The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Hi Folks:

New article and recipe up on Lime on NATURAL ANTIHISTAMINES. Check it out at:

Happy Labor Day Weekend!



  • At 10:13 PM, Anonymous D. Katherine Grace said…

    Dear Cybele,

    Hi, I'm hoping you can help me. I've been going through years of medical and migraine problems. Recently my doctor said he "thought" it could be Fibromyalgia. I know you're not a doctor so by no means am I asking for medical advice. But I am asking for some help. I was told to do a food diary along with a diet modification. I'm working a full time job, as well as theatre. So very rarely so I get to sit down and have a meal. Everything is on the go, pre-made, or if out of time bought from some place I shouldn't have. I know since you have to young children you're more inclined to have snack type foods then other books. Along with everything we've narrowed down I have food sensitivities. I'm not sure what all of them are since I'm still getting sick and bad migraines. which is where I'm hoping where you could help. I've yet to buy your cookbook. I'm a horrible procrastinator I know. But if you have tips. As to what I could do to help figure everything out, get back on track and have some things with me when I'm on the go, it would be wonderful.
    If it would be easier my email is:
    By the way, your kids are adorable! They’ve gotten so big since the last photos you’ve posted.

    Thanks for your help,

  • At 10:17 PM, Anonymous D. Katherine Grace said…

    Katherine again...
    I forgot to proof read.

    The one part is supposed to say:
    "then in other books" I know it's only one word. But I'm picky about that kind of thing.

    I apologize for that.

  • At 8:12 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Hi Katherine:

    I don't know about the connection between migraines and fibromyalgia. I know somebody with fibromyalgia, that was initially triggered by breaking her collar bone. I think the disease is largely a mystery to the medical community, from what i understand. In terms of foods and migraine, and eating on the go, here are the tips I live by, since i am also a migraine sufferer. Stay away from anything that could be fermented, like bags of roasted nuts. The nut oil can go off and cause migraine. Also, nuts and peanuts are highly allergenic foods, and you could be reacting to the nut protein which can cause migraine. Don't eat soy sauce. Don't eat deli meats (nitrites can cause migraine). Don't eat blue cheese or any other moldy cheese that might come in a prepackaged salad. In fact, don't eat those prepackaged salads from places like burger king or mcdonalds at all, unless you absolutely have to. Make your own at salad bars if you can, eating things like leafy greans, carrots, beans, brocolli, grilled chicken or turkey, etc. Don't eat foods with hydrolized proteins, like hydrolized soy protein, wheat protein, or any other, as it is converted to MSG and causes migraines. Don't eat anything that has autolized yeast in it, which also converts to MSG. Check labels of things like chips for this sort of stuff. Many snacks include these ingredients for flavor. And of course, avoid MSG when it's listed. Also, avoid take out sushi from grocery stores and the like, since much of it is made with a rice vinegar that has MSG in it too. So what can you eat? Again, salad bars if they have nice fresh ingredients where you can pick and choose, and you can look for "safe" deli meats like applegate farms which don't include ingredients like Nitrites, and other fillers like dairy. Pizza can be a good choice if you can eat cheese and wheat. Just avoid slices that are made with canned mushrooms, as these also have MSG. If you want mushrooms, make sure that they sliced them fresh themselves. Pizza places always look at me funny when I ask, "are these mushrooms out of a can?", but I can tell you, that one little question is the difference between feeling good and a 24 hour migraine for me.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Good luck to you!



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