I'm new to this world of peanut allergy. I know that some people react to the mere smell of peanuts, so I think I know the answer to my question. But, I want to ask it anyway, just to make sure I'm not going crazy.
Life has gotten so much better since identifying my problem with peanuts. After some other reactions I've had since ditching the peanuts, I've figured out that my problems seems to be legumes in general. So, I stopped eating beans, too.
But, I knew that there was something else bothering me. After 3 weeks of scrupulous journal keeping, I think I may have identified the "something else." Given that soybeans are a legume, I think that I am reacting to the soy oil/flour/etc. that is omnipresent in our world today. The strength of my flare-ups seems to correlate with the amount of soy I've taken in. My tolerance level seems to move up or down, according to the amount of soy I've had. I've even gone back to read the ingredient lists of things that I wrote in my food journal that had me perplexed at the time. Now I understand WHY my symptoms flared up after a simple hot chocolate: it contains soy!
Does this sound as if I'm on to something here?
This stinks, because soy is in absolutely everything! I enjoy cooking and baking, but I didn't want to be forced into making my own mayonnaise or tortillas! Grrr!
Any thoughts would be appreciated!