Tuesday Anything Possible – #RRBC Spotlight Author Sherilyn Powers

I am so pleased to welcome Sherilyn Powers this week’s Rave Reviews Spotlight Author. Please visit this LINK to see all the stops as part of her tour. So please welcome Sherilyn to Fiction Favorites.

Sherilyn Powers imageI'm Not Crazy I'm Allergic by Sherilyn Powers

Eliminating Top Food Allergens
By Sherilyn Powers
Author of I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic!

One of the things that is difficult in a journey to identify if you have food allergies or sensitivities, is where to start.
According to most allergy sites there are between eight and eleven top allergens that are most likely to cause issues. These are usually identified as mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat and sulphites.
Usually peanuts and shellfish are an “all or nothing” type of reaction. It seems that when people develop allergies or sensitivities to these, it doesn’t stay just annoying but quickly goes serious. Not everyone reacts like this but the majority seem to.
The other foods seem to be a little less critical for people and they are good to start your elimination diet.
Things to keep in mind as you eliminate a food is to make sure you aren’t getting it anywhere. Read labels. It doesn’t matter if eggs is the last thing on the list (supposedly meaning there is less of it than anything else), if you are eliminating eggs, don’t eat it.
The same thing goes for eating food where you don’t have control over all the ingredients ie. fast food. Unless you can look up their ingredients or allergy list, don’t chance it. The more diligent you are to ensuring you are not exposed to that food for the required time, the better result you will get when you reintroduce it if you do have a sensitivity/allergy to it.
Another thing to note… you may have to do an elimination of a food more than once. Sometimes the first time you take a food out, you don’t get a definite reaction. After a few other things have been eliminated, you can try that food again and see if your reaction is any stronger.
If you find that you take out a food, feel better for the week to ten days, and then feel horrible when you reintroduce it – congratulations! You have found something you would be better off avoiding. However, you aren’t done yet.
The bad news is… most people aren’t just allergic/sensitive to one thing. For a lot of people, once their bodies “decide” to react to one thing, it isn’t long before another one or two pop up.
In my book “I’m Not Crazy… I’m Allergic!” I go more in-depth with elimination diets and the things to help identify if you have unknown allergies or sensitivities.

Sherilyn Powers’ contact information:
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/imnotcrazyimallergic
Twitter: @SPowersINCIA
Website:  http://imnotcrazyimallergic.com

71 comments

  1. I’m so glad chocolate isn’t included in that list of common food allergens. 🙂

    1. Me too. Rebecca. Thanks for stopping.

    2. Me too, Rebecca. Thanks for the visit.

    3. It actually is on some lists! It’s a huge migraine trigger for a lot of people. Sorry John and Rebecca! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. OMG – can you imagine being allergic to cocoa!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! lol

    Seriously, it’s really useful to have these food allergy testing tips, Sherilyn. The allergy tests I really disliked most are the ‘scratch’ ones – those are horrible, but at least you usually get a pronounced reaction pretty clearly with those. I’m actually grateful for testing positive to dust and a fair number of cleaning aerosols – it gives me a free pass from dry AND wet dusting – always a silver lining somewhere! 😛
    Thanks for hosting John 😀

    1. Good points Jan. Glad something good came from your allergies.

    2. Thanks Jan. I’m glad something good came out of your allergies.

    3. Lol, see above about chocolate Jan, but I like the scratch tests as a “let’s start here” point. It is pretty much instantaneous. And as for your silver lining… I wish that would work with me! I just get a dust mask through at me. Thanks for coming by!

  3. I need to come back and check this one out. I have so many different kinds of allergies… they are so aggravating. Hugs!!

    1. Me too, Teagan. I think I might be allergic to air.:-) HuGS to you. Achoo.

    2. They really do put a crimp in some people’s lives! Thank you for dropping in! And we’d better get John a box of tissues. 🙂

  4. One thing that I learned, you don’t have to be born with allergies. My allergy to pollen developed later in life.
    Thanks for introducing us to Sherilyn, John!

    1. I developed asthma four years ago. A

      1. I’m sorry to hear that, John.

      2. Thanks. Been a challenge.

    2. Thank you for coming by Jill! You may not be born with allergies… but you can be born with the predisposition to allergies. Thanks mom and dad! 🙂 Hey John, have you ever tried peppermint tea for your asthma? I keep some in my first aid kit in case someone forgets their inhaler. 🙂

      1. I have the emergency inhaler with me at all times but that sounds like a good idea.

  5. I have to agree the the other Rebecca! I’m very happy chocolate is not on the list! Great job, Sherilyn!
    Thanks for hosting, John!

    1. Thanks for stopping Rebecca

    2. I feel so mean, bursting everyone’s bubble about chocolate! lol Thanks for coming Rebecca!

    1. Thanks Gerald. Nice.

    2. Thank you for the reblog Gerald, and for stopping by!

    1. Thanks Kim. 🙂

      1. My pleasure, John!

    2. Thank you so much Kim!

  6. Great advice Sherilyn. Understanding that something is going wrong does help many to cope with their allergies.

    1. Thanks for the visit Gordon

    2. Thank you Gordon! Knowledge is definitely power!

  7. I have a number of allergies, including some skin reactions that I’ve never been able to determine the cause. Perhaps rather than an environmental stimulus they could be related to a food allergy. Hmmm….definitely something for thought.
    Great post, Sherilyn, and thanks for hosting, John!

    1. Skin reactions can be definitely be food related, Mae. People with celiac disease can have a skin breakout/rash called dermatitis herpetiformis when they ingest gluten. Eczema is another one that can be caused by foods. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  8. I’m lucky enough not to be bothered by any allergies – as far as I know – I cant imagine having to deal with it when it seriously impacts on your life like it can

    1. Yes. it is a bear. Thanks Dawn.

    2. At least you are keeping an open mind! lol I think it is awesome when I meet someone that doesn’t have allergies, well awesome and jealousy-provoking! You are a rare breed, Dawn! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I was so relieved when we finally figured out that our son is allergic to milk protein. Eliminating it made him feel so much better. No more hives every day. Also no more pizza, but we’ve survived.

    1. Thanks for the comment and visit Anne.

    2. I am glad you found out too! Your poor son. However, there are more options every day for non-dairy foods. Daiya saved my daughter’s sanity. She was able to have grilled “cheese” sandwiches again. lol

  10. Gwen Plano · ·

    Another great article, Sherilyn! Thank you so much for pointing out the ties between food allergies and emotions. And, thank you John for hosting. 🙂

    1. Thank you Gwen! And thank you for coming by!

  11. I can’t believe how many members are coming out and supporting you. Things are really changing here, and I am happy to see it. Have a wonderful outing. Thank you John H. for hosting.

    1. Thank you for stopping by Joy!

  12. I’m learning so much from your posts this week, Sherilyn – thanks so much! Looking forward to reading your book! Thanks for hosting, John!

    1. Thank you so much John! It is great to hear that the information is helping people. It really makes my day.

  13. Shirley Harris-Slaughter · ·

    Sherilyn the elimination process can be overwhelming. There are so many foods and products that can affect your body. In America, I believe it started when the government began taking over small farms and creating these huge conglomerates. Freshness went out and pesticides and chemicals came in and it completely changed our way of life. I remember and TV ad that came back to me. The slogan was: “Better Living Through Chemistry!” by DuPont a chemical industry. So now you tell me what is wrong with this. I still have yet to read your book but its on my list.

    1. Thanks for the visit Shirley.

    2. Thank you Shirley. The process definitely can be daunting, but it is worth it! And food has certainly changed more in the last 70 years than it has in thousands of years. It doesn’t seem like the convenience is a good trade off for health.

  14. Thank you so much for being such an awesome host, John! I enjoyed my stay here today. 🙂

    1. Always a pleasure Sherilyn. You are such a supportive member it is the least I could do.

  15. Another informative post, Sherilyn! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m pleased to have a copy of your book and your wealth of knowledge.
    Thanks for the warm welcome, John. 🙂

    1. Thank you once again Natalie!

    2. Thanks for the visit Natalie

  16. Bill Ward · ·

    Having been away, I am just catching up on your tour! I am fortunate not to suffer from any allergies or at least not to the extent they impact my daily life. As I love to eat everything I’ve been lucky because I know plenty of people who do suffer one way or another. Keep up the good work and spreading your important information.

    1. Thanks for the visit Bill and the comment.:-)

    2. Thank you for coming by Bill!

  17. I understand the process of eliminating foods from ones diet. Can be a long road. My daughter has a milk allergy. Thanks for spotlighting such an important topic. A great connection made. Appreciate it, John.

    1. Thanks for the comment and the visit Audrey

    2. Thank you so much for coming by Audrey!

  18. My sister is allergic to almost everything. Maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it feels that way. She, too, went through the process of eliminating foods until she could find what triggered her silent migraines. It turned out that a LOT of foods trigger them, including caffeine, gluten, soy, corn, and all of the “gums” that they use as thickening agents in food. Her diet is so strict, but she now lives migraine-free for the most part.

    1. Good to hear. Thanks Yvette for sharing and the visit.

      1. It’s great that your sister was able to stick it out and find her answers. It can be a long and frustrating road! She is a champion and you are awesome for supporting her! Thank you for the comment!

  19. harmonykentonline · ·

    Great advice and helpful tips in today’s post, Sherylin! So glad Chocolate isn’t on that list, lol! Have a great time in the Spotlight!

    John, thanks for being such a great host for Sherylin today 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping harmz. 🙂

  20. Congrats on an exciting blog tour, Sherilyn!! I hope you’re enjoying being in the “SPOTLIGHT!”

    John, thanks so much for supporting Sherilyn during her tour. Your dedication to RRBC is awesome!! 🙂

    1. My pleasure Mar and thanks for the nice words.

  21. I’m learning a little something at each stop! Thanks for sharing, Sherilyn.

    Thanks for hosting, John!

    1. Thanks for the visit Beem

  22. Sarah Stuart · ·

    Great blog John. It’s interesting to find out more about Sherilyn Powers. Tweeted and shared on Facebook. Sarah

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