My week without sugar

I am a 6-9 per day soda drinker, I also have a sugar tooth, like will eat a tub of frosting like its ice cream…I eat in my sleep. Sometimes I wake up covered in crumbs or in food covered sheets with no memory of getting up to eat yet I do remember the times I get up to go pee. How’s that for crazy, yeah pretty crazy.  I’ve eliminated as much extra sugar as possible this week to see if it helped decrease the touching and pulling. I believe it is making a difference, not a major omg difference, but it’s the most progress I’ve made during this long battle. So I’m feeling positive and  for the first time since my journey began with this condition…HOPE. It’s an unimaginable loss, To loose your hope, I can’t describe it any other way as feeling your soul slip out of your body. But I got mine back and I’m never going to let that go again. I’m a small town girl from Nebraska and I’ve always managed to preserve my small town naive perspective on life; tomorrow will be better, that evil doesn’t coincide with “my” world….bad things don’t happen here. My experience with this has striped me of my bright  perspective it has been forever  altered, it will never be the same. I had never encountered  a battle so evil. Evil comes in many sizes, snaps and forms. Don’t ever assume evil only appears in human form, evil can come in any form. I have been living with an evil that won’t let it’s possession over me go. However with my progression this week and hope consuming me, I’m taking this evil on full force, it will not take any more from. I can’t and I will not allow myself to succumb to this.  


?????lupus symptoms

Today…was better than yesterday. I’m feeling a little better about myself and slowly gaining bits of my confidence back.

i stopped taking the antidepressant my provider started me on, to help with impulse urges, however I truly believe that they were aggravating and worsening my condition.

2 years ago I was coloring my hair at home. I noticed a few minutes into the coloring this burning, like my scalp was on fire. I instantly washed the color out. It was late so I went to bed, when I woke my hair was wet and my scalp was was causing so much pain I could barely make it to my shower where I began to wash my hair. The burning and pulling pain was incredibly intense and chunks of my hair were falling out in my hands. That is the day that all my troubles began. I received severe burns over my scalp, the wetness I had noticed when I woke that morning was wheeping blisters on my scalp.

i don’t know what snapped inside me that day but touching my scalp and feeling the burned scalp became a habit I couldn’t quit nor choose willingly to start. The hair would come out by just rubbing my fingers through my thin and sparse remaining hair….yet I continued to do it until all the hair was finally gone.

i found some info online….and am questing if lupus is related….I’ve been in general ill the last two years….daily vomiting nausea constipation severe headaches suspicious rashes….anyone else have anything similar going on???? Was my blisters r/t a hair color that for years and years I’ve used and never had problems and I’ve just developed an allergy to it….or could lupus be a factor here


This is me

I’m hoping today with posting this someone who can relate or guide me will reach out….why can’t I stop? Why am destroying myself….my life? My anxiety is out of control and I struggle with daily headaches, chronic fatigue and and nausea….all the time. I need help understanding what I’m going through, why and to stop!!!!!

I take Effexor for my anxiety….however it doesn’t help and it doesn’t help as hoped for the pulling.




check,check and check your food labels

Peanut Allergy



Children affected by peanut allergy has doubled in the past 20 years.   Interestingly, it is more common in the United

States than in Asian countries; although the consumption of peanuts over there is at least as high, if not higher than in

the United States.    The difference is that in the United States, we mostly consume dry roasted peanuts.    In Asia,

they are usually boiled or fried.     Studies demonstrate that roasting peanuts results in the generation of new proteins

which have a higher allergic potential, perhaps explaining the higher incidence of peanut allergies in the USA

compared to Asian countries.


What are Peanuts?

Peanuts, along with peas, lentil, and beans are legumes.   It is extremely rare for someone to have a  cross-reactivity

between peanuts and other legumes and it is therefore safe to eat other legumes (perhaps to the dismay of

children!).  While tree-nuts are not related to peanuts, about half of peanut allergic patients will also be allergic to

tree-nuts.    Even if you are not allergic to tree-nuts, it is important to avoid them as there is a risk that trace amounts

of peanuts will be found on tree-nut products since most tree-nut processing plants also process peanuts.


Avoidance Basics

Reading food labels is extremely important.   As a rule of thumb, you should avoid anything with the word “nut” in

it.   Studies demonstrate, however, that it is safe to eat foods cooked in peanut oil—unless this oil is cold processed

or labeled as gourmet peanut oil.   It is therefore safe to eat foods cooked in peanut oil, unless it is cold processed,

expelled, extracted, or gourmet oil.  But looking for the word “nut” is not always enough!  Hidden sources of

peanuts include Asian dishes (such as egg rolls or dishes with Satay sauce, which is made with peanuts), nougat,

chocolate, baked goods such as cookies and cakes.   While sunflower seeds do not cross-react with peanuts, they

are often processed on the same equipment  used to manufacture peanuts, and generally should be avoided since

they could be contaminated with trace amounts of peanuts.


Avoid foods that contain:



Artificial nuts

Beer nuts

Cold pressed peanut oil

Expelled peanut oil

Extruded peanut oil

Gourmet peanut oil

Ground nuts

Mixed nuts

No-Nuts flavored nuts


Peanut butter

Peanut flour



These foods may contain peanuts:


Baking mixes




Chinese food



Egg rolls

Hydrolyzed plant protein

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Indonesian food


Mexican food





Thai food

Vietnamese food



Most peanut allergic individuals can consume peanut oil safely, unless it is cold pressed, expelled, extruded, or

gourmet peanut oil.


Nutmeg is safe to eat.   Although the name of this spice would lead one to believe it is made from nuts, nutmeg is

actually made from the seed of the fruit that grows on a tropical evergreen called Myristica fragrans.


Is this For Life?

Peanut allergy appears to be a life long condition for the majority of people.  However, it does go away in some, and

studies suggest that up to 20% of children outgrow their peanut allergy by age 6.   Research is ongoing to determine

whether allergy shots or allergy drops (sublingual immunotherapy) may be of benefit for


pf changs is number one on our list

allergyeats is an amazing site…great resourceThis blog post has been a long time coming.  I’ve been waiting to write this since AllergyEats began just about 3 years ago, but I wanted to be sure we had a large enough sample of restaurant ratings by the food allergy community for this list to be relevant and accurate.  With total ratings now in the tens of thousands, I am comfortable that hurdle has been met.  (As an FYI, AllergyEats is issuing a public press release on this subject today which can be found here:

Some may question the relevance of posting a list of the most allergy-friendly restaurant chains.  After all, just because a chain is considered allergy-friendly doesn’t mean each individual restaurant in the chain is equally accommodating, especially with some chains having franchised units as well as corporate ones… right?

While the point has some validity – and certainly there are outliers in every case – there is actually an incredibly high correlation in allergy-friendliness ratings among restaurants belonging to the same chain.  In other words, if a chain has a high allergy-friendliness rating, generally the bulk of its individual restaurants does as well.  And vice versa.  (Of course, the chain ratings are actually derived from the individual restaurant ratings, so this makes sense.)  There aren’t many chains with an equal distribution of ratings from 1 to 5.  Why?  My strong belief is that the commitment to allergy-friendliness – or lack thereof – comes from the top.  If the owners, CEOs, and managers of restaurants and chains make allergy-friendliness a priority, the culture in each restaurant will likely reflect that.  And again, vice versa.  This is true not just with allergy-friendliness and not just with restaurants, but with companies of all sizes and in all industries.

Get to the point, you say?  So be it.

Restaurant chains were grouped into three categories – Large (over 200 units), Medium (50-200 units), and Small (under 50 units).  The following lists the most allergy-friendly chains through January 2013, as a result of diner feedback on the AllergyEats website and free smartphone app.  Ratings are on a scale of 1 (least allergy-friendly) to 5 (most allergy-friendly).

Large (over 200 units):

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers (4.47 rating)

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (4.45 rating)

Chipotle Mexican Grill (4.38 rating)

Outback Steakhouse (4.34 rating)

Longhorn Steakhouse (4.30 rating)

Medium (50-200 units):

Bonefish Grill (4.50 rating)

Ninety Nine Restaurant (4.22 rating)

Zpizza (4.22 rating)

Uno Chicago Grill (4.22 rating)

Bertucci’s Brick Oven Restaurant (4.13 rating)

Small (under 50 units):

Burtons Grill (4.88 rating)

Maggiano’s Little Italy (4.76 rating)

Not Your Average Joe’s (4.73 rating)

Legal Sea Foods (4.65 rating)

Papa Razzi (4.64 rating)

The following restaurant chains (of all sizes) were recommended more often than any other, with the highest number of positive ratings and reviews:

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Outback Steakhouse

Chipotle Mexican Grill

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Not Your Average Joe’s