Food Allergy Counseling

Food Allergy Counseling
Sloane Miller, Food Allergy Counselor (Picture © Noel Malcolm 2013)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Coconut Milk, Goya

I was at a food industry colleague’s house for a tasting a few weeks back and they used coconut milk by Goya as the basis of their tasting dishes.

I felt a little nervous.

I’ve never been allergic to coconut. I ate it frequently as a child and then for some reason stopped. So, the longer I didn’t eat coconut or coconut-containing items, the more fearful I became. Totally irrational and I bet not uncommon for those of us who have a long and deep history of “Surprise! You’re allergic” or have any adverse reaction to a food which was believed to be safe.

As part of my expanding diet project (i.e. safe food challenges), I started eating coconut again without issue. I’ve been eating coconut macaroons by Jennies for a few years now and using coconut oil by Tropical Traditions as a skin moisturizer. But I hadn’t eaten coconut oil until that evening. It was more of a mental leap than anything else and I’m glad I made it. The food was delicious and now I know I’m okay with coconut milk. One more item to cross off my list.

Making progress.

5 comments:

Portside said...

Congratulations!

Diana said...

I'm really glad to read this story. After being diagnosed with tree nut allergies for the first time at the age of 33, I've developed an irrational fear of anything worth the syllable "nut," including coconut, to which I've never reacted and to which the skin test didn't react. Yet I've avoided it for almost two years now. I'm going to have to read up on your safe food challenge and try to reintroduce it into my diet.

Allergic Girl® said...

diana: upshot of food challenge post is safest challenge is in your allergist's office, esp if you feel nervous.

Alisa said...

Welcome back to the coconut world. It is delicious :)

Food Allergy Queen said...

Sloane, I'm trying coconut milk yogurt and ice cream this week, will let you know how it goes! Yay you for trying and liking it. :)