I have found over the last few years that I have more food allergies then you can shake a stick at! It all started when I could not keep any food down and the doctors could not, with all their tests, figure out what was wrong with me. This is when I started keeping a food/allergy journal.
A food journal is not a substitute for the guidance of your physician. Rather, it is a supplement.
Food allergies are quite common, especially in the young and as you start aging.
Begin by eliminating the most common triggers of food allergies:
- Citrus Fruits
- Egg Whites
- Peanut Butter
Then after one week, with none of these foods in your diet, start introducing them back into your diet, slowly, one by one and write down, in your food journal, how you react to them. Jot down if you seem tired, irritable, happy. How do you feel, what is your mood, grumpy etc. Do your joints burn, do you have dancing legs, sleepless nights.
Each time you eat, mark the time and write down every food you eat, (in a single colum) including brand names, beverages, and frying oils. Note any additions, toppings, sides or additives. The goal is to be as complete and truthful as possible. Do update your journal immediately after eating; this is one of those tasks that is easiest to do after each meal or snack. Write it down while you still remember.
If you experience symptoms, in the colum next to the foods, write down a brief discription of your symptoms/reactions. While your physician is in the best position to determine whether the most recent meal or any snack item has actually caused the symptoms, this is a good way to keep the journal organized.
A lot of people are allergic to the additives in processed foods. I now make my own bread in order to avoid these additives. I also grow a lot of my own vegetables to avoid GMO’s or Genetically Modified Foods.
Nightshade Allergy Symptoms
The first symptoms of the affects of nightshades are sleepiness, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, dancing legs within the first hour after ingesting and often migraine headaches within 24 hours. Many people suffer with chronic joint pain due to a sensitivity to nightshade plants, which will eventually lead to arthritis if ignored.
The nightshade family of plants are eggplant, peppers, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, hot peppers, eggplants, pimentos, huckleberries, tomatillos, paprika, ground cayenne pepper and hot sauce. and yes . . . even blueberries and tobacco. These plants have alkaloids which can cause inflammation and cause allergic reactions. If a person is allergic to one nightshade food, then there is a 75% chance they will be allergic to all nightshades.
Nightshade allergies seem to have more symptoms than other food allergens. Here is a partial list of symptoms which can result from a nightshade allergy:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Joint pain
- Upset stomach
- Skin swelling
MayoClinic.com states “The best treatment for an allergy to nightshade vegetables is to eliminate them from your diet. If you accidentally consume nightshade vegetables, use an antihistamine to treat minor allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, watery eyes and hives. Over-the-counter digestive medications will have no effect on digestive symptoms until the proteins pass.”
Eliminating foods in the nightshade family may provide pain relief for arthritis sufferers. Research suggests that some people may be sensitive to the alkaloids found in nightshade, or Solanaceae, foods. Along with joint pain, the nightshade foods may cause muscle spasms and digestive upset. You may find some common substitutes for the nightshade foods helpful.
I am not an expert, but this is what helped me determine my food allergies!
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