Today I just wanted to talk about food allergies and reactions in more depth after having a bad reaction earlier this week.
I am finding it hard to pin point the actual trigger as I had a number of different things to eat that day in Venice and anything could have triggered it.
I do suffer when I have had gluten or oil where my throat feels like it is closing up and I have knives going down my throat. Oddly most of the time it is just down one side. I simply down water and use my anti-septic throat spray to numb the pain and clear my throat. I get major brain fog too. Where I just don't feel 'there'. I had a bad episode of this too whilst being away, which was separate to my reaction in Venice.
The first bad reaction was in Croatia, an oil filled salad just left me with stomach cramps and I was so upset because my I began not feeling 'there' anymore and I become confused and this frustrates me because I don't really know what is going on and I become very tired. Luckily I got myself into the bath and out with no issues but I don't remember getting into bed, my parents also said they came in to check me but I don't remember that at all. I just remember waking up being sick, my stomach cramping like crazy and I was so hungry after that I sat up watching YouTube, eating almonds and drinking coconut rice milk.
Luckily Mama made sure that we went to the hotel buffet for tea ( not that anyone else actually wanted to go and we did have one moody person who wasn't happy ) but I need it! I could go up as much as I wanted and fill up. I went up and got 4 full plates. I needed it!
Thanks Mama - she knows!
Then in Split I was ill ( sick and stomach cramps ) but just once. Again I had eaten chips and salad and I don't know what caused the upset.
There were a few nights I spent the night with stomach cramps from after eating salad and chips mainly.
Then on the last day in Venice, I had enjoyed rice and veggies ( although I was a bit weary of the veggies - I don't think they got no oil.' But the rice was good! Then I had some sorbet - but the mango did taste creamy and wasn't like the mango sorbet I normally have. It did also make me feel abit 'off', I then picked at some baked beetroot crisps whilst sipping on my cocktail!! Of course. I was excited and pleased that the snacks were something I could actually eat. However when seeing the product in the airport and seeing the ingredients there were 4 different oils and beetroot in them. I then went on to dinner and had chips ( which weren't much potato) and some boiled veggies. I did feel sick after and I had stomach cramps on the ferry back to the hotel. We arrived back and we packed our bags, I was snacking on nuts - cashews, almonds and peanuts and then I decided to go for a bath and in the bath my throat began closing up. I got out and my throat was sore to touch on the outside, I couldn't touch it properly it was that sore. I looked in the mirror to find a massive lump. It was so sore and my throat was really closing, putting pressure on my chest and breathing. I am used to my anxiety attacks so I tried to stay calm I showed Alex, and we watched programs to try and distract myself. I managed to get about an half and a half sleep and when I woke up I began panicking because my neck was now stiff ( feeling bruised ). I was thinking of texting my Mum but then I thought there is nothing she can do. It was just a worry because it seems my reactions are getting worse - like I said I have suffer with my throat all the time from having things I shouldn't and I learnt how to deal and help heal that quickly but I have never had a lump causing me to struggle breathing.
So I got up early had a bed to try and relax and got myself ready slowly, then watching Tom and Jerry in Italian ( the only thing that was on ) just to get me motivated for the day and ensure I was up and ready!!
My Mum was shocked by the lump and I made sure I got as much fruit in that was easy to swallow because I was hungry but my throat was struggling and it made me feel sick.
The lump took 36 hours to go down fully but my throat was better after 24 hours.
I went to the docs for advise and I bought for Piriton as well as getting a referral for more in depth tests.
However if you have a milk allergy then you must get the syrup version of Piriton as the tablets have milk powder in!!!
I nearly bought the tablets, luckily the pharmacist knows me and my allergies and stopped us buying and advised us before we bought them. Please look out for this though. Lots of tablets actually contain wheat and gluten too, though milk powder is the biggest, most common.
Eating abroad and eating out is so tough, because you don't know if they have understood or what they are putting in your food.
It is just so important to keep calm if you are suffering and try to distract yourself, drinking lots of water in the process.
When I have an anxiety attack and I immediately find somewhere to lie down to try and stop myself from being sick and try to sleep it off by trying to think of holidays, a beach, a happy place, good memories. This I find really works for me. As when I move around I am just so dizzy which makes me feel more sick and it's important to calm your heart rate down and stop the shaking. Once you have calmed down and it's passed that's when its safe to move around have a shower and just start over.
I recommend trying this way of coping with an attack.
I also ( even though I am guilty of this ) don't recommend going for a bath or shower when you are having an allergy reaction where your brain is in fog. I have fallen asleep in the bath before now and you don't really know what you are doing so slip hazards and falling asleep because you just want to close your eyes your brain is so confused and fuzzy that its best to just get into bed as fast as possible.
Then make sure you eat lots of fresh foods the following day to help your body calm down. As you want to eat ( or I am always ready for breakfast anyway ) but of course your natural foods are full of nutrients and the body will be asking for the nutrients to repair to the damage from the reaction.
Being back home though has helped my stomach calm down. After America and all the irritating foods I ate whilst there on top of not being recovered properly from my virus meant my stomach took a long time to repair and calm down. Where as this time I feel like I am getting it under control faster. I have eaten alot of Turmeric as it's an anti-inflammatory and a fab drink to make is:
Holland and Barrett Fruit Syrup
This is great tea as the spices within it all help: nausea, digestion, heals stomach uclers, gas and bloating, anti-inflammatory and many more. Well worth a try.
And of course you have lots of recipes you can add these spices into:
Turmeric Spiced Cauliflower
I also recommend starting your days with ginger teas! Ginger helps soothe nausea and also wakes your digestive system up, ready for eating - which of course we want. Every morning when travelling I had my ginger tea whilst I got dressed. Most of the time I did have to have it cold because they don't give you kettle ( what is that about ) but I my Mum made sure on the first day I stocked up on teas and I had enough to last me through the holiday incase we didn't come across anymore.
I also would say adding fresh mint to your water is also a good idea if you have an upset stomach it does help soothe your stomach.
The main thing is to ensure you stay calm and ensure you pack in the spices and foods that help with getting you back on the right track.
If there is anything I have learnt from this journey we will always have blips, I HATE feeling ill because it affects your whole day and you always want to be feeling your best ( or as good as you can ) and it does worry you because you don't want to make yourself feel worse, however you have to eat, which is why sometimes I have to eat chips etc to ensure I have had some carbs. I know I will feel awful after but what we eat today fuels us tomorrow and when travelling, moving around, on the go constantly I need the energy.
During my travels there was so many times I was embarrassed and didn't look forward to going out but we can't let our allergies stop us going out and socializing. We have to control our allergies not allow them to control us.
It is the toughest task juggling everything but we do it day in day out so therefore we are strong enough to keep fighting and keeping going because look how we have done it up to now.
If anyone has had a reaction like mine please reach out to me and tell me how you cope when you react this way and what foods cause this outbreak.
I would love to hear from you.
Thank you for reading my blog and I hope I have given you some advise you can use yourselves and hopefully you will find it helpful.