! You are an amazing woman! I am sorry that you are having such trouble.....please keep us all updated, maybe you will start a new wave of EATING THE RIGHT FOODS and get us all in SHAPE LOL! husgs and smiles...
    lindalusbtdt.blogspot.com

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  12. Mmmm, I don't like those allergy tests. Much. At. All.

    I'm terrified that I might find out I'm allergic to the main course of my life: chocolate.

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  13. This might not be what you want to hear. I was also allergic to essentials like wheat, wheat alternatives, dairy...all of the essentials. IT WAS THE WORST MONTH OF MY LIFE!!!!!! Just so we're clear. I have bad allergies, but i would take those over having to change my diet drastically, especially since the rest of my family did not.
    What i did eat was rice cakes with peanut butter. I would snack on peanuts and other nuts. Do you know what good that did me? Since i was nursing Jens at the time, it caused Jens to pick up the nut allergy. And now i carry an EpiPen. All for the sake of this lousy food diet. I quit and swear i will never do it again.
    Sorry. I just had to tell you. Hope it turns out better for you.

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  14. Ack! I have a gluten allergy and that's bad enough. I'm so sorry--what a truly difficult challenge. Some doctors say that if you stay away from a particular food religiously for 6 months, you can then eat it again once every four days without symptoms. Hoping, for your sake, that it's true (didn't work for me and the gluten, though).

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  15. Oh holy cow. This is very very disturbing. I'm so sorry. What are you going to eat???

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  16. Sometimes I think maybe I should be allergic to chocolate---I need the excuse to avoid it!

    I'm allergic to perfume as well. I get monster headaches just walking through the perfume section in stores and the stuff never stayed on me anyway.

    Good luck figuring out your diet!!

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  17. FAAN.org has some good resources for food allergies. We're on there a lot these days since we have a suspected peanut allergy. I'd say get with a nutritionist as well, they can teach you how to read food labels and how to replan your diet. Sorry to hear this, but now you know.

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  18. Wow! Sis. Leonard might be a good a good resource b/c she's allergic to gluten. I asked her about it once, and she pretty much eats fruit and salads with the few grains she can eat. If you're worried about losing weight, I think you'd have no problem shedding the pounds on a diet like that!

    Thanks for your ideas about Facebook. I've been deliberating whether or not to start up my own account. I'm REALLY hesitant. But you just might have convinced me...

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  19. CORN!! Aaagh that is really tough one. Actually you've already beaten it to the punch by looking for and eliminating the HFCS. Gluten-free products are pretty common now, and so you may still even be able to bake cookies. Think Vegan when it comes to baking without milk and eggs. Rice milk will be your friend. How know I any of this?? A bloggy friend with a daughter with serious allergies. Here's her recipe blog http://lollipoprecipebox.blogspot.com/
    She's been cooking for serious allergies for 6 years now, I'm sure you'll find others out there too. But if you need/want a place to start, go check her out. Good luck Lara, the key really is to look at things you CAN eat. The NO list can easily become the focus, don't let it.

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  20. Wow! It is unfortunate that you are allergic to all of those foods, but what are you left with? Mainly fruits and vegtables, which are so good for you. So in addition to eating that healthy stuff because you HAVE to, that same stuff will get and keep your weight in check. (You look great, by the way)
    That sounds like the kind of diet that I need! Being forced in to it stinks, but at least you are left with very healthy foods to choose from. (You didn't mention rice, did you? Brown rice is very yummy and good for you)
    I guess what I am saying is, look on the bright side! I think you can and will choose to look at it with a positive attitude. That's my impression of you...

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  21. Yipes! I will be interested to hear how you work around all of those. Sorry :(

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  22. Your title cracked me up. This is exactly why I don't want to get allergy tested. But then again, it might solve my weight from babies issue. Maybe I should just live off of broccoli and soy milk.

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  23. I really want to make some nice comments, but I can only think of dumb things to say like "Geesh. Sucks to be you!", so see? I should just keep my mouth shut.

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  24. I am really sorry to hear this. I feel like the last commenter-I wish I had something very comforting or hopeful or at least funny to say. I hope you work through it and can at least find a way to eat chocolate. I do hope it helps you feel better, though.

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  25. I'm so sorry you have all of these allergies!

    When my dad was a young boy, he was tested for stuff. He really jumped on the fact that he was allergic to most green vegetables, especially green beans. His mom couldn't MAKE him eat them if he was allergic.

    He has never touched one since. I wonder if he has grown out of it by now?

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  26. I am so sorry to hear this! It is going to be tough for awhile until you figure out what you can eat. I suffer from kidney stones & here is the list of things you can't eat: chocolate, spinach, asparagus, peanuts (no peanut butter!!), pecans, pepper (which I love instead of salt), protein from animals (chicken, beef, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, ice cream) soy (that means no tofu, too) & caramel colored drinks (colas, tea, coffee, even decaf). Also, you cannot have food with high sodium. So I can relate, to a degree. I feel terrible for you!

    For your mold/ dust allergies I highly recommend getting a good vacuum (& let hubby empty it outside) & possibly a HEPA filter on your furnace (we had one installed) which may help. Also, I have found allergy shots to be helpful along with an antihistamine (Claritin, Allegra, etc) and a nasal spray (flonase). Your dr. will help you to choose a plan that will help alleviate the symptoms & you will feel better!

    There is comfort in knowing why you haven't been feeling well. It is much easier to work with known factors & coming up with a plan! I will keep you in prayers. Good luck Lara!

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  27. My sister felt bad for years and finally figured out she has a gluten intolerance. Doing much better now.

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  28. Look at it this way, you can eat all the steak you want. (I love red meat so that sounds good to me.)

    I once heard that no one is allergic to rice and chicken.

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  29. Mushrooms? Oh, I'd off myself today.

    Seriously, I'm very sorry for all the allergies. *hugs* Praying for you.

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  30. Oh my goodness. Wow, wow, wow. Is it ok if I laugh at the label you put on this post? Because here it comes... lol!

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  31. Oh, Lara...this really stinks! I'm so sorry! I remember how depressed I was when I got my lovely little celiac diagnosis. It really killed me to think of all the things I would never again eat in my life. Feel free to feel rotten for a while! I'll have to check my favorite gluten-free products and recipes to see if they can be used in your diet. Try to find the silver lining! I have to admit I love weighing less than when I got married...

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  32. Oh you poor thing. That's amazing! I think I will just live with my symptoms and not get tested so I don't have to stop eating stuff.

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  33. Hi Lara. This can't be a very good challenge to have, I'm sorry for that.
    I am starting to question WHY all of a sudden, in the last ten years or so, EVERYONE is being diagnosed with all kinds of allergies to everything. I used to never hear of it, now it is all the time. It makes me wonder as to exactly WHAT is triggering all of these allergic reactions?
    I have food problems, mainly over-eating and no exercise, but I need to turn to the Word of Wisdom to combat these, at some point I will and make the necessary lifestyle changes. (Probablly when my health rapidly deteriorates and I have no other options) I wonder if strictly following the word of wisdom would correct any and all diet problems out there? Just a thought.--Amanda B.

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  34. Oh wow Lara I am so sorry. Like many commenters I just don't know what to say. I wish you the best of luck in figuring out how to change your diet to the foods you can eat. I am finding it hard to believe that you are allergic to all of these things. How can that be? Plz keep us updated on what you will be doing/eating. Maybe we all need to consider serious diet changes. GOOD LUCK and HUGS!!!

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  35. Oh man. I'm very sorry. Very. I hope you figure it all out soon and get feeling better. I'd love to be updated on how you're managing. Good luck!

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  36. Oats, nuts, barley, flaxseed flour, and a few other replacers and you should be good to go! With the exception of chocolate-I am weeping for you right now! You are in my prayers!

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  37. I'm sorry, Steph's comment made me laugh. Thank goodness for the internet. I'm confident there will be a lot of support groups, recipe exchanges, and so forth to help you with this!

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  38. Oh, honey, I am sorry. While the health benefits of changing your diet will be wonderful, it does make food preparation a lot more complicated. I have zero practical advice, but I wish you lots of luck!

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  39. Oof. That's a tough one. I'm so sorry that the list of allergies is longer than you thought. I wonder how much of it has to do with how processed something is, though. Are you allergic to all wheat, or just bread and cereal (processed wheat), for example? Straight-up cane sugar? Or high-fructose stuff? What about beet sugar? I always wonder this stuff when I get tested for things—what is it they're actually testing me for? Sometimes I feel like test results just end up asking more questions, instead of answering them. Here's hoping you get some answers, and soon.

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  40. Oh man, That is JUNK!!!

    Food is such a struggle and now add this to it... so sorry!!

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  41. I thought for certain that this blog title indicated some rant by one of your daughters. Hmmm..now I know where they get it from huh?
    Sorry about the allergies. Mostly chocolate. I don't know what you're supposed to eat if you can't eat chocolate everyday. Good luck. Let me know if there's anything worth eating.

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  42. Um, wow?

    I'm remembering some article I read recently (was it in Time?) that allergies are over-diagnosed and we don't have half the allergies doctors say we do.

    Maybe you should check it out?

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  43. first, I am sorry to hear that, second, you should share a list of symptoms, and reactions. That might be really helpful to others.

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  44. Did they give you the severity of what you are allergic too?

    I was just thinking that if one or two of them are like a 1 or a 2 maybe you can sneak those in every once in a while without too great of consequences.

    I'm so sorry. I hope that the improvement in the way that you feel makes up for the things that you can't eat.

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  45. Hi, I read your blog, but not the comments, just now. So you may have answered this already, but -- Where did you go to get your allergies tested? Was it far away? Did your insurance cover it? And what the heck ARE you going to eat?

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  46. I have most of the same. It sucks huh? I feel for you. Allergies are VERY debilitating. I've missed a LOT of fun times in my life because of Allergies. It's my goal in life to cure them somehow. I just haven't figured that out yet. Though I will say that taking apple cider vinegar as a daily tonic AND upon a reaction (especially if you ate something that is bugging you) it helps take the attack away. Look up apple cider vinegar and allergies...lots of info.

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  47. This sounds so familiar! If you'd like some good dairy free recipes, I have a bunch of vegan stuff on my sidebar. Good luck with this!

    http://rtheyallyours.blogspot.com

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  48. My word! That's a lot of allergies. I thought my sister-in-law had it bad when her son was diagnosed with Cyliac disease, leaving them unable to cook with wheat products and soy. At least they're able to have dairy. Anyway, there's lots of stuff out there now (cookbooks and food products) for people with your allergies, so I hope you really don't starve to death.

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