The bane of my life.
I get an anaphylactic shock when I eat-
- All fish
- All nuts (except hazelnuts for some strange, but God given reason because Nutella!!)
I have a milder, but just as itchy, not so deadly, allergy to
- Melon – for that matter
- Runner beans
And I sometimes I say pea’s (because they’re just disgusting and I can take liberties)
There are a couple more but I can’t think of them right now.
Do you have any allergies?
Allergies are one of those things, that most people just don’t get, and I’m sure most other allergy ridden people will agree with me when I say how annoying it is when you tell someone you have allergies, and they reply with either
‘oh, i have an allergy to *insert food name here*… i just hate it! its so disgusting’
‘So what about fish/nuts don’t you like?’
JUST MAKES ME WANT TO SCREAM.
An allergy is a negative immune response to a substance that the body has become hypersensitive soon, sometimes, (in my case with fish and nuts) possibly even resulting in death if not treated immediately.
The fear that can be coupled with allergies is one that haunts me in every meal I eat, in every snack I decide to have and, when it comes to dust and cats, every time I go into a new house or room. It is a really plaguing anxiety, that I know I probably won’t be able to get over, because allergies are for life – not just for Christmas. But I try my best to not pay attention to the fear, it does manage to creep in any which way though.
And, although my mum says otherwise – and in a sense I know she is right- Allergies obviously limit our diets, so attempting to get in a healthy diet and all my 5 a day when I can only really eat mangoes and lemons.. and broccoli, is hard!
Especially at university, thankfully I have been blessed with some awesome flatmates who are careful around me with my allergies and I’m so grateful for that! But as we are not in self catered halls, we don’t have an oven or a stove, so cooking the healthy foods, is basically impossible.
In this case, I do try and always get some salad into a meal everyday, cut up some peppers, or something of the sort to help balance my diet out even if minimal!
Another really frustrating thing is that sometimes my friends want to go out for meals… they’ll find a lovely, crazy cool looking restaurant and I’ll be very excited, but I know I’ll have to pre-read the menu, and if it is too overly fish/nut based, but anxiety won’t let me go, even if they have that note at the bottom of the menu saying dishes can be amended… that tiny voice in the back of my head is just shrieking no… and I can really have serious cases of FOMO! It’s a dangerous cycle, because I don’t want to die and have the tiny voice be right, but at the same time, I probably wouldn’t.
I need to stop letting allergies limit me as much as they do, because sometimes even if the ingredients don’t say it contains fish or nuts (my two main *deadly* allergies), if i don’t ‘feel right’, then I won’t touch the food, I won’t even think about it.
If you have allergies, what do you find most annoying about them?
*I’m thinking about doing some posts like around allergies, healthy eating, hair care and skin care products and all that jazz, let me know if that sounds interesting!*