Allergies anyone??

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  1. Emm

    Emm Well-Known Member

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    So I’m not really sure if this is the right area to post it but it’s here now...

    I have multiple food anaphylaxis, to like 15 different things and it is literally impossible for other people to cook for me (let alone a huge pain in the arse for them and hella dangerous) but that’s normally okay, I deal with it. I know what will happen if I eat it and it’s neither pretty or fun to go through (adrenaline mainlined however is an incredibly effective weight loss tool, you don’t sleep for a while but your jeans look HOT!!).

    But when it comes to celebratory things like Easter and Christmas and birthdays I’m not okay with being literally the only person who doesn’t get to eat what everyone else has, especially if it’s not my environment and I have no control over who’s doing what within 50 feet of my food (sounds crazy huh? This is the calm version).

    So I was wondering if there’s anyone else here who has anaphylaxis or food allergies and how they cope with it all without going off the deep end every time someone who has eaten bread in the past four hours even so much as looks at their dinner :)


    xx Emm
     
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  2. Moses

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    Oh good lord yes. Me. Riddled with them. I've only undertook the journey this year to find out exactly what they are and it's been...interesting/ challenging/ rewarding/infuriating. I don't have what u have...mostly intolerances which, if continually consumed, increase my interance base...so I become intolerant to more n more things and can start to feel pretty unwell. conversly, the notion is that if I can isolate and stay off all trigger foods for a period of several months, I will grow a new unmolested stomach lining which will b much more robust than the intolerant laden one and I should have a lot less issues when I reinterduce food.

    I started with booze n ciggies. Fine. No colds/ flues or hangovers.

    I went gluten n dairy free this year as well as about 30 other common items like tomatoes, chickpeas, some herbs n veg n beans, citrus, eggs..... U get the gist.Alot. was a total learning curve to get used to and inconvenient socially. But great for sport eneegy wise and lots of symptoms cleared up....things I'd lived with for years. some pesky ones remained tho. Annoyingly the most inconvenient ones which had driven me to undertake the diet in the first place.

    Final step was caffeine ( fine: my sleep is consistently deep and regulated for the first time since I was a kid) and sugar. Sugar was/ is hell. After two months of feeling progressively more unwell due to the change in diet that had to b made to accommodate no/little sugar...I threw the baby out with the bathwater and went back on everything. Radical but I spit the dummy. My body craved normal foods and fats..so I succumbed. I'm two weeks now back on everything cept caffeine, beer n cigs and most of the shite i was eating on the diet...which was mostly what my mum would call 'roughage' and basically observing what's going on with my body to see where to go from here.

    Tis a bit tiresome though. ..the whole business, but I guss I'm glad that I care about myself enough to try n help myself feel the best I can b.
     
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  3. Emm

    Emm Well-Known Member

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    It's exhausting, after every time I have to try working around 1 more thing! But scientifically I can state that even with a complete absence of chocolate for like 5 years I always crave chocolate when I have PMS :)
    Roughage :) god I eat enough roughage to satisfy an army!
     
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    hoo my days, you're one of those people whose allergic to everything?? D: wait have you take that allergy test thing?? I forgot what it is called but its a test to know wht kind of things you're allergic to,

    welp I my self are allergic to alcohol, flower pollen and bullcrap unless I took some magic pill (as in anti-allergic pills thingy not estacy) but its not a severe majour I-cnt-breath type of allergy, its only like a rash around my body here and there

    Usually I just avoid anywhere that has flower in spring and pretty much still drink eventho I'm allergic to it.

    welp I asked my mum about the alcohol allergy thingy, apparently it runs in my family like.. mum has it but she kinda grew out/immune to it now and she told me to try to get like a little sip before goin to sleep everyday at night, see if I can get immune by it.. because thats what she does before (yash this is one of her Asian traditional meds theory)

    I tried it for like a month and it does nothing to me.. so...... the only way for me is just to take the anti-allergic pills thingy if I'm goin to drink.

    xx
     
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    Lol. I fucking hate roughage. Fruit, funnily was the straw that broke the camels back for me with the sugar. I can just shut down the chocolate thing, even though like u, I still crave it sometimes and ogle bars at the checkout. But life without fruit is a slap in the face.

    What kinda things u off?
     
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  6. Emm

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    Yep, I'm the throat-closing, 5 shots of adrenalin, call the ambulance kind of allergic. It's a great way to shutdown a dinner party :)
     
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  7. Emm

    Emm Well-Known Member

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    I'm anaphylactic to wheat, corn, soy, eggs, peanut, walnut, almond, hazelnut (basically no nuts at all), carrot, tomato, coconut (and related drupe fruits), banana, onion (and related like leeks) & paprika,
    corn is the hardest hitting, it wipes out all of the gluten-free products, and I can't have anything that isn't completely specific in their ingredients so if it doesn't say exactly what the spice is or the flavoring is or the oil it's not coming home. So basically anything that's not meat and non-killer veg and rice
     
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    Fuuuuck. Soya Iis a bugger too as that wipes out quorn n other artificial proteins. Do I understand correctly that u r a veggie too, as in u don't eat meat? I'm not allowed eat most fish and though I'm allowed meat, I struggle with it. Bitgross.com

    Urs r fairly far reaching and broad. A total pain in the a by the sounds of it as ur reaction is so severe, so there is no room for mistakes. U always gonna have it or can u heal like me?
     
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  9. Emm

    Emm Well-Known Member

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    I'm always going to have it. My specialist said that eggs could possibly be okay if it was like 1 egg in an entire cake and I had a sliver but then he was like 'wait, with everything else you can't even make a cake, never mind then'. >_<
    no, sorry, I eat meat but mainly chicken and seafood. God no, I'm not game to make mistakes. Last time it took the paramedics 45 minutes to arrive and I literally thought I was going to die. My dad had never seen it all go down and I swear he is still traumatised (finally he stopped asking if I wanted to come over for sandwiches :))
     
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    Oh God, that sounds drastic altogether ;( I don't know what you've a big smily face after the sandwiches, sur you've me traumatized as well with the thoughts of it. It's not so bad if I make mistakes really...it's just a slow slide down to feeling unwell and losing energy, digestive upsets, rashes etc. You are a whole different ball game, but I guess you've got it down now? The routine of it? I found I got into the swing of it after a while, even though if I had to accommodate something new into the diet or take something out, it would take a while to get used to that.

    What do u do re eating out?

    I just stopped mostly. I found it a bit embarrassing in cafes especially if you had to order at the counter cause if I said I was gluten and dairy free they might say...oh we have this sandwich, but there would be a tomato stuck in it etc etc. It made me feel like a awkward health nut or my friends would get all helpful and start calling things out and of course I'd be like 'nope, can't have that...no, not that either...etc etc' and it just drew so much attention to something that I considered a positive change. Now i bring people round for tea, and I can give them nice stuff and I can have something that I can have.

    U alright energy wise for doing sport 'n stuff?
     
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    Emm Well-Known Member

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    Whenever I have to change my diet I'm okay for about 4 days and then I get really frustrated and angry and sad about it all again, it's such a small food variety so cutting something else out can be a major spanner in the works.
    I don't eat out at all, I take my own food and there's a bistro that lets me BYO, or I have people over, luckily I'm a little awesome in the kitchen.
    it's calmed down a bit, it's been about 6 months since my last attack so that's huge progress, initially it was all the time and I lost so much weight I was a size 6 Aus, I'm tall too so I looked skeletal. One of my friends dads asked me if I had turned anorexic (when I look at photos I can see why!!). Now I'm beginning to heal a bit I'm gaining back weight and
    I've just started getting back into working out and it's slow progress, my body does whatever it wants and I can't force it to behave but as long as it doesn't kill me I'm good with that
     
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    Gosh that's really awful Emm! I'm allergic as well but thankfully not to food groups but rather certain medicines. The two worst are morphine and penicillin. Mostly the former as I'm a bit accident prone. Although it sucked when i had my appendix out. Paracetamol just doesn't quite cut the mustard.
    I wonder can you order special food online that tells you what exactly is in it? Or do you just prefer to cook everything from scratch so you know for sure? You have my eternal sympathy and respect for finding a way to manage your allergies!
     
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  13. Emm

    Emm Well-Known Member

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    Having an appendix out without morphine? You must have superhuman levels of pain tolerance, there's no way panadol would even taken the edge off that!
    I cook everything from scratch, I'm like a stepford wife crossed with a mad scientist. If I'm left alone for too long I get creative and it looks like I unleashed a demon in the kitchen
     
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