Reaction-Free Travel to The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

 The Cloister at Sea Island The Cloister at Sea Island

Travel. Who doesn’t love it, right? A venture to an exciting, beautiful place. SIGN ME UP! But, since being diagnosed with severe chemical allergies, traveling can be a real bummer. I’m sure many can relate. Traveling with a gluten allergy, mold illness or chemical allergies can be a challenge to stay healthy and be able to enjoy your travel.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Linalool

A picture of beakers full of liquid descriptive of the linalool chemical structure

There’s a lot of confusion – even lack of education – about what ingredients are in personal care products. Especially in the United States, most of us have NO IDEA what’s in the products we buy, why we are buying them, or whether they are beneficial or harmful. Today, I’d like to highlight one ingredient that has taken my skin for quite a ride over the years, Linalool, and subsequently Linalool Hydroperoxide Allergy. I avoid it now like the plague, and hopefully, after you read this, you’ll be inspired to clear your homes of it as well to avoid sensitization for you and your family.

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I can’t drink Tea | Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract

Real-life talk. I can’t drink Tea anymore. Tea is basically Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract. Me and unsweet tea, we were pals like BIG pals. Best Friends. Inseparable. My only real vice. I gave up soda years ago – like 2007 – so me and unsweet tea, we were big BFFs. The only thing I drank besides water and my one cup of coffee (I’m still unsure about coffee being well-tolerated for me, more on that later), But for now, we’ve had to break up. Enter major sad face. Like I know, being diagnosed with Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) isn’t equal to so many out there suffering from disease, and I definitely want to keep that in perspective. But these last few years dealing with ACD has taken me to new levels of extremes I didn’t know existed.

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P.E.A.S. Please and SkinSafe


Give me the P.E.A.S. please!

One of the goals in creating The Allergy Life blog was to spread awareness about a life-changing condition, Allergic Contact Dermatitis. A condition I have. A condition I will always have. A condition I’m hoping to avoid for my children. There is a lot of research I want to share with you in the days, weeks and months ahead. I’m just getting started. But in addition to research, I want to share day-to-day living guidance and advice. Guidance and advice I wish I had access to back in the early 2000’s. Back when my condition was just beginning to change my life. By understanding the research that is out there, I hope you will better understand my mission.

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Start the Day with a Smoothie! Balsam of Peru Avoidance Diet


 

A Balsam of Peru allergy can be minimized for some with a strict avoidance diet. While not all individuals with a BoP allergy will need such a strict regimen, many are finally able to live reaction-free once they begin to avoid foods containing the constituents of BoP.

When I was diagnosed with Balsam of Peru allergy, I began a strict avoidance of all foods and products found on the avoid lists here. I stuck true to this diet for about 8 months before I slowly began to reintroduce some food items. There were definitely times when eating became a huge challenge. With four children and a husband to cook for, making my avoidance diet a priority was hard. I learned to whip up a few things like a quick stove-top stir fry or an omelet and I carried nuts with me as I’m not allergic to those, but one of my go-to’s became a quick protein smoothie.

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