Happy New Year everyone!
This is the year I’m going to introduce some old foods back into my diet or least test them out for how allergic I am to them now (versus a few years ago).
Some of these foods I may do as a food challenge in a doctor’s office; some I may try with a safe person nearby with meds at the ready, but I’m going do it.
Don’t think for one second that because I’m blogging about it that I’m in any way cavalier about this endeavor. I’m totally scared about doing this; I may even punk out on trying a few of these. However, most of these foods on my list I’ve had a least once (or used to eat regularly like tuna). And for one reason or another, I gave them up.
For the foods that gave me an itchy throat or itchy lips, I feel I need to test if they still do like eggplant or honeydew melon. For something like lemongrass, it put me to sleep. Which was weird, it was like I was drugged but I should try it again. For foods that I gave up after starting an elimination diet in 2005, I think it’s time to start to add some things back in and see what happens--trying any of these might give me 2-3 days of stomach discomfort, bloating, rumbling etc. etc.. and I will futher refine what I can and shouldn’t be eating. Notice I am not testing tree-nuts nor salmon, my biggies. No need; there's still an issue. But these outliers, they need to be tested.
Wondering why I’m not taking a blood test to determine my allergies? Because blood tests are inconclusive.
What is conclusive? You eat a food and you have an adverse reaction.
Here’s what the esteemed allergist and colleague Jay M. Portnoy, M.D., has to say about this from a press release on the America College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology site.
In short: "Just because you have a positive test to a food doesn’t mean you are allergic to the food," Dr. Portnoy said. "It is really important that the symptoms correspond to the test. Personally, I’m still seeing a lot of patients who have been told by a physician not to eat foods because of positive test results, when in fact they have never had a problem with the food. You don’t want to avoid food that you are not allergic to, but you do want to avoid foods that you are allergic to. Allergists can be helpful in determining this because they have special training and experience in interpreting the test results."
So, here is my list of new/old/scary foods to try and if they don’t make me allergic or give me GI distress I may add or re-add them to my diet. At the very least, I will know where I stand now. Here’s the list in no particular order:
Fish--tuna, cod, flounder, fluke, sardines, anchovies
Soy, tofu, edamame, soy milk
**REMINDER: This blog documents my personal journey. It does not substitute for medical advice. Please consult your personal physician or allergist to make the best decision for your health and that of your family’s.**