I’ve decided to make a list of the foods I cannot eat (and things I cannot drink). If it’s here assume I cannot eat even a tiny bit of it.
I have to know every single ingredient of any food I put in my mouth. If I happen to just try a bite of something, I’m risking anything from being sick to my stomach for a few hours to a few days, to not being able to breathe. Not being able to breathe means risking death. Many of the foods listed here are foods I’ve had serious reactions to. If I’ve not had serious reactions to the foods, then eliminating the foods have greatly improved my quality of life.
This is also a work in progress. I’m beginning to feel like diet is not enough to control my symptoms for a variety of reasons. I’m waiting on the LP procedure to determine the MS diagnosis before I go back to my immunologist. Anyways, the list.
- tree nuts
- artificial colors – especially red40
- most dairy – I cannot eat aged cheese of any kind – even cheddar
- vinegar and fermented items – yes, this means basically no condiments
- spices – cinnamon especially, but also allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger, also curry and chili powder
- foods that contain high levels of nitrites – If I eat regular cured bacon, technically I’m risking a migraine.
- alcohol – I drink some amounts of gluten free beer, apple cider, and mead. Probably about 2 drinks a month? Technically I’m supposed to avoid it completely.
- preservatives – especially those based of benzoates, BHT is another one. example: I cannot eat Rice Krispies because of the preservative in them.
- red beans
- bananas – recently eating bananas has given me migraines – I’m wondering if it’s because my latex sensitivity has gotten more extreme.
- sulfites – also used as a basis for preservatives
- corn – I’ve developed a sensitivity to corn but so far it’s based on the source and how much I eat. That’s how I know it’s a sensitivity. Popcorn at the movie theatre means a stomach ache for two days. Snack bag size of fritos from the machine? Stomach ache for at least a day. Mixed veggies with corn for dinner? No problem I’ve noticed so far.
There are a few things that I can eat every now and again if I don’t eat too much. Avocado is one of those. I still eat chocolate but I only get it from one or two sources which I know are allergen free and have very few ingredients. I eat chocolate bars with three ingredients in them.
There are other things I need to be careful with. A big one is leftovers. I cannot eat meat that has been leftover more than 48 hours or I’ll likely end up with a stomach ache.
If you’ve stuck with me so far…. I challenge you. Pick up your bottle of juice, soda, tea, whatever and read the ingredients. If there’s something you don’t understand? Google it. I’ll bet you go get a glass of water afterwards.
This is why I’m actually hoping that the MS diagnosis comes through as a real thing, because then I can go on immune suppressing drugs and maybe, just maybe, my body will calm down and stop treating so many different kinds of food as poison.
If you want more information, including information about histamine intolerance, check this out.