After adopting our little furbaby, I called my ENT to help manage my allergies. He agreed to manage them with allergy drops if I did allergy testing and scolded me for adopting such a large furry dog. The last part went in one ear and out the other.
It did not take much convincing to do the blood allergy test because I hate the skin test. Then one afternoon in October 2013 I received a phone call from my doctors office and my blood allergy testing results were ready. The environmental allergens have not changed since I was first tested around 5 years old. But the food allergy results shocked me! I was allergic to:
- Coconut (that came later)
As I sat looking at that list, I was in complete denial. Peanuts! No way. Not me! I proceeded to slather peanut butter on my rice cake. And then I waited. My throat did feel funny! Wait, my throat was never supposed to tingle like that when I ate kiwi?
I went through and at times repeat the grieving stages according to a WebMD article.
It has been almost 6 year and now mostly I respond to comments about my food with “I have many food allergies and they are a blessing and a curse. I never feel obligated to eat the office junk food but then I could never eat the office junk food.”
I guess you could say being forced to change your whole diet, how you food shop, and what you order at restaurants around 30 years old was literally and figuratively life changing.
My meals and snacks are now 100% clean with a side of paleo since I found that my body cannot handle grains. This is also after a stint of being vegan, which helped calm my body down from all of the inflammation from a life long binge peanut butter eater.
Thanks to our little furbaby for literally saving my life and leading me to a clean and healthy diet! And my doctor for deciding to look a little deeper at my allergies and claims to being lactose intolerant.