I have random food related things to tell you about so today’s What I Ate Wednesday post may appear more like a ramble and less like it’s usual structured self.
Cherries were finally on sale this week so I made my way to the store as fast as I could to pick up a bunch.
I am allergic to cherries. Yeah. I know. It’s not fair.
My stubborn side tried for a few days to eat them in the hope that the itchy mouth and throat feeling wouldn’t keep happening.
But it did. Every time.
If you recall, I have food allergies in the form of Oral Allergy Syndrome. Sometimes I can consume the raw fruits and vegetables I am allergic to and sometimes I can’t.
Cherries so far this year are on the “can’t” list. And, the symptoms were annoying enough that I don’t think I will try again.
My son is happy though because now he doesn’t have to share them with me.
The fruit that I packed for the beach on Sunday contained the cherries but I didn’t eat them. I don’t get a reaction if they touch the other fruit in the container which I guess is the bright side I need to focus on as I sit here sad that a bowl of tasty cherries are in my refrigerator and not safe for me to consume.
On the topic of allergies, recently I also mentioned a weird oatmeal allergy which only affects my mouth when the oats are first cooking. Once they are cooled or even reheated the next day, I have no issue.
The other morning while I was cooking a few servings of oatmeal, I tasted a spoonful from the pot which I know I shouldn’t do but do anyway and immediately my mouth reacted with torn up gums and a swollen upper lip that looked like I went for botox injections.
This reaction was the most severe I have ever had and my giant lips didn’t return to normal for over four hours.
The only thing I used that was different this week was a newly purchased, fresh container of organic steel-cut oats which I filled myself at the bulk bins from Whole Foods.
I most certainly returned the container of oats to Whole Foods as quickly as possible where they informed me that the bulk bins are always filled with the same items but they can’t guarantee what the food may have come into contact with prior to being loaded into the bins.
After some research in the form of googling, it’s possible I am allergic to a protein found in oats or, more likely, that my oat allergy stems from oat dust.
You know, the powder that comes off of the raw oats which you also see cooking off as you prepare a pot of oatmeal?
I am still doing my reading on this subject but it seems that this odd reaction is related to my other OAS allergies.
If it’s the protein in the oat, the gluten-free version should do the trick so I bought Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel-Cut Oats just to be on the safe side.
Leave it to me to have random allergic reactions however I remain forever grateful to not have a peanut butter allergy.
I don’t care in the least that I am allergic to almonds. I couldn’t live without peanut butter.
I also can’t live without Red Mango.
If frozen yogurt is becoming taboo, including my beloved Red Mango, then consider me a rebel.
I love Food Babe and I value her opinion, research and information but please let me turn a blind eye to the frozen yogurt article. There are worse things in life to be eating and the only thing that will keep me from consuming Red Mango parfaits on a daily basis is the rising cost per ounce.
Which is just insane by the way, insane. I tell the Red Mango employees this every time I am there. They love me, really they do.
And if you are wondering what you miss by not following me on instagram:
The usual chick pea/avocado mash on cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread on top of a salad for lunch yesterday.
My lunch makes faces at me. I think this was to mock my swollen oatmeal lips or something.
I must admit that looking at the above photo and realizing that I post such things on Instagram has me not only questioning my age but the whole purpose of social media.
Be sure to check out what everyone else is eating today!
Do you have weird food allergies?
Which oatmeal do you buy most often?
Which brand of peanut butter is your current favorite? I am still loaded up on Peanut Butter & Co. Crunch Time and Mighty Maple.