Random thing you loathe right now.

Social anxiety and loneliness. Thanks brain, you're really giving me a lot to work with here.

Renji wrote:

Social anxiety and loneliness. Thanks brain, you're really giving me a lot to work with here.

I feel you man. Story of the last 5-10 years of my life.

Con crud. More specifically, Gen Con crud. And I was fastidious about washing my hands.

Boudreaux wrote:

Con crud. More specifically, Gen Con crud. And I was fastidious about washing my hands.

I traveled up there for my brother's wedding this weekend; venue was less than a block and a half away. Apparently, that stuff is really making the rounds up there right now and my step-mom, brother-in-law, and niece are all wiped out with it and my BIL's case is apparently going on 2-weeks now.

Oh great.

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Scratch test. Blanks just mean unknown, they didn't test for it.

I'm so frustrated, the level of restriction here is so out of my budget beyond rice, some veggies, nuts, and meats. That's...pretty much it. I might try and see if I can get more extensive tests done that let me know what else on the list is a no instead of unknown, so I can regulate for that, too.

This basically means very few processed foods and sweets, carbs, most alcohols, too. Normally, I can probably tolerate a little bit of one of these things from time to time. There's so many overlapping possible allergy trigger combo's here it's no wonder my digestive tract has been a wasteland.

Some rice beers are pretty good! I happen to like Sapporo, and sometimes Tsing Tao.

But, ugh, that is an awful bummer. At least you know now.

That is a serious bummer, but like mix said, at least you know and can try to plan/work around your allergies instead of being miserable without knowing the cause

Sake is also an option if you want a little alcohol, although it does have a pretty unique taste it can still be a good base for a mixed drink.

On the plus side, it looks like you can eat all the Penicillium you want!

I had a similar thing as a kid where I was kinda allergic to everything, but it all stemmed from severe grass allergies. Cutting a lot of the things out of my diet like dairy and whatnot for a few months really helped and then I didn't have nearly so many issues going back to eating dairy. I don't really have any problems now other than some slight grass allergies. I don't know if it was the temporary diet or if I just grew out of it.

Amoebic wrote:

I'm so frustrated, the level of restriction here is so out of my budget beyond rice, some veggies, nuts, and meats. That's...pretty much it. I might try and see if I can get more extensive tests done that let me know what else on the list is a no instead of unknown, so I can regulate for that, too.

So sorry amoebic, that's a major bummer of a list, but good on you for facing up to it. I've been avoiding having that testing done for far too long, but in a weird way this is kind of motivating to go ahead and get it done just to know.

Makes me wonder if you have Celiac's or a thyroid issue. Not a doctor, but my wife went through a similar thing where a test claimed she was allergic to everything, even peanuts. But it's really just dairy and gluten. She eats peanut butter all the time and never had a problem.

Good luck.

Yeah, peanut butter is life! I love it so much.
Thanks all, it was late at night and the pity party urge was strong in me. Honestly, I should be eating healthier, anyway.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I had a similar thing as a kid where I was kinda allergic to everything, but it all stemmed from severe grass allergies. Cutting a lot of the things out of my diet like dairy and whatnot for a few months really helped and then I didn't have nearly so many issues going back to eating dairy. I don't really have any problems now other than some slight grass allergies. I don't know if it was the temporary diet or if I just grew out of it.

I, too, have severe grass allergies! They're saying the allergy injections will make food easier, too. So I just need to cut out, but slipping a little is probably fine after that treatment starts happening.

For the record, while I've never had food allergies, I had other types of allergies at severe levels (spending most summers with completely red noses), and then I got the allergy shots, and it did wonders.

kuddles wrote:

For the record, while I've never had food allergies, I had other types of allergies at severe levels (spending most summers with completely red noses), and then I got the allergy shots, and it did wonders.

We get stationed in Albuquerque when I in middle school, and something about the particular flora there REALLY got me compared to the east coast where I had lived before. I'd always had mild allergies and hay fever type stuff during oak season, but suddenly I was having severe breathing problems and constant sinus problems etc. Desensitization shots worked a near miracle on getting me to where I could be active at school, for extra curricular activities, and scouting. They certainly aren't for everyone, but they worked for me at the time.

The situation in Hong Kong is bumming me out. Also the current geo-political situation in general related to it, where human rights abuses are either widely condemned or widely ignored depending on how much money can be made with the abusing country.

When I was in the US at Jay Peak, I decided to try a bag of Pork Rinds. Saw them mentioned all the time on TV, and figured "how bad could they be? They might even taste good."

Oh how wrong I was.

They have the texture of dry styrofoam, and only a small aftertaste of bacon/pork.

Would not buy again.

mudbunny wrote:

When I was in the US at Jay Peak, I decided to try a bag of Pork Rinds. Saw them mentioned all the time on TV, and figured "how bad could they be? They might even taste good."

Oh how wrong I was.

They have the texture of dry styrofoam, and only a small aftertaste of bacon/pork.

Would not buy again.

LOL I love pork rinds...especially the BBQ flavor.

mudbunny wrote:

When I was in the US at Jay Peak, I decided to try a bag of Pork Rinds. Saw them mentioned all the time on TV, and figured "how bad could they be? They might even taste good."

Oh how wrong I was.

They have the texture of dry styrofoam, and only a small aftertaste of bacon/pork.

Would not buy again.

That and slim Jim's. I do not understand the appeal.

master0 wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

When I was in the US at Jay Peak, I decided to try a bag of Pork Rinds. Saw them mentioned all the time on TV, and figured "how bad could they be? They might even taste good."

Oh how wrong I was.

They have the texture of dry styrofoam, and only a small aftertaste of bacon/pork.

Would not buy again.

That and slim Jim's. I do not understand the appeal.

You must never have snapped into one?

bekkilyn wrote:
mudbunny wrote:

When I was in the US at Jay Peak, I decided to try a bag of Pork Rinds. Saw them mentioned all the time on TV, and figured "how bad could they be? They might even taste good."

Oh how wrong I was.

They have the texture of dry styrofoam, and only a small aftertaste of bacon/pork.

Would not buy again.

LOL I love pork rinds...especially the BBQ flavor. :)

Found some good Kimchi BBQ ones that I'm loving.