My allergy diagnostic was not fun
When I was diagnosed with allergies I found it hard to conform in a house full of people that didn’t have my issues. Over the years for the most part I manage to fix foods that everyone will eat, including me. There are nights or the occasional family nights when they want Taco Bell, pizza, burgers or mac n cheese that it is harder for me, but those nights I just make a large salad with leftover meat, peas, quinoa and whatever else I can find that sounds good. Usually turns into a lg chef salad. There are good pizza crusts and toppings, but the point of them getting take-out is quick, easy and no cooking. I have yet to find a pizza I can buy that will cater to all my allergies. Mac and cheese night though I have learned to make my own tasty version which I will share later. I still find it hard to get them to understand that I can’t have sugary foods, but other than that they have been really good about helping me. My main two weaknesses are my soda, which I am slowly cutting down on and chocolate no-bake cookies. My family loves these cookies, as do I, and they are quick and easy to keep stocked. I out grew my dairy allergy, only to get it back even worse as an adult. I hate the fact that after 9 years, I still remember what cottage cheese, lasagna or a hot Hawaiian pizza tastes like and can’t find a good replacement for them.
Watch out for contamination
My biggest worry is the cross contamination of foods in the kitchen. It is very difficult to safely cook allergy friendly foods in a house of non-allergic people, but it can be done and everyone needs to understand the dangers of using utensils in containers. I have all my cooking and baking items in sealed containers and they have their own set of measuring equipment. I save containers that are bought and then I reuse them for my dietary needs. This avoids having to buy canisters and containers. I have my own containers in the fridge, which a lot of them I have made myself to be allergy friendly and they know not to use them without letting me know or taking precautions to avoid contaminating them with something I can’t have, like getting bread crumbs int my mayo. Also, I have my own cutting board that I don’t allow cheese to be cut on. Put lids on food that is cooking so splatters from other foods can’t get in. Always wipe down counters and appliances including the blades of your can opener or have a separate opener. Cutting down on cross contaminates is vital in making sure everyone stays healthy.
Allergic to Grass.
Now to discuss the issues of cross-contamination a little further, that is where a lot of people don’t do research or are not given proper advice when they find out they have an allergy. For example, I am allergic to grass, but did you know that I shouldn’t eat oranges?? Or if I do I have to watch for signs to see if it will affect me. It’s from cross contamination from or a cross reaction and our bodies’ confusion of what’s what. Our body can’t always tell the difference between two pollen that are similar and this causes the body to react as if we put a foreign thing into it and tries to fight back and protect us. If you are allergic to grass then certain fruits, nuts and veggies will have the same pollen that react like hay fever. It doesn’t mean your body will, only that it is possible it could reject them and tell you not to eat them. You have to be very careful, check to see what foods could do this and then try small amounts to see how your body reacts. A sample of foods that could cause a reaction if you have a grass allergy is:
- Swiss chard
There could be more, but this is just what I have located from various places, including, but not limited to the web searches, doctors and friends. Cooking foods change how your body will react to them as well. So if you have an allergy to tomatoes fresh off the vine, you may have no problem with tomato paste or cooked tomatoes as in homemade spaghetti sauce. But one thing to keep in mind, nuts of any kind and celery will not change no matter what you do to it. If you are allergic to them, you will always have an issue
What could it be
On that note also, some of these foods could be a reaction to a different type of allergy altogether. Say that you purchased fruit and it sat on your counter a few days, it will ripen. Before you can see the mold for
m, the spores start to produce and you could eat that. Meaning you are eating mold spores. So your reaction could be from mold, spores or fungi or could be if the sugar content is high as in oranges, you could suffer from candida/ yeast overload which will cause a reaction in his body to sugar. In the example if you are using a tomato, you would not only have to be concerned with a cross reaction to grass, but also ragweed, candida and mold. So you really wouldn’t be able to tell which category you are allergic to unless you found other foods in the same category or had testing done. So to be absolutely sure what is causing it, you should see an allergist and get tested, and it would also be a good idea to get blood work done to find out if your body is missing out on vitamins and minerals. If you are lacking in nutrients your body can react to outside forces and set your immune system into protection mode. This day and age with all the junk food and processed foods out there, we are not getting all the required nutrients our system requires to be healthy.
There are 11 major allergens but anyone can be allergic to anything. Here is a list of 11 major allergens that can be fatal:
- Tree nut
Elimination diets are fine and will help you narrow down a possible allergen. If you chose to try and figure out what is wrong on your own instead of going to an allergist, I suggest a log to keep track of what you eat, the time of day and how you are feeling before you eat, right after you eat and about an hour after you eat. This way you can see what kinds of foods are bothering you by then comparing meals, days and feelings, see if anything is the same food or contains an ingredient that could be causing you discomfort. Most reactions usually occur in the first hour or less.