Allergy Testing

I went to ‘In The Clear – Allergy Centre’ in Tunbridge Wells yesterday to see if I have any allergies that could be creating the rash that has flared up twice recently.  I was initially very sceptical because much as I embrace a holistic and alternative range of health therapies, I do like some science behind them.  I was expecting to give blood or have patches put on my skin to look for  sensitivities.  However, this clinic uses a technique of holding substances to your cheek and seeing if there is a muscle response.  Despite my initial scepticism, I walked out of there impressed.  I know I have some allergies and they were picked up (cats and grass pollen) even though I didn’t mention them.  Plus I was reminded of one I had forgotten about (feathers) and several new ones were identified: hazelnuts, macadamias, lemon and yeast.  I had guessed lemon and macadamia but was surprised by the others.  I was also advised to cut out dairy (done) and coffee (no way!).

I had been having a lot of lemon this year because I was squeezing it in to water first thing every morning and adding lemon to a jug of water I kept in the fridge.  Both new things in my effort to be healthier this year whereas I wouldn’t usually have eaten much lemon.  I had given up dairy so was looking for alternatives and one of them was macadamia nut mylk which I was really enjoying.  No longer though.  I was also adding nutritional yeast to dishes to add a cheesey flavour as recommended by vegan Instagram sites I follow. So I was consuming more of all 3 then I would usually.  In small quantities I had tolerated them but not in the increased quantities I was consuming them in this year.

I rarely eat hazelnuts so unless I have a ganache or Nutella, I wouldn’t eat them so hazelnuts should be easy to resist.

I also realised my duvet is a feather one and about a month ago I bought new pillows – feather ones!  So they are now all stored away and all my bed linen is washed and feather free.

I feel relieved that I know that I have allergies which explain the rash.  It is a relief to know what they are so I can avoid them.  I am grateful to all my friends who suggested various illnesses I may have and provided information but I really do think the food allergies and the feathers created the rash and I have suffered the double whammy of catching the appalling sore throat and cough that is doing the rounds at work.

I still feel far below par but slightly better today than recently and the rash is going but only slowly.  My sore throat is feeling a bit better so I think it is on its way out.  I at least feel confident that I can recover and if I avoid certain foods, avoid the rash coming back.

When I got back from the Allergy Centre I made a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.  I really wanted some orange juice but because I was worried about citrus fruits triggering the rash, I had not made any but apparently I am ok with limes and oranges, just not lemons.

I really wanted to juice these !oranges for juicing I loved this and so did Harvey as I didn’t juice all those oranges just for juice freshly squeezed

For 2 days this week I have felt extremely ill with my cold so I have not eaten as well as I should have done.  It has not all been bad.

Food For Thought 19-3-15 On Tuesday I bought this delicious trio of salads from Food For Thought.FFT salad 17-3-15 I enjoyed the salad with a delicious vegetable goulash.FFT goulash Today I went out for lunch to an Indian restaurant called Imli Street on Wardour Street, Soho, London.  I liked the minimal industrial style decor.Inside Imli Street I went with my team from work – it was fun to go out lunch The menu was very interesting.  They also did a set menu and a Thali menu.Imli Street restaurant I chose the tandoori roti (unleavened bread so no yeast), dal makhini (a slow cooked black lentil dish, delicious but it had dairy in it) and smoked aubergine (tandoor-smoked aubergine with ginger and burnt chilli).  It was all very tasty.lunch 19-3-15 Supper tonight was easy – I reheated a portion of the vegetable coconut curry we made on Sunday.coconut curry

I am worried about the scales this week.  I have not gone crazy but I have eaten too many calories each day and definitely too much fat.  I have also been very inactive as I have felt too ill to do much and I have spent far more time than usual on the sofa or in bed.  The scales will tell in the morning!

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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1 Response to Allergy Testing

  1. laura1952 says:

    I think it is amazing how allergies can just pop into our lives and turn upside down. At least you have an idea closer to no idea of what caused this last rash. I guess you will have to start your day with lime juice instead of lemon juice. Weird you can have one and not the other though. We are all unique individuals. Good luck and I am glad you were pleased with what you were told, so it wasn’t a feeling of wasted time.

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