I was temporarily very excited today when I found a recipe on Pinterest for shrimp cooked in pesto that seemed to be free of all my allergens. Shrimp just so happens to be my favorite food, it’s what my mom makes me on my birthdays instead of a cake, and the recipe looked relatively easy. Then I remembered: I’m now allergic to shrimp. Oh. Well, so much for that idea.
I’d been diagnosed with extremely limiting things before (celiac disease sure did a number on my regular eating routine) so I know that feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and even depressed about everything at first is normal. But I feel like this would all be so much easier if I had some magic gluten-free, allergy-free food genie or if I could still at least eat something like eggs … or even tomatoes. The fact that I have so many allergies I literally can’t remember all of them and, to top it off, have to keep a card listing the allergens in my wallet, is really what makes eating seem overwhelming.
On a more positive note, it appears that I may be able to go grocery shopping again soon. For the last nine weeks the grocery stories in my area have all had HUGE peanut displays that have made it so I can’t even walk in the store (I’m so extremely allergic to peanuts that I’ll have life-threatening, 911-calling reactions to just being near a couple of peanuts or someone with a PB&J). Thankfully my mom has been wonderful and has done my grocery shopping for me, but not being able to go into a store and read ingredient labels has make it hard to even start to get a feel for what I can eat now. Hopefully I’ll be able to walk up and down all the aisle reading labels very soon. (The photo on this post in no way relates to allergies; I just happen to like pumpkins and I took this picture at the pumpkin patch on Saturday.)