The Food Sensitivity / Food Allergy Package is a specialty package designed for clients who have been diagnosed with food allergies by a physician, or who suspect they may be sensitized to certain foods or to components of foods.
Allergies involve the presence of antibodies and I use a combination of standard assessment tools as well as work with your GP or local walk-in clinic to requisition allergy testing covered by MSP. There are no expensive out-of-pocket blood tests, because there is no need. Requesting standard blood tests from your GP or allergist, it will be determined whether antibodies to specific foods or food classes are present and if they are, whether you are also sensitized to other foods that are ‘related’. If helpful, I can assist with referrals to local area allergist.
If antibodies are not involved, then addressing the symptoms of the food sensitivity is how I then approach it. In some cases the symptoms are isolated to the gastrointestinal tract, but with others symptoms may manifest as migraine headache or joint pain. Determining the food triggers enables people to reduce them in the diet, which helps them to begin to feel much better.
As much as possible, I prefer to avoid having people eliminate whole groups of foods in order to determine if they are problematic (“elimination diets”). By approaching it systematically and in a step-wise fashion, together we are able to determine if certain foods may be problematic – in which case I’ll recommend eliminating certain foods for a period of time, while using a targeted food log (which I’ll teach you).
This package includes three (3) in-person visits of an hour each and may be combined to total 3 hours of service. In terms of how visits unfold, there is a lot of variability depending one individual cases, but here is a brief description;
I’ll take a complete history of symptoms at the first visit and if indicative of possible IgE allergy, I’ll provide you with a Lab Test Request form for up to 5 specific antigen serum IgE tests, that you can bring to your GP for a Requisition for standard tests that can be performed at a local area Lifelabs.
If the results are positive, I’ll teach you about those specific food allergies, which foods to avoid and what foods are potential cross-reactants.
If the results are negative, then subsequent visits will follow the same series of events as described on the web-page under the IBS package.
If you plan on taking a Complete Assessment Package, it is recommended that this package be taken first so we can determine whether you are allergic to any foods, before I design a Meal Plan for you.
As this is a clinical package provided from a Dietetic perspective, it is only available to those in Canada.
Ready to get started?
- Download and complete the Intake and Service Option Form available here and return it to me at the email address on the form with the times you are available for an appointment. If you would like a password-protected form, please send me a note using the Contact Me form on the tab above.
- I’ll email you a choice of appointments then you’ll book the time that suits you best.
- I’ll send you confirmation of your appointment with an invoice for the package which you can pay in the Shop on line via credit or directly via an e-transfer made out to BBDNutrition Ltd.
Note: When paying via credit card, the cost of services includes GST (5%).
Have questions? Please send me a note using the Contact Me form.