So I can’t eat tomatoes anymore…Kill me now!

Nov 18, 2009

I've been holding back posting on this for about a week because, well, let's just say I'm suffering from PTTSD. That would be Post Tomato Traumatic Stress Disorder. I'm in a bit of shock. I had a full panel of food sensitivity tests done, thinking that I was having a problem digesting gluten and wheat. But little did I know the cruel joke fate would play on me...had I, I don't think I would have gotten tested! it turns out, the foods I reacted the most to (we call them the "red" foods), and thus must remove from my diet, are

  • TOMATOES, garlic, oregano, apples, capsaicin (so nohot peppers), cucumbers, lentils, watermelon, salicylic acid, carob and phenylethylamine (diet sodas I think).

Now, I've been a vegetarian for 20 most of the things on that list right there are pretty important components of my daily diet. I eat healthy and I grow and eat lots of veggies. Anyone who knows me will immediately wonder how on earth I'm going to get along without tomatoes or my hot peppers. My garden is bursting with them! I just planted all that beautiful garlic more cucumber sandwiches...sniff, sniff. Ok, so maybe you're thinking, well, this isn't all that bad, you'll make it work. BUT THERE'S MORE.

Apparently I also have a bunch of other foods I'm highly sensitive too, although not as sensitive as to the red foods. These are the "yellow" foods. I'm supposed to keep these to a minimum and not combine any two together at any time.

  • Baker's Yeast (there goes bread), beets, black pepper, broccoli, cabbage, caffeine, cauliflower, cayenne pepper, cherry, cinnamon, coconut, codfish, corn, grapes, mango, millet, oranges, peanuts, pistachio, plums, pork, rye, solanine, soybean (no more tofu) string beans, sweet potatoes and yellow squash.

Um, yeah, just kill me now. I'm now wishing it was the gluten and wheat I was allergic too! So great, I'm not allergic to gluten, I can eat bread, yay! Wait, no, it all has yeast in it...No soy...pretty much everything at the grocery store has yeast, corn or soy in it in some form. Broccoli, cauliflower??? I have acres of broccoli in the garden right American wine is off my list now too because apparently they all contain corn of some kind? So, awesome, I guess I'll just have to drink nicer more expensive European wines right? NO...because I'm sensitive to GRAPES! Have you ever tried to find something already made that doesn't have black pepper or garlic in it???? 

Oh my gosh, my head is spinning...I need a not made with corn, or yeast, or grapes...LOL

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Nov 18, 2009
4:21 pm

This just seems WRONG . . . I would be in shock, too—most of my diet seems to consist of the things on your lists.

Nov 18, 2009
4:55 pm

Oh No! I am so sorry. My dad has the same allergies that you listed, with his major issues coming from yeast and tomatoes. He has these allergies for at least 20 years now, and I assure you that he still eats bread, pasta, beer, pizza, tomatoe sauce, etc. But he does have a pretty rigorous allergy pill regimen AND he has to keep epi-pens in the car, house, work, etc just in case. And to be honest, he’s had to use them from time to time when he has forgotten his pills too many doeses in a row. All that being said, he does manage to maintain a normal eating style. Have you talked to your doctor about how to cope with these allergies?

Nov 18, 2009
5:58 pm

This is NOT funny!  What in the world is there left that you can eat?!  Does this mean you are doomed to tummy trouble the rest of your life?  I am sooooo sorry!

Kimberley Miller
Nov 18, 2009
8:43 pm

OMG!!!  I’m so sorry for your loss.  I don’t think I could do it.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Nov 19, 2009
8:32 am

No…it’s not funny!! My doctor is awesome though. She practices integral medicine and has years of experience helping people with this sort of thing. So I do feel I can trust her. She told me not to freak out…that we would work it out together. But of course…I did freak out! Yes, they are all healthy foods, but it’s possible that for some of the things I’ve eaten a lot of over the last 20 years, my body has built up intolerance to them. With food sensitivities you can certainly continue to eat those foods, because you won’t necessarily see an external obvious or immediate reaction. They are termed delayed reactions. So basically, my digestion is impaired by continuing to eat these foods and it’s causing inflammation in my body and also inhibiting uptake of the right nutrients/vitamins/protein etc. Tomatoes, peppers, etc. are in the Nightshade family, a very poisonous group of plants. So many people do already have natural intolerance to them or can built up intolerance by eating to many of them. So…I guess I overdosed on tomatoes!!! BUMMER.

Nov 22, 2009
3:05 pm

Wow, Leslie.  How awful.  What are you going to eat?  Good healthy food is such an integral part of one’s life.  I’m glad you have a physician you trust.  That is key.  I’m sure she’ll work it out with you.  But no home grown tomatoes??  How will you go on?  All kidding aside…my heart goes out to you and I wish you the best as you work through this.

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May 13, 2010
1:40 pm

In cooking the food, especially vegetables, decreases the amount of vitamins, therefore, in many cases it is preferable to prepare with little to no cooking, and the tomato is a fruit that can either be eaten raw, just with salt and little oil. But even after cooking preserves vitamins pretty good power.

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Sep 09, 2010
4:12 am

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Apr 27, 2011
11:02 pm

Oh sorry for that. How is it working out for you so far? Would like to read what alternative food you did take after.

Feb 20, 2015
11:14 am

hey buddy,

you may go and see your allergist for a histamine intolerance test. It really sounds like that and I’m senstive against histamine as well, so your really should go. He’ll make a normal blood test to figure it out.
I’m taking Daosin. It is an dietary supplement which avoids my allergic reacton and symptoms.

good luck!

Jun 11, 2015
1:06 pm

It does suck…. Just write me a list of the food that I can eat… It would be a lot shorter!
Gluten, dairy, soy, caffeine free and a low histamine diet…..
Stopped smoking and drinking alcohol….
It sounds nice and healthy but tomatoes are my favorite!! I put them in everything…..

Jan 08, 2016
1:26 pm

It might be related to your blood type, i.e., A, B, AB or O type blood.  Like with me I’m type A and cannot eat any nightshade veggies such as eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes or peppers of any variety.  I am also highly allergic to any wheat products including wheat berries (excellent in soups), bulgur, whole wheat or any byproduct of wheat.  You may want to look into that and find some awesome recipes during the transition.  I know this blog is old but hey, better late than never.  Since I switched up my diet of eliminated foods, without trying I’ve lost those horrible pounds I’ve struggled with for so many years.  It’s like they melted off all by themselves, even though I too am a vegetarian myself.  Again, I hope this was helpful.

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