Food Allergies: Gluten Or Dairy Allergy

What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a two strand protein that is found in grains. These protein gives elasticity to the foods they are used to make, like pasta.bread, cake and cookies. For a more complete list of foods containing gluten look at the Celiac Association website.

Gluten, Celliac, or just not your type. Blood type that is, On a road trip to Texas with a friend who is very intolerant of gluten I learned lots about eating the non-gluten way, Being allergic to dairy myself it looked like we would be facing some interesting conundrums. But there were none. We were going to Texas to ride a bike ride called the Hotter n Hell Hundred. It was August. Being an athlete means being really careful if you are allergic to anything. Between dairy and gluten there is little left to eat at first glance. While wandering around the local health food store I found the absolutely best magazine. Living Without. For someone struggling with food intolerance this magazine is like an oasis in the desert. They have ideas and recipes that are gluten and dairy free. The contributors understand the life and death matter of food allergies.

Pinterest has tons of ideas for eating around allergies.

Necessary to know about food intolerance

Some things are important to know about mild food intolerance. Serious food allergies are life threatening and must be cared for by a doctor. Here are some signs of gluten intolerance.

  • If you are itchy,itchy,itchy .
  • If you walk around in a daze with trouble thinking.
  • If you have bad acne try ditching dairy, then gluten if that doesn't work.

It is not the end of the world if you are allergic to foods. It does feels like it looks like it until you figure out what to eat. Here are some ways to find out if your are gluten intolerant and should be on a special. gluten free.

  • Ask questions of your doctor,when you go out to eat. You should ask if the food you want is prepared with whatever you are allergic to. If the server can't answer your questions ask to speak to the cook. Cooks love to tell you about their creations.
  • Read the ingredients on the food you buy.
  • Keep what you eat simple. Processed food is loaded with stuff ordinary people would never think to add.

How Does Blood Type Figure Into Gluten Intolerance?

Joseph Christiano in Body Types,Blood Types and You discusses the kinds of foods that work well with different blood types. It just so happens that I have O type blood. People with type O blood should not be big grain eaters. I have experimented and find that when I eat most grains I don't feel my best. Another interesting fact about O blood types is they tend to get cancer if they aren't eating to their blood type. That certainly is my situation.

Imagine that you constantly rub at a blister. The more you rub the worse the blister. Cancer is aggravated by inflammation. If your digestive track is inflamed for a long period, say years, your resistance weakens and you have a cancer friendly environment.

While people with type O shouldn't be eating most grains people with type A should be. When learning about eating to your blood type you discover that some people should be vegetarians and some should not. What blood types are the most prone to Celliac disease would make a good thesis topic. I have eaten for my blood type and when I did good things began to happen. My thinking was clearer, I had more energy and generally felt better. When eating to my blood type my cancer tends to be under better control. That is just my experience. I have no scientific evidence that eating to my blood type controls my cancer, but more and more information on eating and cancer is coming out all the time.


How Do You Figure This All Out?

Figuring out food intolerance and allergy is extremely complicated. Doctors don't know about beneficial foods and dietitians frequently don't agree on what is good and what isn't. For years the food pyramid was the Food and Drug Administration's standard for school lunches and hospital foods. Every kid who took health was told to avoid meat and eat lots of pasta and grain. What a nightmare for a someone with celiac disease. Figuring out what is causing trouble with food is hard. When you successfully avoid all that causes you trouble you feel so much better so its worth it.

Hopefully it doesn't start with a couple of trips to the emergency room and people staring at your husband as though he were a wife beater. When combined my allergy to dairy and avocado sent me to emergency twice. My eyes started to get itchy and then my eyes swelled shut and my face swelled.. Hence, the assumption by strangers that my husband beat me.

Start with a good allergy doctor. If you can't afford an allergist begin by learning all you can about food allergies. Know symptoms for Celiac disease and dairy/lactose intolerance. Start an elimination diet. An elimination diet is exactly that. You eliminate a food or food group for a period, usually two weeks. If you feel better leave that food alone, If there is no change switch to a different food. and eliminate it and so on and on it goes. You have to be an investigator.

So What Did We Eat?

We were completely satisfied. We had with us a loaf of Udi's bread. It tastes like regular bread. We had regular sandwich fixings: Turkey, peanut butter, and tuna. We had apples, grapes, carrots, celery , tomatoes, chips, lots of hard boiled eggs, boiled potatoes and cheese. For dinner a couple of nights we mixed canned chicken with microwaveable brown rice and vegetables. We had all the usual condiments: mustard, mayonnaise, gluten free salad dressing. Last but not least we found a spicy humus we liked a lot. We had rice cakes and rice tortillas that neither of us ate. Lots of candy has gluten. But really good chocolate doesn't. We had really good chocolate. So you see you can eat well without gluten and dairy Gluten free worked nicely into eating for my blood type too, The ride lived up to its name and between the two of us we had five flat tires. We had so much fun. Which is why you figure out what ails your digestive system.

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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

Wow, I hadn't realized that ditching dairy might help with acne. Maybe I'll give up chee.... nope. Never mind. I'm keeping the zits.

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wannabwestern 5 years ago from The Land of Tractors

Fascinating information! I'm glad I'm not a type O because I could never give up my cheese either.

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can replace a thick chocolate milkshake. Swiss cheese with mustard is wonderful as well, but I will leave the dairy to you two fellow hubbers. Bon Appetite

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Laughing eyes 5 years ago from Central Massachusetts

I can relate. I am lactose intolerant, and sensitive to casein (in dairy) and gluten. My brain and lungs work much better when I eliminate them both.

I cook a lot from scratch- that way I know things are healthy and "safe".

I like the way you painted a picture of eating without gluten or dairy that wasn't all gloom!

I find when I maintain my awareness so as to not eat gluten or dairy my awareness of what is healthy and satisfying is also present and I feel MUCH better.

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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Awesome. I'm vegetarian and tend to prefer soy products more than dairy.. although dairy cheese is the only way to fly lol. Great, informative hub! Rated up and marked useful and interesting! :)

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

Faceless39, You are so right about cheese. Thanks for dropping by and voting.

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

I'm type O, which I think from memory wanted me to eat meat. I'm vegetarian and wont be eating meat any time soon, however I have experimented with dairy free. You mentioned avoiding grains if O type blood, but you didn't actually say to avoid dairy, only that YOU don't eat dairy. Could you clarify that for me - are O types to avoid dairy? Thanks.

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tirelesstraveler 5 years ago from California Author

tebo- Unfortunately O doesn't seem to tolerate dairy well.The main blood type that seems to tolerate dairy is B. As long as you get plenty of protein meat doesn't seem to be a problem. Though without dairy protein is difficult to find.

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tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks for that tirelesstraveler. Yes it is difficult to find without dairy. It is in other things like nuts seeds and legumes but usually you need to combine with a grain to make a complete protein. I will continue to experiment.

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Great hub, I too have a low tolerance to Dairy and Gluten. When I found this took some time to find foods I could I realize that "eating to live" is best not "living to eat" this has helped me look at foods differently. I recently used Avocado instead of mayo for a base for a family loved it..There are many creative ways to go without dairy...Great hub. Thank you so much for sharing.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Sunnie Day- Would love to try Avocado for a dressing base, but I am allergic. One of my traveling companions just found out she was allergic to broccoli. It is tragic since we eat large amounts of the stuff.

If you have non dairy ideas let me know. Except for coconut milk I haven't found anything that really satisfies.

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Okay I will see what I can find...:) So sorry about the allergies..will let you know soon..

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I didnt expect to find something right off the bat but this looks like a promising site...

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Sunny Day

Thanks for the link. It does look interesting.

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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

I have terrible allergies. I know I can't drink milk, but I think I'll try not eating gluten now for awhile and see what happens. The was an interesting hub. I appreciate the way it was written, because it makes me feel better.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Barbara Kay- Welcome, I am certainly with you in the allergies department. Eating to my blood type and eating (I can't believe I am saying this)organic has helped. I have written about eating to blood type in my cancer hubs and am writing(will publish tomorrow) about it in my heartburn/acid reflux hub. I keep trying to convince myself I can eat gluten. I am about to quit trying. My experiments have been disastrous. How you get the allergies under control.

Acupuncture has been helpful to me as well.

Organic beef makes a big difference too.

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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Something else we have in common. I'm on the type O diet and have felt so much better on it but as you say eating out can be a real challenge especially living in Oklahoma.

It seems everything has potatoes, wheat, dairy or corn on it. I've adapted and doing well. I do take holidays and special occasions off but still stay away from dairy and potatoes.

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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

You mentioned dairy alternatives, I eat soy yogurt and miso mayo on my sprout bread sandwiches. Soy is good for women and is on our neutral food list.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Pamela, Thanks for visiting and providing me with such great ideas.

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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

Since becoming a celiac sufferer I've found that it isn't the end of the world. I thought that Ottawa was up to date with gluten-free food until I was in England last month and found out how far behind the times we are here.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

John, you have given me reason to visit England. California, is catching on. We have whole foods that have lots of mixes and stuff, but they are expensive. Thanks for stopping

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared. I have friends with food sensitivities.

I'm curious about the notion that people with different blood types should have different diets. One of these days I'll read up about that.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

B . Thanks for visiting:) Having made sime adjustments to eating habits according to blood type there are just some that would be heartbreaking to give up. It is truly an interesting subject.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Very entertaining for a Gluten Free hub! I am you & your friend combined...when my celiac was discovered all of a sudden I became lactose intolerant...then came the diverticulitis followed by IBS...there isn't much I can eat but thankfully I can still eat chocolate!

Great hub. Voted up, useful, and interesting. P.S. Udi's is the BEST.

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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

tukksibtutan,Trader Joe's dark chocolate orange or raspberry sticks. Yummy.

I have increased the amount of probiotics I take and it seems to be making a difference. I like Udi's as well. Thanks for visiting.

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Break of Dawn 4 years ago

I had no idea about the importance to eat accordingly to your blood type. I find this to be extremely interesting and helpful. I'll will bookmark, and when time allows me, come back to read more about this subject. Thank you for a well-researched, useful and interesting hub.

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Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

I am a Johnny Come Lately on this hub, but better late than never. Thanks so much for sharing this useful information here.

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