Food Allergies + Alopecia
I believe we all evolve and thats due primarily to the education, tests, choices and change that happens as we grow, mature, and hit milestones in life.
I know for me, I didn't get my curly hair until I hit puberty, and also know that I never had any food allergies, that I was aware of.
Growing up on pasta was almost a daily event. I recall my mom and grandma making gnocchi's from scratch in the kitchen. I remember all the pasta sauces they would also make from scratch, which by the way, you can find some of them in my latest cookbook.
I also remember being able to eat anything and never have any repercussions from it, like rashes, hives or swollen facial features.
I never had any issues.
However, it wasn't until I was 27 and ate peanut butter cookies, and then about 4 hours later, broke out like it was 8th grade, covered in pimples and acne.
I knew from then on I was allergic to peanuts and that was always giving me acne problems.
I went to get blood work done, and peanuts nor anything else came up.
Later when alopecia had happened, I was on the fence about AIP. I was on the fence about doing it for a month if not longer.
After completing my months with AIP, I came to find out that I am "allergic" to wheat/ gluten and have since taken all grains out.
I itch and badly.
It's almost immediate, like the acne that erupts when eating peanut oil at the Chinese restaurant.
The need to scratch is constant, and my neck, back and stomach are usually the places where I itch the most after eating/ingesting something that is wheat, grains or has gluten.
Hence, that's why I make my own bread. (recipes in book) Which I delight in. Banana Bread this morning with tea fills my heart.
I know many people want to do blood work and want to get biopsies and want to test everything. However, I do encourage, and recommend that you also notice changes in your body and really evaluate your body's reaction after re-introducing new foods that you have taken out from AIP.
Blood work isn't 100% accurate. Again, I'm proof. Nothing came up-ever- for any allergies and yet, peanuts and wheat are the worst.
Listen to your body, if the itching and scratching or any other reaction isn't normal, then flag it.. perhaps it definitely is correlated to the food you are eating.
Remember the top 6 food allergies are :
-dairy (ice cream, cheese, milk)
Symptoms to look out for include:
Swelling of the tongue, mouth or face
Low blood pressure
I firmly believe, that Alopecia changes you... and during your healing process and even after you heal, you cannot go back to your old ways of eating. Cheat days might come with hours of regret, as I too have experienced a bite of pasta, and had all night and next day itching.
It's just not worth it.
Not for you, not for your health and especially not for alopecia. No one wants to go back to that right?
I sure don't.
So you are forewarned. No cheat days during my program, the healing process or even after.
That's why I created my cookbook, so you can be healthy, and still have your sweet tooth and salty fixes. You can have your bread and cakes and also tons of other meal planning ideas without stepping outside of the boundaries.
It's better to know now, then experience a cycle of hairloss again.
Stay the course and flourish.