Friday, July 31, 2009

Not-so exclusion diet, diet...

Well, after nearly 3 full days without a breakout of hives, Wednesday I started developing the tell-tale rash. Two Benadryl and a night's sleep later... hives were gone, but my issues apparently weren't!

I went in to see the doc again this morning and really didn't get any more useful information. We determined due to the upcoming race in NY that it wasn't worth it for me to take the steroids, so I'm sticking to Benadryl OTC and Tagamet (two different histamine blockers). Her only other suggestion was to try eliminating the following:

- fish
- nuts
- berries/melons and fruit I eat every day

She said that chicken, beef, veggies, and apples and bananas (she also mentioned grapes, but I eat grapes and I got a hive last night directly after eating a cup of them) was all fine.

So, I did some research on your typical elimination diets... all of things I'm supposed to be eliminating are OK TO EAT, and the foods I'm ok to keep eating are TO BE AVOIDED.

Weird, huh?

So, with the exclusion of my anti-inflammatory dinner, no nuts (I'm guessing this includes nut butters), and hardly any fruit...what the hell do I, as a healthy-eating athlete, actually EAT?

I'm totally open to suggestions.

I specifically asked about wheat and dairy, and she said those typically lead to symptoms of "intolerance" vs. allergic reactions.

But, seriously? All of our gel has "natural flavors"? and citric stuff. Every bar, fruit leather, and drink mix has some kind of fruit additive or flavor in it... so, what's a girl to eat on the bike?

Afterall, you can't live on bread and water alone!!


beth said...

hey! okay, i am SURE you've gone over this a million times, but it seems like maybe its not a dietary reaction- since you haven't changed your diet that much lately?
was there anything else different (soap, shampoo, sunscreen, laundry detergent, cream, anything??)
just wondering.

Pedal Circles said...

Hey Beth - no, nothing I can think of at all. I'm using Free & Clear detergent, have switched shampoo and soap SINCE I got the hives, and nothing new/weird food-wise at all. Same sunscreen as always, and I use 70 SPF face sometimes, sometimes 45 SPF, but none of it has been new in the last 2 weeks. Nothing is super old that I pulled out of the cabinet either. It's just weird and depressing :\