My Freakishly Limited Diet Part One

I have always had seasonal allergies, but it wasn’t until my early 20’s that I started developing food allergies.  It started with fruits and vegetables.  I would be eating chips and guacamole and then my throat would feel like it was swelling up inside, which made it really hard to swallow.  So avocados were out first, then watermelon, broccoli, pineapple, squash, strawberries, blueberries, oranges, asparagus.  Next came the tree nuts.  Cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios.  Then soy and sunflower oil.  No more healthy foods for me.  At least that is what it seemed like.  So I found out that I had what is called Oral Allergy Syndrome.  Any food that was exposed to pollen that I was allergic to triggered an allergic response in my throat and, unfortunately this was not the end for me.  About three years ago my allergy medicine, which was not very large, got stuck in my esophagus just above my stomach.  After an emergency surgery, which included a biopsy of my esophagus, I was diagnosed with EoE, eosinophilic esophagitis.  EoE is an auto immune disease that causes a build up of white blood cells in the esophagus any time there is exposure to  a food that you are allergic to.  This causes the esophagus to narrow and stiffen.  The treatment?  Elimination Diet.  No more wheat, soy, eggs, tree nuts/peanuts, shellfish or legumes for me.  I had never had a problem with dairy so I decided to just limit it.  I had to get extra calories from somewhere.  Right?  But how was I going to get enough? I only weighed 100lbs.  I had nothing to lose.  What could I eat that would give me enough to stay healthy and run 60+ miles a week?


    1. When I was diagnosed, my diet was already pretty limited. After a couple of months, I got used to my limited diet. I don’t think I see food like most everyone else does. I no longer crave foods I used to like. And I am fine with eating the same thing every day. Sometimes it is hard getting enough calories (especially when marathon training) but for the most part, it is not too bad.

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      1. Do you have children with EoE or FPIES? Does your family eat the same elimination diet? It’s often so difficult. Most come to view eating as a necessary evil or eating for fuel. I’m amazed at your ability to train and compete the way you do given the limited diet

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      2. My kids don’t have food allergies yet but my son has a ton of seasonal allergies. So no, they don’t eat the same foods. Most everything is gluten free in our house and they probably don’t get as much variety as other kids since I avoid doing a lot of cooking.
        I just looked up FPIES. And now I am curious, do people ever have both Eoe and FpIES ?
        Eating for fuel is how I view eating. And thanks! It is challenging at times but not impossible to deal with.


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