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Aug 9, 2006 03:50 PM

Help with austere diet

My daughter has been put on an allergy detox diet and I am at a loss as to how to help her prepare food in her dorm. She can't eat any grains, starches, dairy, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, stone fruits, sugars, fake sugar, etc. She can have lots of greens, eggs, soy products, tea, coffee, honey, maple syrup, herbs, olive and canola oil, squashes, red peppers, apples, pears, some melons and so on. Are there any websites or cookbooks out there to help with this? It's only for 3-6 mos, but that seems an eternity to a chowpup. ANY help would be most welcome.

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  1. That's a tough one especially if she doesn't have cooking facilities in her dorm. Maybe you could focus on finding some microwave-friendly recipes using each of the ingredients she is permitted. If there are cooking facilities, omelets, frittatas and tofu stir-fries would be the way to go. I had a friend who went through this and it is dreadfully limiting but it really helped her and she felt that it was totally worth it.

    1. Personally, I would get a second opinion from another health care provider. The "allergy detox diet" sounds pretty off the wall to me, and cuts out too many food groups. It just doesn't sound healthy.

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        1. re: pikawicca

          I agree, although recently a friend of mine did something similar to see if she had celiac, and she discovered by enduring something similar to this that she did, unfortunately. Does she have access to a real kitchen, or will she be working off a hotpot/microwave combo?

          1. re: pikawicca

            I agree. Plus some of the things allowed on her diet are foods people are commonly allergic to, and some of the foods on the allowed and disallowed lists are in the same family (tomatoes and peppers, for example). In fact, most "detox" diets are ... um ... not based on any reasonable science.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Consulting a Registered Dietician would be a good step. But be sure it is an RD not a nutritionist. Anyone who wants to can call themselves nutrionists.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Absolutely. And even with celiac, you can eat potatoes, rice & corn. What kind of practitioner suggested this diet?

            2. I did forget to mention she can eat fish, except salmon. The detox is for mold sensitivities, primarily. She has a microwave and access to a stove/oven down the hall.
              THX. I think we will get 2nd op. on this.

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              1. re: EllenMM

                I think soy products could be a problem for mold sensitivities. Singling out salmon seems fishy.

                1. re: EllenMM

                  I have a host of auto immune disorders, including severe allergies (to mold as well). Although dietary elimination, meaning you cut out one specific food for a while and see if that eleviates the problem before you reintroduce, is common practise for most allergists this is over the top.
                  Potatos is considered very allergy friendly. My RD says most people that are very allergic can tolerate meat and potatoes (exceptions exist of course). Immunology is complicated but like the others have said there's no red thread in what she has been suggested to cut out. If you would single out fish, it would make more sense to cut out all "fatty" fish (salmon is one), rather than just salmon.
                  Also, has she gotten advice on how to keep her protein intake where it should be and generally how she should eat so that she remains nutritionally balanced?

                  1. re: EllenMM

                    I am very allergic to mold and have to be careful about which antibiotics I take and also as a Realtor I occasionally will open the door of a house and apologize to a client for not being able to enter because my nose can pick out mold and mildew very quickly and trips to the ER I don't need. My allergist has never suggested removing any of those foods from my diet. Please do get a 2nd. or 3rd. opinion.