Originally Posted by Jaimee
How many of you have done Failsafe or Feingold while bfing? Specifically ebfing?
Also, did you go "all the way" by eliminating odors around the house (in cleaners, shampoos, plants, etc.) and using a non-peppermint toothpaste? Is all this necessary to determine the allergy itself or should it be obvious with just lowering the salicylate content of our food?
And did you follow a specifically outlined diet or did you simply cut out moderate-very high content foods?
By looking through the lists I have concluded that the following foods are safe on a low salicylate diet (please correct me if I'm wrong):
Peeled pears, bananas, papaya, golden delicious apples
Celery, white peeled potatoes, iceberg lettuce, peas, chayote, leek, green beans, brussel sprouts, green onions
Most cheeses, milk, egg, yogurt (whole...what does that mean?)
Most beans, tofu, cashews
Most oils (but not olive)
Sea salt, parsley, garlic
Maple syrup, cocoa, white sugar, malt vinegar, caramel, soy sauce, pure vanilla, chamomile tea
Thanks for your help!!
I was (and am) BF'ing although not EBF. Actually Failsafe was quite a bit easier than some of the other diets I've done for DD. I did eliminate cleaners, etc. I used baking soda for toothpaste and deoderant, and baking soda and vinegar for cleaners. It's not just peppermint toothpastes, any flavored toothpaste is out for the elimination diet. The dish detergent I use didn't have much of an odor so I didn't worry about that, and neither did the clothes detergent. I don't use fabric softener but they make unscented fabric softener if you want that. You also need to be careful about what you use for lotion, hair care products, soap, body wash, cosmetics, moisturizers--most of them contain salicylates.
You may be able to get away with just lowering the salicylate content of your diet/life, but if your DD is very sensitive, or if she reacts to things other than salicylates, you may not see much (or any) difference by just doing that. IMO it's better to do the entire Failsafe elimination diet, including eliminating amines. It would be harder at first, but you'll know within a few weeks whether your DD has problems with any food chemicals, whereas if you only do salicylates, it may be that she also has problems with glutamates or amines...or she may only have problems with these and not salicylates at all.
If you're just doing the salicylate portion of the elimination diet, papayas and golden delicious apples aren't allowed (they're low, but still too high until you figure out whether she's very sensitive or not). The apples would have to be peeled, too, if you used them. Only plain yogurt is allowed, and you'd have to make sure cheese doesn't have any flavorings or colorings added. There's a limit of 11 cashews per day initially...they must have some salicylates in them so you can't have too many. Most oils are NOT low in salicylates. The only ones allowed initially are non-expelled or non-cold-pressed canola, sunflower, safflower, and soy oils, butter or ghee, and rice bran oil. Chamomile tea isn't allowed, either, and you're only supposed to use a couple of DROPS a day of vanilla...why they bother allowing that one at all I don't know.
Feel free to PM me if you want help with all of this once you get started.