Trial & Error - Discovering Intolerances

Well - here I am…..2 months after my last disaster face post.  I wish I could post a new picture of my face, but unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction to a bacitracin cream and I have a rash on the side of my face (I can’t win!).  The upside?  My face has been relatively clear since I began removing grains from my diet.  The few blemishes that have reared their ugly heads have been non-cystic and minor.  First, I started gluten free.  That helped until I started purchasing gluten free products.  (My husband tells me that I adapt to new food issues too easily now)  It took me a few weeks of writing down everything I ate to figure out that corn was bothering me BIG time.  Once I removed that, I seemed to be doing ok.  After doing some research online, I decided to stay away from all grains except rice since there seems to be a relatively low occurence of rice allergy problems in people.  This seems to be working well for me.  Eating at home - no problem.  Eating outside of the home?  Much more difficult.  However, with some planning and phone calls to restaurants before hand, it can be done.  AND many of the restaurants are happy to accommodate (so if you have an issue, just call!)  I’ve also been eating very basically.  No weird chemical ingrients, no dyes, no crap.  I’m still not 100% convinced it is all of the grains and not just corn (or even something else).  However, once I get rid of the bacitracin rash, I’m going to attempt eating wheat pasta and see what happens.  Unfortunately for me, because I am considered intolerant, rather than allergic, everything is trial and error.  So for the immediate future it looks like it is going to be me, my insulated lunch bag and my food diary!  Have cooler  - Will Travel!

FYI - If you are ever in the Hershey, PA area and have food allergies, please visit Piazza Sorrento or the Houlihan’s in Hershey.  I called beforehand and both of these restaurants and their chefs were AMAZING!  They went out of their way to accommodate me and made me some of the best (safe/allergy-free) food I’ve eaten outside of my home in a very long time!

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