When I was first diagnosed with my allergy, I only considered being aware of all the food I ate that could have traces of nickel. I never considered how the tap water I drink could be a “trigger,” until I read Barbara Njuguna’s personal story about how she was “nickel poisoned” after drinking tap water.
Sometimes I am so focused on my food allergy, and what I can or cannot eat, that I…
When I first started the low-nickel diet I began realizing all the colorful foods no longer in my diet. I worried whether or not I was still getting all of the necessary minerals and vitamins in my diet. I started talking to nutritionists and discovered a disconnect between the dermatology and the nutrition community regarding nickel food allergies.
The fact that so much of the heavy metal nickel is in our food should be alarming! We all need to be able to make informed decisions about what we are eating. Labeling genetically modified foods is the beginning to understanding more about what we are eating. This is why I voted for Oregon Initiative 92.
Using Twitter, I connected with others with my same nickel food allergy – @NiChallenged @miss_diagnoses @theallergista and others who create beautiful nickel free products @NonitaJewelry. We have conversed and crowd sourced our multiple experiences. The conversations are fascinating and thought provoking. Recently we discussed the nickel free cookware we use.
My eczema causes me to itch. Many times I itch unconsciously and cannot control it. Reading numerous stories of people suffering from eczema has pressed me to identify exactly what triggers my own eczema. The 5 ways I proactively treat my eczema involve…
I LOVE Dreyer’s Slow Churned Peppermint Ice Cream! I get excited about its release the beginning of September every year. However, last year Dreyer’s added a new ingredient to their Peppermint ice cream product – coconut oil. Unfortunately, coconut contains nickel.
From grocery stores to cosmetic counters, skin care is not care at all. Forms of aromatherapy, massage and skin “treatments” traditionally known as delightful indulgences often include a rash when you have eczema.
The excitement and stress of moving to a new city permeates my daily life. Identifying the location my apartment, the local grocery store and post office takes time. Likewise, moving to a new city disrupted my routine of how I managed my eczema and nickel food allergy.
Spending over 15 minutes today looking at the ingredient labels on every chewing gum wrapper, I struggled to find any without nickel: i.e. soy lecithin or coconut oil.
Sometimes I crave foods that trigger my nickel food allergy. I call these nickel food allergy offenders. I have read dermatology studies arguing that when you eat foods rich in iron and vitamin C, your body absorbs less nickel.
I don’t get bored eating the same food over and over again. I love certain foods. I once thought that once I determined whether or not I could eat a food, I would always be able to enjoy it. Unfortunately this is not the case.