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: www.eatingrules.com/octo
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!