Something in my recent eliminations is helping Ada. I don’t know if it’s the corn, nuts or beans. My gut says it is the corn, and then after that, possibly nuts. Every gluten-free corn chip and gluten free pasta made with corn seemed to make her react. She’s been napping well this week and not too rashy, although her GI issues are still there…but it will take some time.
I remind myself that some of the othermoms I know that have kids with food allergies say it takes a full two weeks for reactions to truly clear, so I need to give us some time.
If I’d really thought about that 2months ago when I started suspecting corn, I might have a few more things figured out. It’s easy to say, “Well, I just cut back and see if it makes a difference.” I was good about gluten and dairy, but did use that rationalization with corn, b/c it’s in so many GF products. Every time a new mom joins the Foodlab yahoo group asking if “cutting back” on dairy might help, the other moms say “No!!” You have to cut it totally out and give 3 weeks minimum to let things go away. So I’m finally doing that– and it’s a good thing.
Ada has really taught me things about myself that I did not know. She has taught us things about food we didn’t know.
Since going down this path I have discovered that I have an allergy (or intolerance) to egg, and probably gluten and dairy too. Since going gluten free as a family, Azita’s scaly skin on her scalp and my husband’s dandruff and some other annoying things have gone away or lessened.
I was off egg for several months and decided to trial it. I have always had headaches off and on and my ears itch or ring at night, but I never knew why. I also always had a real aversion to egg whites.
Three times now I’ve trialed egg for Ada. She seems to tolerate them as far as I can tell. I, however, get a headache, lose all ability to remain calm and patient, and have horribly annoying itchy, ringy ears for about three days after I eat them.
It’s amazing to me that I could have lived as long as I have and had no idea that these headaches were because of eggs! My mother is sensitive to shrimp; my sister to green peas… we feel that payman’s mom has gluten issues as well…
Once you start to piece it all together, it isn’t surprising that Ada has some issues with foods. It almost seems like Azita just got lucky and our kids had these food issues coming one way or another.
What is interesting to me, is, the immune system’s relation to all this. People say that psoriasis is an autoimmune thing because the body’s immune system is attacking itself but they don’t know why and nothing can be done.
I don’t believe that anymore. People with gluten intolerances or celiac disease are at higher risks for lots of autoimmine disorders. To be like Ada, and react to so many things, you have to have a body that has a leaky gut so that these proteins enter the bloodstream and also an immune system that “overreacts” to the proteins and causes an immune response.
One article I read talked about this in detail and how something like half the people they studied they found antibody action in response to gluten, but only some of those people manifest the annoying to severe symptoms that we associate with gluten intolerances.
I’m beginning to wonder if it’s even an overreaction of the immune sytem. The more you find out about foods and how our body perceives them the more I think we’d all be better off not eating gluten or dairy.
Like with the eggs, if I loved them enough, I could keep eating them and take tylenol every week or so. But I feel like if my body is reacting this way, what long term damage and reactions am I not seeing?
Ada is guiding us down this pathway that may be harder than mainstream American eating, but might give us a better quality of life now and in older age.
And I’ve come up with TONS of allergen free treats that you can’t argue my quality of life is being negatively impacted by not eating these things. I just cook from scratch more often than I used to.