I thought I’d do a different type of post today, related more to lifestyle and not a review. This post is mostly about my fruit allergy, but I think many people can relate to this. There are a lot of diets that restrict fruit intake, and this allergy is actually extremely common.
I have been allergic to (almost) all fruit since I was around 10 years old. One day I woke up and just couldn’t eat fruit anymore. The first fruit I noticed was peaches. I ate one and my lip look like I got punched in the face. I figured it was a fluke until the same thing happened a few days later. And then I ate an apple and my throat got really itchy. I kind of assumed I was crazy at first. Who wakes up and suddenly has an allergy?
And then I ate carrots and my lips blew up, and we officially decided it was in my head because WHAT?
I have always had seasonal allergies, and was due for a trip to the allergist. My mom happened to mention this, and my doctor immediately knew it was a Birch allergy. He handed me a list with all of the fruits I mentioned, plus some others.
Apparently this is extremely common. I actually know quite a few people with a Birch allergy, or some other allergy that is similar. The reaction I have is called Oral Allergy Syndrome, which basically means the reaction can be anywhere from my chest up and is not life threatening, just extremely annoying.
So what exactly are you allergic to?
The only fruits I can eat are bananas, mangoes, green (yes only green) grapes, oranges, watermelon, blueberries, a few raspberries at one time, and 2 strawberries at a time.
This means I can’t eat apples, pears, red grapes, cantaloupe, honeydew, cherries, dates, pineapple… The list goes on
I also can’t eat almonds, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, basil, potato, tomato, carrots. This is actually part of the Birch allergy, weirdly.
An even weirder thing is that I can have any of these things cooked, dehydrated, processed, etc. The birch protein is easily cooked out, lucky for me 🙂
The worst part about this allergy is trying to find packaged foods that don’t have these ingredients in them. Almost all trail mix has almonds. Why. A LOT of granola bars and protein bars do as well, or they have dates in them. All pre-packaged salads have carrots. It’s a bit of a struggle.
So why are you telling me this if I don’t have this weird allergy?
Well really, you should only have 1 1/2 cups of fruit per day. There is a lot of sugar in fruit, so restricting your fruit intake can be beneficial to anyone.
Also, there are a surprising amount of people that don’t like fruit. So I’m showing you my way of living almost entirely without it.
It also benefits me in many ways. Since I can’t rely on buying pre-packaged foods, I often bring food with my everywhere I go. This makes giving into my cravings way less likely, since I already have my food with me. I mean if you’re at work and you don’t have food, and someone brings in cake, it’s unlikely that you’re going to buy a salad.
Living without fruit is actually much easier than it seems
There are so many ways to get the nutrients you need without raw fruit. I snack on nuts, protein bars, granola, dried fruit, yogurt, hummus, salad…
I actually had a vitamin/mineral blood test done and had no significant deficiencies, which means I’m doing an okay job at this. I still eat a decent amount of fruit every day, and make up for the rest with vegetables, which provide a lot of the same nutrients.
I eat a banana every day, since it is one of the few fruits I can eat. I also drink smoothies and try to dump a few of the fruits I actually can eat in there to keep up the nutrients. And, I make baked apples or pears. They’re delicious and I can actually eat them which is awesome. I also snack on dried fruit, but you have to be careful about the sugar content.
If you have any questions about my weird allergies, let me know!
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