At The End Of My Rope - Food Allergies

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 12/28/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with a mountain of food allergies and intolerances back in August. I knew it was going to take some getting my head around and adjusting to. This I was prepared for, but I'm still finding it such a huge daily struggle and am almost at a complete loss as to what to eat. I'm still not getting anywhere near enough calories down me on a daily basis ... I feel weak, lightheaded and ravenous, not all but alot of the time. The only good side to all of this is my IBS/upset tummies have improved dramatically ... but feel I am fading fast down a new road of ill health due, I suspect, to lack of nutrition/calories.
All I pretty much eat day to day is ...
Breakfast : Banana, toast with a dairy free spread
Lunch : Rice with frozen peas and either tuna or the one vegetarian "chicken" substitute I can about tolerate OR homemade tuna & potato cakes
Tea : Frozen oven chips (there are only 2 types I can eat due to my additive & preservative allergies)
Supper : Same as breakfast
Aside from all of the allergies which include ALL dairy, oats, various fruits, herbs and spices, alcohol, chocolate, crisps, and the additives ... Tartrazine, all sulphites, MSG and Sacharine ... I am also a vegetarian which restricts me further. Add to this my IBS no go foods of which there are many (including most vegetarian based products, qourn and soya) ... nuts, seeds, green vegetables (if I do live dangerously and brave a full cooked meal 2 sprouts are my limit), onion, all tomato based foods, anything spicy, fried. And large amounts of sugar which is a killer for my anxiety .... it leaves me with pretty much no remaining options and I am starting to get pretty desperate.
I know I can't go on like this but I just don't know what else I can try. I am more than happy to accept a bland and limited diet but my main concerns right now are my ever decreasing weight, feeling and looking malnourished and generally washed out almost every day.
I know pasta is a good weigh gainer but I can't eat it dry ... and I can't use any sauces.
Inbetween meal snacking is also nigh on impossible as there is so little I could have ...
Does anyone have any idea's atall? Or any similar experiences they could share with me to maybe give me some hope? I really am at a total loss as to where to go from here. Just lately I can hardly bear to face another day feeling and struggling like this ... With the new year right around the corner I would dearly love to have some hope to cling on to ... NOT remaining wedged tightly between this current rock and a hard place sad

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/31/2007 4:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Your "bad food" list and mine are nearly identical. But the sulfites are what are limiting the most items for you (I know - I too cannot tolerate sulfites and because of that, many, many foods are off limits). There is one solution: Vitamin B12 in huge amounts will neutralize the sulfites, and thus possibly enable you to eat some additional low-sulfite foods again (such as tomato products, etc.) in moderation (quantity is a big issue with sulfite intolerance). Ask your doctor for a prescription for Vitamin B12 injections you can take weekly at first, then after a while you will probably be able to reduce the frequency of the injections. And also have on hand an oral supplement (at least 1000mcg/sublingual tablet) you can take immediately if you have a sulfite reaction, or before you eat something you know contains sulfites as prevention. It takes a bit of time on the weekly injections to restore the proper enzyme function (the sulfite oxidase enzyme depends on Vitamin B12 to function correctly).  The best form for both the injections and the oral Vitamin B12 is Methylcobolamine (the less expensive form of Vitamin B12, Cyanocobolamine, has a tendency to cause side-effects of insomnia when taken in large quantities frequently). You'll probably have to have the injections specially compounded, at least I have to get mine from a compounding pharmacy here in the USA.
You also will need to supplement Zinc, Magnesium, Iron, and Molybdenum (just take whatever the recommended dose is on the bottle, no need for excess of these minerals) to support the sulfite oxidase enzyme.

Good luck & take care from a fellow vegetarian,

Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, Very Low Lymphocyte Counts (T-Cells & B-Cells), malabsorption/malnutrition, possible Lyme Disease (Igenex Lab IgM WesternBlot positive), etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, MaxAir, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Essential Oils, Homeopathy.

Post Edited (Razzle) : 12/31/2007 2:33:54 AM (GMT-7)

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