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I have tons of allergies. The only food allergy I've been tested for was dairy and it was positive. I didn't need the test really, I already know I'm allergic to it. Sometimes my face starts itching and I get really congested(specifically ice cream and cheese will do this to me) and other times I get gassy and bloated and end up with diarrhea. I don't drink milk although I will have some in cereal or cooked into something.<br><br>
I've also noticed when I eat too much cereal my face breaks out and starts itching. I don't know if it's wheat or corn. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br><br>
So, I know I have allergies and I know I should stop eating the foods I'm allergic to. When ds was younger I went on a 4 week elimination diet for dairy to see if it was causing him trouble. It wasn't so I started eating it again. For the first week at least the effects were horrible, much worse than usual, but then I started tolerating it better and just kept allowing it into my diet.<br><br>
What I want to know is what exactly will this do to my gut? How will this affect me internally? I know how it's affecting me externally and I'm willing to put up with those symptoms which is why I know I won't go on an elimination diet unless I know, and am worried, of what it's doing to me internally or what it can do to me to continue with foods I'm allergic to. I already have quite a few symptoms of leaky gut which I know is not worth treating unless I quit eating foods I'm allergic to.
 

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I'll give you some reasons. I'm on my way back from the brink of no return. Eventually your body will revolt, and you'll find yourself unable to tolerate alot of foods and chemicals, not just a few surface symptoms. When you keep eating things that are bad for you, you are destroying your immune system. And if you decide to have another kid, you are setting that child up for major major allergies and asthma. Come over to the Healing the Gut thread and start working mama. Auto-immune diseases may be right around the corner for you otherwise, and your babies need you to be healthy.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
Here's my bit of tough love. Eating these allergens is likely damaging your gut. It's probably becoming more and more leaky and inflamed. That means you may start reacting to your allergens more strongly (anaphylaxis??) and that you'll develop new allergies to other foods. How would an even more restricted diet look?? I've read about some corn allergic people who can't go to the movies because the fumes from the popcorn send them into near anaphylaxis (throat tightens, breathing becomes shallow, etc.).<br><br>
And if you have another baby, he or she will inherit your gut flora. That baby's immune system depends on you and your gut health. Maybe you're telling yourself that you won't get pg for a while, so you can do something about your allergens later. But gut healing can take months and years, so the time is now. Plus your kids need a strong, healthy mom for many many more years.<br><br>
Get on it now! No dairy tomorrow! And start that food journal in the morning<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We're done having kids, so I don't have to worry about that. But, I know that isn't the issue, I know it's damaging my gut and I do worry I'm developing allergies to many new foods. Like I said, either corn or wheat is bothering me, I'm not sure, and a few times I've noticed my face get really itchy from tomatoes.<br><br>
I just don't know where to start in terms of an elimination diet. It seems like it would take months and months to slowly cut out everything and then add it all back in! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
How do I even start healing my gut? I mean, aside from cutting out allergens?
 

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I just don't know where to start in terms of an elimination diet. It seems like it would take months and months to slowly cut out everything and then add it all back in! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br><b>I would start by cutting the big ones that you suspect, like dairy, wheat and corn. I'd probably throw in soy for good measure since it's found in so many wheat and corn products that it may actually be the culprit (or one of them). See where you are after that and then, do some more eliminating afterward. Baby steps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> There are a lot of good rice products out there now, like tinkyada or trader joe's rice pasta. You could probably also eat quinoa.</b><br><br>
How do I even start healing my gut? I mean, aside from cutting out allergens?<b><br><br>
If you look at the Healing the Gut cheat sheet, there is a lot of good information. Some basic things to start with would be probiotics, enzymes, and CLO. Make sure the brands you buy are free of the allergens you're trying to avoid, though.</b></div>
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I think most of us who have a food allergy have been where you are. I sure was.<br><br>
I will tell you this: Go off dairy. Go for awhile. See how good you feel. Then go back on. You'll quickly realize how much it sucks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I can't tell you what this does interally-- but I can tell you that the headaches, mouth sores, etc. that I got from wheat are what keeps me from eating a big muffin.
 
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