Matthew is in the middle of a 4-week-long dairy-free trial after a he tested positive for dairy allergies a few months ago. For obvious reasons (ahem, gelato and cheese), we put off the elimination diet until after our Italy trip. He also hoped that a trip to the allergist for a skin prick test would shed more light on some other potential food allergens that he might want to test with elimination.
Possible culprits for him, based on the blood test, include apples, hazelnuts (which could indicate ALL tree nuts), and peanuts (which could indicate ALL legumes) — a pretty bleak list when you’re looking at from the point of good sources of vegetarian protein. Granted, he’s been eating these foods for years, so he clearly doesn’t have the acute, anaphylactic shock-type allergies that some people have, but there’s a chance he might feel better, and experience relief from some issues, including asthma, eczema, and some tummy problems, by cutting out certain foods.
The allergist and skin prick test provided little additional information in terms of the food allergies, so he decided to go ahead and start with eliminating dairy, since that was his highest allergy according to the blood test. For a guy who loves ice cream, cheese, and baking with butter, four dairy-free weeks is not something to take lightly.
Come back tomorrow to find out how we’re making it work. Hint: homemade dairy-free ice cream 🙂