This blog is a journal of our struggles with food allergies and eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs). ("DD" stands for "dear daughter", so whenever you see it in the blog it is referring to my daughter and our personal experience.) My hope is for this blog to be a source of information and support to others who might be trying to investigate, diagnose, treat, or live with, food allergies and EGIDs. Feel free to leave comments with suggestions or requests of what you would like to see on this blog. This is a work in progress. :)
TED - Total elimination diet
This is the most restricted form of an ED, and like the ED it should not be done for more than about 10 days or it can lead to severe nutritional depletion of you and/or your child.
In this form of an ED, you are basically starting from the bottom and working your way up. You would start with around 5 foods, usually the least allergenic in each food group, like:
olive or safflower oil
Same as the ED- if symptoms improve, start trialing foods to add back to your diet. If you DON'T see a complete recovery from symptoms, don't be discouraged. There is always a possibility that you or your child is actually allergic to one of the foods on your TED. DD ended up being allergic to both pears and yellow squash, so the TED did not work for me until I started switching the foods around.