Why Do People Develop Food Allergies?

I was 21 years old when I developed my food sensitivities all of a sudden, but WHY?

This is a question I don’t have the answer to and I don’t know if anyone has the answer to. I happened to develop my food sensitivities after I changed things around and stopped doing other things (like eating pounds of junk food), which has me questioning if anything that I changed or did in the past has a factor into why I now have food sensitivities in my 20’s or is it all just one big coincidence?

I know the body changes every few years and things may come and go, but does something I did impact how my body changes? Around 9 years old, I was allergic to the cold for about 3 years and it just went away. Why did that happen? How come it just came and went? Does that affect the reason why I now have food sensitivities? Junior year of high school, I stopped playing sports and started working out and eating healthier. I ate less junk food and more fruits and vegetables. I started to only drink water and I ran 5 days a week to get into shape. I ended up losing 20 pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. After losing weight, I changed my outlook in life as well as physical changes. I developed a heart murmur and now question if developing food sensitivities has anything to do with losing weight and changing my diet, plus I still continue to workout 5 days a week and eat as healthy as I can.

Freshman year of college, I went to school for baking & pastry and had a whole term of labs working in the kitchen. I didn’t like doing it for school and getting graded on my baking skills, so I dropped out and switched majors. Junior year of college I developed food sensitivities and find it interesting that it showed up after I stopped baking in school. That makes me wonder if the exposure to all the sweets I consumed because we had to try what we made and were also able to bring some home, had anything to do with my food issues or if it was a coincidence and I just happened to start having issues after I dropped out of baking & pastry. If I was starting college now that I have my food sensitivities, I probably wouldn’t have tried becoming a pastry chef, even though I do love baking, because I wouldn’t be able to eat any of it. Chocolate class would have been the death of me.

I just wonder if anything correlates to developing food allergies or if you’ll develop them no matter what. It’s not like I was born with food sensitivities and don’t know a life without them, they just showed up one day out of nowhere. So, like, why does that happen? Could I have stopped it from happening early on in life? Does anyone have the answers to these questions?

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