Elimination Diet – What I Cut Out? (December 2014-June 2015)

On December 24, 2014, I started to follow a strict elimination diet.   I eliminated the following ingredients from my diet. Then, in January, I also cut out soy and sesame. I also provided the website resources that I used to determine what was safe and what was unsafe. I did this diet for six months so that I could continue breastfeeding my son and had no negative side effects when I added everything back in June.

1) All dairy products

http://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/milk-allergy

2) All egg products

https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/egg-allergy

3) All wheat products (Be careful of certain salad dressings and marinades.)

https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/wheat-allergy

4) All tree nut products

https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/tree-nut-allergy

5) All peanut products

https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/peanut-allergy

6) All oat products (Be careful of products that contain oat.   For example, we were using Aveeno’s Baby Eczema Lotion and Bath wash for months for my son’s eczema.   However, it contains oat.

http://www.aveeno.com/category/our+ingredients/oat.do?c=100681.100685&sortby=ourPicks&pp=18&page=all

7) All barley products I am not sure that I was actually eating any.

8. All soy products

From Allergist #1: “I would have him avoid all soy and sesame. HOWEVER, soybean oil, soy lecithin are okay to consume. He should avoid all soy flour or soy protein ingredients.” Therefore, I did this in my diet as well.

https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/soy-allergy

9) All sesame products (Since my son is not allergic to sunflower seed, I only look for sesame oil and seed in products to avoid.)

https://www.foodallergy.org/allergens/other-allergens#seed

10) Most coconut products (All but my coffee creamer.)- Allergist #1 said that this was okay since his allergy is low, a 0.6.  Now, looking back at this, I should have cut out coconut too.

I was someone who ate Honey Bunch of Oats almost every single morning and loved pizza on weekends.   While I admit, I cried at first and thought it was impossible.   Nothing is impossible!

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard. Impossible is not a word” – Kutless

I found some great substitutes.   I shared these in my post.  “What the Heck Did I Eat?”

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