Last updated 3/31/2015
I have been hesitant to publish a list of what I use. The list is so very short right now, for one thing. I had a major setback a couple years ago where I both became insanely more sensitive to corn traces AND possibly developed other food allergies. (I have since added back a few things I was certain I was allergic to because they again turned out to be corntaminated.) But I am still in the process of figuring out what I can eat and not. Additionally, what different people tolerate is so *very* individual. There is so much that I tolerate that no one else will, even people who in many other ways are less sensitive to traces of corn than me, and there are also plenty of things I don’t tolerate that others do, even super-sensitive folks.
But a number of people have asked, and it’s also an interesting reference. Maybe it will be helpful for people or at least be interesting. If you read this list and think that there isn’t much on it, please note that if it’s not on this list, I’m not eating it. Seriously. No, there is no cooking oil on it. And no grains. There are very few legumes on it. And also note that of the items on the list, I am also not able to get a steady supply at all times, so often am only eating about a third of this list at any given point in time. Also consider that there are actually people getting by with *less*. They’re probably just too overwhelmed to blog about it. Continue reading
Yeah, you guessed it. I make most of my personal care products. And here’s what I use.
I am ashamed to say that I don’t clean that much. I should. I want to. I don’t like being filthy but remembering to do basic chores has never been my strong suit, even before allergy life. I kept an okay house during my calmer times but any time I got in the least bit busy, the the dishes and laundry would pile up apallingly high before I did anything about them. Then my food allergies went out of control and I started having to spend a ton of time cooking, researching, and sourcing safe food on top of my full-time-and-then-some job. So yeah, lately I don’t clean too much. Fortunately my wonderful boyfriend puts up with it and (usually) good-naturedly does way more than his fair share. Then every few months I go crazy cleaning All The Things to make up for my general slovenliness. Well, maybe it’s been more than a few by this point.
But here are the products that get used when cleaning happens.
Here’s the situation I was in a year ago: I had been corn and gluten free for 6 years, and thought I had it all figured out. Then suddenly I started having anaphylactic reactions to previously safe foods. I thought I must have a new allergen. In fact, I did have a few new allergens, but the one allergen that was causing the anaphylaxis was actually still corn. For many of the foods that I realized I was reacting to, I was able to eat another version of that food that was grown/processed without corn contamination.
If you know that you are allergic to corn, and find yourself reacting and confused because you think you are corn free, you may want to re-examine your food and household products for hidden corn. You may also have new allergens. It’s important for the sake of safety to examine all possibilities rather than dismissing any particular one without first exploring and testing.