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Old 04-27-2011, 01:18 PM   #1
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birch pollen allergy?

For the past year or so, before i started eating Paleo, I noticed that after eating some fruits, apples, peaches, nectarines to be specific, I started getting tingly and itchy in my mouth. I have noticed that I am getting progressively more sensitive to them as well. Also, I have noticed that I am having issues eating some nuts as well, Walnuts especially. So I am thinking of eliminating fruits and nuts from my diet. At least until I can see an allergy specialist and get this all tested.
While I enjoy fruit, I realize I can get a lot of the same benefits and nutrients by eating more vegetables. I know some vegetables may have some of the same allergens but they are usually killed in the cooking process so as long as I dont eat them raw, i should be ok. My question is what do i sub for healthy fats. I despise avocado and while i love olive oil, i dont know that i can use that for my healthy fats every single time. Also, I am lactose intolerant so paleo with dairy is not an option. Anyone have any experience, any suggestions?
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:03 PM   #2
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Re: birch pollen allergy?

Coconut. Lard. Bacon fat. Tallow. Egg yolks.

You can absolutely get every benefit of fruit from eating vegetables. You do NOT *need* to eat fruit. It sure makes it easier to get your carbs, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your goals. But as far as micronutrients and stuff, you can get everything from veggies that you can get from fruits. But you know that.

Don't be afraid of animal fat.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:39 PM   #3
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Re: birch pollen allergy?

thanks Meghan. My goals are to drop weight but im not scared of fat, good fats. I enjoy Bacon, eggs and all sorts of dead animal. But can you elaborate on what Tallow is? I have never heard of it at all.
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Re: birch pollen allergy?

Tallow is just rendered beef fat.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:29 PM   #5
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Re: birch pollen allergy?

I have the same exact allergies, and it varies over the years in severity, coming and going. I have found that cooked fruits are not a problem (applesauce, canned fruit, jams, tarts, pies, etc).

So you can still enjoy those fruits by cooking them first. But it has led to me to pretty much cut out fruit from my diet, and there's been no adverse affects (of course I also self-medicate with mimosas, so that helps compensate )

I've also found that going strict paleo has helped improve my tolerance of raw fruit and reduce my allergic reaction. As I understand it, your body can handle a limited amount of allergens, and if you're gluten-sensitive and eating wheat, then those fruits (and airborne pollen!) will put you over the edge. By cutting out gluten my pollen allergies are mostly gone, and the fruit sensitivity has become very mild. It's worth experimenting yourself by cutting gluten and/or dairy and see what happens.
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Re: birch pollen allergy?

thanks Jason. I eat about 80/20 or 90/10 paleo at this point already. I also dont eat dairy as I am lactose intolerant. And this allergy has gotten progressively worse even while eating this way. I just think this allergy is coming on regardless of what else I eat. But thanks for the tips on cooked fruits I can enjoy. But like you I think I am just going to staw away from fruit for the most part with the exception of strawberries which i love and dont bother me. maybe some watermelon but spaingly as its got a lot of sugar and im trying to drop lbs.
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