Healthy and Sane

Are you allergic?

May 12th, 2010 · 40 Comments · breakfast, salad, snacks

Thank you all for your comments on my last post. Sounds like all of us have a tendency to compare our food choices to others, some of us are just more guilty about those food choices affecting our own and maybe even our moods. Great discussion! :)

So today I thought I’d post about something a little lighter. I was talking to a girl in my photography class last week and she mentioned that she has an egg allergy and was wondering if I had any baked good recipes that do not include eggs. She said she wasn’t big on sweets but once in a while she’d love a piece of chocolate cake and can never really have one because eggs are always present. Of course I suggested subbing a “flax egg” for regular eggs when baking. In fact my new eat, drink & be vegan cookbook has a whole section on vegan egg substitutes. I’m bringing it over to class today to show her. 😀

I find that it’s become such a norm to hear about food (or other) allergies. I am not allergic to anything, although my onion hatred is so strong, it’s almost an allergy. 😉 Adam is allergic to small animals and pollen. We can never have pets as a result. :( Now is your turn – are you allergic to anything? How does it impact your life?


Fitness bread, low fat cream cheese, wild lox, dill and grape toms

I went back for another lox piece after this photo was taken. Yummy :)


Summer salad: mixed greens, fresh organic strawberries, dried figs, roasted chicken, feta and almond slivers, dressed in strawberry balsamic vinegar and 1t basil EVOO

Crazy delicious. I am impatiently waiting for strawberry season in Boston (these were purchased by my parents)!!


Shannon let popchips people know that I may enjoy some chips in my life. Thank you, Shannon and thank you popchips!

These guys are so airy!!

I thought I’d find them to be too airy, you know, like I’m eating flavored nothing, but they actually taste like real potato chips without the grease factor. So yes, I did in fact enjoy a taste of the cheddar potato kind (like the texture but I’m not big on cheese-flavored things – give me real cheese instead 😆 ) but the sea salt & vinegar guys were right up my alley. I had almost a whole baggie as my mid-afternoon snack (it’s 100 calories/bag). The rules say eating a whole bag is allowed. 😀

Rocky road bar


Korean bbq ravioli with spinach, peas and Korean carrots

This was a little too meaty for my taste but Adam enjoyed this. Shocker. 😉

Happy hump day! I’m going to learn about white balance in photography class. Very exciting. Comment on your allergy situation, please. I’m nosy so I want to know! :mrgreen:

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40 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Maria

    Have fun at class! I am not allergic to anything but my hubs is allergic to nuts which I love. Makes it hard sometimes:(

  • #2 - Husband Adam

    Did you just make up that I have a pollen allergy!? As far as I know, its just small fluffy animals :)

  • #3 - Elina

    I thought you were! Oops. 😳

  • #4 - Mellissa

    I am VERY allergic to cream cheese, you would be surprised what they put it in and I always have to ask about any dessert.

  • #5 - DessertForTwo

    Can I challenge you to eat more cruciferous veggies? Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. :)

  • #6 - Evan Thomas

    I can’t tolerate gluten. I’m not sure if it’s an allergy or what. I hope to get tested soon to find out

  • #7 - Cara

    no allergies here to speak of either! I agree, it’s a wonderful thing :)

  • #8 -

    k first of all that salad is seriously crazy yummy looking. and dont even get me started on the rocky road bar. lol. but yea im allergic to dairy and wheat and gluten. SO ANNOYING! i lived on mcdonalds mcflurries as a kid so u can imagine my horror when i cant even have organic versions. ive been known on occassion to take lactose enzymes just to tolerate some tho. but theres no enzyme for wheat and this is the worst. i have to be SO careful.. even soy sauce i cant have cuz of the wheat in it! other than that.. im okay.. but ive been reacting to salmon lately..not tuna..just salmon..weirdddd

  • #9 - Adrienne

    Evan, if you’ve got Celiac disease, it’s an auto-immune disorder, not an allergy. Check out, it’s the best gluten free blog out there!

    I’ve got a lactose intolerance that is mostly just annoying because I’m such a huge fan of CHEESE@

  • #10 - Adrienne

    AAAAAAAND I hit submit too soon. What I meant to say was: I can take an enzyme pill that helps me digest lactose, so I do eat cheese occasionally. I miss milk, but it’s not that bad.

  • #11 - Christina @ Bon Appetit Beantown

    I’m allergic to dust mites & cats. I’ve never been a huge fan of cats to be honest, but the allergy makes being around them worse – can be a pain when I want to hang w/ friends that own them :(.

  • #12 - Matt

    I am mildly lactose intolerant. I can handle small amounts of dairy, but pizza and ice cream REALLY set me off.

  • #13 - shelly

    I don’t have any food allergies but I am allergic to dust, mold, pollen, and animals (which doesn’t stop me from having 2 cats and 2 dogs in my house- I find that I’ve acclimated to my pets for the most part, but other cats and dogs still set me off).
    My biggest problem though is with skin allergies! I have eczema but also break out in hives from all sorts of stuff- sunscreen, fabric softener, dryer sheets, fragrances in soaps, lotions, and cosmetics (Jergens Cherry Almond Lotion breaks my heart- smells like heaven, feels like battery acid), etc…
    It’s really only a problem when I’m trying out a new product (I can never remember which face lotion works for me and which covers my face in zits and welts until it’s too late b/c I forget to take my old bottle to the store with me), and for some reason I’ll finally find a sunscreen I can wear, only to find a year later that I’m suddenly allergic to it as well (I’m going to get some burt’s bee and try it soon). Oh and when I go to someone’s house and have to use their towels- I run a good risk of having a reaction to whatever they wash their clothes with.

  • #14 - Tiffany

    I have a raw tomato and coconut intolerance. It’s easy to avoid tomatoes, but it makes snacking on sweets tricky, because so many sweets use coconut oil.

  • #15 - christina

    where in the world did you find korean ravioli? that sounds like a dream in my mouth. i got some pop chips too!!! i’ve only tried the salt & vinegar flavor so far. they were nice and light.

  • #17 - Sarah

    i have bad seasonal allergies and i am very allergic to cats…good thing i am not a fan!

    i also recently found out (self diagnosis ha) i am allergic to scallops which means all shellfish probabaly. i only really ever eat shrimp as far as seafood goes which googling tells me are not shellfish but crustaceans so i am guessing that is why i have never noticed this before! guess i am lucky i don’t really like any shellfish!

  • #18 - Annie

    Luckily, I am not allergic to any food. However, I am allergic to trees, grass, pollen, mold, dust, and fur. I got to start allergy shots at age 7 (two shots a week twice a week for a year, then weening off). My last shot was Junior year of college. I can probably have a cat, but it requires lots of brushing, vacuuming and hand-washing. Also, I found out the hard way that pancake mix that is past its prime can carry a certain type of mold that is bad news. Totally ruined my fourth of July a few years back.

  • #19 - She-Fit

    I am allergic to almost everything. . . peanut butter, refried beans, dairy, chocolate, egg yokes… the favorites. Although I tend to be able to eat them when they are cooked into foods. Weird… I know!

  • #20 - sonia @ master of her romaine

    I’m allergic to avocados! It is sooo sad because I love guacamole and anything avocado in general. I did not used to be allergic- but the allergy developed about 3 years ago :(
    I get a horrible stomach ache when I eat them and my stomach bloats up so much that I look pregnant!

  • #21 - Kelly

    I was going to ask about the ravioli too. I was hoping you had made them so I could sneak the recipe off of you. I’m not allergic to anything that I know of. However, I do get seriously flushed in the chest whenever I have even the slightest bit of wine. Because of that I often wear high necked tops if I know there is going to be drinking involved. :-)

  • #22 - One Healthy Apple

    I’m not allergic to anything anymore, but I was extremely allergic to kale when I was little. Bizarre, right?

    I love that fitness bread- it kinda reminds me of Russian bread.

  • #23 - Claire

    I am allergic to dairy or at least intolerant. It is a good thing I am vegan I guess because I couldn’t care less about not having it. I love almond milk more than milk. I sometimes feel that I may have a slight intolerance for wheat as well as I have written on my blog. I definitely use the flax egg and love it!

  • #24 - Kerstin

    I’ve got to get to Dave’s Fresh pasta – those ravioli look so tasty! I’m very happy neither A or myself have any food allergies!

  • #25 - leslie

    Thanks so very much for visiting my blog and commenting my My delicious tea sandwiches!
    You have a very tasty(and healthy) blog here!!!

  • #26 - Meredith (Pursuing Balance)

    I’m not allergic to anything, but my stepfather had tons of allergies when we were growing up. As soon as I moved out I started buying the scented laundry detergent, scented dryer sheets, and scented candles!

  • #27 - runeatrepeat3

    No allergies here. For some reason lox always reminds me of sushi and I can’t get myself to do the raw fish thing as much as I love salmon. Wait, is lox cooked?

  • #28 - Elina

    Hehe – runeatrepeat – yup, it’s smoked salmon :)

  • #29 - Naomi (onefitfoodie)

    i LOOOVe sushi and i also LOOOVE strawberry season in boston the best is strawberry picking!! so many farms out near concord etc that are delicious!!!
    i STILL havent tried pop chips!!

  • #30 - Lauren

    I don’t have any allergies. That I know about…

    I’m working my way through my own package of Popchips – love ’em! So sweet of Shannon to think of us :).

    Your salad looks delectable. I CAN’T WAIT for berries to be in season here – I’m seeing them all over the blogosphere and have been battling a serious craving for sweet & juicy summer fruit!

  • #31 - Katherine

    “I’m allergic to broccoli” – me: age 4

    now I eat 2 lbs of broccoli in a week. who knew. maybe you’ll grow out of your allergies…

  • #32 - Rachael

    Super allergic to dairy, which means I can’t eat half the stuff I cook :( – I defer to the masses at my house when I make meals. The allergy hit when I was 24, after I was given a massive (mis)dose of antibiotics in Africa to deal with a parasite. Au revoir, good bacteria! Supposedly,someday I’ll be able to digest the stuff again…

  • #33 - maria @ Chasing the Now

    Pollen and dust are the only non-food allergies I am aware I have. Pineapple and kiwi are almost impossible for me to eat. They give me horrible stomach pains. Strangely enough this wasn’t a problem except in the last 2 or so years.

  • #34 - Ashley

    I don’t think they can be considered allergies, but I have a lot of food intolerances. I have rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease). I’m only 29 and like to stay relatively active so I turned to my diet to help alleviate my symptoms. I have eliminated gluten, eggs, dairy, corn and peanuts from my diet because they make my symptoms really flare up. I feel so much better when I don’t eat them that I don’t really miss them.

  • #35 - highonhealthy

    I’m not really allergic to anything.. that I’m aware of. I know for sure that I’m lactose intolerant though and I have a feeling I’m slightly allergic to something else I’m eating but I have yet to figure out what it is. It’s possible that it’s gluten but I’m REALLY hoping that it’s not.

  • #36 - Shannon

    I have a gluten intolerance so I eat as little as possible. But I sure do miss bog doughy slices of bread!

  • #37 - Jessie

    I’m not allergic to anything (luckily), but I have as strong an aversion to celery as you do to onions. I’ve never tried the flax and water trick! Good to know!

    BTW, I totally giggled at Husband Adam’s comment above 😛

  • #38 - Di

    I used to think I was allergic to Cheez-its because I coincidentally broke out in hives the same day I ate ONE in kindergarden. After eating box upon box in college I realized that wasn’t the case. I should’ve just stuck with that pretend allergy. 😉

    I am allergic to penicillin (and I believe any of the “cillin” medicines) so that’s really important to tell someone when I get sick enough to require a trip to the doctor, which luckily isn’t that often (knock on wood!). I don’t remember what happened when we found out, all I know is that the reaction I had was bad.

    And those raviolis look so good!

  • #39 - Dominique

    I’m allergic to all sorts of things that it’s getting pretty ridiculous. My BF jokes that eventually I’m going to have to live in a bubble and sometimes I feel that way. Let’s see…I’m allergic to shellfish, non-organic chicken (the hormones in reg. chickens set me off), am lactose-intolerant, have IBS and am allergic to all sorts of preservatives like MSG, sodium nitrites/nitrates, aspartame, HFCS, glucose-fructose, etc. Thank goodness I’m not allergic to nuts–otherwise I really don’t know what I’d be left with. My biggest challenge is eating out of course. Like tonight…while having dinner with friends at a southern restaurant serving Louisiana-style comfort food, I had to stay away from the shellfish and chicken options and ordered a few sides instead like okra, candied yams and mac ‘n cheese. Despite the lactose-intolerant, I indulge in dairy once in a while because I still want to get enough calcium.

    Your ravioli looks awesome as does that salad! Actually, all of your food for today looks really great. I think it’s great that you have a fresh pasta option available nearby. The closest one to me in the farmer’s market in the city and well…that isn’t quite nearby. I’m hoping to make a trip there this weekend though–I finished my batch of fresh pasta quickly!

  • #40 - Sophie @ yumventures

    I have a gluten intolerence, which isn’t an allergy but affects what I eat. I could probably eat it and be ok, just feel sick, but I’ve learned its better to avoid things that look amazing (like pizza) in exchange for more energy