So many allergies! Need help with diet change

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Peggy Pal
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 7/1/2008 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there! I'm new to the boards, so please excuse me if I seem a bit lost. :-)
Just some background: My very closest friend Wendy has never been too lucky healthwise. To list all her problems would take an hour to type out, and sometimes I have trouble understanding them myself! However, we are closer to each other than to our own family, so I am basically her main support system(hence why I joined this forum). She recently moved in with me as she cannot live alone, so we both have had to adjust. She is currently on 4 different meds and an inhaler, all of which she is very familiar with and doesn't need my help with. For the past 6 or 7 months she's been in relatively good health up until now. It's the latest bit of info we've received that I need help with. I just feel a bit overwhelmed and would like to hear some outsider suggestions and opinions.
Wendy just recently began having problems with her esophogus, throat, and digestive system. She was also breaking out in some small rashes. Among other things, she was tested for certain allergies she may have developed. It was revealed that she is allergic to soy, wheat and corn. The wheat allergy is not quite as severe, but her doctor is saying we should still try to eliminate it from her diet as much as possible.
To the point: I was hoping that some of you may be able to help with the dietary decisions we'll be making. We do plan on seeing a doctor to discuss a proper diet, but again, I would like to hear some outsider points, especially considering that they are three allergies that seem to be in nearly all foods! What kinds of foods, meals, ingredients, etc are available to us in general? Another problem is, while she has all these problems, up until now, she's been able to have a pretty normal diet. And she LOVES junk food, despite that fact that we've all told her that the more she eats, the more it hurts her. She's very upset by all this, and is insisting that it's just not worth it to not be able to eat anything she likes. I'm not sure how to handle this. I want her to realize that these dietary changes NEED to be made, but she seems resistant and in denial of the possible consequences. Your help would be appreciated. And sorry for the long post! tongue

Another Day
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 7/2/2008 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell!
It sounds like she was allergy tested, right?  You mentioned esophagus problems.  If she does have  acid reflux, it could be causing some of her asthma symptoms.  She would need to see a gastrointerologist.  I would work that out with her allergist.
I did have my esophagus repaired as well as a hiatal hernia because the reflux was coming all the way back up into my throat.  I can tell you it is not a surgery they just do every day.  They put you through a lot of diagnostic tests before they tell you that you need to have the surgery done.
You can get a lot of information about reflux under GERD/Heartburn right here on HealingWell.
Take care!

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   Posted 7/9/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Peggy sorry your friend and you in fact are suffering.When I read that your friend loves junk food the alarm bells rang.Junk food is full of additives that can cause an array of allergies, fat ,excessive sugar and salt and are no good to our bodies...cause high blood pressure and high colesterole and cost far more to buy than fresh veg, fruit and lean meat....beef, turkey, chicken and all fish. If you can slowly include these foods into the diet and ditch the junk it can only do good for wendys health and I can garentee she will feel more active and free from many of her health they say We are what we eat and I believe that .If you want any suppory with diet ...just get on the forum and we can exchange happy luv grooveyxx

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   Posted 7/12/2008 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
She sounds addicted to the things she is allergic to, hence why she doesn't want to give up her junk food. A person can eat very healthily without wheat, soy and corn (I'm allergic to these 3 also, plus many more). And there are some really tasty recipes that don't require any of these 3 foods. But the easiest way to transition is to do it slowly - one or two foods at a time. Look for substitutes online and in health food stores. Take her shopping with you and ask if she would agree to try alternatives to her regular junk foods once a day or once every few days just to get her used to the flavor of the alternatives. There are some excellent pretzels out there made from rice flour, for example.

I hope this helps - good luck,
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