*Please don't be allergic to eggs, please don't be allergic to eggs, please don't be allergic to eggs.*
I silently repeated this mantra as my nurse practitioner (Pam Rathbone) sat down and opened up my test results. Sure enough, it's the food I'm second most allergic to. Followed by sugar cane.
I've been toying around with a gluten free, low sugar diet, and even more restrictive diets and have felt better while eliminating some of the most common food allergens. However, I had a tough time following through and I figured that getting some real proof on how food affects me would help motivate me to stick to the plan.
Last month I took a food allergy blood test that measures your reactions to a large variety of foods. It measures your IgA reaction and IgG. IgA reactions are all gut related, while IgG reactions are more broad; ranging from skin issues, fatigue, sinus problems, and more. Most of my reactions to food are IgG related.
In order of severity, I'm allergic to the following:
- Sugar Cane
Pam wants me to stay off these foods for at least 6 months for a detox period. Then, I can slowly re-introduce the foods I have lower reactions to (mushrooms, wheat, lettuce, crab, corn) and eat them 2-3 times a week. Sugar, eggs, and dairy will be reserved for special occasions only.
I asked if eliminating these foods would help me grow my hair back. Pam explained that eating these foods is adding inflammation to my body and that if I stop eating them, I will reduce the inflammation and have a better chance at growing my hair back. But, like all responses with Alopecia Areata, she can't be certain if will have an effect.
In the last 5 years, I ate 2 eggs for breakfast almost every day. I have a huge sweet tooth and would have at least a small amount of sugar after each meal. Cutting these foods out of my diet is going to be difficult, but not impossible. What I'm most worried about is dining out. Sugar is in everything (sauces, dressings, Ketchup, etc.) and I'm supposed to be strict for the next 6 months.
I spent the last week and half binging on all the food I won't be able to eat for the next 6 months. There were a lot of burritos, a lot of eggs, and sugar every couple of hours (Foodageddon take 2). I decided that today is the start of my 6 months strict no eggs, dairy, wheat, or sugar, so I'll be spending the rest of the day researching, shopping, and preparing for my next week of eating.