Becky Irvin allergic to Christmas food

York Press: Becky Irvin, from York, who suffers from an allergy to Christmas food Becky Irvin, from York, who suffers from an allergy to Christmas food

MEET Becky Irvin, the girl who is allergic to Christmas – or at least the food.

As millions of Brits tuck into their festive treats, Becky, 33, will be stuck with dry beef and veg after learning 15 years ago she was allergic to the main ingredients.

Turkey, stuffing, gravy, pigs in blankets, wine and sweet treats are all off-limits for the University of York administrator, due to the yeast extracts contained in them.

“This year I’ll be having a measly bit of dry beef, with potato, veg and no gravy because of the yeast.

“I don’t really like veg either but it’s one of the few food groups I can get away with.

“I’ll then be faced with everyone else’s plate piled high with all these delicious Christmas treats which I can’t have unless I want to feel horrendous.”

Becky realised when she was 18 she was getting poorly while feasting on traditional Christmas fare.

“I would get terrible bloating in my stomach and then stabbing-like pains, headaches, fatigue and sickness would follow. At Christmas, I would often eat and drink more than usual and so I was always particularly ill around this time of year. I was 18 the last time I had turkey with all the trimmings and my stomach bloated so much it looked like I was six months pregnant. That was when I decided to get tested.”

After being wrongly diagnosed with appendicitis, Becky took a food intolerance test which showed she was allergic to yeast, eggs, sugar and fish.

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12:11pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Fat Harry says...

I'm no expert, so sorry if I'm wrong...

I'm sure yeast-free stock cubes & gravy mixes are available.

Also I don't understand why turkey would have yeast in it unless its carcass has been sitting around long enough for natural yeast to begin forming on its surface. A fresh organic bird should not present a problem should it? Other than a financial one if course.
I'm no expert, so sorry if I'm wrong... I'm sure yeast-free stock cubes & gravy mixes are available. Also I don't understand why turkey would have yeast in it unless its carcass has been sitting around long enough for natural yeast to begin forming on its surface. A fresh organic bird should not present a problem should it? Other than a financial one if course. Fat Harry

12:59pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Hicarrumba says...

What do you eat ever? most of the things on christens menus contains every day foods just cooked differently. And as above said there are great free alternatives. This is not a dig at this lady's allergies either, i feel quite sorry for her. surely someone out there knows a different way.
What do you eat ever? most of the things on christens menus contains every day foods just cooked differently. And as above said there are great free alternatives. This is not a dig at this lady's allergies either, i feel quite sorry for her. surely someone out there knows a different way. Hicarrumba

10:01pm Sat 22 Dec 12

piaggio1 says...

a none story if ever, this newspaper? is getting worse
a none story if ever, this newspaper? is getting worse piaggio1

9:39am Sun 23 Dec 12

notsmallminded says...

She looks like she's allergic to nuts too!
She looks like she's allergic to nuts too! notsmallminded

10:18am Sun 23 Dec 12

lawman1972 says...

Slow news day.............
Slow news day............. lawman1972

6:10am Mon 24 Dec 12

xtc says...

lawman1972 wrote:
Slow news day.............
Gettin a few now at press,no one complained about the council!?
[quote][p][bold]lawman1972[/bold] wrote: Slow news day.............[/p][/quote]Gettin a few now at press,no one complained about the council!? xtc

6:10am Mon 24 Dec 12

xtc says...

lawman1972 wrote:
Slow news day.............
Gettin a few now at press,no one complained about the council!?
[quote][p][bold]lawman1972[/bold] wrote: Slow news day.............[/p][/quote]Gettin a few now at press,no one complained about the council!? xtc

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