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Food Allergies 101 - coping with food
If you have food allergies like I do, then perhaps you might want to share your thoughts and experiences with the rest of the community as to your challenges and how you cope with them...
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RE:Food Allergies 101 - coping with food
6/23/03 7:01 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
Hi everybody!

Considering this is one of my first posts on BeachBody.com (yes I just got my package in the mail the same morning I posted this topic), I should at least start giving back to the crowd that has given me a wonderful opportunity to become something more.

I have food allergies - tomatoes, peas, fish and shellfish. Oddly enough they were some of my favourite foods until I discovered a few years back they were the cause of so many health challenges. (Note: since I've stopped consuming the aforementioned foods, I've hardly been sick since). The only difficulty I have now is when I go anywhere outside my home for a bite to eat, finding safe choices are difficult to say the least. It's not the peas, fish or shellfish, but the tomatoes that are my biggest threat. Tomatoes are used in more foods and recipies than you can shake a stick at. Meat sauces, BBQ flavourings, dips, myriads of most foods such as soups and stews, snack foods (did you know that most flavoured potato chips are dusted with tomato powder to add extra flavour?) and yes, even nutritional supplements can be a potential threat. As much as I love food, it doesn't exactly love me.

How do I cope? Well, for one I've become an avid label reader - that's how I know so much of what I can and cannot eat. I've had to alter my diet; obvious, but it sometimes has forced me to eat foods that may not be particularly good for me beacuse there wasnt anything else available. I cannot go through a recipie book without having to disregard the majority of the recipies because thay use foods that I cannot touch. I have to choose what restaraunts I can and cannot go to because of either the foods they serve or how things are prepared. Talk about walking a tightrope sometimes... many people who truly fortunate enough not to have food allergies can't believe with what I and others must deal with.

My aim here in starting this topic is not only to help myself but others in finding healthy solutions to our diet choices (restrictions?) so that we can cope with our daily lives, especially when we're trying to make life changing decisions about our health (that's why I decided to do the Power90 routine). I'm particularly looking for a tomato substitute that I can use for when I come across recipies that call for tomatoes. Anybody have any suggestions? emoticon

Also if you have a workaround for an allergy that is different than mine, please feel free to share, beacuse there may be others in a similar situation as I am, but with the same allergy as you.

I've rambled along enough - time for me to "go press play" and get my body back to the shape God intended for me to have.

Cheers from Canada,
Eros Peterson

p.s. Instead of ketchup (catsup) I found that french salad dressing works wonders for burgers, hotdogs, most cooked veggies, and cooked eggs! Hope this helps you... emoticon
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RE:Food Allergies 101 - coping with food
6/25/03 12:44 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
I'm in much the same boat as you, but my food group is different. I'm allergic to anything which has been aged. That lets out cheese and vinegar. Now, I know we don't go to fast food places anymore, but ever try to have cheese taken off a taco? Next to impossible. And vinegar is in everything too, mayo, mustard, ketchup. I've found that since I gave it all up, I can now have small amounts and not suffer the blinding migranes I used to have. But I find it very difficult to think up creative recipies. All the books come with cheese or wine or something in the line of food I can't eat.
The best thing I've found is to watch carefully and don't be afraid to send food back. I always ask up front, but now I don't hesitate to send back my food that comes with grated cheese sprinkled liberaly over the top. Or that bowl of soup with onions and cheese or...well you get the idea.
I came here looking for ideas on foods to eat, but it sure is nice to find someone else like me. Thanks for making me feel not so alone in the world.
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RE:Food Allergies 101 - coping with food
7/19/03 7:51 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
I have recently discovered that I am allergic to dairy. I love dairy. I too am a label reader there are an incredible amount of foods with dairy. I do the best I can with recipes and try to add olive oil for flavor. Hang in there you get used to it after a while. I started 6/15/03
and am getting stroner all the time.
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RE: RE:Food Allergies 101 - coping with food
12/10/12 7:31 AM as a reply to tbbuser.
I have a customer who is severly allergic to yeast. She had a Comprehensive food panel done by her doctor and showed many other food she was allergic to. I plan on having one done as well. Do any of you know the yeast level in Shakeology? Also I know its Gluten Free so Im going to see if Im sensitive to gluten I tend to have the symptoms so worth a shot. She feels so much beter and isnt "bloated" looking like she was before.If you are interested go to www.foodallergy.com to order a prescreen kit
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RE: Food Allergies 101 - coping with food
1/16/13 6:19 PM as a reply to tbbuser.
Hello, my name is Kelly and I have allergies. ;)

I am immediately allergic to chocolate and cola which give me headaches/migraines and kiwi which causes itchy throat. I have many delayed allergies which were determined via a blood draw and lab. These affect my sinuses, primarily, and take effect within 4 days of eating them. The test results showed 4 highly allergic: asparagus, cane sugar, coffee, and pork, and 7 medium level items: banana, corn, egg yolk, grapes, lentils, onions, and red snapper. The mix makes eating really challenging but over time I found onions and pork to be the worse offenders. Try finding recipes without onions!

Luckily, I can eat garlic so I substitute that but it isn't the same. I'm also grateful for all the turkey based items - turkey bacon, turkey ham, etc. - that I can eat instead of pork.

The P90X diet is a challenge. Good luck to all my fellow sufferers!
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