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   Posted 3/3/2017 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone IM LOOKING FOR NEW RECIPES to eat allergic and very sensitive to sulfites, I been this way for awhile but getting bored with food and eating the wrong foods also i been having higher then normal blood pressure 140s and i've been taking claritin a lot because my throat gets itchy and claritin helps, does anyone have this problem.

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   Posted 3/3/2017 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Anna.

How do you know you are allergic, or is it sensitive, to sulfites? There isn't any approved test. Have you seen an allergist? Do you keep a food journal/diary? I had to keep a journal for months, on my allergist's directions.

I don't know if blood pressure is related to sulfites. Mine is a little high, but I think it's familial. I get stomach upset/gastric reflux and sometimes tachycardia when I go over my tolerance limit for sulfites. But I think most people get migraines as the main symptom. But these are sensitivity reactions, not allergic.

What foods make your throat itchy? It's possible to have more than one intolerance at the same time. I had to look up my list of foods and the words "food allergy" to find what my problem was. I'm just saying make sure it's only sulfites. A lot of foods overlap into different categories.

Mostly, there are no set recipes for sulfite avoidance. It depends on your level of tolerance. You can calculate that from the information in Rick Williams' free online book No Sulfites.

The main thing in recipes is to avoid processed foods. Cook from scratch. Don't use corn starch for thickening, or corn syrup for anything. Look up the ingredients in any recipe in any cookbook and just don't make food with high levels of sulfite - depending on your own level of intolerance, which you calculated from Rick's formulae. My level isn't horrible at 2000 micrograms a day. I can have one soda OR eat one small slice of plain cheese pizza, if I don't consume other high sulfite foods the same day.

Ask your allergist about the amount of Clairitin you take. I don't know how much "a lot" is, and I'm not a doctor either. Maybe your allergist can suggest something else to take. But mainly avoid your allergy triggers!

Best wishes!

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   Posted 3/3/2017 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Than you for the reply,
I started out eliminating the foods that bothered me years ag was my back up o like soda eggs and so on and one day I found a new allergist and went to him I also had problems with wine my asthma was bothering me so he did blood test and milk and thats thats how he came up with this so I following the diet and started to feel better that was maybe 10 years ago but now I'm off track and tired of the same old foods.
The Claritin I take almost everyday and when i had my blood pressure done it was a little high not normal for me because i do eat clean except for the cheating part the claritin was what i took before hand it worked but I developed a raw sore throat and i did some research and i did read allgergies can cause high blood pressure, so now im just looking to find foods to add in or recipes that maybe I'm not doing.

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   Posted 3/4/2017 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
All antihistamines can cause high blood pressure, so could just be the Claritin. Magnesium may help offset this side-effect. Don't get Magnesium citrate, that is loaded with sulfites; there are other forms available, just have to search.

Certified organic foods may have less or no sulfites, depending on the food item. This does not apply to tomatoes, grapes or other foods with naturally occurring sulfites, but does apply to other fresh fruits & veggies...sulfites are not allowed to be added to certified organic foods.

There are some good raw-food cookbooks out there that may have some interesting recipes to try. Search online also for recipes using specific foods you do like (that you know are low in sulfite).

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