Food allergies. How do you cope?

United States
June 18, 2008 7:02am CST
I have eczema and found out finally after many years of suffering that I am allergic to tomatoes, lemons, tea and a host of other things. The other stuff is just seasonally allergies for the most part but the foods are a bit rough. Tomatoes are in everything that I enjoy eating recently and up until recently I drank tea nearly every day. Lemons are not so much of an issue cause my body rejected them a while back and just told me "no". I'm really missing my Doritoes, BBQ chicken and sweet tea here.
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@chirantani (1382)
• India
18 Jun 08
Hi!! Whenever I take brinjal,I have iching sensation on my skin. So,I avoid it,by avoiding brinjal.
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@Ravenladyj (22937)
• United States
18 Jun 08
We foudn out a yr or two ago that my daughter has food allergies....to some of the most common things like corn and corn products (including anything with corn syrup in it which is a VERY common sweetener in MANY foods), soy and soy products (which again is a very common ingredient in many foods), oranges which she LOVES, and chicken which she also loves..she is also allergic to milk and milk products BUT she is NOT lactose intolerant how do we cope...well I switch whatever items I could to things she can have like instead of using vegtable oil I ONLY buy Canola now...instead of buying regular mayo we ONLY buy the Canola brand, we check ingredients and try to avoid foods that have soybean oil or corn syrup in them or at least are at the bottom of the list...we only allow her to have oranges and orange juice as a short treat every few months..the only thing I've had a REALLY difficult time with is the chicken part...Chicken is a very popular meat in this house especially these days with the cost of things being so high.....As for milk, we try to monitor her on that one too....Its far from a perfect system mind you but every little bit counts and helps ya know..
• United States
19 Jun 08
In my Barack Obama post i was trying to say that I didn't think he was a black man at all, but Middle Eastern. I'm not going to try and convince you that i'm not racist, because I KNOW that I'm not. But I wanted you to know that I wasn't saying anything negative, in case you didn't read what I wrote in my post.
• United States
19 Jun 08
??? I'm assuming this is for me and not the one you commented to (sorry if I'm wrong), but yeah I read your post. I don't think that you are racist, trust me true racist make themselves known very quickly. I just think you need to take some time to really educate yourself on the facts of who he is, McCain as well. There are a lot of people saying a lot of things all at one time, both facts and rumors and it is hard to tell one from the other sometimes. That is why it is important to do research on your own to check out the facts and the rumors (and outright lies). During election time the opposition is going to say next to anything to make themselves look better, that is just how the game is played so if you are going on what you are hearing over the last few months (don't know if you are or not but if you are) then you are missing a lot more important details that are being left behind. You said you don't know a lot about politics, now would be a perfect time to start learning. Things are changing and changing fast and if you want to have a clue what is going on you need to keep up and that means educating yourself every chance you get.
• United States
19 Jun 08
Thank you Ravenladyj, that is pretty much what I'm doing now. I was really surprised to see just how much stuff tomatoes are in, it is definitely and eye opener. We have been reading labels for years, now we are reading for new things. Many things I know not to pick up, but somethings I honestly do not want to put down. But when I look at what I'm avoiding with my eczema it makes putting them down much easier.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
29 Jun 08
I have LOTS of food allergies. When I was originally tested and stuff there was a book called "If this is Tuesday, this must be chicken." It talks about something called a "rotation diet." My doctor said that he didn't support this book 100%, but it had its valid points. I use the rotation diet to get foods I'm allergic to. Now, I can not add corn into my diet because of the severety of my reaction to it. I also avoid grapes and hollow peppers (hot and sweet) because I don't care for the reactions I have to them. I'll also used the reaction of one food to try and counter another food, for example, the hollow peppers make me constipated and wheat has a mild laxitive reaction. Try avoiding the foods you are reacting to for a month and then eat a small amount to see if you are still reacting. If you are continue to avoid by months and trying the item. If you can find that you can eat it, then you can start seeing if you can eat it like once a week. If that's safe, you may be able to get it down to as little as every 3 or 4 days, tho tomatos are well known to be hard to do that much. I hope this information may help you, and since I've known I've had food allergies for over 30 years I've had a lot of experience with them.