Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Experiment That Gave Me Hives

This afternoon I decided to think outside the box and make something different for lunch. I did a little experimenting with ingredients that I have had in the past just not all together.

Into the food processor went 2 tbsp raw cashews, 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 3 tbsp nutritional yeast and a dash of paprika.  I served my saucy creation over a bowl of shredded zucchini.  It tasted amazing - kind of like a cheese sauce. Let me say this again – I have had all these things before.

 

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So you can imagine my surprise when all of a sudden, I was covered from head to toe in hives.  Seriously, my entire body was nothing but one big cluster of red blotches and I was super itchy.  The top of my head felt like it was on fire and my ears were burning. 

 

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This is why I eat the same things every day – my “safe diet”.  I can’t win with food.  If it is not reeking havoc to my stomach or making my face break out into nasty cysts, then I am turning into a big red itchy mess.  I have no idea which one of the components was the culprit – maybe the raw cashews?  But I have had raw cashews before. It is a mystery to me. 

Now you know why I have such a boring diet and why I am so leery to try new things.  My body is just not up to the variety I guess. 

I just got home from a Girl Scout meeting and I am very ready to sit down and read more New Moon.  My sis and my mom are reading it as well.  It is fun to chat about the book with them.  I can’t let them get to far ahead of me. 

I hope you had a great day.

11 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Oh no! :( Hang in there, dear Sammie.

polly said...

oh sweetie I understand!!! I hope it goes through your body quickly, as that is no fun. That is why I eat so plain. Never tried hemp seeds, and all other seeds (especially sunflower) make me break out. Maybe it was the seeds? I also know that yeast can be a super big time food allergen. I know you have had all of that before, but ya never know.



Your pumpkin was so adorable doing his "give me five" with you. What a joy being a momma is!!!


Love you so much! I recently have figured out that too many avocados make me all gassy bloat! Isn't it fun figuring out what makes you feel good and what just doesn't work. At least we have some things that DO work and we can enjoy them and love life. :) Love ya, Sammie girl! XOXO

Shannon said...

oh no :( that is not fun... hope things clear up quickly. loved the gimme 5 video with d!

MelissaNibbles said...

Oh my goodness! I hope you feel better VERY soon. I completely understand eating plain. I have certain things I have to avoid as well. I really hope you're feeling better soon!

Charlie said...

Must have been the bee stingers I spread in your hemp seeds.

Happy To Be said...

Oh no! I'm a constant lurker, but I thought I'd chime in on this one. I have severe allergies too, which is one of the reasons I love your blog. I like seeing you work your diet around using the same foods over and over, like I tend to do.

About those hives: have you heard of the threshold concept? I heard this from my allergist, so I am really paraphrasing so bear with me. Basically he told me that its like a glass of water. You eat a little (allergic food), your body gets slightly irritated. You drink a little (allergic drink), slight irritation, etc. Eventually the 'allergy glass' is all the way full, and you eat a bite of one more little allergen, and the glass overflows. So you could have eaten these foods a hundred times, and one day your body just can't take it anymore. I'm not familiar with Niacin Flush you mentioned, but your experience sounds just exactly like mine, and the threshold thing makes a lot of sense to me, so I thought I'd pass it on.

Also - have you been allergy tested? I found it really helpful, I haven't had any allergy problems now that I know ALL the foods to avoid.

PS love your blog, I read every day. :)

- Rachel

Kathryn said...

Hey there, I don't know if you found your allergy or not, but I have been searching online for others who have broken out in hives from nutritional yeast. I recently added 1 T. a day to my diet, and a few times soon after taking it I have broken out in hives, and I do not have any food allergies nor have I ever had a hive reaction like this. I just connected the dots today. Sounds like it's not a very common reaction but it does happen. Just wanted to share in case that was your problem!

Heidi said...

I realize this is an old post, but my search for why I broke out into a severe case of hives led me here.

Last night I was eating popcorn with a load of nutritional yeast sprinkled on it, something I do quite often. I stood up and suddenly my head felt like it was burning and I had the same kind of rash you described. I have NEVER had an allergic reaction to anything in my entire life, so this was very weird for me and I was a bit panicked that my throat might close. I had never heard of an allergy to nut. yeast and since I eat it all the time, I didn't really connect the dots.

Thank you so much for this post because based on your experience and one of your reader's comments, I think I found the culprit :) did you find that it was the nuts or the yeast that caused the reaction?

Anonymous said...

Ialso broke out in hive all over my body after eating a meal that included Hemp Seeds. I was not sure what the trigger was, so I tried them again the next day & the same thing happened. Thank God for Benadryl!

christygee said...

Hi there!

I'm SO glad I stumbled upon this post when I googled "nutritional yeast hives." I too break out in hives when I eat nutritional yeast! It's so strange--I can eat it every day for 3 months and be hive-free, but then for some reason, I develop an allergic reaction to it all of a sudden! So I'll cut it out for a few months, reintroduce it, be fine for a while, and then the same thing happens again! It's really quite frustrating because I love eating it so much!

I know this post was from 2009 but I'm so glad I found it!

christygee said...

Hi there!

I'm SO glad I stumbled upon this post when I googled "nutritional yeast hives." I too break out in hives when I eat nutritional yeast! It's so strange--I can eat it every day for 3 months and be hive-free, but then for some reason, I develop an allergic reaction to it all of a sudden! So I'll cut it out for a few months, reintroduce it, be fine for a while, and then the same thing happens again! It's really quite frustrating because I love eating it so much!

I know this post was from 2009 but I'm so glad I found it!