I feel like I'm allergic to everything now!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Hey everyone!

So I have been paleo for about 6 months now. In the beginning, I absolutely ADORED everything about paleo. In many respects, I still do. It gives me more energy, more clarity, less need to eat everything in sight, etc, etc.

Except now, I'm allergic to pretty much everything.

I can't eat even a trace amount of gluten - which, in a way, I thought was a blessing in disguise. I mean, it makes all that processed crap look totally unappetizing because knowing that your insides will turn to sludge really prevents you from even wanting to eat 1 or 2 or 10 oreos. And I don't even have to lie about not wanting to eat gluten anymore, because it really does destroy my body.

OK, so yeah, gluten off the table. Fine, I can live with that.

But now, I'm also allergic to coconut. And dairy. And probably eggs (I need to do more experiments with eggs). And avocados. And green peppers. And tomatoes.

The last straw was today. Spoiler alert: disgusting details I am now pooing out entire nuts. Like, I can see fully formed nuts in my poo! I can't even eat nuts because my body can't digest them anymore! At all! Um, what?! This has never, ever, ever happened to me before.

If I'm not eating basic meat and a few different kinds of veggies, my body rejects it. I'm never even hungry, and I'm basically subsisting off of 90% dark chocolate, meat, and broccoli. I'm getting used to IBS and feeling like I'm going to throw up all the time, because I live with it constantly.

So, paleohacks, help a girl out. How can I get my body to recognize these foods? I don't want to go to a doctor because I know exactly what they'll say. "Eat more whole grains," blahblahblah.

I just want to be able to go out to a meal and not have to worry if I'm going crap myself at the dinner table. Or better yet, be able to eat a large variety of healthy foods.

I want my (food) life back!


on June 28, 2013
at 03:26 AM

For the foods you've become intolerant to, have you tried reintroducing very small quantities over a period of a few days? Your body might be able to get used to digesting them again if you don't shock it with a whole lot at once.


on June 28, 2013
at 03:25 AM

How can you tell you're allergic? Are you sure it's an actual allergic reaction, or could it be some other kind of intolerance?



on June 27, 2013
at 08:57 PM

First of all, chew your nuts. Your intestines aren't going to chew them for you.

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on June 27, 2013
at 05:42 PM

Regarding nuts, you have to thoroughly masticate them to digest them wholly. My guess is that you were always pooping out large pieces, you just didn't inspect your poo so thoroughly before. ;-) This isn't an abnormal thing, this is pretty much everybody.


on August 15, 2013
at 04:26 PM

Try to eat your meals with bone broth. It's rich in mninerals and vitamins, it helps people with low stomach acid and the gelatine will coat the gut walls.

People tend to become allergic to foods they eat too much/often. Weird I know. Now, I have only seen anecdotal evidences of that, but try to eat different kinds of meat, different kinds of cooked veggies except nightshades and those you are "allergic to" right now, and eggs from different birds. When your stools get better start taking probiotics like the one Kevin suggested, and slowly add the problematic foods. Removing the problematic foods for a while like this often does the trick.

It is true that consuming carbohydrates increases mucous production which will protect the gut walls, but if you find you can't digest complex starches for the moment being, keep it down to raw honey on an empty stomach(in ginger tea, for example).

The conditions you described above reminds me of when as a child I could not eat any meat except rabbit. I was just sensitive to everything.

I hope this helps.


on June 29, 2013
at 03:26 AM

How many carbs are you eating? If you go too low, there are some people (like Dave Asprey and Paul Jaminet) who believe that you'll develop leaky gut via a reduction in mucous production. Dave Asprey has said a couple times in his podcasts that he developed food allergies after eating nothing but veggies and meat for a couple months.

I think there is something to it. I feel I eat enough carbs to prevent leaky gut but I do notice that the morning after my carb re-feed days, I do have a noticeable amount of "crust" around my eyes when I wake up. My eyes will also not be as dry and irritated. Anyway, add up your carbs (don't count veggies), and if you're below 75 grams, I would try to hit that.

As others have commented, you could also be eating too quickly / not thoroughly chewing up your food. You could also have low stomach acid from not enough sodium intake. If you're low carb, try to get 5 g of sodium a day and maybe take some HCL.

Lastly, try some really high quality probiotics. I used to notice a lot of undigested food in my stool before taking this probiotic. It's expensive but it works.




on June 29, 2013
at 02:47 AM

Maybe starches are the answer - if you are only eating broccoli and meat, and chocolate - well, no wonder. I would suggest a wider variety of veg, introduced slowly and cooked in butter, and maybe you should try soups and stews with a little sweet potato or white potato and carrots in them. If you make them with bone broth, it will be soothing to your gut and the starches might help you "get your shit together"

Hope you feel better!


on October 28, 2013
at 08:02 PM

I have been experiencing the same thing. I feel like I'm allergic to EVERYTHING. So when I find something that doesn't feel like it gives me a itchy mouth/sore throat I just stick to that and eat it a lot and then I'll find that I'm allergic to that. It's so frustrating!!! Any advice?



on June 27, 2013
at 06:22 PM

It might be down to what the chickens are fed in the case of the eggs. If they are fed soy, then all the egg allergies may actually be the soy problems we already knew about.

There were always problems with too many nuts. I have managed to make myself sick with too many macadamias. I suspect you are just noticing this now because you started to over depend on them, but they have some sort of enzyme neutralizers (or something). I believe I remember hearing Cordain talking about this a long time ago. It was one of the things he was speculating about. He wanted to do research into it, but his tone suggested this was the sort of research that probably wasn't going to get done.

Anyway, I have found myself with similar issues. I think, in part, it is because the quality of the industrial food sector continues to deteriorate, so things I used to think of as relatively safe (at a party or whatever) are no longer.

If you want to go out, eat seafood. Google FODMAPS and memorize the list. No hamburger or chicken under any circumstances. The steaks might be okay, but in a lot of places you'll be able to tell on the first bite that they've marinated the meat in a crapload of salt flavored chemicals. In some restaurants, you may want to go for that silly mainstream low fat/high carb dinner- given that oftentimes the rice/salad bar/seafood is usually pretty clean. As long as the salad bar stuff isnt' loaded with FODMAPS, you ought to be okay. Bring your own ghee/dressing.

One of the things some of us might be able to do is compare past prescriptions and see if one medication keeps popping up. I've seen a lot of former accutane users suffer; I haven't taken that, but I'm betting there are others that could be causing problems. But I don't know if we want to be doing that on a public site like this.

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