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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 3:13 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hi everyone. I am SO SO GLAD that I have found this site and that I'm not crazy. I've occasionally had mild headaches/thirst after eating restaurant food like Chinese or Mexican, but nothing serious. The past couple of months though I've been having EXTREME thirst, fatigue and headaches after eating almost every restaurant food and prepared food I've tried. I also get this weird, heavy-numbness feeling in my face (but no swelling.) Triggers I can remember at the moment are Chinese food buffet, mushroom ravioli from Stop and Shop, and today chicken from Macaroni Grill. I told my parents (I'm an female, 19 year old college student and I'm home for the summer.) and they thought it might be diabetes. I've been testing my blood sugar and I'm pretty sure I'm not diabetic. Does this sound like MSG sensitivity? What can I do - we eat out a lot, and we have a lot of prepared/frozen foods in the home.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:16 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

EmilyB, this sounds EXACTLY like MSG sensitivity. I would print out the list linked below and start reading labels, beginning with your pantry. You will be shocked at what you see. Once you've mastered the pantry you will have a better idea of what is and isn't safe. Then you can take your label reading to the supermarket. Eating out is the riskiest because there are no labels to read, but if you hand the list to the staff and ask them to suggest something they can make for you it's a lot safer. Also, keep ibuprofen, a glutamate blocker, on hand in case you still get a reaction.
Roy Piwovar
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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:24 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

p.s. - prepared/frozen foods are almost always spiked with MSG type additives. I suspect everything will be half defrosted before you are through, but it will be worth it.

Another well written site to check out:
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Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 8:27 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

basically if the list of ingredients is more than 2 or 3 you can probably assume one of MSG hidden

it's called eating basics - you want meat you get a package and cook it yourself - make sure you get something that is just meat no additives

you want a salad you get the head of lettuce, wash it yourself, get the cucumber (not English) and fix it, same with anything else you put in your salad - if you want dressing you do oil and vinegar and a few selected herbs - my salads are pretty much dressed with olive oil, dried chives, Himalayan salt and balsamic vinegar these days

you want bread, you bake it yourself and have to get fussy about what flour you use and many are loaded

I think you now have a summer project - how to eat healthier

Start with looking at Deb's test diet here
Tom Fernstrom
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Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 10:45 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Dear NoMsgers,

I see that there are a lot of Smartphone Apps available for scanning food bar codes for allergy ingredients and I think I saw where Deb A. was going to update her list of ingredients to avoid in her book.

Do any of you know of an existing food allergy app that is flexible enough to input Deb A.'s abridged list and any other ingredients that many of us have identified on this discussion board? It might make it a very much easier process to avoid these excitotoxins. Plus if enough people start using the app, it will have a product boycotting effect that might get the product off grocery shelves.

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