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post #21 of 39
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Originally Posted by pek64 View Post

I'm not convinced dairy is the problem. For your daughter, anyway. I hope you share updates, especially from the food log. I am very curious, now.

 

Thanks...I suspect it could play a part but I just haven't figured out how exactly.  :)  I'll try to keep up with updates...you know me pek64...I'm a hot bipolar mess so I tend to be all over the map.

 

:)   Thanks for all the suggestions.

post #22 of 39

ok now a food log is pretty tedious stuff. 

 

but well worth it. 

 

it will show you patterns and help you with whether it is dairy or other things that are the problem. 

 

i would also check on her moods and see what kind of foods affect it, if it does. 

post #23 of 39
I think you have lots going for you!

Good luck with the food and mood log. It can be a pain, but is worth it.

She may be tolerant enough to have a reduced reaction if exposure is rare. I tend to think in terms of complete elimination, because I am so super sensitive. I have to remind myself that others have more flexibility.
post #24 of 39

I'm really curious to hear how this is progressing, too.  We follow a traditional foods diet, not vegan/vegetarian, but when we stopped drinking pasteurized dairy, my lifelong asthma basically healed itself, and the kids' eczema went away...so I join you in being cautiously optimistic!  Just curious, have you heard about GAPs and all the research about "healing" allergies and sensitivities?

post #25 of 39

Going off dairy has made a noticeable difference in my youngest daughter's asthma.  She's not off 100% because she does go to school and gets small amts there but just even having her off dairy at home has shown me positive changes.  I'm convinced if I could keep her 100% dairy-free, she would be off all her meds except during illness.

post #26 of 39

just recently noticed dd has very little body odor. she used to have serious body odor. now she even forgets to use her deodorant. her BO was AWFUL. intense where you could not wear the same clothes the next day. you'd transfer the smell to your body. 

post #27 of 39
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Originally Posted by pek64 View Post

Milk chocolate is about 40% dairy. http://www.aphrodite-chocolates.co.uk/how_chocolate_made.html

How is she?

Not necessarily. http://m.joyofbaking.com/ingredients/MilkChocolate.html.

(I did have to giggle when I opened your link. Fundraiser chocolate bars and fine chocolate rarely appear in the same conversation.)
post #28 of 39
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Originally Posted by Polliwog View Post

Not necessarily. http://m.joyofbaking.com/ingredients/MilkChocolate.html.

(I did have to giggle when I opened your link. Fundraiser chocolate bars and fine chocolate rarely appear in the same conversation.)


I was in a rush and grabbed the first thing that gave amounts. I don't think one should assume "not much" when it comes to foods that cause reactions, which is the point I was attempting to make.


Edited to add : The ingredients listed by your link doesn't resemble ingredient lists on most candy bars in my supermarket.
post #29 of 39
I see it's been a couple of weeks since you last posted, emma, how is everyone doing?
post #30 of 39

Subbing. I got off dairy but see no big change except that I feel lighter ( no weight loss either.) I wish dd would go off it. All she really eats is anything with dairy in it and is asthmatic. So, will have to wait to eliminate it from her diet. The change that I have seen with a food is eliminating gluten. My mucous began clearing up instantly and is still doing it's job. It's been 3 weeks.

post #31 of 39
Neera, I had the beginnings of asthma and began an elimination diet. When I gave up corn, my asthma symptoms disappeared. Fortunately, I can eat organic corn, but I must be vigilant about hidden sources of conventional corn.
post #32 of 39
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Originally Posted by pek64 View Post

Neera, I had the beginnings of asthma and began an elimination diet. When I gave up corn, my asthma symptoms disappeared. Fortunately, I can eat organic corn, but I must be vigilant about hidden sources of conventional corn.

Hmm. She does love corn but she has it sometimes only at grandparent's. It is without doubt not organic and so definetly gmo as well. It's really hard to restrict her from these foods because she will literally go to bed hungry. The last time we did that she got severely constipated.

 

I haven't been able to figure out why you don't think it's dairy that is the allergen in OP's diet. Maybe I have to read the thread again. OP sees a direct effect from eliminating it.

post #33 of 39

neera from what i understand i dont think pek is ruling out dairy. she is just not convinced it IS the answer. 

 

and i agree with her. i think she is saying look at the big picture. since she has so much stuff going on herself - she wants OP to check out every avenue. 

 

i am at that point myself. and GMO brings its own list of issues. 

 

just as an example - before we gave up dairy and gluten dd wasnt completely allergic to it. she could handle a little bit. raw milk - no problem. fresh without preservatives organic sprouted wheat no problems. then she hit puberty and hormones and boom no more of them. waiting for summer to do a complete elimination diet. HOWEVER not completely sure i would do it. coz of the emotional cost of eating. puts a lot of stress on dd. esp. now as peers are big in her life. and she wants to fit in and not be different. 

post #34 of 39

Got it. Thanks, Meemee. What is emotional cost of eating btw?

post #35 of 39

food is such a huge integral part of our life in every aspect that changing food habits or diet - is far harder than it looks - because food is so linked to every aspect of our life, that really dietary change is more of a life change. how much of life and fun is built around food. eating is not just about nourishment but a way to connect with people,  a form of having fun. its a treat that you give yourself. 

 

always having to watch your diet is not pleasant. watching others eat your once favourite food is very emotionally hard when you cant eat it. 

 

in dd's case it would mean she would have to be the odd man out amongst her friends and she is tired of that. 

 

and if you are addicted to food - or certain tastes - as i am - it becomes even harder. i have to say i have though succeeded with soda and fruit juices. i no longer yearn for them and when i do have some - they taste pretty nasty. 

post #36 of 39
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

food is such a huge integral part of our life in every aspect that changing food habits or diet - is far harder than it looks - because food is so linked to every aspect of our life, that really dietary change is more of a life change. how much of life and fun is built around food. eating is not just about nourishment but a way to connect with people,  a form of having fun. its a treat that you give yourself. 

 

always having to watch your diet is not pleasant. watching others eat your once favourite food is very emotionally hard when you cant eat it. 

 

in dd's case it would mean she would have to be the odd man out amongst her friends and she is tired of that. 

 

and if you are addicted to food - or certain tastes - as i am - it becomes even harder. i have to say i have though succeeded with soda and fruit juices. i no longer yearn for them and when i do have some - they taste pretty nasty. 

Thanks.

post #37 of 39
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

food is such a huge integral part of our life in every aspect that changing food habits or diet - is far harder than it looks - because food is so linked to every aspect of our life, that really dietary change is more of a life change. how much of life and fun is built around food. eating is not just about nourishment but a way to connect with people,  a form of having fun. its a treat that you give yourself. 

always having to watch your diet is not pleasant. watching others eat your once favourite food is very emotionally hard when you cant eat it. 

in dd's case it would mean she would have to be the odd man out amongst her friends and she is tired of that. 

and if you are addicted to food - or certain tastes - as i am - it becomes even harder. i have to say i have though succeeded with soda and fruit juices. i no longer yearn for them and when i do have some - they taste pretty nasty. 


Yes, yes, yes!

After a decade, it gets easier, though.

Good friends are readily noticed, as they don't rub it in your face. One year, at Halloween, our across the street neighbor's daughter, who found out that my son couldn't eat sugar, told the rest of the neighbors. They all had non-candy treats for my son when he went trick-or-treating!! It was great!!
post #38 of 39
And thanks for explaining, meemee!!
post #39 of 39

I'm not pointing fingers in any direction, but I do have to say after I eliminated dairy from our diets my 10yo son's constant "snortiness" (stuffed up nose that needs to be blown ALL THE TIME), skin rashes and bathroom GI issues have completely cleared up. He did eat a cheese on a burger (he was with my mother) and BAM came on the snorts!

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