My family began eating strict vegetarian a month ago. (yay!)
Today I had a handful of almonds (to which I am allergic to and typically will have an immediate itchy swelled throat reaction) and to my delight I had zero reaction!! Then to really test my theory that the dairy might have been causing my food allergies, I went home and grabbed a banana which I am also allergic to, and ate the whole thing without an itchy throat in sight! This seems too good to be true!! I have always been allergic to almonds, avocado, apples and bananas...which I eat anyway but I always have to put up with the pesky 15-20 minute reaction of itchy swollen throat, tingly mouth and lips and itchy ears. Maybe dairy free is my answer?!!
Wait, there's more...
My oldest daughter, who suffers from ADHD/sensory disorder among a few other issues, seems to have inherited my food allergy issues. But we've never been able to pinpoint which foods make her react. Her pattern typically looks like this: two or three times a month, Emma's lips will look bright red. When this happens, she says her lips feel tingly. The next day, usually her lips swell up as though she's been stung by a bee. Next her mood swings and behavioral meltdowns will happen. Swollen lips = terribly unhappy cranky explosive Emma. That has always been the case. Since we switched to vegan eating...Emma hasn't had a lip reaction the whole time. This past weekend, my oldest girls went off with our neighbors to a birthday celebration and had cheese pizza. (I wasn't prepared and didn't want to be rude to my neighbors when they asked.) So this was on Saturday. By Saturday night - you guessed it - bright red lips on my Emma and sad eyes on her. :( By Sunday, lips swollen as can be. All day yesterday, swollen lips. Yesterday evening...massive meltdown in our car. She nearly blew our eardrums out screaming about how mean we were to her.
Have I found our solution?
Do I just have to keep Emma off of dairy to prevent the lip swelling and perhaps even her severe mood swings? Since she's been on lithium orotate, she has gotten better but we still deal with these breakthrough fits which always seem to coorelate with food reactions.
Anyone with experience on all this? I'm feeling hopeful. :)