Monique’s Story with Allergies

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Monique Nelson

Founder at Choose to Cook
Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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Allergies are such a sensitive topic in regards to health so I want to start by saying first and foremost I AM NOT A DOCTOR. You will see that re-affirmed all over this website and I want to be sure you know, without a shadow of a doubt, that any information or opinions provided here are not ever to be considered as advice from any sort of a professional. Most of my eduction comes from carefully scouring the internet and if you have any indication of any type of food allergy my only recommendation is that you speak to your health care professional. I repeat, I AM NOT A DOCTOR and please do not consider any of the information on this site as medically sound advice.

With that being said, I find allergies fascinating. I happen to have the type of allergies that make me sneeze essentially all year long, but I am lucky enough that I am not aware of any other allergies. I also strongly believe that the best “medicine” for my allergies is a healthy diet. My symptoms decrease so dramatically when I eat healthy foods I rarely even remember I have allergies any more. But it is only permanent in the sense that if I replace my normal fruit and veggie laden diet with a week or so of fast food, the allergies come back with a vengeance! Personally, the success rate and longevity of relief is much better with food choices that I have ever experience with allergy medication.

As a small child I was highly allergic to almost anything that touched my skin. I hardly remember it now, but I could not use any soaps, lotions, or anything. If I came into contact with clothing that was washed with certain detergents I would blow up like a balloon with a terrifically itchy rash and good dose of full-body inflammation. It was rather annoying to me, but I was a tiny child and forgot quickly. I’m sure it was a helluva stress on my poor mom! In any case, I grew out of it. I don’t even remember when it happened, but I assume it was gradual. I just stopped being allergic to stuff. As an adult, there has been ONE specific brand of dryer sheets that the tops of my feet were allergic to. Which is very odd, I know, but it is true. Other than that, I can use any soap, detergent or lotion that I want to. I am very particular, as you’ll learn about me, but I don’t react any longer.

I also found out that I am allergic to Goji Berries. It was an allergy that I developed and it took me a while to figure out what it was caused by, but with each experience with Goji Berries I have gotten progressively worse in my reaction. It started with a slight itch on my upper chest. The next occurrence made my face itchy too. The next time a rash was involved, but it wasn’t red it was just bumpy. The next time it was full body extreme itch and bumpiness. That was the last time I tried because I had finally figured out what the problem was and the reactions were getting exponentially worse each time, so I didn’t really want to find out what would happen next time.

That’s my story. The “Allergy” category of posts will gradually start to talk about the most common food allergies, some of the most controversial allergies, items that make great substitutions for common allergens, and a whole bunch more.

If you suffer from, are worried about, or have overcome any allergies in your lifetime, leave a comment below!

 

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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