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St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, means more than shamrocks and corned-beef cabbage to allergy sufferers. It marks the arrival of the sneezing and sniffling season. It’s time to take action rather than let your allergies get the best of you.

That’s means you need to pass on that shamrock shake you see advertised on television for St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, you should be filling yourself full of healthy whole foods, such as vegetables and fruit, according to Robert Wellesley, author of Resolve All Your Allergies, Food Intolerances and Chemical Sensitivities.

“The more you reduce your exposure to food additives and environmental chemicals, the lower you will be able to bring down your total allergy stake,” Wellesley wrote in his book.

How does this work? An “allergy stake” is composed of the “terrible trio” (pollens and other allergens, processed food additives and environmental chemicals). You reach your allergy threshold, the point where symptoms kick in, faster if you tangle with the terrible trio too much.

You can lower or even eliminate your symptoms if you cut back on any of the three. Pollen in the air is kind of out of your control but you can reduce your consumption of processed foods which contain loads of additives. The key word here is “reduce.” No one said you need to cut out all your favorites.

Artificial additives have been implicated in contributing to or causing allergies and/or asthma, according to Wellesley. Some to avoid are aspartame, benzoic acid, aluminum/sodium aluminum phosphate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, high fructose and sucralose.

Who knows how many additives you might find in typical shamrock shake from a fast-food restaurant. Here’s a St. Patrick’s Day recipe that might keep you from reaching for a sugary, minty shake from a fast-food restaurant.

Allergy-friendly Shamrock Shake
Makes one serving


1.1 ripe avocado
2.1 cup spinach (organic if possible)
3.1 cup dairy-free beverage of choice
4.2 T. chopped mint leaves
5.1 ˝ cups crushed ice
6.˝-3/4 tsp. of mint extract
7.Stevia or other sweetener, to taste


1.Use a food processor or high-speed blender.
2.Scoop out the meat of the avocado.
3.Add all the ingredients to your blender or processor.
4.Blend until thick and creamy.

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