It’s always so discouraging when choosing a healthy option causes a health problem. Enter my food allergy hell.
I busted out my juicer this morning. It’s been a bit dusty for a few month, truth be told. I’ve been more about daily smoothies than juices, but after my cleanse, I was craving a good green juice.
I went with my typical favorite: a head of romaine lettuce, a celery stalk (with leaves), a lemon, and two green apples. Now, I know I’m allergic to raw apples, but historically, when I juice them, I’ve been fine. My allergist warned me that might not always be the case, but as usual, I rarely do what I’m told.
My juice was yummy as always, and I swear I feel infused with goodness as I drink it. Fifteen minutes later (since I was now in a rush to be on time for a meeting), I had a quick bowl of rice chex with 1/2 of a banana and some vanilla soymilk.
A few minutes later, I felt the tell-tale signs of swelling in my mouth, itchiness, and a hive on my lower lip. Ugh. I’m assuming it was the apple, but I frankly just don’t know. I eat raw celery all the time, but not with the leaves. I eat romaine lettuce several times per week. I use lemons and lemon juice all the time. While I haven’t had rice chex in a bit, I’ve shown no food allergies to anything but raw fresh fruits and one veggie, so I doubt that, and since I practically live on bananas, I ruled that out.
I’m not giving up on juices, but I am going to give up on apples. It’s not worth having increasingly anaphylactic reactions just to sweeten up a fresh juice. Stupid apple. I should’ve listened to Eve…(Adam and Eve reference, in case you didn’t know).
I slept through lunch because of the meds. I had some crackers and hummus when I woke up.
Dinner was some crock pot stuffed bell peppers. I used the bell peppers from my CSA last weekend, now that I’m back to solid grub. Super simple recipe, but yummy and lots of flavor.
Crissie’s Easy Crockpot Stuffed Bell Peppers
*4 bell peppers (I usually prefer red ones, but I had green on hand)
*3/4 cup brown rice
*3/4 cup brown or green lentils
*4 cups veggie broth
*4 whole garlic cloves
*1 small yellow onion
*15 oz can tomato sauce
*1 tbsp oregano
*1 tbsp basil
*zest of 1/2 orange
*1 tbsp crushed red pepper (or 1 fresh diced hot pepper)
*I used a rice cooker, but this step could also be done on the stove top. I put the rice, lentils, broth, and garlic in my rice cooker on the brown rice setting. Alternatively, you can place them in a pot, bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for about 40 minutes, until the rice and lentils are tender, and the liquid is absorbed.
*stir in everything else, and stuff the pepper.
*place upright in a crock pot, and pour about 1/2 cup water in the bottom (it helps steam the peppers to be soft…but not overly mushy). Any size would work…I used my casserole sized dish that I pretty much only use for this, ratatouille, or enchiladas.
*cook on low for 4-5 hrs. I like a little bite left in my bell peppers. If you want them totally mushy, cook for 6 hrs.
Alas….nothing. Intended to run and hit up crossfit, but the meds knock me out for nearly 7 hrs. I don’t sleep the whole time, but I can’t focus, much less coordinate my limbs.
I was happy when I woke up to pleasantly sore muscles this morning. I miss that feeling of knowing I worked hard and my body is sitting up and taking notice.
I got up and had my normal weekday morning. I made it through 2 early morning conf calls, when I had my own personal little medical emergency that derailed the rest of my day. I had to cancel an afternoon meeting, but it was a small one, and the project is on track, so I don’t think anyone minded.
After coming to in the late afternoon (only because D woke me by calling at 430 to say he was on his way home from work), I chilled out in bed for a bit, then decided to make up for lost work time. I caught up on today’s emails, did some budget work, cleaned the kitchen, and then finished up dinner.
All in all, I feel like it was a waste of a Friday and I’m annoyed. I planed to hit the driving range today, do some major raw food preps for the dehydrator, and organize my bathroom and closet. I’m not good at being idle, and that’s exactly how today felt. I was loopy most of the day (when I wasn’t asleep). I was due for allergy shots, but had to skip them, lest run the risk of compounding the reaction earlier. But I’m done whining. The apples didn’t kill me, and I’m grateful to be able to recover and learn a lesson from it all. No more apples for a long, long time.