Yup... even my abnormalities are abnormal! Seriously, this syndrome is so rare that most allergists have never even seen a case of it. Not sure how I got so lucky.
Basically, it's pretty much like it sounds. If I eat something that I'm even slightly allergic to, and exercise while it's still in my system, it provokes an anaphylactic reaction - which is a very severe allergic reaction - think bee sting, swelling up like a sweet potato, rush her to the emergency room before she stops breathing - type of reaction.
I've had a grand total of 4 said reactions in my lifetime, before I had the great fortune to have stumbled upon a doctor who was up on her reading and managed to diagnose it. Since then, I've had to be extremely careful about mixing food and exercise, but I have managed to avoid repeating the experience. Though I do carry an Epi-pen with me just in case.
My general strategy, aside from avoiding all foods that I'm allergic to, has been to wait at least 2.5 hours after eating to do any sort of exercise. Now this worked when "exercise" used to mean a workout of 45 minutes to an hour, but my strategy wasn't quite so successful once I bought a road bike and started cycling regularly for 3-4 hours at a time.
Suffice it to say, I was suffering from grumbling tummy syndrome BIG TIME!
So, here's where it helps to have a stepmother who is also an allergist. She was able to work with me to determine that there are a few foods which I can safely mix with exercise, so I can eat right before I ride rather than having to wait a few hours.
Basically, at this point, my "safe list" includes, potatoes (either white or sweet) eggs and salt. Sooooo... on days when I'm planning to ride, my breakfast looks something like this:
|Boiled eggs and sweet potatoes|
But it sorta got me to thinking about breakfast in general, and wondering what most people consider to be "normal" breakfast foods.
When I was a kid I ate eggs every single morning of my life. My mother believed in a high protein breakfast, so we generally had eggs with toast and orange juice, and on special occasions she'd add in some sausage or bacon and hash browns.
My dad, on the other hand, is a high-fiber low-fat breakfast man, so for him breakfast has always been either bran flakes or oatmeal with skim or powdered milk.
When I lived in Norway, the morning meal usually consisted of open faced sandwiches of cheese or cold cuts, and maybe a soft boiled egg on special occasions.
As for me... my breakfast habits have changed numerous times over the years, but presently since I'm trying to eat as many veggies as possible, breakfast on non-riding days tends to be some sort of veggie and egg dish with the occasional piece of fruit on the side.
|Fried Eggs with Fiesta Style Veggies|
And I've never understood the people who seem to be able to eat dessert foods for breakfast like pancakes, waffles, muffins, sweet rolls, donuts, toast with jelly or jam, sweet cereals, fruit juice, etc.
My taste buds would LOVE it, but I fear my blood sugar levels would not, and it would be sorta like a migraine in the making for me.
Anyhow, I'm curious to know... what do you usually eat for breakfast? Did you get your breakfast habits from your parents, or did you come about your morning menu in a different way?