My daughter has anaphylaxis reaction to chickpeas, lentils and peas. We are struggling with gram ( chick pea flour) and pea and lentil protein being substituted for wheat in effort to address gluten allergies. She reacts even if these foods have been prepared in same environment as other food. Ie cooked in same oil in restaurants. She has developed major anxiety about food following 2 anaphylactic attacks recently.
Good Morning MayBaby62, As it stands I'm allergic to legumes, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy. Basically the top 10 allergens plus a slew of other environmental and food allergens.
Mine all started with the soy allergy over two decades ago. It was slight at first I was encouraged to keep eating it by my doctor. However as time went on I became more sensitive to soy, peas, beans to the point now I can't even be exposed to soy cooking without having My airway tighten. The same with peanut and tree nuts. and most legumes. I had eaten peanuts and tree nuts my whole life and then all of a sudden just one day when my throat started to tighten up after making peanut butter cookies and that was the beginning. Had several episodes and ER visits and now I carry my epi. I do not eat in restaurants because of cross-contamination and past hospitalization. It's just not worth it to me. I work full time. I carry my lunch and snacks with me for each day which takes preparation time each morning and usually a day of cooking Safe foods on the weekend.
When we travel I pre-freeze meals and bring them with me defrosting them as I need them. I travel with all my own food. Now I've never gone out of the country, furthest I've gone is 10 hour road trips.
The anxiety over anaphylactic attacks is a tough one. Fear is a major factor. Learning to do mindful breathing exercises, being prepared with your medication, Being diligent about having safe food to eat definitely helps but never alleviates fear completely. I do better when I follow a routine which includes healthy eating of fresh organic foods that I choose, fewer ingredients are better. Regular exercise, staying away from drama, getting at least eight hours sleep and being kind to yourself all help with the anxiety and dealing with day in and day out allergens. I've been dealing with this a long time and had to come up with my own methods. I feel I can go to work now and have a fairly good attitude and not worry. Having enough experience behind me I realize I can't control what a day is going to bring but I can be prepared!
I hope this is helpful! Anne
I'm allergic to all three and about 157 more foods. We've done extensive testing and there are only about 20 foods that I can eat. I don't go out to eat at all anymore and only buy specific food brands or whole food items. I can completely understand how she feels as I've needed to use my epi 8-10 times each year the past couple of years. I almost died last week due to a reaction.