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Food allergy and October Unprocessed

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This week something absolutely new happened to me. Something unpleasant.
In my 31 years of eating (often quite adventurously) I have never experienced a food allergy. I count myself to be very fortunate to be blessed with good health (rarely get colds, no allergies) my whole life. The main times I have had to see doctors has been for injuries (I was not similarly blessed with balance and lack of klutziness)
But this week, that may have changed. On Thursday morning I had some oatmeal and a banana as a late breakfast, and had some tea with milk. I stopped in to visit a friend and her grandma brought us snacks to eat. I hadn't eaten much that day, so I ate both the homemade pudding and the package of shrimp chips. Later that day, I noticed that my skin was kind of splotchy. At first I wasn't sure what it was, then I was convinced it was a late-onset sunburn (I'd been swimming in the outdoor pool on Tuesday). Friends suggested it was an allergic reaction but I dismissed it saying I wasn't allergic to anything. By Friday afternoon there were a lot of red, swollen, itchy patches on my face and neck and I decided to go to the doctor. He asked if I had eaten anything processed, and I recalled the shrimp chips. I can't be sure, but I suspect that was the culprit. I eat seafood often and have never had a problem with shrimp, but the doctor actually suggested it could have been a chemical in the chips. It's improved a lot with antihistamines but still quite itchy today (Sunday) and I feel somewhat bewildered and nervous. Am I going to have adult-onset allergies?
Well, there may be nothing I can do about that, but I did stumble across this website that issues a challenge:
For the month of October eat unprocessed foods either prepared by yourself or in a way that you could prepare on your own, meaning you can actually identify all the ingredients as REAL food. I don't know how I'll do but after this allergy scare, I'm willing to give it a try!
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1BEACHWALKER 10/14/2013 8:19PM

    How you could eat shrimp chips in the first place is beyond me! Yuck! It may be the MSG (Monosodium glutamate) -it is in a lot of those types of chips.... It is in soups too. My Mom has a bad allergy to it, gets sick immediately. I avoid it- I look for it in all ingredients...It is sodium foor enhancer as well as preservative in processed foods. Chinese restaurants are famous four using it. You could go to an allergy specialist and be tested for different foods...list the ones that you ate that day and mention the MSG too. That would help put your mind at ease, I would think.
Glad you are ok. Be careful! Sounds like you have a good plan in motion!

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EMPRESSAMQ 9/29/2013 5:56AM

    Yea, it is a chemical jungle out there in the processed food universe. Glad you are okay! emoticon

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PATSYB7 9/29/2013 5:52AM

    You are very lucky. I have been avoiding processed foods so now when I eat them, I don't feel well. Funny how those used to be my comfort foods.

Glad you're okay!

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PICKIE98 9/29/2013 5:33AM

    Wow! Were you able to get the bag that the shrimp cam in so you can make a list of ingredients?? You are lucky you did not have breathing problems. It is not YOU that changed, it is the crap they put in our foods.
So now you have homework to do when you shop!!

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