I've received quite a few pm's lately asking me how one can tell if they have food allergies. First of all, I am not a medical professional. This is just from my personal experiences. SBD can 'unmask' hidden food allergies, which are more common than we think. Overexposure to a food, like wheat or dairy, can cause one to become allergic to them. I have severe food and chemical allergies, did food allergy testing more than 20 years ago. While on SBD, I've found that my tests were not as accurate as I thought.
Food allergies cause different symptoms in different people. Some gain 2-3 lbs. overnight, some get dizzy, sleepy, develop a rash, headaches, etc. If you are concerned about a food you have recently added, take it out of your diet for at least 4 days, add back in and observe very carefully your symptoms. This would be a really good time to keep a food and symptom journal, even if you don't post it on the forum. If you get symptoms from a food, take it out of your diet again for 4-6 weeks, then try it again, if symptom free, it is probably not a food allergy. If the same symptoms reoccur, it could very well be a food allergy, and the food should be avoided.
The most common food allergies are: wheat and other grains, but mostly wheat, dairy products, strawberries, baker's yeast (used in making bread and other baked goods). People with a yeast infection (Candida) can react to the following, but these are not true food allergies: vinegar, sugar, wheat and other grains, sweet fruits (high GI), low GI fruits, starches like potatoes and sweet potatoes, baker's yeast, brewer's yeast. If you think you have a yeast infection, see your doctor. The more obvious symptoms of a yeast infection are: in women, vaginal symptoms, vaginal odor, discharge. In men, yeasty smell in the privates area. Yeast infections can also occur in the skin and elsewhere in the body. Acidopholus can help with a yeast infection, so can live culture yogurt.
Some people with mild food allergies do well with digestive enzymes which help digest the food better. If you think you have food allergies, see an Allergist who specializes in food allergies, or a certified Nutritionist.
Food allergies can keep one from losing weight if allergy symptom causing foods are continued to be consumed. Be your own Food Detective.
Burdle The Allergic Bean Queen
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