Food intolerances

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  1. Xassy

    Xassy Silver Member

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    I've been silent around these parts as I struggle. :eek: My biggest problem is I've been diagnosed with a wheat and lactose intolerance and I can't figure out my healthy extras (free food and syns is easy to work with). I can't eat most of the Hex Bs. I love my cereal. I eat rice krispies with soya milk but they aren't a Hex B. Generally, I don't know what to do. I miss my cereal bars and cereal. The wheat-free stuff isn't the same. :( Is anyone doing SW and have food intolerances, how does it pan out for you?
     
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    Oh sorry to hear that, I fortunately don't have any intolerances but hope you find someone who can help you out with some answers to what you can have, good luck xx
     
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    That's a real pain hun. Have you had a chat with your consultant? They should be able to help you. I'm not up on food intolerance, can you have porridge oats? This may be a stupid statement so sorry!xx
     
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    Hi. If its an intolerance as opposed to an allergy you will be fine. I have a dairy/beef allergy but a citrus intolerance. My kids have the same but the youngest has wheat,potato, sugar and tonnes of other stuff.
    Anyway. What normally happens with an intolerance is if you cut everything out for about 1 month, it all goes out of your system and you can begin to recover. You will find you will then be able to eat for exmple bread and be absolutely fine. You will be able to eat things in moderation. Dont get depressed, it is workable with it just takes a little time. You may also find once everything is out of your system that when you start reintroducing things back into your diet that you get particular reactions from certain items so you can recognise and cut out the worst. You will work out when you shouldnt eat something and when its ok.
    For example. I dont eat cereal as I cant cope with the quantity of milk. But I drink milk in my tea as I can cope with the amount of milk as long as I dont drink too much, my stomach bloats and I feel sick.
    Its complicated but not a life sentence. You will work out what works for you
     
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    This forum is so good for finding out information about all sorts of things. Thanks and good luck Xassy. :)
     
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    It's tough when you can't just eat 'normal' stuff, but it's true with intolerances you can kind of grow out of them. I have a lactose intolerance which flares up every now and then so am back on the soya milk and I confess I haven't even looked it up yet to see what I can have!! Just checking now and some alternatives are:

    HEA
    28g Arla Lactofree cheese
    3 slices Galaxy foods cheddar or mozzarella rice cheese
    4 slices Galaxy foods Cheddar or Mozzarella vegan soya cheese
    (although as a rule you should be ok with cheese as the lactose doesn't seem to react the same way but I guess everyone is different!)

    250ml Alpro soya light (sweetened)
    250ml calcium enriched rice milk
    250ml So good low fat
    250ml rice dream
    350ml Alpro soya light unsweetened
    350ml So good fat free
     
  8. aliflower

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    Realise I'm probably preaching to the educated if you have lifeline online but incase you don't.....

    HEB
    2 slices Glutafin Gluten and Wheatfree fibre bread or white bread (400g loaf)
    There are also a couple of wheat free mueslis listed not sure if they are any good. Let me know if you want a list of the ones that might be ok for you (while I still have access!).

    Otherwise what about using your HEB as nuts or seeds or cooked/canned fruit maybe?
     
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    Do you mind telling me what made you check into intolerences... Ive got a feeling i have an intolerence to something. But websites dont give much info! x
     
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    My daughter is lactose intolerant and so I went dairy free when feeding her. You may be ok with goats cheese / milk as it is super low lactose, but she's reacts to the tiniest bit so we're lactofree cheese and soya milk all the way.

    You need to check packets for not just milk and whey, but casein, lactic acid, and a few other things. The Allergy UK website has the full list.

    If you're looking for dairy and wheat free products, use Goodness Direct website for info - really clearly labelled and easy to use. I never buy from there as I don't support the company behind it - I go to my local health food shop and the supermarkets have good stuff too.
     
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    Thanks for all the advice. It's helpful. :) The dr said I can eat some things i.e. a couple of biscuits but not bulk wheat i.e 6 slices of bread! I'm just missing my bran flakes! :(

    I've had a very bad upset stomach :eek: :eek: for several months now with no let up at all (!) and my GP referred me to a gastroenterologist.
     
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    Yes please!! Thank you so much. If it's not too much trouble, that is. :)
     
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    my specialist subject is intolerance :) i went for the york test, its expensive but it was trialled within the NHS and some doctors will actually refer you for the test.

    When i took it i was graded green, orange then red graded 1-4.

    Green - ok eat freely
    Orange - dont eat more than once a week
    reds 1 - dont eat for a month
    reds 2 - dont eat for three months
    reds 3 - dont eat for six months
    reds 4 - dont eat for a year

    you can then slowly introduce back into your diet, i had to cut out 90% of diet, i am pretty much intolerant to everything :) yeast was a big one for me, but i now do eat a little bit of bread on the odd occasion. i am also lactose intolerant, i do occasionally eat diary - but there is rather nasty consequences.

    i took this from the site -really helped me and a friend of mine!

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    What is the difference between food intolerance and food allergy?
    There is a lot of confusion about the terms food intolerance and food allergy, and the differences between them. Many people speak about food allergy when their symptoms can sometimes indicate food intolerance.

    Up to 45% of the UK population is affected by food intolerance according to Allergy UK, therefore more and more people need to be aware of the differences between food intolerance and food allergy in order to take the correct course of action.

    Food intolerance also known as delayed onset food allergy is due to an inability to fully process a particular food, usually making the sufferer feel unwell. Symptoms can be slow to develop and can take hours or days to appear and it is rarely life threatening.
    Food Intolerance (also known as ‘delayed onset food allergy’):
    Produces delayed chronic symptoms
    Is difficult to diagnose as offending foods can react hours days after they have been eaten
    Is rarely life-threatening
    Managed by measuring IgG antibodies
    Food allergy is a rapid response by the body’s immune system to a particular food. In this type of reaction, the body’s immune system mistakes a food for an ‘invader’ often resulting in a rapid allergic reaction within minutes. This type of allergic reaction is commonly associated with nut allergies.
    Food Allergy (also known as ‘classical allergy’):
    Produces acute distinctive symptoms, usually within seconds or minutes.
    In extreme cases, can be life-threatening.
    Reaction can occur with the tiniest trace amount of food
    Mediated by an IgE antibody reaction
    The causes
    What causes most food intolerances and food allergies?
    People react differently to different foods. Food hypersensitivity can involve reactions from the body’s own immune system such as:
    Classical immediate reaction known as food allergy which is mediated by IgE antibodies.
    Coeliac disease which is a reaction to the gluten protein and is detected by measuring anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA) and anti-endomysium antibodies (EMA).
    Delayed onset food allergy or food intolerance which is detected by measuring IgG antibodies.
    All three require different tests to identify them and different management. Food sensitivity can also arise from mechanisms that don’t even involve the body’s immune system. These include:
    Enzyme deficiencies such as lactose intolerance.
    Chemical sensitivities such as reactions to food additives e.g tartrazine (E102) and sunset yellow (E110).

    The symptoms
    Symptoms of food intolerance
    Food intolerance is a condition with a mixture of symptoms and can be difficult to recognise and diagnose. Those affected often suffer for years without knowing the proper steps to take, unable to enjoy normal life and activities and in some cases, unable to work.

    According to charity Food Intolerance Awareness, common symptoms that food intolerance can contribute to include:

    Abdominal painsAches and painsAcne
    BloatingConstipationChronic Fatigue Syndrome
    DepressionDiarrhoeaDizziness
    EczemaFatigueIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
    ItchingFluid retentionHeadaches
    HyperactivityLoss of AppetiteMigraine
    NauseaRashesRespiratory Symptoms
    Restless Leg SyndromeRhinitisSinusitis
    Stomach crampsTensionUrticaria
    Weight lossWheezing

    Do any of this symptoms sound familiar to you? It may be time to think about taking a food intolerance test. Take our food intolerance symptoms checklist by clicking here.

    "I'm a GP and to be honest, I would not think of food intolerance initially, but I think we should be more aware of food intolerance and get outpatients to take a test like YorkTest."

    ITV 'This Morning' Resident Doctor, Dr Chris Steele MBE
    The treatment
    The NHS acknowledges food intolerance and recommends food diaries and elimination diets as the preferred method of treatment. Those who have chronic symptoms and are concerned that food may be a contributory factor can sometimes get involved in taking lengthy blind elimination diets which can be limited by the fact that they require a high level of patient compliance. Furthermore, it is virtually impossible to test all the different combinations of food types that may be causing the problems.

    Using the scientifically proven and precise ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) testing method, the YorkTest FoodScan 113 food intolerance test identifies raised levels of food-specific IgG antibodies. By identifying foods to which an individual has had a reaction, it is used to ‘fast track’ the elimination diet and challenge process. It can remove the guess work and therefore significantly speed up the whole process of diagnosing food intolerances.

    With so many unregulated, scientifically inaccurate tests on the market, it is important to choose a food intolerance test that is backed by research, accreditations and endorsements. YorkTest has over 25 years in allergy and intolerance testing and has been at the forefront of food intolerance research which has resulted in our food intolerance testing service being the only one of its kind to endorsed by medical charity Allergy UK.

    It is important to note that a validated food intolerance test such as the YorkTest FoodScan 113 is aimed at those with chronic symptoms, and therefore includes comprehensive aftercare support through professionally qualified Nutritionists, to aid dietary management. Some individuals can tolerate the presence of raised food-specific IgG levels without showing symptoms. For this reason we recommend that only those with symptoms use our food intolerance testing service. If you have any doubt on if you should take a test or not, take our free symptoms check to help you confirm your next step.

    Acting on the results of the FoodScan 113 food intolerance test has produced impressive results for many chronic symptom sufferers over the years – see our testimonials section. A survey commissioned by Allergy UK of over 5,000 YorkTest customers found that over 75% people enjoyed symptom relief as a result of acting on their test results, 68% of which found that relief within three weeks!


    YORKTEST - YorkTest | Differences Between an Allergy and Intolerance
     
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    HEB's (obv I don't know what the score is withthe oat bran!)
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    28g Barkat organic gluten & wheat free muesli + 1 oat/scan bran
    28g Barkat organic gluten & wheat free porridge oats + 1 oat bran
    28g Pertwood Organic Wheat Free muesli with fruit
    28g Pertwood Organic wheat free barley flakes
    28g Sainsbury's freefrom fruit and nut muesli + 1 oat/scan bran
    3 Glutano gluten and wheat free crackerbread
     
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