Yesterday, I went on a paper cleaning rampage. I actually stumbled across my food allergy results. It has been one year that I have been living a wheat, corn, peanut, sesame seed and walnut free life (for the most part). Crazy how time flies, right?
Looking back at the results, I totally forgot I have a somewhat severe allergy to shrimp. I guess it’s because I don’t eat shrimp, but it’s a good thing to remember if I am going to a seafood restaurant. I also forgot that peanuts and sesame (and scallops) are my worst allergies (after shrimp). It’s no wonder when I’d eat the thinkThin bar and a slab of peanut butter, I’d feel so, so sick that I wanted to pass out. It’s amazing how food can be so dangerous.The mild ones are corn, wheat and walnuts. One interesting thing about corn is that they theory as to why people are developing an allergy is because the majority of corn we eat is a GMO. I wonder, if eating organic corn won’t prompt symptoms. I guess that’s a risky experiment a brave soul would have to try over some period of time.But what about how I am feeling now without eating all these things that I am allergic too? I definitely feel much better. I hardly ever get a migraine (I use to get one every single day), I’m not as bloated, constipated or gassy (TMI?)Sometimes I do struggle with cravings of peanut butter or a nice slice of whole wheat French baguette, but then I force myself to snap out of it and remember how crumby I use to feel.It hasn’t been easy but my new lifestyle has definitely made me feel better in many ways. Now if I can just get rid of this anemia, I’d be a happy camper.
(Oh and I am going somewhere interesting tomorrow… the “One World” conference hosted by AAAI-ISMA!)
Question: How do you deal with your food allergies or any lifestyle change that is permanent?
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