How do you do a food elimination diet?

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couchtater
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   Posted 6/20/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm curious how do you do a food allergy elimination diet?
The other day I was eating a peanut butter & honey on whole wheat sandwich and I got a smear on my arm. When I went to wipe it off with my finger tip there was a red streak under it. [img]/community/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]



I thought peanut reaction (something new). I decided to smear peanut butter on my arm to confirm it (no reaction). Well, honey....nope. Maybe the Wheat? Nope.



I went off wheat for a week and didn't feel any different. Lost 4 pounds though.



Today I had cereal for the first time today in over a week and suffered from stomach cramps immediately. My stomach rolled and pinched for most of the day.

My mouth is kinda tender this afternoon. It's like I burned it with hot food, but I didn't eat anything hot today. Teeth senisitive, too.



What's going on?? Is it food allergies?



Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2010 4:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Joy,


Some health care practitioners prescribe an Elimination Diet followed by food challenges. In an Elimination Diet, any food that is suspected of causing an allergy or intolerance is eliminated for a period of four days to three weeks, until symptoms are gone. Depending on the severity and type of symptoms, an Elimination Diet may range from moderately to severely restrictive in the amount of foods allowed.



However, Elimination Diets typically include a variety of hypoallergenic foods including lamb, pears, apples, rice, most vegetables, most beans and legumes (except peanuts) and the "non-gluten" grains (for example, millet, quinoa, and amaranth). Once the body has adjusted to the absence of suspected foods, these foods are systematically added back into the diet, and any resulting symptoms are recorded.



Wheat intolerance, wheat allergy, and wheat sensitivity are all terms frequently used to described adverse reaction to this food. Remember there is wheat in products you would never think of. Hot dogs, luncheon meats, meat tenderizer, malted milks and drinks, puddings, salad dressings and mustard to name a few.



I hope you figure out if you do have an allergy to wheat or not ? Take care.



Kindly,



Kitt

Reis9375
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   Posted 7/19/2010 12:56 PM (GMT -7)   
elimination diets are very hard to do, make sure you read everything on the label if you attempt this, with the foods you purchase. ive tried several times to do this diet, after skin allergy testing and found it to be quite difficult....goodluck!
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