New PA what can I eat???

Posted on: Fri, 09/15/2006 - 5:46am
xoxstacey's picture
Joined: 09/08/2006 - 09:00

Hello to all... I am so happy to have found this site... I only hope you can all help me. Recently while pregers with my third child (she is 5 months now) I discovered I have a peanut allergy. I always knew I was allergic to almonds but had no idea I was making it worse because I continued eating all nuts. I figured I wasnt that allergic since I only got an itchy throat. Anyhow, now it's bad... rashes hives funny feeling on tounge and now when I eat peanuts I have the same reaction. I have lost so much weight because I am now parinoid and afraid to eat. I especially will not eat in resturants.... Please help!! Anyone have a safe list? know of any safe resturants or fast food? snacks meals etc???? or places and foods to stear clear????

Thanks to all


Posted on: Fri, 09/15/2006 - 9:36am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

You need to take some time and really check out this site. You'll find lots of info. You need to start really reading labels and asking ? in resturants.
Also you should see your allergist and get a complete diagnosis and Epi Pen persciption, if you are allergic that can be your life saver!
Another resource is FAAN [url=""][/url] whose site has info and sells/links to many other resources. Living Without is also an excellent magazine, usally sold in health food stores for those with food allergies.
Best of luck.

Posted on: Fri, 09/15/2006 - 12:05pm
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

I am a PA adult...I eat fresh meat, vegetables & fruit. I do not eat prepackaged/manufactured foods and do not eat in restaurants.
At first, it was upsetting to eat this way but I have done it now for 4 years and it does not bother me at all.
I find that it is less stress that constantly taking risks on other food.
Also, I cook ahead on weekends and make lunchs and have leftovers I can stick in the microwave.
I find that I am much healthier...haven't had a respiratory infection since I started eating this way. (used to have 2-3 per year.)

Posted on: Fri, 09/15/2006 - 2:18pm
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

you may just be overwhelmed. i have two PA girls (ages 7 and 10) who've known they are PA from about one year old. they can eat far more things than they cannot and we really don't live that much differently than anyone else. we avoid restaurants with peanuts out in buckets and ones that serve of peanut-y desserts or potential peanut-y foods (like chinese, thai, etc..).
i can't think of many fastfood places we cannot go to if we are really aware of our surroundings. and besides, i'm starting to think we don't need fastfood anyhow so i may eliminate that for reasons other than peanut allergy.
my girls have a very full life with fewer restrictions than i once thought they'd have. no bakeries, not many donut places (but we have found two in our area that are safe), birthdays are a problem due to bakery cakes. again....this stuff is not really healthy anyhow so losing it isn't much of a loss.
you MUST try sunbutter, creamy if you can. it is wonderful if you ever are in need of a peanut butter replacement or your family or friends would like to have a pb replacement to enjoy that won't hurt you.
PA has not limited us all that much. i complain about it a lot but mostly because i just hate that my girls (and you and everyone else with it) have to fear for their safety over the most ridiculous thing. a peanut! who'd have thought!
but...we live fully and enjoy lots of things in spite of PA. you will too. it just takes some time to figure out how to do things. i think it took me about one full year to figure out how serious PA was and then another two years trying to calm myself down and stop worrying so much. after that, we've done great. you will too. [img][/img]

Posted on: Sat, 09/16/2006 - 5:16am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by cathlina:
[b]I am a PA adult...I eat fresh meat, vegetables & fruit. I do not eat prepackaged/manufactured foods and do not eat in restaurants.
I agree with Cathlina. Eating simple foods is safer and healthier. There is only one ingredient in a potato!
I, and some of the other adults with PA here, do eat in restaurants...but we are careful. I carry a chef card that explains the allergy to the waiter and the chef.
I was diagnosed with PA at the age of 56, a year and a half ago. It took about a year before I was relatively comfortable with PA.
It takes time to figure it out. You'll get there!

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2006 - 6:23pm
MichelleR's picture
Joined: 05/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi there,
Firstly I am sorry to hear about your allergy and also about your anxiety about food. I have adult onset pa (at age 20 - now 26) and I too experienced similar anxiety shortly after I developed the allergy. However, after nearly 7 years I am more comfortable with it. In the early days of the allergy I refused to eat in restaurants or in anyone else's home and was paranoid about pre packaged food even when there was no "warnings" etc on the package. However, nearly 7 years of experience and learning about the allergy (mostly from this site) I do eat in restaurants but never in Thai/Chinese/Indian or places with a lot of peanuts on the menu. I always ask questions and don't tend to eat things with 'hidden' ingredients ie wth sauces etc. However, I find there is more awareness out there than before among restaurant staff re allergies. That said, I live in Ireland and I think the peanut is not as prevalent here as it is in the US and Canada.
Anyway, I hope things get easier for you, you can learn a lot from this site - it is an invaluable resource for the allergic individual imho.
Take care,

Posted on: Tue, 09/19/2006 - 1:19am
rachandbake's picture
Joined: 09/19/2006 - 09:00

I am 21 and have a severe PA since I was born.
I have never found it hard to function in society with this allergy. There have been times when I wasn't able to eat anything being served and would have to get a separate meal later, that is about the extent of the discomfort I have felt.
When I go out to eat I ask the hostess before I touch ANYTHING in the restaurant what type of oil they cook with. If they just blurt something out I make them go ask the cook.
Read the ingredients on everything you buy. If it says "manufactured in a facility that process peanuts/tree nuts" I usually eat it if it is something such as a milky way or kit kat bar since I have eaten them my entire life. Most companies just recently started putting that warning on all their packaging to protect themselves from law suites. I always make sure I have benadryl on me when I do eat such things just incase my mouth starts to itch.
You shouldnt feel alienated from the world because of this. People function every day who cannot eat any dairy, corn syurp, etc.

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 4:40pm
xoxstacey's picture
Joined: 09/08/2006 - 09:00

Thank you all!! I have been surfing this site and found a lot of answers to my questions. It's still a little frustrating finding safe resturants since my hubby loves to eat out! If anyone can suggest any they feel totally safe at (perhaps even what they order) that would be great!! Thanks again.....
(I live in B.C. canada by they way)
Resturants I like to eat at are Olive garden, montana's, boston pizza, pizza hut, wendy's burger king, swiss chalet, the keg, denny's.... to name a few that we used to go to but now I am parinoid.... Does anyone eat here or avoids.....

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2006 - 6:09am
xoxstacey's picture
Joined: 09/08/2006 - 09:00

hahaha losing weight when you find out you are allergic as an adult?!?! Yes!!! I can relate. Actually I have been worried. For years I have tried losing weight with little or no results. Since this allergy I have lost 60 lbs in a matter or like 3 months. This after just have a baby (she is almost 6 months now) this seems impossible, but since I have been parinoid and avoiding eating out, I think that is what has done it.... mind you my hubby is more than frustrated. We got in an argument last night... because any time we bring home a product I look it up.... I was so hurt by his nasty remarks about me being "nuts" and parinoid... asked if I will be doing this forever.... anyhow after me sleeping in the spare room and writing him an email saying how hurt I am from his lack of suport and reminding how scarey it was to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance after eating yourart that contained nuts (didnt have anfalactic shock but close) broke out in hives and have itchy throat. Gave me shot of benadrl in arm before sending me to hospital and in hospital they gave me IV steriods adn benedryl.... anyhow, must have hit a nerve because he came to me this morning apoligising and said he will back me 100% ..... Sorry for rambling

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2006 - 6:12am
xoxstacey's picture
Joined: 09/08/2006 - 09:00

...hehe and sorry for my spelling

Posted on: Tue, 09/26/2006 - 1:56pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by xoxstacey:
[b]Resturants I like to eat at are Olive garden, montana's, boston pizza, pizza hut, wendy's burger king, swiss chalet, the keg, denny's.... to name a few that we used to go to but now I am parinoid.... [/b]
I eat at Swiss Chalet all the time. Ask them for their allergy chart... only a few items are 'may contain peanuts' (ie: Caesar salad dressing, etc). I eat the quarter chicken dinner with fries and tangy sauce.. one of my favourites! [img][/img] I also eat Pizza Hut and Wendy's.
Carful about Boston Pizza.. I think they use peanut sauce as a peanut topping so I don't eat there re- worried about cross contamination.


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