Erik Winfree's allergies

I created this page to solve a problem: what to do when someone invites me to dinner at their home. That's all a very nice thing, not a problem -- the difficulty is that I have extensive (non-dangerous but unpleasant) food allergies. (My condition is known as eosinophilic esophagitis.) So, there are multiple lists, which are likely to evolve as I continue to figure this out.


I can eat:
beef, pork, lamb
rice, wheat, rye, barley, grits, oatmeal, bread
wheat pasta, rice noodles
soy, tofu, beans, seaweed
milk, cheese (non-moldy), goat cheese
cooked fresh fish (but not canned), eel
beets, herbs, onion, yam, sweet potato
corn, squash, zucchini, cucumber, olives
artichoke, leeks, arugula, asparagus, mushrooms
cooked (but not raw) celery, broccoli, cauliflower
cooked (but not raw) canteloupe, melons
cooked (but not raw) apples, oranges
sugar, butter, oil, salt & pepper, sesame, light garlic
honey, ice cream, chocolate, pomegranate
sake, whisky, gin, tequila

I can NOT eat; trace amounts can be unpleasant:
chicken, turkey, fowl, eggs
shrimp, lobster, clams, oysters, shellfish
canned fish
tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, hot peppers
peas, chick peas (garbonzo), lentils, hummus
avocado, carrots
walnuts, brazil nuts, nuts in general.

I should not eat, bite-size amounts can be mildly unpleasant; but I don't notice trace amounts:
peanuts, coffee
uncooked canteloupe, melons
uncooked celery, broccoli, cauliflower
grapes, plums, strawberries, dates
(raw) oranges, lemons, citrus, apples, kiwi, banana, fruits in general
lettuce, spinach, cabbage, brussel sprouts
red wine, white wine, beer
moldy cheese (e.g. blue)
raw fish (OK if extremely fresh, high-quality)

Some foods on the "bad" lists seem to be OK if thoroughly cooked, but I haven't really figured out what's trustable there. In fact, this list continues to be revised...

Everyone should have a page like this, don't cha think?