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Grass Allergy and Grass-Fed Beef

I am very HIGHLY allergic to grass and trees, specifically meadow fescue, which is what grass-fed beef are supposed to be fed on. If I eat grass-fed beef, will I have an allergic reaction to the grass the cattle ate?

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Its a difficult question to answer, personally my thoughts would be it is unlikely. There is a condition known as pollen food syndrome which can occur in people who are allergic to pollen from trees, grasses or weeds. Pollens from trees, grasses and weeds contain proteins of similar structure to those present in different fruits, vegetables, nuts and spices. These proteins are recognised by the immune system and can trigger an allergic reaction in a susceptible person. However in the case of grass fed beef, the allergenic proteins in grass would be broken down during the digestion process of the cattle eating the grass. These allergens would be broken down to their constituent amino acids and would never make it into the beef itself. Theoretically if these proteins were still able to make it through the digestion process and were still intact in the in the beef, cooking the beef thoroughly at a high temperature would break the structure of the proteins down. Once the allergen (the specific protein structure) has been broken down it will no longer be recognised by the immune system. Examples of this can be found in people with dairy allergies, they cannot drink fresh milk, but once the milk has been boiled (and the allergenic proteins broken down) they have no problem. Of course this does not apply to everyone and this simplistic approach cannot be taken across the board. If you do have severe allergies, I would always suggest discussing with your doctor or allergy specialist, before making any additions to your diet.

Dairy Intolerance

my grandson is gluten and dairy intolerant we need to find dairy free eggs to make omelettes and meatballs for him any thoughts?

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Is your grandson intolerant of eggs, or does he have an allergy to eggs? If he is intolerant to gluten and dairy, then there is no reason why he cant eat eggs, a dairy intolerance only relates to milk based products, cheeses, creams, yoghurts and any product that has been made or containing those ingredients. If you are making an omelette with whole eggs then this should not be a problem, however if you are using some kind of commercial liquid or powdered omelette mix product, then you need to check the ingredients to make sure they don’t contain any dairy products.

Confusion about diet for fibromyalgia

My naturopath put me on a very strict diet of only animal protein and veg, no carb/sugar/fruit, little dairy (mostly cheeses.) While I do notice a difference in how I feel, it is very hard to stick with. I notice most foods have carbs/sugar. I also notice if I ‘cheat’ even a little with foods like beans or whole grains, I start to feel bad again and even gain weight. Naturopath told me to work out more and this will help, but it seems like I have sensitivities (not allergies) to so many foods now that I can not eat much of anything. Food used to be fun, now it is a huge chore. Advice on how to get on a better path?

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I personally am not a fan of extreme diets that cut either carbs/proteins/fats out as they are usually unsustainable in the long term, and can cause deficiencies and other problems in themselves. You mention sensitivities, if not already done so, I would recommend getting both an IgE allergy and IgG intolerance test done. In cases where you believe you may be sensitive to certain foods, it is worthwhile getting a clear picture as to what are your triggers. In my own experience I have found people have miss-diagnosed themselves, and believe they have an intolerance or allergy to something, when in fact it was something else that was the cause. Until you have a clear picture of what your sensitivities are, you cannot build a diet program that works for you. As a side note regarding your diet, is your current diet ensuring adequate levels of Vitamin D? Fibromyalgia patients have been found to be deficient in this vitamin. Ensuring you get adequate daylight exposure every day is also important so your body can produce your own Vitamin D. Omega 3 has also been shown to have benefits for fibromyalgia as it reduces inflammation and may reduce the amount of pain experienced. Consuming Oily fish as part of your diet a couple of times a week is something worth considering if you are not already doing so. As an alternative treatment you may also want to consider drinking camomile tea, which not only has anti inflammatory properties, but also is a natural relaxant and has a soothing effect on the digestive system.

Food allergies

Hi, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, Dyspepsia and lactose intolerant. I am very slim for my height, and eat small, limited portions…a lot of things upset my stomach. Well….I JUST found out that I am 4 weeks pregnant, and I am TERRIFIED that I will ‘starve’ the foetus. I have 3 other kids, before I got ill and ate like a horse, literally. My ‘normal’ weight is 118….but I am 110 now…What do I do, what should I eat. The heavier the food the more pain I get…

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This is a somewhat difficult situation to manage both your conditions and your pregnancy. Firstly I would recommend that you start taking a pre-natal vitamin supplement, so as to ensure that you provide both yourself and your child with valuable nutrients that may be missing from your restricted diet. I can see you already take a multivitamin already however I would swap if it is not a pre-natal formula as regular vitamins often contain much higher doses of vitamins which are not suitable during pregnancy. Make sure to read the label to ensure it is lactose free as occasionally some supplements contain lactose as a filler. Additionally there are two areas you want to focus on regarding your diet, one is regarding avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, and secondly consuming foods that can help calm, and heal the inflammation in your digestive system. Has your doctor provided any guidance on what foods to avoid? If not I have listed some items below which need to avoid. -Avoid Barley Bulgur Durum Farina Graham flour Rye Semolina Spelt Wheat -Avoid unless labelled ‘gluten-free’ Beers Breads Cakes and pies Candies Cereals Cookies Crackers Croutons Gravy Oats Pasta Processed meats and seafood’s Salad dressings Sauces Soups -Allowed Corn Cornmeal Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato) Pure corn tortillas Quinoa Rice Tapioca In addition meats, fish and poultry, fruits, potatoes, rice, vegetables are still fine to eat. When buying Gluten free products make sure the label states they were made in an environment free from the items listed in the avoid section above. The first step is in identifying products in your supermarket that you can use as an alternative in your daily diet. For example, rice pasta tastes just as good as regular pasta but is naturally gluten free. You can make your own salad dressing using olive oil and lemon juice instead of commercially made products full of additives. It is a slow process, but having suffered from allergies myself and helped others, you can find alternatives. Secondly you want to introduce foods into your diet that can help reduce the inflammation associated with your conditions. I would suggest that trying peppermint tea which has been shown to be beneficial for both Celiac Disease and Dyspepsia. It relieves upset stomachs by relaxing stomach muscles. also try to introduce fresh ginger into your diet. Ginger has been found to help reduce nausea during pregnancy, help settle upset stomachs but also to have anti-inflammatory effects. The inflammatory response is the common immune reaction to gluten in allergic individuals, so treating this inflammation is important. You can slice fresh ginger and add it to hot water as a drink as well as add it to your cooking. I would also suggest taking an Omega 3 supplement which also helps reduce inflammation as has also been shown to be of benefit to the child’s development during and after pregnancy. Make sure you do not take Cod Liver oil as it contains high levels of Vitamin A and D, Vitamin A in high doses is harmful to both children and adults. When purchasing any items always read the label to ensure they do not contain any other items or ingredients as often additional ingredients are not listed on the front.

Confused with diet restrictions.

I found out I have celiac, as well as Hashimotos disease. I am deathly allergic to call seafood and fish. And I do not tolerate dairy or eggs. I have no idea what I can eat anymore. Can someone help me?

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Thank you for your question. Regarding your conditions there are some studies that suggest a gluten free diet may be of benefit for people with Hashimotos disease. There are three areas you want to focus on regarding your diet, one is avoiding foods that trigger symptoms, the second is identifying what you can eat and thirdly consuming foods that can help calm, and heal the inflammation in your digestive system. Has your doctor provided any guidance on what foods to avoid? If not I have listed some items below which need to avoid. -Avoid (Celiac) Barley Bulgur Durum Farina Graham flour Rye Semolina Spelt Wheat -Allowed Buckwheat Corn Cornmeal Pure corn tortillas Gluten-free flours (rice, soy, corn, potato) Flax Rice Quinoa Tapioca -Avoid unless labelled ‘gluten-free’ Beers Breads Cakes and pies Candies Cereals Cookies Crackers Croutons Gravy Oats Pasta Processed meats and seafood’s Salad dressings Sauces Soups Avoid (Hashimoto’s) Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower Mustard greens Peanuts Meats, fish and poultry, fruits, potatoes, rice, vegetables (excluding those listed above) are still fine to eat. Try to focus on eating oily fish such as salmon, sardines which contain Omega-3’s and have anti-inflammatory properties. Foods that are anti-inflammatory will help combat inflammation caused by Hashimotos. Pineapple also contains anti-inflammatory enzymes. I would suggest that trying peppermint tea which has been shown to be beneficial for Celiac Disease. It relieves upset stomachs by relaxing stomach muscles. Also try to introduce fresh ginger into your diet. Ginger has been found to help reduce nausea, help settle upset stomachs but also to have anti-inflammatory effects. The inflammatory response is the common immune reaction to gluten in allergic individuals, so treating this inflammation is important. You can slice fresh ginger and add it to hot water as a drink as well as add it to your cooking. I would also suggest taking an Omega 3 supplement which also helps reduce inflammation. There are also many Gluten free products readily available in supermarkets. When buying Gluten free products make sure the label states they were made in an environment free from the items listed in the avoid section above. The first step is in identifying products in your supermarket that you can use as an alternative in your daily diet. For example, rice pasta tastes just as good as regular pasta but is naturally gluten free. You can make your own salad dressing using olive oil and lemon juice instead of commercially made products full of additives. When purchasing any processed on packaged goods you will need to be pro-active and read the labels, unfortunately due the way food products are manufactured you can find all sorts of ingredients you wouldn’t expect. In terms of your dairy intolerance you may want to consider Rice or Soy milk which are great alternatives to regular milk. This is just a basic guide of a few steps you can take, there is a lot of information and resources on your conditions, more than I can tell you about, but with a little time and research you should find you are able to improve your symptoms.