At the start of 2013, I was sick with the flu, and it wouldn’t go away. I went to the doctor’s office, filled out a pink paper that was in the midst of all that fun paperwork, and a week or so later I was diagnosed with allergies to [almost] everything.
It’s now over a year later, and I only have knowledge on where foods come from and what those preservatives inside them really are — like with cheese and chocolate being the same kind of mold that grows in a bathroom.
I eat on a rotation diet, which means I have certain foods every three days. To keep from getting sick, I have to pick and choose which to eat based on what the worst possible outcome will be. I have to analyze everything.
For example, a salad becomes as followed:
- lettuce (borderline)
- cheese (severe)
- milk, lactose (both severe)
- ranch dressing
- milk, lactose, vinegar/molds/yeast
I don’t normally eat breakfast, but when I do, it’s usually sausage.
If I went completely allergy-free, I would have to give up all seasonings, leftover meats (includes but does not limit to lunch meats), and everything that actually tastes good. ;) I’d also have to quit going outside completely, as I’m highly allergic to a lot of the airborne allergens.
Although the shots make my immune system stronger, they’re not ‘fast acting’ — people tell me the average time span it takes to finally set in is three years.
Do you have allergies? How have they changed your life?