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Multiple Allergies

Do you suffer with bloating, or have been told you have IBS. My doctor said that I had IBS, but this covers a multitude of sins and I didn’t even take a test that confirmed I was suffering with acute dairy/soya allergies, which can be horrific, if close family are not made aware of the allergies.

I now find that lactose causes an allergic reaction, which caused me to faint, get very hot and not feeling at all well. An absolute must is to check food labels thoroughly as you never know where they maybe hidden.

Also be aware of rapeseed and palm oil, as these can also cause a reaction and are also not that good for you.

It may mean going back to basics, please find my blog on this as it will give some idea of what I have to go through on a daily basis.

With multiple allergies, there is a common denominator, which seems to be the protein, I say this as I can’t have mushrooms either and have to steer clear of anything that is mushroom based.

I cook from scratch on a daily basis, so that I know what goes into each dish, or as with my baking or ice cream, I use goats milk which some of you may turn your noses up at. But for me I have no reaction and it is something that my body is now use to and I’m actually beginning to gain weight again, after losing so much and enjoying making my own biscuits and breads.

Also be warned that companies do like to change there recipes and reactions may also be caused without knowing why.

I’d use Farmers Markets, more than the supermarkets, because the fruit and veg is fresh and seasonal. As for the goat’s milk products they are so ridiculously expensive, as is the Pure sunflower spread that I have to use.

Having multiple allergies and having a restrictive diet is annoying especially when you have to question what is in every dish. I very rarely have a pudding as most of them have dairy products in and I really wouldn’t like to be ill when I’m out.


Back to Basics, Where do I start?

This is to all those who have recently joined me on Facebook, I’ll list my observations and help where I can and perhaps pool any further information from any other sources.

When I found out I was Lactose Intolerant and had a Dairy/Soya allergy I immediately had to fight to see a Dietician as I was losing so much weight.

1) All keep a food diary, it’s great for reference and to see what you have eaten during the day, plus any reactions that may hae occured.

2) If a reaction has occured, it’s always best to drink plenty of water to flush it out of the system and rest, let your body recover.

3) This is vitally important, when out shopping, please take your time and ALWAYS, always read the ingredients, this will help you have a better understanding of what goes in to the food and what you can and can’t have.

4) Make your own: This is something I’ve grown fond of, making my own and knowing there aren’t any nasties in the dish and knowing that I won’t have any reactions.

5) Fruit, veg and meat in diet, this is a must, and it will help aid digestion.

6) Look for Free from products, these may be more expensive  but you should be safe with these and they cover, dairy, wheat allergies, some of the big supermarket chains have this range, once again please read the ingredients.

You may not have to miss out on cream. cheese or milk. I have Lacto free milk and cream, I can’t have their butter or ice cream. However, that has now been remedied by having Pure Sunflower Spread, as I can’t have Soya. Sheep’s or Goat’s milk as an alternative, but I have Goat’s milk yoghurt which is actually really quite tasty and if you add honey its delicious.

Feta is an alternative to Cow’s milk based cheeses and can actually be cheaper than then cow’s cheeses.

The fantastic phase that I’m going through now is that I’m baking a lot more and have my love of baking and cooking, as you can see by previous posts.

Meal times need not be a nightmare, I see it as what can I make myself and conjure up something unique.