So since starting Paleo, my body's reactions to foods is standing out to me more, which I think is a very good thing. I'm eating simply enough to be able to tell how I feel. I'm wondering if anyone had info on chitinase/latex type food reactions. I'd like to test this out on myself, but the list of possible offenders is long, so it'll be a huge pain and I wanted to check here for personal experiences first. I had a bad reaction to chamomile a few days ago and now a couple of canker sores. Also, nose itchy/runny. So I'm curious if I can get rid of things in my diet (forget the airborn stuff I guess). And can I reduce allergy reactions in my life overall without really squashing my immune system? What foods have you reacted to (not stomach/digestive issues so much as low grade itchiness, runny nose, foggy headache, etc...) and how have you handled/improved things? My goals include: reducing overall inflammation, increasing energy, reducing brain fog, having awesome skin. I also had a rather big reaction to goat cheese once that I'm mostly sure was due to the local goat diet, not the milk proteins.
Since you ask, "What foods have you reacted to (not stomach/digestive issues so much as low grade itchiness, runny nose, foggy headache, etc...) and how have you handled/improved things?" Here's my response: I have had itchy/runny nose reactions to peanut butter and to bananas, and I cut both items out of my diet completely. For both, it took a long time to figure out that those foods were the culprits. Keep a food journal, and jot down symptoms you experience, what time you have them, etc. so it's a little easier to pinpoint what food might be doing it.
I've also had reactions to nuts (almonds mostly) that involved really bad, two-day-long headaches. With the nuts it seems to be dose dependent (I can get away with a little but not a lot!). Since I don't do moderation well, I've cut nuts out completely.
I have since added bananas back into my diet but on a 4-day rotation, and things seem fine so far. I have been trying to actually put my entire paleo diet into a strict 4-day rotation but sometimes I get lazy. To be quite honest, all the supplementing of enzymes/HCl, l-glutamine, probiotics, etc. has not improved my food reactions; only elimination and careful reintroduction on a rotation basis has helped anything. Oh, and of course being PALEO in the first place made a big difference in seasonal allergies. But now it's the tweaking to get rid of the food rxns and remaining symptoms.
I have to stress, that if you do go the elimination route and your symptoms improve, leave that food out of your diet for a long time (several months even?). If/when you reintroduce, don't go back to eating it everyday or in large quantities, because you run the risk of becoming "allergic" again.
A book I found helpful regarding food families and rotating foods was If This Is Tuesday, It Must Be Chicken.
If someone else has more effective strategies than elimination/rotation for food reactions, I would be so grateful to hear about them! Please share!
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