I saw an allergist earlier this week and had the skin-prick test done. It turns out I'm allergic to....nothing. This is good news, of course. To know that eating eggs isn't going to send me into anaphylaxis. But it would have been nice to have a concrete answer for once. Instead, I'm still in the wishy-washy world of food sensitivities. Where it's up to me and my diet to figure it out. The allergist commended me for my great job of being so observant with what foods I'm sensitive to, though.
He also explained that there have been advances since I was diagnosed with IBS 15 years ago after having a sigmoidoscopy. Back then I was told everything looked fine, I had IBS and to eat more fiber. These days, they take a biopsy and look for the presence of white blood cells called eosinophils. Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder (EGID) may be the cause of my sensitivity to eggs and wheat. I may have this instead of IBS. Fascinating. Does this mean I'm going to have another scope done? Ah, no thank you. The main treatment is doing an elimination diet and then avoiding the foods you are sensitive to. What I've already been doing.
I still have times when I seem to react to something and I have no idea what it is, so I decided to look a little closer at what other foods could still be bothering me. Dairy was the one that popped out at me. I already don't drink milk because of the lactose, but I still eat cheese and butter. Cheese and butter don't have much lactose, but they do have casein, which is the protein found in dairy foods. It turns out casein could be my culprit. I never wanted to admit that cheese may be an issue because I love cheese. Cheese is my life. And butter.....oh butter....
I've been dairy-free the past few days and notice a complete difference. I hate to say it, but I feel great. I've even started eating more fruit and I've been tolerating it much better! My stomach feels flatter too. But the cheese.....goodbye cheese, for now.
Crap, I just remembered goat cheese. Do I really have to give up that? I looooove goat cheese.
I think I'm going to have to make these Healthy Peanut Butter Fudge Cups this weekend to get me through the first few weeks. They are chocolate, but dairy-free!