This is a post from Dave about Food Triggers
I promised you a report when I finished my elimination diet, I'm
posting on the group in case others are looking at food triggers also,
so here it is :-)
At the end of August this year, I had a health problem that caused me
to go to the emergency room twice for TIA (mini-stroke) and following
that I experienced a great deal of inflamation in my nasal passages and
sinus. In the past this would have been a phantosmia trigger for me but
fortunately I did not experience that. I did however experience a loss
of smell that would be termed Hyposmia as I could still smell different
things, but just barely. Since last October I have used saline 5 to 7
mornings per week in the head-down-forward position and have also used
saline as a stand-up rinse after being in dusty/smokey environments
when needed. I use 'Sinus-Buster' (capsacin, or pepper spray) for
allergy relief and that is intermittent and maybe once per month only
when needed. I still continue with this process.
In the past I had some relief from inflamation by eliminating much
grain (wheat, corn meal, soy bean, etc.) from my diet. At the end of
August I stopped eating all grain entirely except rice. I started by
eating only rice, fish, chicken (without skin or fat) and common
vegetables with nothing from the 'nightshade' family like tomatoes,
eggplant and so on. I stayed on this diet for two weeks. During that
time I did not have any optical migraines (migraine without headache),
that was something I really wanted to
I began to add items back into my diet at two week intervals, the first
was dairy. Milk,cheese and eggs--there was no change good or bad with
either the inflamtion or optical migraines, I have been using these as
an indicator. The next items I added were vegetables from the
nightshade family and one of the first things I made myself was a
tomato sandwich. I had no reaction to these items good or bad.
The next thing I added was chocolate in the form of processed food. I
pigged out on Snickers and Milky Way bars. After a few days I began
getting the optical migraines again, sometimes twice per day. I stopped
eating processed chocolate and the optical migraines went away. I
continued with only the basic items in my diet (without processed
chocolate) for another week and all was fine.
I next added wheat and other grains back into my diet. After several
days I began to get the optical migraines again but not as bad as with
the processed chocolate. I stopped eating those grains and the optical
migraines went away. During this time, my sense of smell had not
changed for the better or worse and the low-level nasal inflamation was
pretty much constant.
A couple weeks ago I added chocolate back into my diet but only in the
form of whatever I can make with cocoa powder (no additives) and sugar.
I have had no ill effects from this.
All of us on this group have our own 'indicators' for smell whether our
context is Phantosmia, Parosmia, Hyperosmia or Hyposmia--mine is my
dog's feet :-) Every night when I go to bed, he hops into bed between
my wife and I to get petted and then lays down on the cool tile for the
night. It has only been in the last couple of days that I can smell his
feet again, they smell like dirty gym socks. I don't really like the
smell, but I am glad to be able to smell it again even if it is faint
So that's my report. I am making french bread with rice flower and it
is damn good and I'm very proud of it. I am enjoying chocolate cake
with chocolate frosting--I just use rice flower and hershey's cocoa
with sugar for frosting and it is better than the what I used to buy in
the store. I cook ahead for the week on Saturday or Sunday and I'm
usually able to avoid going to a fast food joint during the week.
Overall I spend maybe an extra four hours per week for meals this way,
but it has been worth it. My kids actually love making bread on Sunday
for the week and it is has been 'fun-time' for us :-)
For me, it is NO cereal grain other than rice, and no processed foods.
There are too many 'rendered and hydrogenated' items in processed food
and one or more of them cause trouble for me, so those are my triggers.