Monday, February 7, 2011

Allergies... who knew?

I found out last week that I have a lot of allergies. I had no idea. I've been doing some research into them and I have to say... thank goodness I found raw 3.5 years ago. If I was discovering these allergies without the knowledge of a raw food lifestyle behind me... I'd be completely devastated and confused right now. I wouldn't know what to eat. I wouldn't know how to survive!

Thankfully... I already have these items out of my diet (for the most part) and the ones I allowed... well they are now gone gone gone. I will miss my strawberries... but they are not worth the discomfort my body endures for them.

Okay... so here's the list!

Things I need to avoid due to my allergies:

Glucosamine is made from shells and should be avoided...

Shellfish Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Abalone
Calamari
Clams
Cockle
Crab
Crawfish
Crayfish
Crevette
Ecrevisse
Escargot
Langouste
Lobster
Mollusk
Mussel
Octopus
Oyster
Prawn
Sea urchin
Scallop
Shrimp
Snail
Squid

Soy Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Edamame
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Miso
Shoyu sauce
Soy
Soya
Soy albumin
Soy fiber
Soy flour
Soy (infant) formula
Soy fruit
Soy grits
Soy milk
Soy nuts
Soy protein
Soy sauce
Soy sprouts
Soybean
Soybean curd
Soybean granules
Tamari
Tempeh
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP)
Tofu
Worcestershire sauce

These foods may contain soy:

Artificial cheese
Butter substitues
Canned tuna
Cereals
Coffee substitutes
Gravies
Hamburger patties
Hot dogs
Hydrolyzed plan protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Ice cream
Natural flavoring
Peanut butter
Sauces
Soups
Vegetable broth
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch
Worcestershire sauce

Wheat Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Bran
Bread crumbs
Bulgur
Cereal extract
Cracker meal
Durum
Enriched flour
Farina
Gluten
Graham flour
High gluten flour
High protein flour
Kamut
Pasta
Seitan
Semolina
Soft wheat flour
Spelt
Vital gluten
Wheat
Whole wheat berries
Whole wheat flour

These foods may contain wheat:

Cereals
Gelatinized starch
Hydrolyzed vegetable proteins
Imitation crab
Meat substitutes
Modified food starch
Natural flavoring
Soy sauce
Starch
Vegetable gum
Vegetable starch

Egg Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Albumin
Coagulant
Egg (dried, powdered, solid, white,yolk)
Eggnog
Emulsifier
Globulin
Livetin
Lecithin
Lysozyme
Mayonnaise
Meringue
Ovalbumin
Ovomucin
Ovomucoid
Ovotransferrin
Ovovitella
Ovovitellin
Simplesse®
Vitellin

Cow's Milk Allergy - Avoid foods that contain:

Artificial butter flavor
Butter
Butter fat
Butter oil
Buttermilk
Casein
Caseinates
Cheese
Cream
Condensed milk
Cottage cheese
Curds
Custard
Ghee
Goat’s milk
Half and Half
Lactalbumin
Lactoglobulin
Lactose
Lactulose
Milk (whole, low fat, non-fat, skimmed)
Milk derivative
Milk powder
Milk protein
Nougat
Pudding
Rennet Casein
Sour cream
Sour cream solid
Sour milk
Whey
Yogurt

These foods may contain cow's milk:

Bavarian cream
Biscuit
Brown sugar
Caramel flavoring
Cake
Canned tuna
Coconut cream
Cookies
Cream sauce
Cream soup
High protein flour
High protein powder
Ice cream
Instant mashed potatoes
Luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausages
Margarine
Muffins
Packet soups
Pies
Puddings
Sausages
Sherbet
Whipped cream

Funny thing is they recommend using soy milk or rice milk when you have a milk allergy... and I'm allergic to both of those. Thankfully... almond milk, hazelnut milk etc. are much healthier and I can prepare them in my Vita-Mix.

Symptoms of food allergies: this is the one that I have experienced.

Angioedema: This is a term used to denote swelling of certain parts of the body, such as the lips, tongue, throat, and the area around the eyes. Swelling of the tongue and throat can be very dangerous and it can result in severe difficulties breathing. Sometimes, the swelling can be inside the body. For example, the lining of the intestines can swell, resulting in abdominal pain, and cramping.

Body... I love, honour and cherish you. Thank you for allowing me to live within you and experience this life through you. I promise to put your needs first and foremost... forever.

love,
Aleesha

I am allergic to: (in order of severity)
demerol
codeine
horsehair
rice
cow's milk and all dairy products
gelatin
wheat
lamb
goat's milk
strawberries
coffee
soy
shellfish
haydust
cereal (like in a box)
eggs
pussy willows
grass

1 comment:

  1. I'm allergic to vegetable gum (which includes gelatin) although when I was tested, the allergen tested is called gum acacia. I have yet to meet anyone else who has it or who has heard of it. Were you tested for this gum as well?

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