“Hi Courtney. Welcome to food skin allergy testing. We’re going to prick you with all of these needles today, ok?”
Luckily, this round of allergy testing only involved the tiny prick needles on my forearms, rather than having the big needles injected into my upper arms. It really wasn’t painful at all, and thankfully they had a TV in the room so I could watch a little Food Network while I waited for my 15 minutes.
After the 15 minutes were up, here’s a look at the ‘ol battlefield…
Definitely not as bad as last time…
Round 1: Round 2:
…but still not great results.
Basically, I don’t have a full-out allergy to any particular food, but I do have a handful of things that I tested positive for:
- chili pepper
- lactalbumin (a whey protein found in cow’s milk – which proves my hunch on the whey protein powder)
And then, are you ready for these two…?
I nearly fell out of my chair when the doctor told me that. I think I’m still in shock and it hasn’t quite sunk in. I mean, really…a life without OATMEAL?!? What the heck is a girl to do?!?!?!
What I did find interesting, however, is that many of the things I tested positive for above can be directly correlated to my high allergy to pollens and molds. Apparently, there are certain foods that the body will identify as pollens and molds, hence the reason I could be getting a reaction. For example, my reaction to various tree nuts could be due, in part, to various cross pollinations.
(Hopefully that makes sense…I tried to take in as much info from the doc as I could!)
I had already been contemplating immunotherapy (weekly allergy shots) to try to help my environmental allergies, but the doctor said that it’s possible that the shots could also help my sensitivity to the foods as well. I’m hoping to set up the immunotherapy sessions ASAP!
So, for now, I intend to try to eliminate anything from the above list from my diet to see how I feel.
However, that will have to start tomorrow, seeing as though I immediately picked up a skinny caramel macchiato from Starbucks after my appointment this afternoon…
Enough allergy talk…let’s move on to dinner!
I’d been looking forward to cooking up this stellar Potato-Corn Chowder all day!
Yum!! This was another Cooking for Two recipe that I found on Pillsbury’s website. It was really simple to make, and the flavor was fantastic!
And, the nutrition facts aren’t too shabby either! You can click here to check out the recipe.
Definitely keeping this one in the recipe binder!
Gotta run tonight…I have a batch of cupcakes that need finishing up!
Oh yeah, and I have to figure out what in the world I’m going to eat tomorrow!
Question for the Evening:
What is one food you would never be able to live without?