Cooking with food intolerances

My younger daughter’s food intolerance story January 12, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathy Brown @ 3:39 pm

When my youngest daughter was born, and she didn’t seem to have any food intolerances, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Then she started on solids, and woke up more and more often at night. And started having eczema. And when I brought her to the pediatrician for her 1-year well-baby visit, I said how come she wakes up so many times at night? She used to sleep through the night. And he said “maybe she’s lactose intolerant.” Well of course, she wasn’t, since then she wouldn’t have been tolerating my milk, which has lactose in it, but it started me on the “duh, why didn’t I think of food intolerances” path.

So I put her on an elimination diet until she got to baseline. She was down to about 20 foods. Friends urged me to go to a pediatric GI specialist because it couldn’t be healthy to be on so few foods, and I said since she was growing well, and sleeping well, and all, I didn’t think it was a problem, but off I went to the GI, with my food journals in hand, and her current diet. The GI specialist said that I was doing great, my daughter’s diet was healthier than most of her patients, and to wait at least 6 months to give her immune system a chance to heal and re-set itself.  But she was doing so well that I was scared to add back foods. So in June of 2008 she had the ALCAT test done. Here are the results:

severe: apple, beef, beet sugar, flounder, okra, oyster, quinoa

moderate: asparagus, banana, cinnamon, fennel, honey, kelp, beef liver, macadamia, orange, pinto bean, sesame, sheep’s milk, shrimp, spinach, swordfish, potassium nitrate, potassium nitrite

mild: baker’s yeast, barley, bass, black tea, broccoli, brussel sprouts, chamomile, cocoa, coffee, cow’s milk, fig, goat’s milk, jalapeno pepper, lemon, mango, mung bean, mussel, nectarine, oat, peanut, pine nut, pomegranate, rhubarb, romaine lettuce, rye, salmon, scallop, sole, soybean, tarragon, trout, tuna, turkey, turnip, veal, watercress, wheat, white potato, orange #8, aspartame, benzoic acid, MSG, red #3, red #40, sodium sulfite, sorbic acid

We also found out she was allergic to amoxicillin and water buffalo milk. And the big one that the test missed for her: corn (gave her eczema, then folliculitis).

Since then, we’ve worked on healing and added foods back in slowly. This is what she’s currently avoiding:  beef, beef liver, sheep’s milk, barley, black tea, cow’s milk, goat’s milk, oat, rye, soybean, veal, wheat, food coloring, and corn.

I haven’t tried her on flounder, okra, oyster, mussel, or swordfish


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