The night before last I tried brown rice. For a few hours after eating it, I noticed more activity in my stomach, lots of gurgling and such, but that's all. I seem to tolerate pretty well otherwise.
Yesterday at breakfast I introduced pineapple. It was really delicious and I kept snacking on it throughout the day. By afternoon, my stomach was bloated, gassy and really churning. I was eating pineapple 3-4 times a week before I started the elimination diet. I'm not sure that I had an allergic reaction, seems more like I just ate too much of those enzymes, or maybe it was a continuing/delayed reaction to the rice. I put a question mark next to pineapple and I'll try it again in a week.
With lunch I ate a big red juicy tomato. Tasted great. My body did NOT like it. Within an hour I had headache, muscle aches, blurry vision. Since tomatoes are an avoid on ER4YT, I had not eaten them in 2-3 months, although they used to be a staple in my diet. They're back on the avoid list for me.
Then came wheat. Plain shredded wheat didn't really add much to the veggies and sole that I was having for dinner, so I introduced it by itself as a snack. I ate 4-5 of the shredded wheat biscuits. All seemed fine a few hours later when I went to bed, but this morning when I woke up I was REALLY sick. Could barely get out of bed...muscles ached all over, headache, diarrhea, nausea. Wheat is also something that I have avoided for the last 2-3 months. Does that mean that my reaction was milder than it would have been otherwise? I'm beginning to understand why you suggest that people consider staying away from grains.
This afternoon I saw one of my alternative healers. She works on my energy field and has been a wonderful resource for me. She strongly suggested that, instead of Alka Seltzer Gold, I take Nux Vomica for a week while I'm continuing to clear food allergens. I like the idea, but I'd like to know your concerns, if you have any, first.
Re: Robert: Wheat and tomato
Posted by Robert McFerran on August 26, 1998 at 23:06:03:
In Reply to: Robert: Wheat and tomato posted by Pam on August 26, 1998 at 19:42:36:
Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences. I'm very pleased since you are not only doing the testing but understanding the underlying rational behind what you are doing.
You've reminded me of another good point that I purposely didn't mention earlier about hyper-acute reactions to grains. Here it is. Grains like wheat are fairly insoluble compared to other foods. Most reactions happen within 2 hours BUT reactions to grains are sometimes delayed as much as 4 days! Usually they will occur just the way that you documented your reaction.
I assume that Nux Vomica is a homopathic remedy. Unfortunately I don't have much expertise in this area. I DO know that alka-seltzer gold will work and will not interfere with the other things that you are doing. You should clear this reaction in a day or two. I'm sorry that I suggested you test something to make you feel sick (grains) but now you know something FOR SURE that you didn't know before.
By the way -- the fact that you had strong reactions to tomato and wheat after relatively long abstenance (especially with the tomato) is telling that these are MAJOR food allergen for you.