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What are food allergies

There are many more allergies and food sensitivities around nowadays and almost as many explanations why. Those who regard them as a disease of modern society cite factors such as environmental chemicals and pollution. Perversely, better diagnosis has also increased the numbers reported. Some specialists adhere to the theory that improvements in hygiene and medical science have helped to weaken our immune systems. A further explanation is that we've evolved at a different and slower rate than our diets and that we are eating so many new foods that our bodies can no longer cope. Whatever the causes, allergies and intolerances are now part of our collective experience and although they're not contagious illnesses, they do affect the way people live. You will find multiple sources of information and advice available on them and much of it is confusing, conflicting, and incorrect. My aim here is not to diagnose your allergy or intolerance, which should obviously be carried out by a...

Who has food allergies

Some causes of food sensitivities tend to run in families this predisposition to allergies is known as atopy and sufferers are described as atopic . If asthma, eczema, hay fever (seasonal rhinitis), or hives (urticaria) run in your family, you are more likely to develop a food allergy, although it is not inevitable. If you have one child with an allergy, get other children in the family checked out too. At present the only cure for an allergy is to avoid the food you are allergic to, but doctors are investigating ways of preventing allergies in the next generation using, for example, probiotics (the friendly bacteria that live in a healthy gut) during pregnancy. Other developments for the future include immunotherapy using allergy vaccines . Forms of immunotherapy exist for pollen-induced hay fever and bee stings and some non-food allergies but as yet there are no proven, tested desensitization techniques available.

Allergies to glutencontaining foods

There's really no such thing as an allergy to gluten. If you happen to be allergic to all three gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, and barley), I guess I could let it slide if you told me you were allergic to gluten even though you're really allergic to the three grains that fall under the gluten umbrella. But most people misuse the term and say they're allergic to gluten when what they really mean to say is that they have an intolerance or sensitivity to gluten, or they have full-blown celiac disease. Allergies to gluten-containing foods are just like other food allergies. They're all responses to a food allergen, and the reaction that someone has to those foods varies from person to person and from one food to another. Allergic symptoms can be respiratory, causing coughing, nasal congestion, sneezing, throat tightness, and even asthma. Acute allergic reactions to food usually start in the mouth, with tingling, itching, a metallic taste, and swelling of the tongue and throat....

If someone else has the food allergy or intolerance

Follow the Golden Rules (below) if you are dealing with food hypersensitivities. The person with the allergy or intolerance is the expert on their own condition -especially if they are severely allergic. If it is a child, ask them and confirm with a parent or carer. It may sound obvious but you'd be surprised how many people try to guess even though they may be putting a person's health at risk by doing so. Make sure you ask these questions in advance or discreetly - don't embarrass the person and fellow guests by enquiring loudly or publicly about their food sensitivities.

Keep allergyfree treats at school so your child can be involved in celebrations

It really helps if teachers take the lead in teaching your child's fellow pupils about her allergy because the most important role for your allergic child's close friends may be to speak up for her. They should avoid food trading but your child still needs to feel included. Involve other parents so that close friends keep a box of allergy-safe treats at their houses for when she visits. This helps your child to feel welcome and relaxed around food. Also, keep allergy-free treats at school so that your child can be involved in birthdays and other celebrations. Arrange with the school that there is a safe food shelf - an area where your child's foods, packed lunches, snacks, and treats, can be stored in a marked and, if necessary, lockable container. A Keeping a box of allergy-safe treats at friends' houses is a good way to ensure your child feels included.

Fish and Shellfish Allergies

Seafood is a common source of food allergies. About 250,000 Americans experience allergic reactions to fish and shellfish each year. People with seafood allergies can have symptoms that range from mild to life-threatening. Even tiny amounts of fish substances can trigger a reaction in some people. What's more, these allergies are rarely outgrown. Examples of shellfish that are common causes of allergic reactions include shrimp, crab, lobster, oyster, clam, scallop, mussel, and squid. Fish that can trigger allergic reactions include cod, salmon, trout, herring, sardine, bass, tuna, and orange roughy. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include nasal congestion, hives, itching, swelling, wheezing or shortness of breath, nausea, upset stomach, cramps, heartburn, gas or diarrhea, light-headedness, or fainting. If you suspect that you have any food allergies, see an allergist for a careful evaluation. This generally includes a medical history, physical examination, and skin or blood testing....

Milk allergy

This problem is frequent in babies but most grow out of it by the age of five years. If you are cooking for children with a milk allergy, you need to be aware of the following Proteins in milk, commonly casein and whey, trigger allergic reactions. These proteins are found in cows' and other mammals' milk sheep and goats' milk are likely to cause similar reactions. In mild allergies, small amounts of processed dairy products such as cheese can be tolerated but not milk, cream, or yogurt. In severe cases of milk allergy, an anaphylactic reaction can develop within seconds and follow from a minute quantity of milk. All dairy products and traces of products must be avoided. Skin contact and, more rarely, inhaling milk proteins may also cause a reaction.

Allergy etiquette

Awareness of allergies and food intolerances is on the increase and the shift in attitudes and behaviour has clearly begun. Not so long ago vegetarianism was regarded by many as a peripheral food fad that didn't need to be catered for. Now, it's hard to think of a place that doesn't offer meat-free options. The number of people who describe themselves as having food sensitivities is even greater than the number who call themselves vegetarian, so we can hope for a new code of good manners that involves thoughtfulness and consideration from both the allergy sufferer and those who cater for them.

Our world turned upside down

My own path to understanding how allergy and intolerance affect your life and what you can do to make the best of living with them, is similar to many. My elder son Archie was diagnosed as allergic to eggs, nuts, and peanuts, although his younger brother, Ben, is not. It turned our world upside down. It was frankly scary to accept that normally harmless foods can be lethal to my child. I needed a helping hand to learn to deal with the problems of never being able to go out for a meal or to a party without carrying a packed meal.

Eat everything you can

A Alice passes on tips and techniques for allergy-safe cooking to her nine-year-old son, Archie. and nut free, and quite often sesame, soya, fish, and seafood free, too) that I found in most allergy cookbooks. I couldn't see why not being able to eat one or two things meant having no choice about the rest. My philosophy is - why avoid all those things if you don't need to You will be missing out - notjust on taste and enjoyment but quite possibly on nutrients, too. The health implications of that worried me, especially for anyone feeding children.

Four big food problems

Obviously avoid fish or seafood recipes if that's your issue but I didn't want to leave them out of the book as they are delicious, nutritious, and add variety. Sesame seeds are sprinkled on a few dishes but easy to omit or replace. Soya appears only as a dairy substitute or as soy sauce. If soya is your allergy, you'll know that the problem is not the loss of a major nutrient or cooking ingredient, which soya isn't, but the way that it has crept into so many processed foods as an unlikely and quite often unnecessary component. People with multiple allergies find life especially difficult and although this book cannot cater comprehensively for them, there are recipes that they will find immediately usable and others that can be adapted easily. Over a quarter of the recipes are free of all of the Big Four three-quarters are egg and nut free and a fair proportion of these are also dairy or gluten free, too. Watch out for appears on some recipes to flag up other potential allergens, such...

Reactions and symptoms

Many allergic reactions occur within a few minutes of exposure to the food in question. Reactions include itchy rashes that look a bit like nettle rash and swelling of lips, tongue, face, and throat, which can be dangerous if they block the airway. Abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting may occur. The most serious reactions, known as anaphylaxis, are much rarer and are most frequently found in peanut and nut allergy sufferers. They have symptoms that are widespread within the body and occur frighteningly fast. For an allergic reaction to occur, the body has to have had previous exposure to an allergen this can be before birth if the food is eaten during pregnancy or after birth through breast milk, or through exposure to food products in the environment. After sensitization - the time it takes the body to build up a dislike for the allergen - the first reaction may be from the smallest amount. From then onwards, unless a child grows out of an allergy, there will always be a reaction,...

Diagnosis and testing

Classical allergies can be diagnosed using several reliable proven medical tests but as hypersensitivity reactions to food can be caused by a number of things other than allergies, a certain amount of detective work may be needed. Your doctor will also carry out a physical examination, ask about your family's medical history and your own food history , and may ask you to keep a food and symptom diary for a period of time. Anaphylaxis is an extreme allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening. Food triggers differ in adults and children but include peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, and Brazils), sesame, fish, shellfish, dairy products, and eggs. other causes include wasp or bee stings, natural latex (rubber), penicillin, or any other drug or injection. An emergency kit for a person at risk of serious allergic reactions may include prescribed medicine, an inhaler, and an epinephrine injection pen. The MedicAlert bracelet is to be worn at all times. Further...

Tests to be cautious about

Risk of failing to diagnose an allergy or conversely eliminating whole food groups containing valuable nutrients if falsely diagnosed. This is particularly serious in the case of children, because a balanced diet is essential for healthy growth. No one should cut out whole food groups without medical advice and consultation with a registered dietitian.

One of the hardest things is to accept what you cant change but this is the first step

Don't blame yourself for your or your child's allergy. It's no-one's fault you're just a victim of genes, environment, and bad luck. Dwelling on things that can't be changed is never a good strategy, especially if they are in the past or beyond your control. Similarly, don't waste time wading through competing theories on the cause of allergies in the press or on the internet your focus now is on making the best of life.

Getting positive and practical

As always, follow this advice depending on the severity of your allergy or intolerance. Build a support network. Find out as much as you can about your condition from books, websites, and allergy organizations (see pp.218-219). Make use of your doctor and hospital clinics. To source specialist foods, visit and talk to supermarkets, health food stores, even pharmacies. Befriend owners and chefs in your local eateries and recruit friends and fellow sufferers so that you can cook and cope together.

Thank people effusively when they make an extra effort and tip as much as you are able

What's in it and keep asking until you have the information you need. If it hasn't got a label, find out what the ingredients are. The more extreme your allergic reaction, the more important this is. Don't go into the gory details. Who really needs to hear a detailed medical account of your condition except your doctor Having a food allergy or intolerance doesn't make you more interesting or socially desirable. Similarly

Manufacturers are asked to use plain language

It may be old stock from before the new regulations were in force, or be mislabelled, or have been unpacked to serve loose and become contaminated. It may also have been refined and come into contact with potential allergens during the process. Currently, non-allergenic ingredients derived from an allergen don't have to be declared. If you can refine peanut oil in a way that removes the allergenic proteins, or can produce from wheat glucose a syrup that no longer contains gluten or other wheat proteins, these derivative products don't have to be labelled as allergens. Standardized labelling that is clear, prominent, and unambiguous would be a great start. At the moment, inconsistencies and different terms across food brands and countries are confusing. Studies in America have shown that in some cases fewer than 10 per cent of children with milk allergies were able to correctly identify products containing milk. This is a risky state of affairs. often...

So much food to enjoy

Vegetable side dishes and salads are such an obvious idea when cooking for people with allergies that I've only allowed myself a few full recipes for them in the book, as I preferred to concentrate on tricky dishes like breads, pies, pastries, and puddings. But there are lots of vegetable ingredients in the recipes as well as in tips and serving suggestions. Pick the best from leafy greens, peppery salads, potatoes for every use and occasion, winter root vegetables and squashes, fragrant herbs and spices, and fresh, dried, and seasonal fruits. Having an allergy or food intolerance doesn't mean doing without. Recipes for breads, pies, puddings, and pastries are made possible in this book by what I call my food heroes

The nutfree store cupboard

A difficult allergy to live with but less problematic in the home where cross contamination is less of an issue once you have checked labels carefully. If you are allergic to either peanuts or nuts, it is safer to keep your store cupboard nut free. Note if only peanuts are the problem, you may possibly be able to use nuts or vice versa, but many people are allergic to both (see Cross reactions, p.16). Some people with nut allergies, but not all, can tolerate pine nuts and sesame seeds.

Raspberry mallow crispies

Simple and inexpensive to make, these sticky cereal squares are a children's party treat - so they are just the thing whether your young guests have allergies or not. The puffed rice gives them an attractive honeycombed appearance. The dairy-free version is very useful for larger events as you can serve them to anyone with any of the Big Four allergies.

Four major food problems

Among the many allergies and food intolerances only a handful cause problems for considerable numbers of people. These are gluten wheat, dairy, tree nuts and peanuts, and eggs and these are the focus of my recipe variations. Every recipe has a version for each of these four A-list allergens with some recipes naturally free of all of them. My B list of allergies and sensitivities would include, soya, fish, and seafood, but these remain in some recipes, albeit with cautions, as many of these foods are staples for A-list sufferers. A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods - carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibre. Anyone with serious or multiple food allergies or intolerances needs to be sure they are not missing out on essential nutrients.

Tree nuts and peanuts

Here are some points to bear in mind when catering for nut and peanut allergies A person may not be allergic to all nuts but it is safest to avoid them all. As with other allergies, proteins cause the reaction. Cooking nuts will not reduce the risk of an allergic reaction to them in fact, roasting peanuts makes the reaction worse. or peanuts, hence trace warnings on packaging. For this type of allergy, take no chances with ingredients or cross contamination. Skin contact with nuts or peanuts may cause rashes and swelling of the lips if someone has a severe nut allergy. Handling the nuts may transfer the allergen to inside the mouth. Even airborne proteins may cause a reaction.

Talk to the relevant person

Disease or may have an anaphylactic reaction to a substance, then tell them exactly how serious the consequences can be if you eat even the smallest quantity. However, don't overstate a relatively mild allergy or intolerance it does a disservice to those who really need to be taken seriously. If buying home-made food from a stall, make sure you talk to the person who cooked it.


Once a medical curiosity, food allergy has increased dramatically over the past 30 years, even being referred to as an epidemic. When I make a diagnosis of food allergy, I have become increasingly aware that this has implications notjust for the patient attending my clinic but also for their extended family and friends, both present and future. With so much of our lives revolving around food, the impact of needing to avoid just a single food can be huge. Invitations to dinner parties and social gatherings become a source of embarrassment and anxiety rather than enjoyment. A simple trip to the supermarket can become a lengthy series of food label examinations and a family trip abroad, if even considered, a delicate military operation. Some families respond to the allergy of one of its members by severely restricting the foods that the whole family eats. This fear of contact with certain foods leads to a reliance on a small group of bland ingredients. As a result, the family's diet may...

How to use this book

Every recipe in this book has been adapted and tested to create up to four different versions for each of the four major food sensitivities - eggs, gluten, nuts, and dairy. Use the symbols and text at the top of each recipe to guide you to the right version. Some one-size-fits-all recipes are naturally free of all four allergens so if you need a safe dish for guests with mixed allergies and intolerances choose a recipe with all four symbols, such as Honeyed Welsh lamb (p.132) or Coconut sorbet (p.159). Alternatively, adapt a version to make it both dairy and gluten free, for example, by combining the gluten-free and dairy-free substitutions.

What does it mean

Rather confusingly people use the words allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity interchangeably, and to refer to many different things. Allergy specialists refer to allergies as true or classical allergies in contrast to the harder to pinpoint, intolerances and sensitivities. In everyday speech, people use I'm allergic to it to mean anything from it gives me a rash to I just don't like it . Hypersensitivity is an umbrella term used to cover all types of allergy and intolerance but you need to be more precise and clear when you are trying to pinpoint, treat, plan for, or tell someone about a food issue, especially where children and or a life-threatening risk may be involved. You may have to discuss the problem with many different people from specialists and nurses to family, friends, schools, colleagues, restaurant staff, and hotels. There are some basic distinctions Classical food allergies such as those to milk, eggs, and nuts are caused by the immune system. Reactions to them can be...

Cross reactions

Cross reactivity means that being allergic to one food can make you more likely to be allergic to another one. Suprisingly, these are not always foods that are closely related. Peanuts, for example, are part of the legume family, which includes black-eyed peas, kidney and lima beans, and soybeans, yet most people who have a peanut allergy are fine with all of these other legumes, but do have a problem with tree nuts. The standard advice is if you are allergic to nuts or peanuts, avoid both. If you have an allergy and are unsure about what else is unsafe to eat, consult your doctor, dietitian, or allergist, who will use your food history and symptom diary to help them establish which other foods you should watch out for. Cross reactivity between nuts and seeds is less common for example, most people who have to avoid nuts can eat sesame seeds (although about 15 per cent cannot). Pine nuts are seeds and tolerated by many people with nut allergies. Similarly cross reactivity between...

Coping with emotions

There's no denying it's very upsetting to be told you or your child is going to have to live with a condition that's going to make life incredibly difficult. Yes, some children do grow out of some allergies, and who knows, one day there may be a cure. But for now you're stuck with it, and you need to allow yourself time to deal with the fact.

Teach the basics

Explain the allergy to your child - the foods to be avoided, the symptoms, treatment, and how to use the emergency kit, if relevant (see p.15). Encourage her to speak up about her allergy whenever it might be important and support her when she does, for example, at other people's houses and at restaurants. She should learn to automatically and confidently ask questions about any food offered such as how it was cooked and the ingredients.

School life

Managing your child's allergy while she is at school relies on good teamwork and regular communication between you and the staff. The school and parents should work together to ensure that the child is not stigmatized, is able to join in all school activities and is able to behave in any other way as a normal child would. You should play the key role in assembling the team by fully informing the school, other parents, and children of the allowed foods and foods to be avoided. Supply the school with a management plan (see p.28) to ensure the staff know what to do in an emergency, how to recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction, and what to do if it happens. Make sure the school nurse and any supply teachers have copies. In most countries, school staff have the duty to safeguard the health of pupils but do not have to administer medicines - although many may volunteer to. Provide the school nurse or nominated staff member with any medicines and equipment, as well as permission to...

Before you go

Last minute travel may not be an option as most travel companies ask for weeks or even months notice to accommodate special dietary requirements. You also need time to do your research. This is a good time to make use of allergy and coeliac associations (see pp.218-219) as most have travel advice packs, information leaflets, and dietary alert cards (see below). Also contact associations in the country you're travelling to and ask them to recommend allergy-friendly travel companies, hotels, restaurants, and food shops. Find out how much you can buy at your destination and what you need to take. Pack enough safe food to get you to your destination and include some allowance for delays.

Dietary alert cards

These are a godsend if you are not fluent in the language of the country you are travelling to. Either make the cards yourself or get them from allergy or coeliac organizations. The cards explain the risks and requirements of your condition, as well as what you can eat, in the local language, establishing you as a genuine medical case rather than a faddy eater. They take the stress out of food ordering because important details are unlikely to get lost in translation between you and the waiter and the waiter and the chef.

Travel tips

Most national airlines, given notice, will offer gluten-free meals, non-lactose meals, and vegan meals, which are free of any animal products so are essentially meat, dairy, and egg free. You could also request a fresh fruit platter. However, any slipup on a long haul flight could leave you hungry so bring some safe food of your own as well. If you have a severe food allergy, take no risks and eat only food that you have prepared yourself.

Worldwide cuisine

When you have to cut out food, it's all too easy to focus on what you can't eat, yet broadening food horizons is a good antidote to allergies. if you don't limit yourself to one cuisine, a whole world of possibilities opens up. Travel throws up plenty of oportunities to sample a different cuisine but you may prefer to try out new dishes in restaurants at home first, or cook them yourself. Don't rule out any cuisine even if it appears to be unsuitable. italy may be the home of wheat-based pasta but for carbohydrate-loving gluten-avoiders there are also deliciously satisfying risottos, polenta, and potato gnocchi. Being the product of many countries myself, there is no national bias to the culinary regions chosen in this book. I picked popular cuisines as well as great culinary traditions and grouped together those with advantages for a particular allergy group - for example, Chinese and South East Asian, which are great for dairy-avoiders. Popular restaurant dining choices such as...


For dairy-avoiders, this is definitely a cuisine to investigate and celebrate. Sushi is an excellent option that works well for most other allergies, too. With a wide range of fillings - vegetable, fish, or seafood - it is surprisingly satisfying to make at home in temaki form (see California temaki sushi, p.74). Try clear soups, miso- or dashi-based with tofu, meat, or vegetables and mains such as teriyaki beef, yakitori chicken or donburi - bowls of rice topped with meat or vegetables.

Supermarket chains

Most have head offices with well-staffed customer care departments to answer product and labelling queries. They can send you lists of safe foods and those that contain the major allergens, so you can prepare your shopping list well ahead. They have the widest ranges of fresh food and freezer sections and increasingly stock free from and allergy-friendly ranges. The bigger retailers are more and more health and environment aware and responsive to customers' concerns on these issues, but don't expect one-to-one service once you get there - the person at the checkout won't be able to answer your detailed questions. You may be able to get the information you need at the deli counter or in-store bakery, but don't count on it. sourcing fresh ingredients is easy, but stores and mail order companies are also wising up to the needs of allergy-free cooks.

Mail order online

Is impressive from allergy-free ready meals to gluten-free cakes, dairy-free chocolates, cookies, and Christmas puddings, plus all the staples that food sensitive people need to stock up their store cupboards, fridges, and freezers. The benefits of online shopping are that you can research products and compare prices and delivery options from the comfort of your own home - no queues, no baffled staff, and no wasted journeys. You do, however, have to arrange for someone to receive the goods and there may be delivery charges. Some useful sites are given in the Resources section (see pp.218-219), but new ones are emerging all the time. Your allergy or coeliac organization should keep you up to date.

Whats on the label

European Union governments have passed laws obliging manufacturers to declare allergenic ingredients, additives, and substances involved in food processing on their pre-packaged food. Although good labelling of allergens is still very much in its infancy, it is good news for people with allergies, as shopping for food without enough information has sometimes felt like taking your life in your hands It has reduced the risk but not eliminated it and ultimately, what you eat or give your family or friends to eat remains your responsibility. Progress worth celebrating includes Major allergens that account for around 90 per cent of all food-induced allergic reactions have been identified and agreed there are 14 in EU countries and 8 in the USA and Australia with others pending. Latex allergy, not yet on the official list, is a growing problem. This allergy to the sap of commercially grown rubber trees causes symptoms that may progress rapidly and unpredictably from skin contact reactions...


Allergy UK Helpline 01322 619 898 info allergyuk.org www.allergyuk.org A national medical charity dealing with allergy, chemical sensitivity, and food intolerance. Tel 01252 546100 Helpline 01252 542029 www.anaphylaxis.org.uk Offers support and information and campaigns for people with life-threatening allergic reactions. British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) Produces a regularly updated list of NHS allergy clinics throughout the country. The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) www.foodallergy.org US-based organization dedicated to providing information on all aspects of allergy. Tel 020 7833 3034 Helpline 0800 581420 info medicalert.org.uk www.medicalert.org.uk Wearable emergency identification items for people with hidden medical conditions and allergies. Supported by a 24-hour emergency helpline, which accepts reverse charge calls from anywhere in the world in over 100 languages. Let's Eat Out Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free. Kim...

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The Atkins Nutritional Approach can positively impact the lives of people facing the risk factors associated with diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. It can also alleviate gastrointestinal problems, and certain allergies, chronic pain and immune system weaknesses.

Migraine Headache Prevention

Serotonin and norepinephrine are the two main neurotransmitters used in the brain to control the size of blood vessels as well as other functions. These neurotransmitter levels can be diminished by allergic reactions, inflammation, poor absorption of nutrients into the brain, poor metabolism of nutrients in the brain, chemicals that deplete them, excessive depletion (over usage) lowering them or because there are not enough nutrients in the brain to produce more.

Gourmet Nutrition offers you a second chance a chance to change the rules

Some individuals believe that this high rate of digestive disease is due to stress. Others think it's due to an increase in food allergies. We think it's an interaction of the two. Although full blown food allergy is severe, less severe allergies (which are difficult to diagnose) are finally getting some attention and many people now have an explanation for their regular gas, abdominal distention, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, constipation, or other GI abnormalities.

Are you poisoning your children

Of all chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. We have a higher rate of kids with cancer and learning disabilities than ever. If that doesn't say we're doing something wrong in our environment, I'd hate to see what it takes According to the American Cancer Society, there has been a 26 percent increase in cancer over the last 2 decades

Protein A Plenty Choosing The Right Protein PowdERS

5) Rice protein extracts are a great hypoallergenic alternative to milk and soy proteins. Therefore for those who have food allergies or insensitivities to other protein sources, rice protein is very well tolerated. Also, rice protein is one of the only viable supplement options for vegetarians. While the protein in rice isn't considered complete, some rice protein powders on the market have been fortified with the limiting amino acid, and such powders can be good choices both for vegetarians and those with intolerances to the other powders mentioned above.

Returning the bod to balance

Fighting approach is exactly what's required when dealing with dangerously high blood pressure, a life-threatening infection, a burst appendix or an anaphylactic allergic reaction - all of which require drastic and fast-acting treatment. enhance resistance to infection or allergy by supporting the patient's immune system

Fresh flour tortillas

Neck and back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and headaches may be attributed to casein found in milk and its products, according to Dr. Daniel Twogood author of No Milk. Neck and spine stiffness which radiates throughout the shoulders can also be attributed to casein allergy, according to Twogood. Upper neck and back pain which occurs on one side only are common to those with casein allergy. Dr. Twogood says the most common cause of leg cramping, joint pain, and lower back pain is casein. Fatigue, sensitivity to light, dizziness, varicose veins, and depression are common symptoms of allergy to milk. Allergy Hotline, May

Lifetime of Delicious Meals

Donna Miller, who came to see me a couple of years ago drained of all energy, beset with allergies and 30 pounds overweight, had always been a bread, bagels and pizza freak. In four months, she went from being a size 12 (almost bursting at the seams, as she admitted) to being a size 8. In addition, her energy returned almost as soon as we took her off of wheat, sugar and milk. But what was she going to eat

The Allergic Connection

If you have allergies, be aware that yeast and mold are co-reactors-meaning that if you react to one you react to the other. Therefore, if you have a yeast problem, you should do your best to avoid not only yeast and mold in food but also places that harbor environmental mold. This includes office buildings with sick building syndrome, your damp basement and bathrooms with poor ventilation. If you are subject to hayfever or other seasonal allergies, such as those stemming from ragweed or pollen, your system is already stressed, making you more vulnerable to an even greater yeast sensitivity. One way to reduce mold exposure is (at certain times of year when mold counts are high) to cut out the yeast and mold in your diet. This may decrease the degree of symptoms you experience.

An Individual Approach

But those foods are hardly the end of the story. There are many others that produce intolerances. Strictly speaking, you could react badly to any food you eat. A few of the other very common allergy-causing foods are those in the nightshade family white potato, tomato, eggplant, paprika, bell and other peppers and tobacco. Add to that sulfites, coffee, chocolate and citrus fruits. Among the acceptable foods when you do Atkins, shellfish, beef, chicken, onions, mushrooms, pepper and other spices, plus artificial sweeteners, can also provoke a response.

Alas the Foods You Love

Complicating the matter of food intolerances is that a sizable proportion of us become addicted to the very foods to which we are intolerant. You will often see the term allergy addiction used in papers by specialists in environmental medicine. It works like this The foods that make us ill also make us feel better for a short time after we eat them. This is surely a classic addiction pattern The sugar addict, the drug addict, the alcoholic all feel better when they get their fix. But before long, they all feel worse.

What Causes Food In tolerances

No one knows for sure, but I believe many food intolerances are related to the weakening of the immune system, which may be a secondary result of such problems as yeast overgrowth. When this weakness becomes chronic, you may develop an allergy. Allergies, in turn, challenge the immune system, which can in turn suppress the metabolism, slowing down weight loss. Food intolerance, like most allergies, indicates that the body is being stressed. Sometimes the problem can be a chronic inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bowel. When this happens, food is absorbed into the body through the intestinal wall before it is completely broken down. The situation is often called Leaky Gut Syndrome. Your body does not recognize food in this imperfectly digested form and treats it as an intruder. Your symptoms will be the result of your body's aggressive response.

Nutritional analysis OF recipes

As a general rule, I support individual creativity in cooking, therefore, I urge you, the reader, to alter recipes to suit your needs wants. For example, I often substitute ingredients or just leave things out if I do not like them or do not have them on hand. Additionally, people have different tastes for saltiness, sweetness, and richness, so feel free to change ingredient quantities to fit your tastes. Lastly, if you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients called for in a recipe, try to think of a replacement (or just leave the ingredient out) to make the recipe fit your needs. Spelt is a primitive form of grain that is related to wheat. The berries can be cooked (kernels have a sweet, nutty taste and rice-like texture) or ground into flour and used in place of wheat flour. GLUTEN NOTE Spelt does have as much gluten as wheat, so if you are avoiding gluten, you should be avoiding spelt. Some people who have wheat sensitivities or allergies can tolerate spelt, but...

Nutritional Ergogenic Agents

No benefits demonstrated some may increase free radical production or cause allergic reactions. Some benefits reported for the diets such diets may raise blood cholesterol and be a risk for heart disease. Some performance benefits for lactate and caffeine. No benefit demonstrated for others. Some may cause GI upset, allergic reactions, excitability, irritability, tremors, loss of concentration, nausea, and diarrhea. Some benefits demonstrated in reaction times but not aerobic capacity may cause allergic reactions.

Functional properties and toxicity

A study on mast cell-mediated immediate-type allergic reactions induced by an irritant in test animals showed a dose-dependent beneficial effect of lavender oil administered either topically or intradermally (Kim and Cho, 1999). Lavender flowers had a protective effect against enzyme-dependent lipid peroxidation (Hohmann et al., 1999). Lipid peroxidation and lipid metabolism studies in patients with chronic bronchitis showed normalization of the level of total lipids by lavender oil (Siurin, 1997). Inhalation of lavender oil had no effect on the content of cholesterol in the blood, but reduced its content in the aorta and atherosclerotic plaques (Nikolaevskii et al., 1990). Linalool showed only marginal effects on lipid peroxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) (Reddy and Lokesch, 1992). Yamada et al. (1994) showed anticonvulsive effects of inhaling lavender oil vapour and Elizabetsky et al. (1999) showed similar effects for linalool in glutamate-related seizure models. The...

DoItYourself Cosmetics

I'm glad she did, for once I got started looking for these formulas, they turned out to be great fun to try Experiment and see which ingredients suit you best. But don't forget that your skin's condition is influenced most of all by your diet, age, amount of exercise, and amount of sleep. Too much stress in your life, too little humidity in your air, too much exposure to sun, and too much fatty, sweety, junky, chemicalized food can be doing your appearance far more harm than these treatments by themselves can relieve. NOTE To prevent allergic reactions, test a small quantity of any unaccustomed substance by rubbing it on the underside of your arm. Then wait 24-48 hours to see if a rash develops.

Native American Health Recipes

Additionally many of the chemicals used are questionable for human consumption. The truth is that we should eat our aboriginal foods when ever possible. As an example Native Americans have a high rate of allergies and medical problems cause by Milk and Wheat (lactose & gluten). Yet, these food are wonderful for some people.

Toxicology and disease

Rosemary is generally considered safe and devoid of toxic side effects if taken in recommended doses. However, there have been occasional reports of allergic reaction such as skin irritation. Pregnant and lactating women are advised not to use rosemary, as are pepole with epilepsy. Rosemary oil should be used with caution by persons suffering from hypertension, blood pressure or insomnia cfm). In vitro studies of liquid extract of rosemary ('Herbor 025') and a mixed oily extract of herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme and oregano, though proven to be antiviral against HIV, is found to be cytotoxic too (Aruoma et al., 1996). Rosemary leaves in excess quantity can cause coma, spasm, vomiting and, in some cases, pulmonary oedema. Rosemary oil taken orally can trigger convulsions Rosemarych. html).

Yeast Food Intolerances and Thyroid Problem

If you've been eating a high-sugar diet for years, it's quite possible that your digestive tract has an overgrowth of an organism called Candida albicans. In addition to overgrowth of yeast in the gastrointestinal tract, most people also experience an allergic inflammation of the mucous membranes throughout the body. This can result from exposure to environmental mold (in your cellar, for example) or eating foods that contain yeast. Symptoms include constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn and even abdominal pain and rectal or vaginal itching. All are a sign of yeast overgrowth in the mucous membranes. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression, headaches (even migraines), post-nasal drip, brain fog and water retention are often signs of allergy resulting from exposure to environmental mold or mold in food products such as cheese and nuts. In addition to its other annoying or painful symptoms, Candida overgrowth or allergy can keep you from losing weight by causing cravings for...

O Notesglossaries

- This cookbook is titled A Taste of Vitality because the focus of the book is on foods which provide the body fuel for creating and maintaining an active life style. By focusing on strong foods, your body is provided with the needed protein, carbohydrates, fats, nutrients, vitamins, mineral, phytochemicals, isoflavones, essential fatty acids, and anti-oxidants it needs to be energetic (especially energy-enhancing vitamins and mineral such as magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B6). Pure water is also important. Weak foods and foods to which a person is allergic can drain energy. Weak foods are discussed below. The most common food allergies are citrus, wheat, corn, milk, soy, dairy products, yeast, and eggs.

He Whakatupato

Kei haere pohehe te tangata ki te kato i nga harore me nga kopurawhetu, kei riro mai ko nga harore paihana i te taha o nga harore e taea te kai I mua i te kainga i tetahi harore, kia tino mohio koe he aha taua harore Kia tae ki nga harore kaore i taia he pikitia i tenei pukapuka, ki nga harore ranei he rereke te ahua i tena ra, i tena ra, ara, he rereke i nga whakaahua i tenei pukapuka, me tiki rawa ki nga pukapuka kua oti te whakararangi i te rarangi pukapuka. A, me haere ranei ki te tino tangata pukenga mo nga harore katoa. Kia tupato Kaore ano nga tohunga kia mohio ki te totika o nga harore katoa hei kai. Mehemea katahi ano koe ka kai i tetahi harore, me whakamatau kau atu, kia iti te kainga. Mehemea kei te rangirua o whakaaro, kaore koe e mohio he aha rawa taua harore, kaua e kainga. Kia tae koe ki te kai i nga harore i tupu noa i te tuawhenua, ki nga harore hou ranei, na te tangata i whakatupu, meatia atu etahi harore mata tonu, (kaore i tunua) ki roto i te pouaka makariri. He...

Finger Food

Whether you're a culinary explorer or an average home cook, you'll be fascinated with what you can learn about food at foodpairing.be. The scientists' aim is to inspire new food combinations and provide options when replacement foods are needed (in case you forgot to buy an ingredient or have an allergy).

Acceptable Foods

*All cheeses have some carbohydrate content. The quantity you eat should be governed by that knowledge. The rule of thumb is to count one ounce of cheese as equivalent to one gram of carbohydrate. Note that cottage cheese, farmer's cheese and other fresh cheeses are not permitted during Induction. No diet cheese, cheese spreads or whey cheeses are permitted. Individuals with known yeast symptoms, dairy allergy or cheese intolerance must avoid cheese. Imitation cheese products are not allowed, except for soy or rice cheese-but check the carbohydrate content.


Flowers can be potentially toxic or may cause allergic reactions. Thus, the inclusion of this section is not to be seen as a recommendation of the culinary use of the plants and flowers listed here. Their seasons vary greatly according to location, but almost all of these flowers are now available throughout the year, shipped from many locations around the world.

More Induction

Resistance can benefit from doing Induction longer because it gives them time to correct metabolic imbalances they may have developed over time. These include insulin resistance, blood-sugar imbalances, carbohydrate addictions and allergies. Once the metabolic imbalances are corrected, weight loss may speed up.

If Addictions Recur

If addictions do reappear-in the form of food obsessions and cravings-you're probably indulging too much in the foods that got you into trouble to begin with. The vicious cycle of hyperinsulinism and resultant low blood-sugar levels, combined with the possibility of specific food allergies or intolerances, can create an addictive situation. When you go back to bread, fruit or fermented foods, you may suddenly discover that you must have these foods, that no day or meal feels right without them. Observe yourself carefully. You are engaged in a real battle for self-control as your defenses crumble. You'll notice that the need that develops is genuinely physical. It isn't simply that you know pasta tastes good, and you'd like to have it. No, your body absolutely roars with anxiety and passion for that pasta. You are under its spell. When this happens, you'll know.

Lifetime Maintenance

So what was the use Besides, she hadn't come to me with weight loss in mind. Her problems were medical. Mary Anne's blood pressure was an abnormally elevated 160 100, she had a number of allergies, and her chief complaint was the extreme fatigue she had endured for the past several years. Add her excess weight to all that, and I knew she was heading into a difficult midlife physical crisis. I recommended and she agreed to do Atkins.

Bean Me Up

With all of the bad rap beans get in terms of gas, allergies, and anti-nutrients, they are often eyed suspiciously before being passed over in lieu of perceivably safer, more user-friendly foods. Nevertheless, these legumes possess so many potential benefits that they can't be ignored. With ratings somewhere near the basement of the glycemic index, more fiber than any grain source, and the potential for reducing body fat and increasing relative muscle mass, beans are certainly a viable menu option for those without known allergies.

General uses

Parsley, with its mystic aura being wrapped in folk tradition, is said to increase female libido, also help in promoting menstruation and ease the difficulties of childbirth (Review of Natural Products, 1991 Tyler, 1994). Parsley juice can be used in treating hives and other allergy symptoms it also inhibits the secretion of histamine. Parsley has also been used as a liver tonic and helped in the breaking up of kidney stones. The German Commission E has approved parsley as a preventive measure and also for treatment of kidney stones. The parsley root can be used as a laxative and also helps to eliminate bloating. It can reduce weight by reducing excess water gain. The root can be used to relieve flatulence and colic, due to its carminative action. Parsley is rich in such minerals as calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, iron and vitamins such as A, C and niacin (Review of Natural Products, 1991 Gruenwald, 1998 Blumenthal, 1998 Tyler, 1994, 1998 Marczal et al, 1977). Parsley can be...

What Can You Do

Lingering symptoms that look yeast related are a reason to refrain from eating yeast- and mold-containing foods a while longer. If you live in a hot, humid climate, be aware that your house may contain a considerable quantity of mold. I've had patients benefit from installing a hepa-filter air purifier in their bedrooms so that they can decrease their allergy load of dust and mold spores, at least when they're asleep. A preferable solution would be to install such filters

Safety Issues

For some people, proteins in cow's milk may trigger allergic reactions. Whey proteins (beta-lactoglobulin and beta-lact-albumin) and casein are the primary proteins that trigger allergic reactions. Symptoms of a milk allergy may include nasal congestion, hives, itching, swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, nausea, upset It is easy to confuse a milk allergy with another common health concern related to dairy foods lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance (see page 347) also can lead to nausea, vomiting, cramping, and diarrhea. However, if you have lactose intolerance, you usually can eat small amounts of dairy food without problems. In contrast, a tiny amount of a food to which you are allergic can trigger a reaction. If you suspect that you have any food allergies, see your physician. You may then be referred to an allergist for a careful evaluation. This generally includes a medical history, physical examination, and skin or blood testing. If the diagnosis is a milk allergy, it...

Soy and Rice Milk

Nondairy beverages made from soybeans and rice are available for persons who have milk allergies, are lactose-intolerant, or prefer not to eat animal products. Both soy milk and rice milk are similar in look and taste to milk and can be used for many of the same purposes, such as pouring on cereal or making smoothies and other dairy-based beverages.

Nondairy Desserts

These ice cream substitutes contain no milk or lactose, so they provide an alternative for persons who have milk allergies or who are lactose-intolerant. They also contain no cholesterol. But some types, especially the items made from tofu, can have just as many calories as ice cream. Sherbet or sorbet Sherbet's main ingredients are frozen, sweetened fruit juice and water, but it also can contain milk and egg whites. Therefore, sherbet is not a safe alternative to ice cream for persons with milk or egg allergies. Sorbets and ices may be better choices, because they are supposed to be prepared without these ingredients. Their names are not regulated, so always check the label before purchasing. Both contain a liquid base (usually fruit juice), sweetener, and water, but sorbets are less creamy


My final bit of advice is that you take yeast seriously. Like any allergy or infectious overload, it puts a great strain on the immune system. If it undercuts your weight loss program, it will also impair your relationship with Atkins, and that is certainly one relationship I hope to see you maintain for a lifetime.

Fava Bean

Good hay or can be grown as a summer green manure, winter cover, or spring green manure to be plowed under before the regular garden is planted. All the vetches build nitrogen in your soil, and their empty shells make good compost. NOTE There is a very rare inherited sensitivity to Java beans and their pollen. It's found mostly in males of Mediterranean ancestry. This allergy, if triggered, can result in a mild to severely toxic reaction.


Ayurvedic anti-allergy herb Albizia lebbeck has a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine, where it is prescribed for allergies and inflammatory conditions, including hay fever, asthma, hives and allergic conjunctivitis. Studies suggest that albizia works by stabilising the cells that release histamine and other allergic mediators, thereby relieving allergic tendencies and helping to manage allergy symptoms. 0 DOS GI*l Look for commercial preparations providing the equivalent of 3 to 6 g per day of the dried stem bark, and take it according to the manufacturer's instructions. Also known as shiso or beefsteak plant, perilla is a common ingredient in the traditional diet of Japan. Scientists there have also been integral in identifying its potential for preventing hay fever symptoms. Both the leaf and the seed of perilla contain compounds that help reduce allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchiness of the nose and scratchy, watery eyes. Preliminary research suggests that the herb...

Reach for birch

Herbal vinegar rinse Apple cider vinegar normalises the scalp's delicate pH balance and aids in toning the scalp. It also successfully removes oil and shampoo residue from the hair. Nettle is a traditional hair tonic, used for its stimulating effect on the scalp. It also has anti-allergenic properties, making it useful for itchy scalp conditions.


Certain poisonous and edible mushrooms are easily confused. Before eating any mushroom, be absolutely sure of its identity and edibility. When it comes to mushrooms that are not illustrated in this book, or that are known to vary in appearance from the illustrations included in this book, it may be necessary to consult other texts listed in the bibliography, or a mushroom specialist. Please note, however, that the edibility of many mushrooms is still unknown. If there is any doubt whatsoever as to the identity and edibility of a mushroom, do not eat it. Even for a mushroom known to be edible, one should eat only a small amount the first time. Moreover, when eating wild mushrooms or new cultivated mushrooms, always place some uncooked ones aside in the refrigerator in case there has been a mistake or there is an allergic reaction to the mushroom. If any illness is experienced after eating a mushroom, consult a doctor immediately.