Food allergies can be hard to live with. Between reading every ingredient list at the supermarket and being extra careful at restaurants, eating can get complicated. FitSugar reader Mandygm tells us how life has changed since she first found out she had food allergies on her OnSugar blog Allergy A-Go-Go.
I am watching and listening to the rain fall and wind gust between claps of thunder right now. The power has flickered off a few times now. My first severe allergic reaction occurred in a storm just like this one five years ago. In order to have an allergy to a food, you must eat it or be exposed to it at least once. The day before my first allergic reaction I tried sugar snap peas for the first time. The next day I couldn't stop eating sugar snap peas. I loved them — for a short time. Then my mouth, lips, and throat started to itch. My eyes swelled up and watered like I was sobbing. I was sneezing, and my nose and eyes were really itchy. I started vomiting right when the power went out during the storm. A year later, I was enjoying Ethel M chocolates — the almond coated toffee variety to be exact. My lips swelled up Angelina Jolie-style and my throat was really itchy. Shortly after this, I went to the allergist, and discovered that I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, peas, and environmental allergies I already knew about.