Yep. The food that I most didn’t want to be allergic to turned out to be the one that I am most allergic to! It’s not that I love eggs really, although I do like them. I mostly didn’t want to be allergic to them because they are a good meat-free source of protein for breakfast (I just can’t face a slab of dead animal in the morning) and they’re in everything, which makes being allergic to them very, very inconvenient.
I am also very allergic to almonds, which is another thing I was eating frequently. I love almond butter and almond flour is one of my favorite baking ingredients. Or, was. Almonds, along with eggs, must go.
I also discovered I am moderately allergic to sugar cane, bananas and pineapple and mildly allergic to soy, spelt, hazelnuts and walnuts. All of these surprise me, except sugar cane and hazelnuts. I suspected I had issues with those.
I am not allergic to chocolate but I may as well be because it always has sugar in it.
It could be worse but eating and cooking, both of which were a major pain in the ass before discovering these allergies, will now be even more of a challenge. I will have to make my own sugar-free ketchup. All the crock pot dishes that use soy are now out. Anything that anyone else makes: out. Eating out: pretty much out. The occasional treat out: out. I see lots of cooking in my future. 😦
That is, if I have a future. My cholesterol profile is still a mess. My triglycerides are through the roof, my good cholesterol is low and now my platelets are up again, which indicates my blood is getting thick and clumpy again. My big, bad family history of heart disease has its hooks into me and doesn’t want to let go.
Also, my liver count is up again after being better for several years. Looks like my body is up to its old tricks, whatever those are. And because of my vampire-like tendency to avoid the hot summer sun, my vitamin D is still low, despite taking supplements.
The good news is that my ANA test came back negative so my morphea hasn’t morphed into a full-blown autoimmune disease and I do not yet have any other autoimmune diseases. And my iron level is back up to normal.
I must go now, to search for egg, almond and etc-free recipes and to contemplate a Christmas without peppermint. Because peppermint, like chocolate, is always paired with sugar. But, hey, I still get oranges and I’m grateful for that!