As challenging as the holidays can be with work or family gatherings, enjoying them with a food allergy can be downright trying at times. Often it is annoying to have to miss out on eating processed holiday desserts or continually tell your colleges and family members you’re allergic to whatever they are serving.
When I first started the low nickel diet six years ago, I didn’t deviate at all. My eczema had been so embarrassing for so long, I wanted to continue reaping the benefits of eliminating foods high in nickel from my diet. Especially since my eczema was especially bad on my face, to the point that I didn’t want to be photographed. The low nickel diet resolved all of my eczema within 3-4 weeks and it seriously felt like magical trick.
Over the years, I have learned that I can indulge during the holidays sparingly and not have the severe eczema reactions I originally did prior to starting the low nickel diet. For me there are these specific chocolate, peanut butter oatmeal cookies I love. I only eat 2-3 of them during the holidays and it feels like a total indulgence. To reduce the absorption, I also enjoy a cup of tea and oranges.
No matter where you are in this journey of being allergic to nickel, I think it’s important that we don’t punish ourselves for trying to accept and adapt to the low nickel diet. We’re only human and all trying our best to deal with this unique and challenging food allergy.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy 2016!