Saint Agnes Medical Center

Winter 2018

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9 w w w . s a m c . c o m W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 H E A LT H Y S P I R I T 9 Source: Food Allergy Research & Education FOOD ALLERGY WARNING SIGNS These severe food allergy symptoms can be signs of life-threatening anaphylaxis that requires immediate treatment with epinephrine: • Swelling of the lips, tongue and/or throat that blocks breathing • Trouble swallowing • Shortness of breath or wheezing • Turning blue • Drop in blood pressure • Loss of consciousness • Chest pain • A weak or "thready" pulse • Sense of "impending doom" chocolate product rather than a nut spread. "Sometimes people put it in a chocolate cake or icing, or a donut, and it may just say 'chocolate' [on the menu]," she says. Resetting for a healthier lifestyle Freitag maintains a busy schedule, so in addition to managing her allergy, she says she tries to "reset" her lifestyle to incorporate healthier habits as often as she can. "I'm not going to say I'm good at it. I travel a lot, and it's hard to eat well and keep to an exercise routine," she says. "I eat and I get inspired, and part of my job is to eat. But when I have down time and I'm not on the road or filming, I do try to cook very 'clean'— I eat almost vegetarian when I cook at home. It's satisfying, it helps me reset, and it makes me feel good." Pilates is her preferred exercise routine, Freitag says, and she also does lower-impact and strengthening exercises to help with back problems after years of working on her feet. "To me the hardest thing is [doing] exercise when I'm on the road. If I can find time to burn some calories—even if it's just 20 or 30 minutes—I try to walk, run or do the hotel gym. I'm more conscious about it now [that she is older] because it's harder and takes longer to get results!" There are more products in the market that are allergen-friendly, and there is so much more to work with than ever before.

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