Growing up, I wasn’t exactly a banana fan. Coaches used to shove them down my throat: “As a female athlete you need your potassium”. I would whine and gag and complain about the texture, ripeness, color, anything to get me out of eating straight up banana.
Actually I still don’t like to eat banana as a fruit… unless dipped in dark chocolate.
My problem lies in bananas amazing versatility. I have come to love banana in so many ways:
- Blended into smoothies
- When frozen they give smoothies a milkshake like texture
- Mashed up and mixed with oatmeal
- As an ingredient in banana bread, pancakes and cookies
- The joys of raw banana vegan ice cream
- Sliced up in a salad containing other more expensive fruit.
Truth is, I had come to rely on bananas as part of my vegan experiment. I was really enjoying the fruit in so many dishes. But I couldn’t figure out why my throat was always itchy.
At first, I blamed it on the seasons changing. Then I blamed it on the cats. Then I decided I must have been allergic to the non-dairy creamer I was using in my coffee. Nothing seemed to work. Then I forgot to buy bananas for a few weeks. It wasn’t a big deal. I was stressed and had gotten back into my bad vegetarian habit of eating too much cheese. It was one of those things, if something doesn’t itch, you don’t notice it.
Then one day at work, I actually ate a banana. Right out of its peel. My throat instantly became itchy. It was a direct correlation. I’m pretty sure my allergy is to bananas.
The allergy scares me. I was told that an itchy throat reaction is a warning sign that the reaction may turn to anaphylactic shock at any given time. As a grown up I can make the responsible decision and cut the food from my life.
But since eliminating it, I’ve been in a bit of a funk. My breakfasts consist of toast and fruit. Desserts tend to be junk instead of healthy. Even my main meals are plain and boring.
So in 2012, I want to get back to eating healthy exciting foods, blogging more and I have an exciting running goal I can’t wait to share. I even snagged a special URL for it.
Have you ever given up a food because you showed a mild allergic reaction? How hard did you find it to adapt?