Have you ever been jogging or doing a cardio workout and all of a sudden your legs begin to itch and swell and you feel nauseous? If so, you may be experiencing exercise induced anaphylaxis. I know it sounds silly eh? Its hard enough to get people to believe my food allergies let alone an allergy to exercise!!! I first experienced this last December as I did a 80’s workout video with my sister. With a little research my mum was able to find out what was going on! They say it is very rare and is more likely to happen if you eat right before working out. I am no doctor so if your interested, check out google on exercise induced anaphylaxis! There is tons of articles on this topic.
I have been beginning to workout again lately and I seem to be able to manage it. If I avoid eating before working out and don’t push myself to far, I seem to be okay. My family doctor also said this can be caused by temperature, so I try to avoid pushing myself to a hot over heated exercise state. I agreed to go for a run with a girlfriend after a winter of lying on the couch. I over did it a bit and found my skin itchy and uncomfortable. So needless to say, I am working on it.
On the note of fitness I have a cool healthy snack! I have really been loving yogurt, with granola and chia seeds! Chia seeds come from the mint family and are a great source of fibre, omega 3 and the 9 essential amino acids. They have no flavour and add a tapioca texture to the yogurt. Add some fruit and you have a delicious healthy snack or breakfast.
Exercising is a great way to relax and forget about what you’ve got going on! Always remember to stop if your feeling anything weird and never exercise alone if you think you may be experiencing exercise induced anaphylaxis!!