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Higher protein diets can be beneficial for weight loss, in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet and/or substitution with sugary drinks or refined carbs (white bread, white rice).

There are a number of other dietary protein sources you may incorporate into your diet. But you’ll need to take special precautions for some of these, given your tree nut allergy.

Interestingly, there is frequently a ‘co-allergy’ with peanuts and tree nuts (pecans, Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts as well as pistachios and cashews), which is not a problem for you. So, including peanuts seems safe. However, given the cross-reaction, it is not unheard of to develop an allergy later. Be careful.

Here a few sources key sources of dietary protein:

1. Legumes

-black beans

-black eyed peas

-chick peas

-soy- be careful here too. If you’ve not had a problem in the past, this is a great option since there are many soy-based products. (edamame, soy nuts, tofu, etc)

-lentils

-fava beans

2. Fish- raw, cooked, smoked (-lots of salt in smoked meats though)

3. Whole grains (not refined)- are an excellent source of protein AND dietary fiber and vitamins. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, and you should get a least 20 grams or more a day.

– whole wheat bread (careful there’s no nuts in it)

– wheat pasta

-oatmeal

-brown rice

– LOOK FOR THE WORD “WHOLE” on the packaging.

There is no clear association or cross-sensitivity between tree nuts and flaxseed, but given your sunflower seed allergy, I’d steer clear of it for now. Your allergist will be the best person to ask about this..

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