Some foods are causing strange skin reactions on my face. I'll get one pink hive on a cheek, or smaller, colourless bumps and lumps that are only mildly itchy, all on my face. They appear one day and are gone hours later or by the next morning. I'm unable to determine what is causing them. I believe it is more than one food or ingredient. I got little bumps near my mouth yesterday from eating two organic Ambrosia apples. Today, I can't say for sure what it could have been. I ate a pomegranate, spinach salad, butternut squash and green (flat) beans (which I cooked because they were terrible raw). I also ate a small amount nuts (5 Brazil nuts, less than an ounce of pecans, one macadamia and a few pine nuts). I used organic miso and fresh lemon and lime in the dressing for the spinach, along with organic olive oil. Obviously, the sheer variety will make it tough to determine the cause of today's breakout, but I'm disconcerted at the regularity with which I'm breaking out in odd lumps and bumps. These aren't pimples and the skin is never broken. It's just swelling that hangs around for a few hours, then goes away. I'd chalk it up to more detox fun and games, but the episodes seem to be directly linked with foods.
Last week, after a pretty bad weekend of overindugence in cooked food, dairy and wines at a gourmet food and wine expo in Toronto, I spent two days eating minimally and drinking lots of water, to flush it all out. By the second day, I looked jaundiced. My friend, who is a shiatsu therapist, suggested that the dairy and wine are very damp foods that cause dampness in the body, an abundance of which could account for the yellow skin. It only lasted the day, so I'm not worrying too much. The dairy indulgence was a huge mistake. I won't do that again anytime soon. It ground my digestive and eliminative system to a halt. I do enjoy wine, but I rarely drink more than a glass or two. However, the jaundice was something I've never experienced in my life. It was certainly strange to look in the mirror and see a yellow face and neck. Thankfully, the lighting in the restaurant I went to that evening was very dim.
So, the real question in all of this is: am I exhibiting true (mild) allergies or sensitivites to a variety of foods and will this continue, or is there some element of detox that is causing the strange reactions to foods, that might settle down at a later time? If I'm no longer detoxing, say, a month from now, will the same two apples or whatever I'm sensitive to today still be an issue?