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Has anyone developed an intolerance for red meat?

Discussion in 'Addressing Biotoxin, Chemical & Food Sensitivities' started by wciarci, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. IntuneJune

    IntuneJune Senior Member

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    Wendy, not to worry

    Funny, while you were posting, I was sitting in my family room with my neighbor talking about nature and how cruel nature is. She and I are both animal lovers, she had seen something that upset her today at work and she came by for a minute.

    With regards to your diet, I think it is a good idea to take a look at it with fresh eyes. Eliminating trigger foods helped me a great deal, but initially, 30 years ago, I had help with the allergist diagnosing properly some of my problem foods.

    Eating simple basic foods is a good place to start, although if it is gluten you are after, one must be a very, very good detective.

    It is well-documented those with our problems usually also have food issues. I don't believe the foods are the root of our problem, but if our bodies are having a hard time with certain foods, certainly avoiding them would lighten the burdeon.

    June
     
  2. Victoria

    Victoria Senior Member

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    Well said, June,

    I would like to add that I find a need to make subtle changes to my diet from time to time - too much of the one food can trigger sensitivities (that you were not aware of in the past).
     
  3. wciarci

    wciarci Wenderella

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    Thanks Intune, Vikkie, I really have to do something, as I have had one meal today and have spent most of the day on the loo. This has got to stop. If only I can remember this tomorrow! Actually a friend of mine at school is a raw foodist and has started his own business making lunches, dinner etc. I think I'll start with him (easier), until my strength returns. There is no way I can go shopping right now.

    XX Wendy
     
  4. Victoria

    Victoria Senior Member

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    Interesting that you should mention "raw foodist", Wendy,

    I used to eat mainly raw food all through the summer many years ago (as many Australians do - we love our salads in all shapes & forms).

    I often wonder if that was how I picked up the Blastocystis Hominus parasite infection 7-8 years ago - not washing the raw cabbage & lettuce greens properly. Which in turn contributed to my diarrheoa & IBS symptoms. I rarely have raw food now - cooked food seems to be easier on the digestion.

    No way to know for sure, of course.
     
  5. wciarci

    wciarci Wenderella

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    Now, I will definitely get tested for parasites. We have our own organic vegetable garden and I eat raw all the time. We have been eating our beautiful asparagus (first year of harvesting) on salads. There was or is a show on TV, the monsters inside me, I think is the name. It is all about parasites. My friend told me about it. Now you have mentioned it. This must be a sign to get tested ;-)

    Wendy
     
  6. Hip

    Hip Senior Member

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    Red meat is pro-inflammatory, so perhaps the reason your have automatically developed a dislike for red meat is simply your body's way of avoiding triggering inflammation.

    Dairy products are also pro-inflammatory.

    There is research showing that excessive brain inflammation causes a lot of the problems in CFS, fibro and Lyme. Perhaps you might want to explore anti-inflammatory supplements, to see if this helps.
     
  7. Victoria

    Victoria Senior Member

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    You are right, Hip,

    Red Meat is very inflammatory. So are all meat & fish. So is all dairy, & most grains (except millet, I think).

    And most nuts (except almonds which are pretty high in omega 6 & 9 with almost no healthful omega 3, so while they're alkaline, it's best not to eat almonds every day).

    I had to weigh up the pros & cons when I decided about eating red meat. In making my decision to eat at least 2 red meat meals per week, I looked at the other factors - increased protein, increased energy, increased Lysine (my health goes down hill very quickly without adequate lysine), iron & a host of other factors. I used to eat 4-5 red meat meals per week many years ago. I have revised that down to 2 per week, but if I ever feel like I'm getting too tired, I eat steak two nights in a row & immediately seem to perk back up again.

    I have tried vegetarian many, many years ago, & tried fish only (as my source of protein) a few years ago. I just plain got too tired & too many IBS symptoms.

    I sincerely believe some of us were meant to eat meat, & some of us were meant to be vegetarian.

    I believe vegan or fruitarian is too extreme.

    I made a decision to go down the middle way - a little bit of everything, with minimal grains & dairy which I KNOW don't agree with me. So, while I do get increased pain & inflammation from time to time, I get a reduction in other symptoms that make it worth getting those intemittent episodes of pain.

    I used to enjoy vegetarian meals, but rarely now. There's too much fibre in beans & other pulses for me.

    As I need to eat a variety of protein sources, I need to watch my fibre intake too.

    I never, ever want to go back to the severe bowel & stomach pain (all night for years on end, as in 2003,4 etc).

    IBS (for me) & the sleepless nights around 2004 were the worst period of my life (except for the excruciating sciatic pain before my lumbar disc surgery in mid 2008 - but that was prolapsed discs, not pain from incorrect diet).

    As they say, Variety is the Spice of Life.
     

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