So I didn’t get very far on the below list from last year. But I am determined to do more this year. Remember: regardless of food allergy testing, a food challenge is THE gold standard to tell your reaction to a food. So I need to simply get my groove on, and try these, either at home with a safe friend and medications on hand or in the doctor’s waiting room. Wish me luck!
Here’s last year’s list with what I tried and what I have left to try:
FA stands for known food allergy.
FI stands for known food intolerance.
NF stands for a new food, something I haven’t eaten.
If nothing it means it’s a food I used to eat without issue, stopped eating for some reason and want to reintroduce in order to expand my diet.
Flax seed – NF- I have a bag of seeds on my kitchen counter. I need to set up a time when someone can sit with me.
Hemp milk – NF – I have samples from the Hemp Milk people, I just need to do it already. I haven’t heard of anyone having adverse reactions.
Coconut water – I have a container in my fridge waiting for me.
Coconut oil – haven’t ingested but have used Tropical Traditions samples of virgin organic oil as moisturizer without issue.
Coconut milk - am OK.
Mango – will wait until they are back in season.
Papaya – NF- will wait until they are back in season.
Melons – FA- will wait until they are back in season.
Winter squashes – have some butternut in my fridge now, mocking me. I haven’t tried it yet.
Eggplant – FA- too afraid.
Lemongrass – FI/FA – I have some teas that were sent to me with lemongrass. Shall I try? Afraid.
Goat’s milk – FI - burpalicious. What they say about it being less-lactose-filled wasn’t true for me.
Sheep’s milk - FI - Also burpalicious. What they say about it being less-lactose-filled wasn’t true for me.
Yogurt- FI - frozen and regular - burpalicious but it’s doable in a pinch. Thankfully!
Fish like tuna, cod, flounder, sardines, anchovies – haven’t even begun to contemplate. Tinned sardines or tuna might be my first foray if I get there.
Shellfish-shrimp – oy. Haven’t even considered this yet.
Wheat – FI – who has a few days to take off and try? But I will.
Soy, tofu, edamame, soy milk – FI – haven’t tried yet.
Cow’s milk – FI- whole milk Lactaid gave me some serious FI issues. Cow’s milk may be pushing it.
Pumpkin Seeds – need to get on this one.
Sunflower Seeds – have a pack in my cabinet. Will get there soon.