What is an allergy challenge diet?
That is just a fun way of saying you eliminate foods from your diet until you are down to the bare minimum of foods. As it goes on you add in foods slowly to see if you can identify food allergies. You cut out big 8 allergens totally (Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Shellfish, Fish, Soy, and Wheat/Gluten) The diet goes on under doctor supervision usually. Most doctors encourage patients to keep a food diary to record the foods you eat and how you react to them.
After following the allergy challenge/elimination diet you and your doctor will determine foods to gradually reintroduce into your diet and what type of reactions these foods cause.
Like most things in life this is not a foolproof way to diagnose allergies. I have never had severe allergic reaction to foods, only mild reactions so this was suggested as a possibility.
Life is unexpected. Life can bring unexpected challenges. These challenges don’t always come in a form that is likable. I did not like the idea of an allergy challenge diet at first. I don’t really like the idea of an allergy challenge diet still but its some thing that I have to do. This blog is my attempt at a food diary in the process of this allergy challenge diet. I have had to get used to the idea of not having a specific food when I want it. There are few foods on the diet to start out with so being creative in the kitchen is very important.
Foods I will eat in the first few weeks
Meats: Lamb (whole cuts and ground) and Turkey (whole cuts and ground)
Vegetables: carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cabbage, squash (butternut and spagetti), cauliflowers, avocados, celery, garlic, radishes, spinach, kale, parsnips, green/yellow peppers (nothing hot) rutabaga, and others
Rice: Long grain brown rice
Fruits: fresh grapes, pears, pineapple, melons, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, mangos, and cherries. Only small servings per day
Condiments: Honey (small amounts), Sea Salt, olive oil, cilantro, and almond butter