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I don't have the kind of money to have a fully vegan lifestyle... plus, I don't personally agree with all of it. Though I have nothing against it... so... technically I'm asking more about strict vegetarian diet.<br><br>
I am allergic to and have intolerances to:<br><br>
Dairy<br>
Olives/Olive Oil<br>
Gluten<br>
Flaxseed/Linseed<br>
Nitrates/Nitrites (not sure if there are any of these in meat substitutes like there are in lunch meats and stuff)<br>
Bananas (though, I've had a couple recently after close to 6 months without, with no ill effects)<br>
Maple Sugar<br>
Fructose (my body just doesn't digest it very well, so I have to eat more veggies than fruits)<br><br>
I'm not very picky... and I honestly can live off of the same foods day in a day out for quite a long time, and be happy and content... but I want to make sure I'm getting in all the nutrients I need. And that would be the same with or without meat... though I'd prefer it to be without meat.<br><br>
Anybody have any advice? Right now I'm just trying to have a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables that are available at the salad bar, eat nuts through the day for the fat and bit of protein... and I also take two B vitamin supplements (I know one is B12, not sure what the other one is off the top of my head) as well as a multivitamin.
 

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If you're allergic to bananas you might find that you have a latex sensitivity and/or allergy as well. Don't know how far into your studies you are but be careful with gloves and try to wear latex-free when you can as a latex allergy (like all allergies) can worsen with repeated exposure to the allergen.
 

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That's interesting. I've used latex gloves in the past as part of my job (vet assistant), and didn't notice anything bad... but... that was back when I was having daily issues with stuff. But yeah... didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>FutureVetGirl</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3033776"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
That's interesting. I've used latex gloves in the past as part of my job (vet assistant), and didn't notice anything bad... but... that was back when I was having daily issues with stuff. But yeah... didn't know that. Thanks for letting me know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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I'm a nursing student and when we are assessing patients for potential latex allergy we have to ask them if they're allergic to bananas. Apparently there is a correlation between latex allergies and food sensitivities with several foods:<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">"Latex-fruit syndrome": frequency of cross-reacting IgE antibodies.<br>
Brehler-R; Theissen-U; Mohr-C; Luger-T. Allergy. 1997 Apr; 52(4): 404-10<br><br>
...Serum of 136 patients with immediate-type hypersensitivity against natural rubber latex had IgE antibodies to fruits in 69.1% of samples. IgE antibodies reacting with both latex and fruit allergens (papaya, avocado, banana, chestnut, passion fruit, fig, melon, mango, kiwi, pineapple, peach, and tomato) were found by RAST-inhibition tests. Of our patients, 42.5% reported allergic symptoms after consuming these fruits, in a total of 112 intolerance reactions. But fruit-specific IgE antibodies were found only in serum samples from 32.1% of the patients who noticed symptoms due to these fruits. Blood tests seem to be poor at predicting symptoms these foods in someone with latex allergy.</div>
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I seem to be the opposite of you ... I have a contact latex sensitivity/allergy but I am not sensitive to any of the foods listed.
 

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Even though I tested negative for a kiwi allergy... I can't eat kiwis... they make my tongue swell and I just have bad reactions to them. Something that hasn't happened with any other fruit or food... but yeah... the only ill effects from latex I've had would be that it dried out my skin really bad, but then again... I would also wash my hands every ten minutes... so that contributed at least some. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Yeah. Frequent hand washing is not kind to the skin at all.<br><br>
I didn't realize I had a contact latex allergy until I used a latex condom. OUCH! I worked in a clinical laboratory and I thought my hands were red and itchy from sweating in gloves and being washed 2 dozen times a night. Didn't make the connection that the red and painfully itchy hands and the latex gloves were connected.<br><br>
Let me tell ya ... that is not the way you want to find out you're allergic to latex. LOL<br><br>
Sorry I'm not much help with your food on campus challenge. But I think if you manage to eat a decent variety of fruits and vegetables and take a good multi-vitamin you'll be okay - even if your protein sources are a little more stagnant than you'd like.<br><br>
PeTA has a calendar/planner for students that has a recipe section and all of the recipes are microwave cooking. Which makes me wonder if there isn't a vegetarian microwave cookbook out there that you could use and then adapt the recipes to what works around your food allergies.
 

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There <i>are</i> worse ways to find out one is allergic to latex. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
My younger son is struggling with the unhealthy food being served at the food service as well. About the only thing he's figured out is that he will move off campus so he can do his own cooking next year.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Forster</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3033799"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
There <i>are</i> worse ways to find out one is allergic to latex. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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There are. But that has to be near the top of the list. That is NOT a place where you want to be having a contact reaction. Just sayin'.
 

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There are. But that has to be near the top of the list. That is NOT a place where you want to be having a contact reaction. Just sayin'.</div>
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You are right, I miss read your original post, LOL. I thought you found out from the gloves 1st. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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