Hi I’m Sandi!! 🙂
I am married with two great kids that are each married. I also have at the moment two and a half grandchildren. The third is due in July. 🙂 My eldest granddaughter has pretty much the same food allergies as I do, although she doesn’t have to be so careful with her diet as I do.
I have had environmental allergies all my life. Everyone kept thinking that I had a cold. They even removed my tonsils at the age of five to help things. I went through all the lovely scratch tests and yes in deed, I had allergies! Off and on for years, I had allergy shots.
I was even hospitalized when I was 15, due to “stomach issues”. Because I had also always had migraines,(and they ran in my family) for some reason they said I had stomach migraines. I was told to stay away from or limit certain foods, but surprisingly not the ones I have to avoid today. Never were food allergies talked about or suggested.
Nine years ago my uncle became very sick. They had a hard time figuring out what was attacking him. He was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Again, I had a sign but chose not to look into it.
In the spring of 2010 I ended up with a severe asthma attack with the effects lasting more than three weeks. The doctors said that I was three days away from needing a breathing tube. After being put on far too many medications and inhalers to try to control the symptoms, I was beyond exhausted. A friend sent me to see a wonderful allergy analyst/homeopath in the summer of 2010. The homeopath started testing me for various foods. How can you be allergic to foods, and yet eat them your whole life, I wondered? Low and behold, she told me that I also have food allergies. Some are worse than others.
I avoid wheat/gluten, dairy, refined sugars, and yeast. With the yeast allergy also goes vinegars (other than raw organic apple cider vinegar), as well as cutting my sugars considerably. I have recently also realized(after paying more attention to my body) that I need to avoid peanuts, raw bananas, grapes, dried fruits (although I do put a small amount in some recipes), as well as quite a few alcohols.
At the beginning I had panic attacks wondering what I would be able to eat. Since then I keep studying allergy websites for information and recipes. I have had many recipes that just did not work, but have had much success on others.
The more people I talk to, the more I realize that many people have issues with food. You don’t have to have hives or have your throat swelling to know you can’t eat a food. Whether it’s called an allergy or intolerance, if eating a certain trigger food gives you a negative reaction you may want to avoid it.
Since avoiding my trigger foods I have felt considerably better. My asthma is much better, I have far more energy, my environmental allergy symptoms are not as severe, no more taking tums, my blood work that was keeping me close to needing medication is now completely normal, and the migraines I had constantly are gone.
I love to cook and love to eat and many people keep asking me for my recipes. That is why I have decided to post them. I have gone on many, many wonderful websites for recipes. Sometimes I get inspiration from these sites and use them as a starting point. Other times, I will see a picture of a food, hear of a dish, or get asked by people to make up a specific recipe. Where ever my inspiration comes from I’ll continue to post and give everyone the information I have found…
I hope that you enjoy my recipes! Just know that there are many more people these days that can not eat certain foods. You are not alone!
If you have any questions or comments you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day!!
- What To Do When You Find Out You Have Food Allergies (sandisallergyfreerecipes.net)