Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Food Allergies and Asparagus Spinach Pizza
Sometimes I just have a hankering for pizza. This was one of those times. I used asparagus, spinach and olives. The crust is Bob's Red Mill gluten-free pizza crust mix and, of course, the cheese is Daiya.
If you remember back to December, asparagus and spinach were on the list of foods I needed to avoid. I've slowly added most of those foods back into my diet, without noticing any symptoms. I am still avoiding most nuts, wheat, corn and soy. There have been times where I have had some nuts and my mouth has begun to itch shortly afterward. My eyes tend to itch as well. For years I've haven't been able to wear contact lenses, a problem my optometrist hasn't been able to figure out. I can't wait to go for a check up and tell him it was from food allergies!! If your eyes itch in the inside corners, it's probably a food allergy. If they itch all over, it's more likely that it's an environmental allergy. Food allergies tend to show as strange symptoms though, so if you suspect you have a sensitivity to something, you should get tested. It is possible to try an elimination diet, but I've found that most people with food allergies have multiple sensitivities, so it's difficult to pinpoint the culprit without testing. There are several different types of allergic reactions, so both skin and blood tests are recommended.
In the meantime, enjoy some pizza!
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