Removing all food sensitivities is an important
step in the process of cleaning up the diet for anyone
with the symptoms described below, an autistic spectrum
disorder, or autoimmune conditions. Regardless
of which diet you do, removing food sensitivities
is crucial. Food sensitivities are similar to food
allergies. Food sensitivities involve an IgG
antibody immune system response, where as food allergies
are an IgE antibody response. Food allergies
are immediate and acute (hives, anaphylactic shock,
etc). Food sensitivities are a delayed reaction,
often taking 2 hours to 2 days to appear, making
them more difficult to detect. Food sensitivities
can not be identified by classic allergy scratch
tests, but can by blood test. If your doctor
says you do not have any “food allergies” you
still want to explore food sensitivities.
The top most common food sensitivities are: dairy,
gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley, kamut, and spelt),
soy, corn, eggs, peanuts, citrus, chocolate, and
Common symptoms of food sensitivities: Diarrhea
and/or constipation, gas and bloating, hyperactivity
or lethargy, aches and pains, headaches, depression,
irritability, aggression, restlessness, and tantrums. Significant
food cravings are a sign of food sensitivity.
When to use this diet: When food
sensitivities are present or suspected, always remove
all food sensitivities. Adapt any diet by removing
the offending foods.
Pitfalls: The challenge may
be determining which foods are sensitivities as the
IgG antibody test is not 100% accurate. When sensitivities
exist, most people must avoid those foods completely,
which can be challenging at first. The other
major challenge is what to do when the child is sensitive
to “everything” she eats.
The number one comment parents have is: “How
am I going to do this if my child eats only those
foods.” While it can be tricky at the
beginning, the results are dramatic and you or your
child will feel so much better, it will be well worth
your effort. Once food sensitivities are eliminated,
dietary choices often open up immensely.
If this task seems “impossible,” don’t
give up – seek assistance. A qualified
Nutrition Consultant can help you find food substitutions,
provide supplement support, aid in digestion, and
other factors that can help you or your child transition
to a diet free of these sensitivities.