What I’m Allergic To (Short Version)

I can’t possibly list all the foods and spices and flavorings I react to, but believe me when I say there are few recipes or restaurant meals I don’t have to modify. Add celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis (allergic esophagus) to the mix, and you get one girl who struggles to find something to eat. Unfortunately, my weight doesn’t represent how little I can eat!

Below is the short list. If you want to read the story of my diagnosis, go to PeanutAllergy.com:  Diagnosed with Multiple Food Allergies as an Adult: Amy’s Story.

In addition to gluten because I have celiac disease, I react the most to:

  • asparagus
  • capers
  • cashews
  • corn (I can tolerate small amounts)
  • dairy
  • guar flour
  • kefir
  • nutmeg
  • pineapple
  • rennet
  • soy
  • vanilla
  • yeast

22 thoughts on “What I’m Allergic To (Short Version)

  1. Love hearing about someone else with not just the typical nuts allergies. I totally understand what you are going through! I am anaphylactic to cashews, pineapples, coconuts and strawberries. Every day is a challenge of getting people to believe the severity of my not so common allergens! Lovely blog!!


    • Thanks for following! 🙂 It’s nice to meet others who understand. I know what you mean about people not taking weird allergies seriously…. they just look at you as if you’re making it all up. Stay in touch!


  2. Im also allergic to some weird stuff!
    Black pepper
    Whole wheat
    Vitamin D
    The Sun
    So far thats what Ive come up with so far.
    The Worst one is Vitamin D and the Sun.


  3. I just found you and can’t wait to read al your blog entries! I’m allergic/sensitive to gluten, corn, dairy, soy, peanuts, and ginger. Add in a LOT of skin contact allergies (elastic….who is allergic to elastic??). My current challenge is finding corn free medications.


  4. Nice to meet you @asucculentblog and I just found you on twitter, too! We do have a lot in common. I’ve noticed I’m starting to react a little to peanuts and cashews. Drats. A lot of us with soy allergies have trouble with peanuts, so I’m not all that surprised. Thanks for getting in touch and I look forward to connecting with you more.


  5. lilmom says:

    My multiple allergies include
    honey dew
    green, orange,yellow, red pepper
    and they told me I’m also allergic to 20 others but for now I may eat them so I still have something to eat!
    Anybody have a butter/ margarine for those allergic to dairy/soy/coconut/sunflower?
    I make clarified butter/ ghee–at least it tastes good!
    Also looking for a way to bake a decent bread.

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    • I use Earth Balance Soy-free Buttery Spread. It does have a tiny bit of corn, but I don’t seem to react. I don’t see corn on your list. Oh wait it has sunflower lecithin. Damn! Sorry.
      I found a new mayo at Costco called “Just Mayo” that I don’t think has any of your allergens. For corn-allergic folks, the food starch is derived from corn, but again has a teensy bit according to the company. I plan to research more.
      Have you looked through Cybele Pascal’s cooking books for ideas for bread and butter?


  6. Wendy says:

    My friend sent me a link to your blog, as she thought of me when she read it.
    I’m anaphylactic to peanuts, walnuts, dairy products, beef, cayenne pepper, black pepper and wheat. I am allergic to pumpkin,prawns, tree nuts, peas, kiwi fruit, potato, celery, fragrances, dust mites, pollens, paint, gas, and more!


  7. Just stumbled upon your site, and so glad I did. I have been visiting an allergist and trying to figure out what im allergic to. My face, neck and back have been getting a rash that won’t go away and we cannot figure out what it is. So far, shellfish and nickel, but nothing that can really explain my rash 😦 I just keep hoping I will figure it out one day. Been to two allergists but they haven’t been able to help much. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


    • Welcome! Sorry to hear about your unexplainable rash. How frustrating. I’m actually doing a lot of research now on skin/cosmetic products to write a post because I’m having a similar problem. Was thinking something I’m putting on my skin is causing me to react. Honestly, allergists haven’t helped me either, nor the dermatologist. Do you think you might be gluten intolerant?


  8. Lacy Kincy says:

    My son is allergic to:
    milk protein
    shell fish
    pn tn
    all meats
    and that’s our short version. I don’t know what to do anymore. I spend my days trying to find things he’s willing to try as he is only 3. We are searching for a pediatric allergist that deals primarily with children but it’s increasingly difficult. He can have bananas and sweet or regular potatoes but not everyday or his throat gets itchy he starts clicking i whip out the benadryl and he ends up on the nebulizer 2-3Times that day. I’m at my whits end as I have 4 children total and he’s my allergy guy. He had an Ana issue in October and since then it’s been slim and slimmer pickins. I have no oil to use at the moment which sucks we’re lucky he can tolerate the salt. I think whole foods and trader Joe’s should just take my paycheck now and forever. But thx for letting me know he’s not alone!


  9. I react to wheat/gluten (which I believe to be a true IgE food allergy), vinegar, guar gum, and flaxseed. I noticed guar flour, which I’ve never heard of, in your list and am wondering if you have problems with guar gum as well. It’s aggravating that it’s in so many products, particularly dairy products, but I haven’t had too much trouble finding alternatives without it. I have the most trouble with ice cream and whipped cream. Turkey Hill Natural is the only brand of ice cream I’ve been able to find so far without it, and all the whipped cream brands at the store that I’ve seen contain it. I make my own whipped cream when I need it for recipes.


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