February 2010 changed my life. After some thirty years of migraines, upset stomachs, and a fear of eating out in public in case I became unwell I was encouraged by my wife to see a doctor about food allergies.
To say I gave a positive reaction to the tests is a gentle understatement. I am very lucky and do not yet suffer life threatening reactions to any of my triggers, but have a long list of allergic triggers, and also a list of ingredients to which I am intolerant that will exaggerate any allergic reaction.
So what can’t I eat? The list is such that I now print it on a card and hand it to staff when I dine out (giving a day or more advance warning where possible). It reads as follows:
Please be aware that I am allergic to the following:
Grains; Barley, Oat, Rye, Wheat, Sesame Seeds. In addition I am also allergic to Rice and Soy found in many “gluten free” alternatives.
All poultry: Including use in stocks & bases for sauces.
Oils: Soy, Olive, Nut Oils, Sesame. Including use in marinades and dressings
Dairy: Milk, Cheese, Butter
Beans, peas, squashes, zucchini, and mushrooms
All tree nuts, and also peanuts.
Also any soy or yeast based products.
If you have any questions, please ask me.
Thank you for your understanding.