Getting to the bottom of allergies

Result to an allergy test
Result to an allergy test

I recently had an allergy test done at my local skin specialist because my eczema started to become unbearable. I’ve suffered from this skin condition since I was a little girl, but finally decided to get to the bottom of it and try to avoid it or perhaps control the situation.

I had around 40 allergens tested on my skin from a basic scratch test. Don’t worry; it doesn’t hurt at all. However, it leaves your skin itchy and irritable, especially when you have a reaction to one or more of the allergens. With my situation, I reacted to around 14 allergens, which caused an outburst of itchiness that made me fidget and teary.

Finally, the test showed that I am allergic to practically everything. However, my biggest allergies are MSG, preservatives, gluten, sulphites and chemicals, which in short, means all the yummy food have to leave.

It broke my heart. I decided that avoiding everything was pointless as I grew up on these foods and it’s not life threatening. If I want to decrease my eczema and promote healthy skin for my body, I need to find out exactly what is causing the outbreak. It could be as simple as one ingredient or preservative.

Getting creative with simple foods
Getting creative with simple foods

For the last week and a half, I have avoided gluten, MSG, preservatives, chemicals and sulphites. Everything that I ate in my first gym diet has changed and unfortunately it has become boring and dull. I haven’t been able to eat oats, pizza bases, cheese, pasta, strawberries, jelly and many other yummy foods that I usually fitted into my flexible diet.

As of recent, I found that pumpkin could be the possible cause for my eczema because when I touch it I become itchy, and it triggers my eczema. After avoiding pumpkin for two days now, I haven’t had much of an itch.

It’s a long and painful process finding out what causes my eczema, but I’m on the right track now. It’s time-consuming, and I know that it will benefit me in the long run.

So, what exactly have I been eating in the last week and a half?

Jasmine rice, WPI protein, honey and chia seeds
Jasmine rice, WPI protein, honey and chia seeds

It’s not very exciting. Every day I am eating the same thing.

  • Breakfast: Frozen banana, WPI protein, and water in my NutriBullet.
  • Pre-workout
  • Post-workout: Jasmine rice, honey, WPI protein, chia seeds
  • Lunch: Eggs, vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower
  • Dinner: Skinless chicken breast, chicken stock, zucchini, green beans
  • Snack: Dates, almonds

I suppose it’s lucky that I don’t have an allergy to nuts. Otherwise, my diet would be harder work, not to mention the seriousness of a nut allergy and the risk of dying from a reaction.

I’ve started to become a lot more creative with my foods now that I’m a flexible dieter, but it’s also a pain having to read the backs of labels and understand exactly what I am feeding my body.

 

 

4 thoughts on “Getting to the bottom of allergies

  1. Love how you’re being creative with food! My friend suffered from allergies before until he started taking this antioxidant that comes in a purple bottle, forgot the name of it. But he got so much better, his immune system improved and now can eat seafood (which was what he was allergic to). I hope you’re not allergic to seafood! That would just be horrible

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