Saturday, January 4, 2014

Personal Intolerances: the Egg in the Mayo; Eggs in General; + Six "others"

 in·tol·er·ance
    1.
    unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behavior that differ from one's own.
 al·ler·gy
    1.
    a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, esp. pollen, fur, a particular food, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive.
 Google Search Criteria: body intolerance food

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The last time(s) we were in Los Angeles we took in a Health Food restaurant called Hugo's, four times in just over two weeks, 1 of 3 Location: Coldwater Canyon Ave. and Riverside Dr. which is just across the street from Whole Foods market.   Great combination.  Dining and then Shopping or visa versus.   What I didn't know, until today, because of researching for this Post, was that Hugo's has a seven page information pdf that lists off their ingredients of Common Allergens:

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Why look at the Menu at any restaurant when the first thing we should be doing is asking for the "LIST" on what is in their "trade secret" recipes and how the meal is prepared, or could be prepared with a bit of tweaking.  Web pages of restaurants should be required to have lists of Common Allergens like Hugo's.  It would certainly narrow the menu field down and then allow us to experiment with new recipes that excludes, in our case:  eggs (yolk and white).

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A reference chart for Canadian Restaurants

 Google Search Criteria:  restaurants pdf on Common food Allergens

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The White Spot's Triple-O recipe maybe SECRET, but it does have one ingredient: EGGS


White Spot does offer A Gluten Free Menu, but no Common allergen "menu" like Hugo's



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There were contributing factors to discovering my "allergies" to eggs (turned out allergy is the wrong word).  Narrowing of the field was assisted by my realizing two things: The disastrous "side effects" every two weeks, within three hours of eating out ..... sometimes more often within two weeks AND the irregularity, the spontaneous combustion, was a debilitating factor especially in public spaces.  "Excuse me, I have to GO!"

With help from the spouse, desperation on both our parts, and I, never having believed in the benefits of naturopaths, I WAS ushered into the office of a Naturopath in Vancouver, since returned to Kamloops, lucky Kamloopians. Sincerely!!!!   If I ever have another problem like this, Kamloops is where I'm going to.

The Naturopath, during the first visit that lasted ONE hour, posed this question:

When you Fart, what does it smell like?

My Answer:  Hmmmmmm.   smell like, ....... (couldn't quite put my finger on it, for five minutes ... )

Naturopath:                                            Chilliwack?

Me:                                                         Chilliwack??????  YES!!!

Naturopath:                                            UNDIGESTED food!!!

                                                                      oh

But that wasn't the answer, it was the beginning of discovery, and I was still "enjoying" a White Spot's (Secret) Triple "O's recipe with cheese hamburger, with fries, and coffee every other OTHER five weeks.

Digesting of the food was being worked on, with success.  Weeding out the possibilities of other "allergies" was becoming more and more difficult to ascertain.

The every other two weeks brunch of Bacon and Eggs with two pieces of toast was suspect.  Eliminated the Bacon.  Went from Fried Eggs to Poached.  Changed the "butter" already spread on the Toast by the cook, to BUTTER my own .......   No change.   Started back to eating Bacon, with poached eggs, no toast (wheat).  Almost gave up eating.


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 Then the breakthrough, blood was taken two weeks earlier with the results from the test being delivered by Meridian Valley Lab three days AFTER CBC did this report on food allergies (wrong name).  There wasn't an inkling of CBC coming out with their report:

A Toronto doctor is warning people about testing to determine whether a person has allergies, sensitivities or intolerance to certain foods. Dr. Elana Lavine of Humber River Regional Hospital says some of these tests, which can cost hundreds of dollars, can be misused and misinterpreted. Writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Lavine says in some cases, readings are interpreted to mean an intolerance to a food or foods when in fact the reverse is actually true.  ...... SNIP

..... The tests, which can cost hundreds of dollars, look for an antibody reaction to a whole range of foods. And when they find a response with an antibody known as immunoglobulin G, or IgG, they characterize that result as unhealthy, suggesting the existence of either a food allergy, an intolerance or a food “sensitivity.” SNIP
Looking at the CBC report, all that I can ascertain is that they didn't take ENOUGH blood.



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immunoglobulin G

immunoglobulin g food intolerance

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Kamloopian Naturopath:  So what have you been eating for supper in the last three days?

Spouse:  Poached Eggs, two nights ago

Kamloopian Naturopath:  Too BAD!

The Longest line, Egg White, is almost TWO pages wide
E95 Basic food Panel
For simplification here, I've reduced the Results of  95 items tested (which included 5 Pending) to only those with ratings over 100 as presented to us by the NOW dearly departed Kamloopian-living-Naturopath.



Potato  = 0

Green Bean = 691
Avocado = 1077
Wheat = 187
Gliadin = 280
Gluten = 232
Egg Yolk = 1308
Egg White = 2058

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A 2009 SAMPLE test done by Meridian Valley Lab for a John Doe
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North Vancouver, BC  (North Shore Outlook ----->)  ...... Marine Drive Naturopathic Clinic
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Within the last six months I've been experimenting with StarBucks,     double chocolate chunk cookies, as a "double blind" study, of course.....  I've now sworn off them, not because they're made on the east coast of Canada, instead of locally, FROZEN, and made like new by thawing for the next day unsuspecting customers, but then the "three hour reaction time" took place, within, ...  to      EGGs    in their recipe.   The family has looked upon my exercise as a fool's errand, and have taken it upon themselves to provide a variety of high quality chocolate bars ... one square per day.

Starbuck's????  CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar
2/3 cup (140 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups (210 grams) chocolate chunks (can use chocolate chips) 
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There's an added bonus in all of this, discovering my intolerances to certain food which had forced me to be housebound for a year and half.  However, with seven ingredients being eliminated from my diet, we ventured out this past summer:  YOHO for ten days;  then a Day hike to Diamond Head (Squamish area), and finally to Manning Park's top-of-the-world drive/hike!

Yoho National Park  for ten days, lost eight pounds, still hovering at 162....... because of  Pete, one of six trail clearing employees who cover Parks Canada's: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yoho trail system.   Pete either lied, intentionally, or he can't count pass 101 ........ switchbacks ..... going UP from Emerald Lake through pristine old growth forest (untouched by CPR Railway logging crews of the late 1800s (too Steep)) to Burgess Pass, almost.

It's 117 Petey!

Next Post, hiking in the Rockies (Canadian)!
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To answer that age old problem of which came first:
The Chicken or the Egg

Answer:
Chicken

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One more product to cross off of the list: Chocolate by Theo
because of this:
Allergen Information: Manufactured on shared equipment with products containing milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts & other nuts.
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For those who ARE NOT hampered by food intolerances, and if you are in Los Angeles, then check out Slaters 50/50  BEEF and BACON:


All of our burgers are weighed AFTER cooking.   

    Designed to perfection, our signature patty is topped with a sunny side up egg, avocado mash, pepper jack cheese and chipotle adobo mayo on white brioche.
No indication if Slater's has a Common Allergens List, but taking into consideration their MENU.... I doubt it.


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If you don't want to leave Metro Vancouver, for fine food, there's Burnaby's End of the Universe.

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