Earlier this week I had an allergy test performed and learned that I am allergic to 16 different foods and spices. Holy Cow! I had no idea. The odd thing is that the foods that I suspected that I was allergic to were not even the ones that showed up on the test!
Right now I’m feeling very overwhelmed with this new knowledge. Like overwhelmed to the point that I wanted to crawl in the corner of the grocery store and just have a good cry. Have you ever had those moments…well, maybe not specifically at the grocery store, but you know what I mean!
Tonight I stood in the grocery store, overwhelmed with food labels. I’ve paid attention to food labels in the past, but usually just for the calories, fats, and carbohydrates. Now when I pick up a food package my eyes go straight for the ingredient list.
Here’s what I’m allergic to:
Some of these items will be easy to cut from my diet. I HATE celery, can’t even stand the smell of the stuff. That one is an easy one to avoid! Raspberries….again, not a fan. Cashews, another easy one to get rid of.
But then you have stuff like milk, eggs, yeast, and black pepper! How hard is it going to be to avoid black pepper unless I cook everything myself. Also I love cucumbers and in fact planted a huge amount of cucumbers in my garden this year. No more cucumbers for me!
So what’s my plan of action?
My doctor has advised me to cut out all of these foods (as much as possible) for at least one month. At that time I can start adding foods back to my diet one at a time and monitoring for any symptoms.
Right now though, I can pretty much tell you which foods will probably not return to my diet or if they do will be in very small amounts. The 3 big ones, milk, eggs, and yeast. Since I was a teenager in middle school I knew that I could not drink cow’s milk because it hurt my stomach. For years I avoided milk until Soy and Almond milk became more readily available. I have been drinking Almond Milk for quite awhile now. However, I still consumed cheese, yogurt, and on occasion, ice cream. But I always regretted it later when I ate ice cream because I would be so miserable.
Yeast is another food that though it will be hard to avoid I will probably keep out of my diet as much as possible. I had recently begun to make the connection that after eating bread I had trouble breathing. Eating bread is not worth having to use my rescue inhaler and dealing with the way the Albuterol makes me feel afterwards. I will just skip the yeast!
Eggs will be one that is going to be hard to break away from. I had been eating egg white omelets for breakfast because it was “good for me”! Evidently not!! Even though I liked eggs often times when given other options I would skip the eggs because I knew they often gave me a stomachache. Allergy symptom, maybe?
So for now I’m spending a lot of time on Pinterest searching for information on food allergies as well as dairy free, egg free, and yeast free diets. April, my blogging partner, has been a Paleo follower for quite awhile and it looks like I may be headed in the same direction. So look for lots of allergen free recipes and Paleo recipes coming from us in the future!