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  1. Hi all! I'm a 28 y.o. web developer. When I was in my late teens/early 20s I started developing a pile of health problems and at some point I realized the prognosis for my life couldn't be good if I felt so crappy so young. I decided to turn my life around by fixing my lifestyle. I've lost 57 pounds, cured severe acid reflux, and learned how to exercise for the first time in my life (I'm now an avid cyclist, skier, and yogi). However, my relationship with food is still super complicated. I seem to develop new or worsened food sensitivities all the time, and now I've progressed to having hives for 9 months straight and newly developed moderate-severe asthma. I feel run down and exhausted all the time, and I'm constantly getting sick. This makes it really difficult to hold down a full time job. I have already pinned down a number of my allergies, but I end up eating those foods anyways because 1. My allergist cautions against cutting foods out lest you become more sensitive to them and 2. Junk food is delicious and I want to enjoy my life. Long story short, it's time to stop harming my body and to get to the root of the issues before it gets even worse! I considered GAPS but the foods list is complicated and contains a lot of things that I can't eat. So instead, I'm trying Whole 30 minus eggs and nuts.... except I plan on doing it for at LEAST several months, maybe longer, while drinking bone broth and eating fermented foods every day as per the GAPS diet protocol. I've already been 95% whole 30-ish for 9 days while I use up what's left in my fridge, and I'll start the real program next week. I just couldn't wait to get started, I was feeling so crappy that I had a moment where I realized that I needed to jump in right then and there! I'm terrible at being concise, but I just wanted to say that if there is anyone else out there doing whole 30 to deal with allergy related maladies, I'd love to hear from you! I definitely feel alone and wish I knew others who could share knowledge as I go down this path to what will almost certainly be radical, permanent changes in my lifestyle once again. Happy to be here!
  2. Hey everyone! I have done whole30 in the past. Currently, I am 2 weeks into the program for the third time and I started back up because of a strange rash that started at work. It appears on my legs, lower arms/back of elbows & hands, and sometimes my stomach if something rubs against it. It is SO ITCHY. I had to leave my new job because I couldn't stop itching and was miserable. I can't afford that! They look like pimples without a whitehead. Small, raised and scattered sporadically. It doesn't look too much like eczema of dermatitis formatitis (sp?.. the celiac disease one). Has anyone had an undiagnosed rash for awhile? What did it end up being? I've been to the doctor's office and dermatologist. I've heard it's contact dermatitis because of my detergent (even though it also occurred on my arms past where my short sleeves hits) and possibly something I'm eating. I cut out caffiene because the derm said it could cause allergies. I don't eat MSG or dyes on a regular basis. The only artificial sweetener I have is possibly my Orbit gum. I was put on prednisone taper, given steroid shots and steroid cream. I'm off my prednisone (after starting a taper three times now)... and it's still here. My dermatologist said I should take both Allegra and Zytec every day for a month to reduce my histamine and see if it goes away. I don't want to take any medications. The combo does stop it from itching, but it is still present and I can see more spots popping up since I got off my steroids a couple days ago. Has this happened to you?! What was your strategy to narrow it down? Thank you!
  3. Dairy and hives

    I'm on day one of my reintroduction, and started with dairy. I had a little butter this morning, then some mango lassi and felt fine. I put half and half in my afternoon coffee and within an hour I had developed a hive on my hand. It seems pretty likely that it's a reaction to something I introduced today. I used to get hives occasionally but could never pinpoint the cause. I'd like to narrow it down if I can, to see if it's specifically the half and half that caused the reaction (I suspect that lassi is ok because it's fermented). I realize it could also be the amount of dairy vs the type. What is the best way to do this? I was thinking of going back to the whole30 for a couple of days and then reintroducing only fermented dairy to see if I have the same reaction. If there is no reaction, I would then introduce milk to see my reaction to that. Is is there a better way?
  4. Hi, just wondering if anyone has experience with Whole 30 and chronic hives. I would love to hear your story. Thanks!
  5. Hello, I just recently finished my first whole 30 (finished on December 9th). I started the whole 30 for two reasons: Slay the sugar dragon and develop a more healthy relationship with food. See what it could do to address a very new issue, Hives. For some quick background, I had been overweight in the past (peaked at 270, stay at 175-185 mostly now), but started doing endurance events about 13 years ago, and lost a considerable amount of weight. For the most part, I've kept it off for all of those years. My downfall has always been sugar - no brakes for me when eating sugar......it's bad! To add to this, out of the blue, I started in mid-October getting hives. I've never had an allergy issue with anything (Hives, Pollen, etc - never even a runny nose in the spring!) I couldn't find a trigger, but thought it would just go away. After about two weeks, I decided I would try out Whole30 (was familiar with others who have done it) and slay the sugar dragon AND see if it gave relief to the hives. I loved the program, I felt great, and enjoyed the new foods I was eating. However, did not see improvement with the hives. I've since been to the doctor and allergist on a few occasions, and tested for every allergy and food sensitivity there was. They found nothing. I have also had full blood panels done to check for Autoimmune disease or other issues. Nothing, all came back perfectly normal. In terms of taming the hives, I've been on multiple prescription "cocktails", with no luck or relief. In my appointment this week, they said they wanted to submit me for approval for Xolair injections once or twice per month. So, I come to the forum for advice and help. I'm not a fan of medicating to make a symptom go away without knowing the cause. I know, this is NOT uncommon (to not determine the cause of the hives, and eventually they go away). I have contemplated the following: Do another Whole30 - Maybe I didn't give them enough time to go away. Do a Whole30 with the low histamine or AI protocol (this does not look fun, and all of my tests indicate there is no Autoimmune issue). Go ahead and go on the Xolair and see if I can get relief (and would still focus on a Whole9/Paleo lifestyle 90% of the time). One admission of guilt that could sway opinion - I did have a bad sugar day after my Whole 30 the other day. I know - BAD! However, the hives and itching came out with force. I have them every day, but seemed especially bad after this. So, thoughts? I know this was long, but wanted to give as much information as possible. Thanks!
  6. I am hoping someone may have a suggestion. I have had mild hives infrequentiy. 4 days ago I had hives all over my body that were super itchy. It was so uncomfotable I ended up going to the Dr. He gave me a cortisone shot. I had relief for maybe 3 hours then it came back with a vengence. I ended up going to Urgent Care that same night. I still have them 4 days later. I am on day 17 of the Whole30. I have not eaten anything I haven't eaten before. Could this be my body detoxing? Any suggestions would be helpful. i am kinda at my wits end.
  7. Hi Whole 9 Community! I completed 6 weeks of Whole 30 and got on doing the Dairy reintroduction day, I broke out in this itchy rash after drinking a small glass of milk (see picture). I also had ice cream, and I got a rash, but it wasn't as blotchy as the rash from milk. Does anyone know why milk would bother me more than ice cream? On a side note, I skin tested done from my allergy doctor for milk, and it turned out negative. Before I did Whole 30, I was pretty sure milk bothered me, and this seems to have confirmed it! Why did it turn out negative in the allergy test? Thanks!
  8. I found this site today and registered. I also ordered the book. A few mintues later I had to leave to go watch a friends daughter ride her horse at our local county fair as I had promised. I am back. While I was at the fair, I drank an "all natural" fruit smoothy . I do not normally eat or drink things with sugar. I came home and my lips and mouth are full of hives. My back has hives. I took a benadryl. Every morning at 3 am I wake up with a headache.. My hands and fingers swell. I do not eat prepackaged foods or grain cause it causes athsma. . I eat dairy and I do eat Boars Head proccessed meats on rare occasion. Every time we eat out I get a headache. Even if it is a salad with no dressing. There are some days that everytime I eat I get a headache. I had bronchitis at Christmas time and it lasted for 8 weeks. I ended up on double Zpacks of antibiotics. It helped and I felt a little better The end of February, I traveled to St Croix VI to help my youngest child ( daughter) with her newborn son. I contracted Dengue fever from mosquito bites while I was there. I was very sick for a couple of months. In May I began to feel a little better, but my bones and joints still ache if I do too much. I really need to build up my immune system. I have been researching the internet to find the best way. This whole 30 makes sense...sounds like it has the potential to become a while 365. Last week, my head was in such constant pain, that I was seriously thinking about the emergency room, or taking ANYTHING that would stop the pain. Nothing works, except strong coffee. I do not drink alcohol. It gives me a headache with in 10 minutes of the first swallow. I do not eat sugar or grain. It swells my nose almost shut. I do use real cream in my coffee and eat cheese. I am ready to do anything to stop the head pain, joint pain and the itching.
  9. I am on Day 11. My rash started on Day 3 and keeps getting worse and worse. It is all over my body from my neck to my ankles. It very much appears to be hives with one difference being that the goosebump textured rash on my arms seems permanent rather than intermittent. A trip to urgent care two days ago resulted in a steroid shot and a twice daily cocktail of oral antihistamines. Completely ineffective. I have not introduced any new foods, nor have I increased the amounts of the foods that I eat. As an avid CrossFitter, I have been transitioning to a primal eating style for several months now. My goal for the Whole 30 (aside from moral support to my fibromyalgia suffering, grains-dairy-beer-cupcake addicted husband) is to wean myself from Weekly Cheat Day, random snacking, Splenda, and pack-a-day sugarless gum chewing. So this is what I have done and I can't really wrap my head around the idea that I have some condition that the junk food was protecting me from. The ironic thing is that I am doing great otherwise. I experienced tiredness and mental fog for a few days but I have since hit two lifting PR's. I am less stiff and can feel some overuse injuries healing. I haven't been nodding off in the afternoon in spite of the sleep I have lost this week because of the discomfort. Most miraculous is my facial skin. I spent a year in Afghanistan and became afflicted with asphyxiated skin from the sun damage. It took a series of medical grade peels, prescription retinol, and regular deep exfoliation to get it under control. Then last week, my face was suddenly clear, smooth, and dewy. I can actually go without makeup! I wonder how great I would feel if I wasn't a big pile of itch? I have perused the forum and it seems that I am not the only one suffering (and I mean reeeeeally suffering) from a mystery rash. There have been mentions of rash from ketosis. The thing is, I have done intermittent fasting, carb cycling, and full on low carb (albeit with artificial sweeteners and processed reduced carb fare) with no side effects. With my side of fresh berries and my post workout sweet potato or pumpkin each day, the Whole 30 is much less restrictive on carbs than other diets I have tried. People have also mentioned something called candida die off, but that seems far fetched. I have had yeast problems before and they are years in the past, along with yeast-friendly eating. Emotional stress? Life is demanding, but I wouldn't say my stress has gone up. In fact, I'm feeling quite positive. My husband and I are enjoying the time we spend sourcing local foods, preparing our meals, and sharing peaceful suppers. Furthermore, feeding primal foods to our son is really improving his behavior. So far, none of the conventional ideas are making any sense. Is there anyone at all who knows something or can help? I am truly desperate. I have hardly slept in days, I can't focus on anything, and I am constantly clawing at myself. I would seriously consider cutting off a finger if it would make this go away. Please help!