My food allergies have REALLY disappeared! I can live without fear! Wow! Before I give you my details, let me take a few steps back and explain to you about my past food allergies. In 2005, I felt overly sick daily, until I turned my diet very strict. Finally in 2008, I was diagnosed being allergic to wheat, rye, eggs, codfish, and sulfites. I changed my diet by staying away from each of those foods except sulfites. I allowed sulfites in my diet, because sulfites are extremely complex and because I wasn’t ready for my diet to be even more strict!
Codfish and eggs were my easy allergies. I was never exposed to codfish in rural Kansas and eggs would only cause several hours of stomach cramps. However, I feared wheat and rye the most, because those foods caused asthmatic reactions! The first couple years of my grain allergies, my reactions were not very strong, but within a couple years, my wheat and rye allergies had gotten worse! My throat would narrow (asthmatic reaction) while walking down bread aisles or by inhaling another person’s food, along with horrible instant headaches. Kissing my husband would also cause breathing problems, including a few life-threatening kissing reactions, after he would consumed foods containing wheat. And I would always wheeze with certain shampoos, because those shampoos contain a small amount of the wheat protein! My scariest asthma attack, in 2012, was after accidentally inhaling my dog’s food, which was loaded with wheat! I started coughing non-stop and then, my throat completely narrowed! My inhaler was not helping me and I could NOT find my epi-pen! As I thought I was going to DIE, I eventually grabbed my phone, ready to call 911 (and while having no idea how to talk!). But, thankfully my inhaler started to kick-in after using it SIX times, which is medically wrong . . . because inhalers should not be used more than twice! Thankfully, though, the inhaler did saved my life!
I can recall several breathing problems and strong headaches while being around wheat in 2014. However, after finally turning SULFITE-FREE during the end of 2014, my food allergy reactions suddenly faded away! Walking down bread aisles actually seemed much easier. I was even able to toast bread, break the toast into pieces, and serve it to my son withOUT any breathing problems! Wow!
In July 2015, I had an update appointment with my Allergy Specialist. He made me do another skin test and the results revealed that my other food allergies have disappeared! (Except I am still allergic to sulfites!) His nurse, however, did tell me that I slightly reacted to rye , but not strong enough to record as being allergic to it. So, she did tell me to be careful with rye and that I’m probably sensitive to it.
I TRULY BELIEVE that my new Sulfite-Free life CURED my other food allergies. I recall several wheat allergy reactions during 2014, but by the end of 2014, my reactions stopped after turning sulfite-free. I assume that by eliminating my sulfites, my histamines are not releasing as high. Therefore, the less histamines released, the less of a chance of reactions within my body. However, that’s not proven . . . that’s just one of my many theories! But, I truly believe that if I would add sulfites normally back into my diet, my other foods allergies would re-enter into my life, but again, that’s another of my many theories.
During this last year, I’ve learned that codfish and eggs are naturally high with sulfur, which naturally converts into sulfites within the body. So, I believe I was previous reacting to eggs and codfish because of the high sulfur. Now that I keep my sulfites extremely low, if not non-existing, my body does not react to eggs or codfish.
Now, as I’ve added eggs back into my diet, have I also added wheat and rye (gluten), back into my diet? Well, not so much. The first reason is that my Allergy Specialist highly suggested me to continue gluten-free, in which I plan doing so. And the second reason is that I’m not emotionally or mentally ready because of my history with asthma attacks! Plus, I’m still having very small headaches around some wheat products, in which I’m not sure why. So, the slight headaches give me no interest of eating anything with wheat. But, let’s be thankful that the headaches are no longer horrible and painful, and that I CAN ACTUALLY BREATH around these grains!
So, basically, my eating habits are the SAME! However, what you can do with me is by celebrating! You can praise God with me! My immune system is no longer attacking myself while being around wheat and rye! Therefore, walking down bread aisles has turned into a quite peaceful walk! Kissing my husband has turned to be much more enjoyable. And preparing foods for my son has turned to be much easier! And just think . . .the next time I’ll be with YOU, I will NOT feel SICK while being near YOUR FOODS! So, CELEBRATE with ME!
Let’s end by telling you how I used to beg God to bring me answers and to cure my food allergies! Little did I know that God had already lead me to my answer–sulfites. I was simply NOT ready to listen. It took me six years before I was ready to turn sulfite-free. And when I finally did, not only did my other food allergies disappear, but my health improved toward feeling my BEST! Praise God! So, did my sulfite-free life cure my other food allergies? Only God truly knows, but it really does seem so! And I praise God for how I FEEL NOW! Thank you Lord!
[I want to this make clear! Although those food allergies have diminished, I am STILL asthmatic allergic to wheat, other crops, and other outdoor environment allergens! I still react to my farming husband’s harvest! But I can handle that! It’s nothing like FOOD!]
Although my article is finished, some of you may be curious of my messed-up health history. Maybe my history will help YOU or someone else you know! It’s a quick summary of My Food Allergy Story.
When I was 22: I ate the American Western Diet— dizziness, light-headed, tingling feet, weight problems, very fatigue, foggy thinking, heart burn, chest tightness pain, constipation, candida (lots of yeast infections), & water retention.
Changed diet when 22: Followed a strict (anti-candida) diet of organic vegetables, limited carbs, fruit-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free, zero processed foods—–EVERY symptom disappeared and turned to feeling amazing! [This diet was also sulite-free, but I did NOT realize that at the time!]
Changed diet when 23: Stayed gluten-free, but added most all the other foods back into diet—-struggled again with dizziness, foggy thinking, weight problems, chest tightness, tired often, candida, body parts swelling, wheezing—tried to follow previous strict diet, but was hard to stick with it.
Age 25: Allergy Specialist diagnosed me being allergic to WHEAT, RYE, EGGS, CODFISH, and SULFITES!
Age 25: Stayed gluten-free (wheat & rye), avoided eggs, but did NOT eliminate sulfites! I ONLY avoided the worst source of sulfites (dried fruits) b/c dried fruits threaten my life, but continued other sources of sulfites.
Age 27: Still avoided my food allergens, except most sulfites. Struggled with the same problems! I got engaged to marry! I tried many fad diets to lose weight for my wedding, but nothing worked. Six months before wedding, my entire body broke out with a yeast-skin infection (looked like chiken-pox). So, I turned back to my strict (anti-candida) diet (mostly cut out sulfites, without realizing it). Most all of my health problems disappeared, plus pounds dropped off of me—perfect timing for my wedding!
Age 28-31: Added many random foods back into my diet, but still ate gluten-free. ALL PROBLEMS entered back into my life. PLUS, MORE problems entered my life: stomach cramps and daily yucky smelling urine. AND my wheat reactions got worse with scary life-threatening reactions!
Age 31: I finally TURNED 100% SULFITE-FREE!—-Every problem disappeared, including my food allergies! Yeast infections disappeared. TONS of energy! Pounds dropped off of me! Stomach cramps stopped! Yucky urine diminished! Life turned to feeling amazing! Wow!
Age 32: Allergy Specialist gave me an updated skin test and, besides sulfites, my other food allergies DISAPPEARED! WOW! Praise God!