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Old 12-22-2006, 12:42 PM   #31
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Hi! I'm new here, and mostly getting into cooking now -because- of my food allergies and intolerances. I am mildly allergic to dairy (won't kill me, but makes me cough and get congested, plus your standard lactose intolerance symptoms for even the lactose-free stuff), and have intolerances to potato (used in everything, by the way!) and any kind of refined sugar. I used to think the dairy was just an inolerance, but I'm fairly certain it's an allergy now that I've experimented with all the (completely inneffective) lactose aids.

While I will say I would never tell someone I was allergic to something just because I didn't like to eat it, I do generally refer to my dietary restrictions as allergies even though most of them technically aren't. For one, explaining what a food intolerance is gets old. And also, I find that most people really don't take the restrictions seriously unless they hear the word allergy. They say, "oh, a little sugar won't kill you" or "It won't hurt any if I cook this in butter, will it?" And they act as if I'm following a strict diet just to be inconvenient. Strictly speaking, it won't kill me.... but I will suffer for it. So I say allergy and avoid the tummyaches, bloat, and hour-long trips to the bathroom...

(Of course, I also try to be as helpful as I can. I pack my own food when I'm going places, and I keep my mouth shut if I can get away with just eating the salad.)

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:57 PM   #32
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im allergic to sucrose it sucks big time!!

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Old 02-21-2008, 01:32 AM   #33
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Foodwise I'm only allergic to eggs. I am (was?) lactose intollerant, but lately I've been able to handle it. My DH has Celiac's disease and is lactose intollerant and our kids are showing the symptoms of both. It can be very hard explaining the difference between an intollerance and an allergy. Fortunately I am the cook in the family and have been able to prove to our extended families that you can still eat tasty food even when you have to cut out eggs, dairy, and gluten.
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Old 02-21-2008, 02:32 AM   #34
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I am allergic to sulphurs (dried food, white wine/champagne - but not red wine), avocadoes, mangoes, rosemary, gin (and therefore probably juniper berries) and some other food that I can't recall right now. When I developed kidney failure, some things that I was allergic/intollerant to I was able to ingest without problem. Oh and the rosemary allergy only arose post-failure. Since the transplant, the white wine/champagne has returned and the rosemary one hasn't left but I haven't tried anything else yet. According to the dermatlogist testing, I am also allergic to mould (which maybe why I can smell it growing on bread days before it starts to appear), cockroaches (ain't that one a shame!!!), grasses, dust and cats. Figure the cats one can't be that serious or I have cured myself thru over exposure as I have had up to eight cats in the house at one time for over a year and currently have six! A herbalist I also went to said that I was allergic to washing powders that have petrochemicals in them but as I don't use very much of the stuff, I haven't worried about that one too much but when I am in the hospital, I have in the past broken out in rashes from their linen.

As I permanently live on steroids now, I can be a little freer with some of these things as the steroids supress any reaction except severe ones. At least all of my allergies are easily avoided, not like gluten or sugar etc.
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Old 02-21-2008, 05:56 PM   #35
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I'm allergic to peanuts and products.
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Old 02-22-2008, 03:42 AM   #36
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Its must be so hard to have a gluten allergy, it's in so many foods. I do notice many products now advertised as gluten-free. Our big chain grocery store here has a whole section for gluten-free. And I have also come across many food bloggers who are gluten-free and have some fantastic recipes.
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:26 AM   #37
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I am allergic to brinjals, prawns, shrimps and lobsters
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Old 02-24-2008, 04:29 PM   #38
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I'm slightly allergic to corn. By that, I don't mean I get an anaphylactic reaction to corn but if I eat it, then I have to go to the bathroom more frequently. It's a stupid allergy since I love corn...
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Old 02-24-2008, 05:34 PM   #39
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I think I'm slightly allergic to dark chocolate - it makes me sneeze when I eat it. But I don't let that stop me!
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:25 PM   #40
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I think I'm slightly allergic to dark chocolate - it makes me sneeze when I eat it. But I don't let that stop me!
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