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5/10/14 4:06 P

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Hey everybody,
I'm new to sparkpeople and new to this forum. What I am certainly not new to is food allergies and intolerances.

When I was a child many foods would make me sick but I never knew why, I always assumed I was picky and just didn't like a many foods. Then when I was in high school my family realized that I have the same onion allergy as my dad (and my 3 siblings.) I went on through college being sick digestively many times a week, and often many times a day. It wasn't until October of 2012, three years after college, when my food reactions got more varied and more extreme that my doctor suggested I get allergy testing.

After a basic scratch test, the allergist came back into the exam room, noticed how ginormous the welts were on my back that she exclaimed "oh my god, are you ok?!?" I was allergic to even more foods than I realized. Here is my current list:
Any type of nut
Shellfish
Soy
Onions, chives, leeks (all alliums)
Garlic
All peppers (red, green, banana, etc)
Watermelon
Cucumber
Honeydew
I also have occasional oral allergy syndrome (mostly apples, bananas, lettuces and carrots)

I have struggled with my weight for all of my teen and adult years, finally getting to a happy weight before my wedding in 2012 before gaining 20 or so pounds in the following year. I have recently realized that due to my allergies I have to be so restricted in what I can eat that I often over-indulge on my "safe" foods. Then I get upset, make super strict food rules, abide by them for a few days or weeks before over-indulging again.

I'm hoping that I can find a balance and break my up and down cycle and learn some new tips on avoiding my allergens.

Nice to meet all of you!

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