Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Allergic Reaction = NO SUGAR :(

So my blogger friends, I've been a little ghost since last week. I had an allergic reaction to preservatives in vitamins and I feel as though my dermatologist has sentenced me to life in prison and thrown away the key. She informed me that I cannot have food/drinks with sugar in them and also must drastically decrease my intake of 'white foods' for TWO WEEKS! Can you hear me crying? The girl that LOVES sweets!

Anyone that knows my diet, knows that it's already limited. I already don't like condiments other than ketchup, i don't like mixie foods like potato salad, tuna salad, etc and there's a laundry list of other things I don't eat. So to remove all my desserts, great drinks, and white foods such as mashed potatoes, white rice, etc from my diet, was like telling me "Ms. Junior you can no longer eat". Tears, Tears, and more Tears!

After eating ham over the weekend and totally forgetting that it was cooked in brown sugar and honey, I'm definitely suffering from an itchy back and realizing that my dermatologist truly meant NO SUGAR! The hardest part for me is seeing everyone else around me enjoy all the things I love and can't eat. I just feel hungry and left out, which makes me quite sad. However, I will say that I've been chewing Trident Layers (sugar-free) gum and it's my new favorite snack!

OK! Enough of my whining, because I could go on for days. So now my goal is to make it through the next 8 days and find substitutes to cheer me up. Today, I created a list of things I can and can't have. Check it out:

Don’t Eat/Drink

• White Rice
• White bread

• Potatoes (French Fries, Chips, Mashed potatoes)
• Sugar (Sweetened beverages, Candy, Cake, Pies, Ice Cream)
• Meat (Ham, Bacon)
• Beverages (Tea, Soda, Milk, Fruit Juice)
• Certain sugary fruit (Oranges, Strawberries)

Do Eat/Drink

• Whole Grain Pasta/Bread (Brown Rice, Wheat bread)
• Vegetables without seasonings
• Beverages (Water)
• Meat (Chicken, Fish, Seafood, Turkey)
• Snacks (Plain roasted: Almonds, Cashews, Sunflower seeds, Pecans, Sugar Free gum)

I definitely have a higher level of respect for anyone that suffers from food allergies and/or are diabetic. There are a lot of struggles that come along with this. But, I will continue to be strong. My boyfriend said maybe God was trying to tell me something and he could very well be right. For all I know this allergy is changing my eating habits for the better and preventing me from being a diabetic one day. Hopefully, when I go for my checkup she won't tell me that I have to continue this diet, even though I am planning to cut back once I am able to have all those great things again.

"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”- Mark Twain

Until my next med story,


  1. Omg! Oh I would probably pass out!!! That really did limit what you have to eat. Sucks, so sorry:(

  2. Thanks Toya! It was hard but getting a little easier. Definitely a huge adjustment. Just about to post about how it's going for me.


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