Allergies Are Complicated!

So often, people without food allergies (and sometimes even those of us dealing with food allergies) tend to think that you can only be allergic to certain things.  Or that you CAN’T be allergic to certain things.  This is not true.  Of course there are the eight major allergens that are perhaps more common- or at least most commonly diagnosed.  These are peanut, tree nut, egg, dairy, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.  But you can develop allergies to any food, even “superfoods” like blueberries, coconut, and dates.  After discovering a food allergy, it’s common to get into a rut with a restricted diet, finding yourself serving the same foods over and over to replace all the foods you or your loved ones can’t eat.  Sometimes we try to avoid all of the common allergens “just to be safe”, and further restrict our diet. The problem is, it’s easy for your body to develop new allergies and sensitivities to the foods you’ve been eating regularly.  I have seen this in my kids, friends, and family.  This is an excellent article sharing one woman’s experiences in this area.  I totally agree that you must do what works for you at this time, not worrying about what works for someone else or even what worked for you in the past.  An allergen for one person may be just what another person needs.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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