Chronically Living and how to make the most of it

Allergies & Food Restrictions, with special guest Nikki Filippelli

August 10, 2020 Kelsey, Nikki Filippelli Season 1 Episode 8
Chronically Living and how to make the most of it
Allergies & Food Restrictions, with special guest Nikki Filippelli
Show Notes Transcript

My friend Nikki, who works as a script supervisor in the film industry, joins me this episode to discuss her severe allergies to dairy and gluten, as well as the other allergies she's had. 
We discuss:

  • how and when she realized she had these allergies
  • what it's like to live with food restrictions
  • what lifestyle modifications she's had to make
  • travelling with allergies
  • and much more!

The bread Nikki mentions that is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free is:
The cookbooks she talks about are:

  • Allergy Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal (on Amazon)
  • The Allergy Free Pantry by Collette Martin (on Amazon)

Guest Info:

Follow Nikki on Instagram @zombienikki
Check out her IMDB page to find out all the great movies and shows she's worked while she's making the most of it.
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5542115/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0

Nikki Filippelli:

Oh my god, that little red button.

Kelsey Harris:

Welcome to the chronically living and how to make the most of it podcast. I'm Kelsey Harris, a chronic pain warrior here to inspire hope and strength to the spoonie community, get ready to lift each other up and find ways to live the best life possible. Hey everyone, and thanks for tuning into chronically living and how to make the most of it this week, I have an amazing guest for you. My friend Nikki is joining us to talk a bit about her allergies. And and I think it kind of relates to a lot of things about food restrictions in general, which is pretty common with chronic illness and allergies I think or chronic illness we often forget our one so I think this is going to be a great episode and Nikki, welcome to the show.

Nikki Filippelli:

Hi. Thank you. Oh, never done this before. So this will be fun.

Kelsey Harris:

It's gonna be a lot of laughter this show I feel like so.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, hopefully she can edit a bunch of stuff though, because I'm probably gonna talk non stop.

Kelsey Harris:

Okay, I don't edit these very much. So this is what it's gonna be

Nikki Filippelli:

Fantastic.

Kelsey Harris:

Alright, so um, so first of all, you actually have a really cool job. So I just want you to start off, start us off telling us about your job, sir. You're a script supervisor in film, and probably nobody knows what that means. Okay. Tell us about it.

Nikki Filippelli:

That I am. Well, yeah, I'm a script supervisor, also known as continuity. I think when it first actually became a thing. It was known as continuity girl, because we always were women.

Kelsey Harris:

Wow.

Nikki Filippelli:

So yeah. Hey, women power, you know. Yeah. But yeah, so basically, I do script supervising, which is I work on set. And then basically, I like to describe it as the directors brain. Because whenever they forget something, I'm always the person who's like, Hey, remember this script? Hey, remember this really important detail? It needs to be in the script, it needs to be in the scene, it needs to be shot and needs to be this that, that everything. I also deal with continuity in regards to the script and what we shoot. Also, I'm kind of like the department's backup. So, you know, wardrobe hair and makeup, we'll get a actress or actor ready. And you know, if they're in the wrong outfit, I'm the one who's like, Hey, remember the other day? We shot? We shot this character? He was wearing a blue shirt and not an orange shirt. So let's get that fixed. And they're like, Okay, cool. Okay, great. You're here. And that's pretty much me. And you'll also hear me actually, a lot of the times, there's blooper reels, you'll hear someone call out an actor says line. That's my voice. I'm usually the person who screams out the line. Oh, man, it's my job. Yeah, yeah, it's a great. It's a great little job. If you have stage fright, like me, it's not the best, but you know, everyone's gotta

Kelsey Harris:

Get to the actual content episode. So over the past few years, you've you started to develop some pretty severe allergies. So most recently to dairy and gluten. Can you kind of give us an idea of like what symptoms you are experiencing that made you want to see if you did have these allergies?

Nikki Filippelli:

Well, it started about three or four years ago, I've always known that I was lactose intolerant. But it never It was really weird. It never like gave me the same symptoms that everyone else has when they are lactose intolerant. So it would be like, oh, maybe I'm not and whatever, and I'll just eat a bunch of cheese. It's fine. And you know, it was fine for a little bit. And then about three years ago, I've noticed I started I started to notice that I would eat I ended up eating a lot more cheese and dairy and I would like basically swell up. So I had gained like, a lot of weight, but it was like not real weight. It was just like water weight. And it was basically like my body swelling up because obviously allergens are happening in there and they can't figure out what's going on. So they're trying to attack my body and all this fun stuff. So I was like swollen and I was I gained so much weight and I was like there's no way I'm not eating as much like this doesn't make any sense. And then one day on set, I was working and I felt really, really sick. This is where it's gonna get really gross, but I couldn't go to the bathroom couldn't go number two for about like, a couple of days. So I didn't know what was going on. But obviously that would make anyone sick. So I was absolutely like destroyed, I couldn't do work I couldn't like I was sweating all the time I was swollen, like I didn't know what was going on. I went to a doctor and I ended up getting a bladder infection. And he's like, it's most likely from dairy. So I looked into it, and I actually ended up finding out that I was allergic to milk protein.

Kelsey Harris:

Hmm.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah. So and then, through those three, threw out my trial and errors, I, you know, I would find that I was getting rashes on my face and my neck. Anytime I would ingest milk, or any sort of dairy substance, even cross contaminated stuff, I would still notice rashes and swelling, like immediate swelling of my stomach. My body would swell up. Usually in my legs and arms, I would notice it the most. Yeah, it's not a fun thing. And a lot of fun thing to deal with. Let me tell you, no, but I ended up like cutting out everything. And then I cut out goat. I ended up trying goat cheese because everyone who's lactose intolerant can actually eat goat cheese because it's a different animal that makes it and there's no I believe there's no lactose in it, but I'm not 100% Sure. So don't quote me on that. I'm not a doctor. But yeah, so that happened and

Kelsey Harris:

Goat cheese Did that help or not?

Nikki Filippelli:

Oh, this is like, Where was I going with this? goat cheese? Um, no, I found I was still getting all the reactions. So I knew I wasn't lactose. So I was like, Okay, I must be allergic to dairy. And then I had two incidences where I accident. I was accidentally given cheese on set. And my throat started closing and I went into anaplastic shock. And I panicked, freaked out and was like, holy shit. This is actually serious like this could kill me. So then I went home, took some Benadryl, which I found out Fun fact, you should not do should not take Benadryl because Benadryl actually knocks you out. And when you're in an electric shock, you could die from that. So you should go to the ER and you should not take Benadryl. So in all seriousness, if anyone is having an electric shock, or experience, I guess, do not give them Benadryl take them to the hospital. I do find that some like normal allergy pills, like Allegro can help but it takes longer for it to help because you're in shock. Right? So definitely should go to the ER and that's super important because a lot of people will just say, Take Benadryl. It's not a thing. Do not take it. Like this is what my doctor told me. And she's an allergy doctor. So I believe her.

Kelsey Harris:

That's really good advice, that probably not a lot of people know. So yeah,

Nikki Filippelli:

yeah, that's how I found out I was allergic to milk.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah. And gluten's more recent, right?

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah. gluten's a little bit more recent. Excuse me, I found out that. So I just kept getting like, pains from eating meat. Like I would eat a burger, but without the cheese. And I was like, Okay, why am I still feeling sick? Like what is causing this? And then anytime I would eat like, dough or anything with wheat cereal, I just constantly felt sick in my stomach. Like, as soon as I would take a bite, my stomach would literally inflate. And I would feel so much pain inside my stomach that I didn't know what was going on. So I messaged a bunch of my friends who were celiac. And I was like, Hey, does this happen to you when you have an allergy to gluten? And they said 100 you're allergic to gluten. So I cut out gluten soy eggs, and I think that's it. Pretty sure that's it. And I ended up feeling like I haven't felt this good in over four years.

Kelsey Harris:

Wow.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, so I'm definitely allergic to gluten. Soy and eggs. And apparently this is a big thing that happens with people who are allergic to milk. They develop these allergies because your body just can't handle them. So you end up becoming allergic to gluten. Soy and eggs and that's actually like a known thing. So my naturopath was actually not Surprised she's like, I'm not surprised at all that you're allergic to all of these things.

Kelsey Harris:

That's crazy. That's That's a lot. It's like everything.

Nikki Filippelli:

It's really hard to find food.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah, I bet. Wow. Okay. So how did you how did you feel emotionally after finding out about your allergies? Did you feel like upset? Were you relieved to get it? I like to know or, you know, how are you? How are you feeling?

Nikki Filippelli:

Honestly, I felt relieved. I haven't felt so this good in my body. Like I've always known something was wrong, like anytime I would eat food I was, I was like, Why do I feel so sick. And there would be moments where I was like, I'm not hungry. I don't want to eat. Like, this doesn't make any sense. Foods making me sick. Like, I remember going back like 10 years, I would be like, having these weird like, moments in my in my life. And I look back now. And I was always like, Oh, I just like, I feel so sick from eating. But I know I've had this before. So I don't understand why I'm getting so sick. So I feel like I've always had these allergies. They just like happened to produce or happen to come through. Maybe just because my body couldn't handle it. Because I don't know. Not sure why. But I honestly feel happy about this all happening. And me figuring it out. Because now I feel 100% myself. I started working out again. I am very happy with myself. I don't feel like there's no water. Wait, there's no swelling. And when it does happen, I know how to take care of it now.

Kelsey Harris:

Right?

Nikki Filippelli:

So yeah, I'd say that it's it's all been a good thing that this has happened. I mean, it does suck though. Because my god do I miss lasagna and, and ice cream? And like, Oh, just anything and everything that I could eat a Big Mac like,

Kelsey Harris:

oh, oh my god. So that kind of ties into my next question was, what lifestyle changes have you had to make? So obviously, what you can eat is a big one. And you mentioned you've been able to you're exercising more? Just tell us a bit more?

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, so I've definitely decided to just kind of change my kind of routine around and maybe like make my body more of a temple because of what I was experiencing and how how much something so small can affect you and make you change your whole perspective of life. Like it was very weird to experience like these allergies that I had no idea doctors didn't know what was going on. And that it just happened that one doctor was like, you might be allergic to dairy. And I was like, You know what, that makes sense. Makes sense? Thank you, sir. So, I mean, yeah, no, I think it's better to now I feel like it's like a fresh start. And I can just I can just start with like treating my body like a temple and you know, started exercising a lot more because I was like, you know, like, let's get back to the way my body was before I got sick, right? Because essentially, like, that's what it is like, your body doesn't know what's going on. And, and it's attacking, like all these allergens. And it's constantly fighting and fighting and fighting and fighting for your survival inside. But it's like, you can't do anything about it until all of that stuff is out of your system.

Kelsey Harris:

Right? totally makes sense.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, so I do I will actually let the view of viewers now viewers listeners know that when you do discover these allergies, it is actually really, really, really harmful for you to do cleanses. And you should not do any cleanses. Because it can have the opposite effect of what a normal person can have happen when they're doing cleanses. So like, you just got to let your body get rid of it naturally. But doing a cleanse can like really really harm your body. So I wouldn't recommend it. I mean, I'm not a doctor again. But I've done a lot of research and that is like if anything water and lemon.

Kelsey Harris:

Okay. And that was that your naturopath that mentioned that to you.

Nikki Filippelli:

Uh, it was a nutritionist and my naturopath I believe Yeah.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah, so I mean, like those were probably also Yeah, see if you have allergies, maybe yet. You had a bit of a healthcare team growing.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, exactly. Like that's definitely what I that was the first thing that I did, I was like, Okay, now I know I have these allergies. And now that I missing I see some essential stuff in my body like calcium. And I was like, Okay, I need to get on the right track to make sure that is still producing. So I need to make sure that I'm not going to faint because I'm not eating meat, on side note, dairy in it. So anything that's processed and like hot dogs, cold cuts, salami, pepperoni, anything like that they all have dairy in it. A lot of hamburgers, especially at fast food restaurants have dairy in it. So you got to do your research because every single burger place that I've been to makes me sick.

Kelsey Harris:

I mean, like for the record, no one really should be eating any of that process. Or fast food anyway. So

Nikki Filippelli:

sometimes, some, sometimes you're on the road, okay, and you're just craving a Big Mac. And you know what, guys? It's okay. I say go for it. Okay. What one big mac a month isn't gonna do anything except treat yourself.

Kelsey Harris:

Okay. I mean, fair, except, you know, if you have a dairy allergy, just make sure there's a bathroom nearby? Um, well, I

Nikki Filippelli:

I don't actually. Dairy allergy is very different. It's not lactose. So my allergies are very, very different. I don't just automatically go to the bathroom. I actually, like swell up and can't go to the bathroom, which is the issue?

Kelsey Harris:

I think. I mean, I think that's also a good distinction because most people have a lot like are lactose intolerant, as opposed to having a dairy allergy. And they can be kind of confusing, because you're right, there are very, they are very different things. So

Nikki Filippelli:

well, that's the thing. And like, a lot of people will always be like, Oh, yeah, you're lactose intolerant. I'm like, No, no, I carry an epi pen guys. Like I can die. If I ingest dairy. Like I go into an electric shock. And I it's so frustrating sometimes just to explain it to people like when I'm being served, whether it's like at a coffee place, or you know, somewhere where I just want to get a drink or just to see if it's all 100% vegan, because a lot of the times 100% vegan doesn't necessarily mean 100% dairy free,

Kelsey Harris:

right? Oh, well, that's interesting, too. Because I you know, I guess lifestyle changes also where you can eat out what you can eat when you eat out what you have to ask the servers when you eat out. Do you find that makes you eat out a lot less?

Nikki Filippelli:

Oh, yeah, I I haven't been comfortable eating out in a long time. I have managed to find a couple of places that don't upset my stomach. But the thing is, is I find because cross contamination is a big thing. Because obviously every restaurant is not 100% vegan or 100% dairy free. And when you find those guess what the prices are like triple what you spend on anything else. So that's also a fun little thing about allergies. Oh, yeah. Let's just spend 50 bucks on a sandwich. That's half the size of a normal sandwich. Cool. Cool. Cool. Cool.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah, really.

Nikki Filippelli:

But yeah, it's uh, but there are some places you know, you just got to do your research and you just got to be careful. Like, I do my research, no matter what I talk to you a lot of like, a lot of my friends, luckily, are vegan so they can suggest stuff. But I still ask every vegan place I go to, hey, I'm severely allergic to dairy. if there happens to be any dairy here. I'm not going to see you. I just can't eat it. Okay. So like, just tell me the truth. I don't care what the answer is, as long as I'm not gonna die.

Kelsey Harris:

Right.

Nikki Filippelli:

But once I usually once I tell people that I'm severely allergic to the point where like, I need an epi pen. They usually take me seriously and they'll usually like, do much better service towards me, because they're like, I can't have a person die here.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah. Yeah. Good point. would not let me get on them. So no, that's good. I mean, that's good that people are understanding when really need them to be so. I'm sure that's very helpful.

Nikki Filippelli:

I mean, not everyone, but yes, most people

Kelsey Harris:

hard to get everyone to be on the same page about anything. So

Nikki Filippelli:

yeah.

Kelsey Harris:

Um, so I know you do have a couple other.

Nikki Filippelli:

That's a whole other.

Kelsey Harris:

Exactly. So you have a couple other allergies you mentioned like eggs and some fruits you're allergic to. Stuff like that. So what are what are your some of your other other?

Nikki Filippelli:

I'm allergic to mango. I'm also allergic to salmon.

Kelsey Harris:

Now mine's a weird one.

Nikki Filippelli:

And it's funny because I've been salmon is a weird one. I've been tested for salmon and milk allergy by the state. Dr. And I gotta tell you that my doctor, I'm not too happy with her because she tested me for all of these things. And this salmon and mango came back as a semi allergy. So it's more of like an irritant, which is fair, but I, I will never ingest them just to be safe. Yeah, and milk, she did two tests on me, she did the arm scratch test came back positive, and she did a blood test, which also came back positive, she still does not believe that I have a dairy allergy, which blows my mind, because that's scientific proof that I am allergic to milk protein, that is what it's called, I'm allergic to milk protein. So I'm just going to say that if you feel like your body is not having something, just do it, if you're gonna get rid of something in your body do it right. Because like I said, I know that milk, and bread and all of that stuff, like, eight gives you nutrients that you can I cannot get from eating food. So I have to get it from other things, which means that I might have to eat other other food to take in that stuff that I'm missing or, you know, specific vitamins to help my body be normal.

Kelsey Harris:

Right, right. Yeah, yeah. I mean, I think that we really have to be our own health advocates. Because doctors obviously aren't always right. Or they don't always know or they don't always believe us. And that's where we have to and what you've done is taken upon yourself to be like, No, I know, this is a thing. It clearly said, it's a thing. So I'm just gonna do what I have to do to make myself feel better.

Nikki Filippelli:

Exactly. Yeah. And it's, I think it's more important that you feel okay. Like I they say, you know, doctors say that. Adults can't be allergic to milk protein. But it's like, I'm sorry. But have you realized that how many people right now are celiac, all these people are becoming allergic to dairy intolerant to all these things. And that's because we are mass producing all of these things, and changing the chemical chemistry of all of these things in our food. And obviously, people are going to start reacting to it. So yes, 100% if you have an allergy to it, take it seriously, because it's not going to get better. It's not going to go away. And you you need to act now. Otherwise, like you'll end up you'll end up missing three years of your life like I did, right, not knowing what was going on and feeling sick all the time.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah, that's super frustrating.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah.

Kelsey Harris:

So you and I traveled together last year to Costa Rica when travel was a thing.

Nikki Filippelli:

Oh, yeah.

Kelsey Harris:

So um, you know, it was it was fun. We both only knew a couple words of Spanish, but we managed to get ourselves around, like, and we didn't stay at resorts just for everybody listening, we stood at boutique hotels, and we traveled by car around the country, and we ate it like local places. So knowing a bit of Spanish more helpful than not. But we did, we did learn the phrase for no milk, which is no leche,

Nikki Filippelli:

Yep.

Kelsey Harris:

But can you? Um, can you tell her what it was like? Being in, in Costa Rica with these allergies? And like, how your food experiences were there?

Nikki Filippelli:

Um, well, first of all, I will say that everyone in Costa Rica is beyond nice. Like everyone was super, super sweet. And they understood like even though there was language barriers at times, like we tried to break it down. And, you know, everyone seemed very helpful. And I never once had an allergic reaction. I mean, there was that pancake that I ate that kind of made me feel a little funky, but then I gave it to Kelsey. So

Kelsey Harris:

I'll eat anything.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, so everyone was seemed great. And honestly, the food there made, like made my stomach so happy. Like I hadn't felt that good in years. Like it was amazing. Everything was fresh, like all the chicken, all the beef, everything that I ate was incredible. My body didn't react to anything because there's no preservatives in it. So well, you know, the rice beans and meat stew or the tacos that we ate. Never had a single reaction to anything and they were all beyond amazing. And it's because like I said everything there is made fresh. They don't have time to do like a bunch of preservatives and chemicals. They don't ship it around and they just eat you know they have a farm. I mean, like they

Kelsey Harris:

it's farm to table or ocean to table and you know what you're Getting like? It says what you're exactly getting.

Nikki Filippelli:

Exactly. Yeah. So I was never really worried like, countries like that, you know what you're getting, you know, if you ask for beef, it's gonna be fresh beef, it's not going to be like, you know, 330 days in a freezer and then Prime then given to you Sorry I swore, but but it's true and it's like in Costa Rica, honestly, I would just go back and eat all of the food. And now because of that I never really used to eat Mexican food a lot. And now anytime I find a place that's a little Mexican restaurant, I go there immediately. And I asked them, what their top two years are made of, and it's if it's corn tortillas, oh, boy, I'm all over that I will eat them every single day they the fresh made rice and beans.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah, I definitely think that we in North America process our stuff way too much. And clearly there's something to be said for not doing that.

Nikki Filippelli:

Oh, yeah. My body is proof.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah, well, I mean, like, I also like, I remember also feeling like so good.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah.

Kelsey Harris:

Everytime, we ate and, like, it didn't matter what we ate. It was just like, yeah, like, I feel good. I feel like I've energy I don't like

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah,

Kelsey Harris:

and I mean, we did we did specifically not like we I think we eat at a, like a touristy place like once.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah.

Kelsey Harris:

But otherwise, really more like, more locally, which I think was helpful.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah. And the local, the one place that that was touristy, their food was garbage. We both got sick from it. So what does that what does that prove to you?

Kelsey Harris:

So like everybody, if you're traveling, don't don't eat anywhere but local. Oh, my gosh. I'm so what? You've given a lot of advice already. But what advice can you give someone who has a lot of allergies, but they want to travel. So obviously, we said like eat local. What else?

Nikki Filippelli:

I'd say definitely eat local. I mean, I'm still trying to figure that out too, because I'm still a little bit nervous about traveling and having a bunch of allergies. But I know. For me, specifically, fruit is fantastic. It's always good vegetables, always good. Like there's never going to be an issue. The only thing that you have to worry about is butter. But a lot of times, if you tell them that you're allergic, they'll replace the butter with olive oil or something, right. But again, like you have to have clear communication to them and let them know like, maybe do some research and maybe I should just figure out what milk is in every single language. No milk in every single language is a thing that I need to learn. But yeah, like just I probably won't even I would never risk anything unless it says vegan and gluten free. Or I know for a fact that rice is 100% I can eat salads I can eat. So a lot of times when I go to restaurants now with friends, I'll just order a salad because I don't want to risk eating anything else. So I'm like, I'll just have a salad and I'll be happy. You know, bodies love salads, so that's great.

Kelsey Harris:

Well, I mean, so it's always the healthy choice when you're on anyways.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, I know. But sometimes I'm just like, Oh, I Could Kill For a burger.

Kelsey Harris:

Fair..

Nikki Filippelli:

I Could Kill For some bread. Let me tell you. Boy,

Kelsey Harris:

that's fair. I like it. Do you eat gluten free bread then?

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, but it's gross.

Kelsey Harris:

I was gonna say have you found a good one. Like,

Nikki Filippelli:

I found one that's actually not bad. But again, I'm gluten free, dairy free, soy free and egg free. So that makes it even more challenging. I've only been able to find one brand in nature's Emporium and they actually do sell at soybeans as well. But they're always sold out of it. And I don't remember what the brand is. But it is all four of those things. not included. And it's fantastic. They they do taste like I've made like grilled cheeses with it with like obviously vegan stuff. And it's really good, like Daya. That company is really really good because it's always gluten free and it's always vegan. But I do know that there was like a little bit of a lawsuit with their yogurts, I think or maybe their ice cream having actual real milk in it. And they have gotten sick off of diet yogurt before so I know that they're changing things. So I'm not 100% sure if diet is good anymore, but eat the concepts of diet is amazing.

Kelsey Harris:

We'll figure out what the the bread brand is. And I'll put it in the show notes for everyone. So okay, cool. Yeah. Okay, cool. And so what about with work So, obviously, normally, I don't know people know this but on set food is typically provided for for meals, especially because you might be on set for like 12 hours. And there's not really time for people like break for lunch in the normal sense. So how do these allergies affect that?

Nikki Filippelli:

So before the pandemic, when I was figuring out all this fun stuff, I, I would tell the producers that I was celiac and vegan, well, not vegan, but dairy free. And they would tell me, Okay, no problem. We'll tell the caterers and I. And I know from experience that that never goes anywhere, right? So when the first day I went to lunch, I'd be like, Hey, what's dairy free. And they always, always give me the wrong information. And they, I always get sick. So I just don't trust them anymore. And I just tell producers now I either want to buy my own lunches, and I'm actually going to start meal prepping when we go back to work, just because I can't I just don't, I don't want to take a chance. Because every time I do eat the catered food, I feel like catered food is also not good for you. So the reality of it is is like this is a good thing that's happening, but also kind of shitty because now I can't like eat different food. I might have to like, cycle through like certain kinds of food every week, which kind of sucks. But I mean, my palate has been very bland lately, because you know, the choices are very slim. But I did find two cookbooks from Amazon, and they look pretty promising. And they're vegan gluten. dairy free. Gluten free. Have some. But yeah, these cookbooks are pretty sweet. They look pretty great. So far.

Kelsey Harris:

Yeah. Awesome. Well, that's, I mean, like, easily. So that's promising. So hopefully, you're, you'll have a bit more variety in what you need. Cool. So I just got one more question. So do you feel like you're making the most out of your life at the moment?

Nikki Filippelli:

During a pandemic, sure.

Kelsey Harris:

Like you're, Yeah, not maybe not the pandemic specific, but your allergies are affecting your life?

Nikki Filippelli:

Um, yeah. I mean, I, you have to do what you have to do. I mean, sometimes it really sucks when you forget to forget to bring a snack and you're like, well, damn, I got nothing. And I'm starving. Or eat lunch, and I'll just book it out of my house. And I'm like, I'm hungry. Now. What am I going to eat? I can't just go to McDonald's. I can't just go you know, I can't just go to fast food. So I gotta go home, I guess. And that's like, you get home and you're like, Oh, my God, I'm gonna die from starvation. I can't even deal with this. But, yeah, I mean, I just gotta be smarter, I guess. Now I sound dumb.

Kelsey Harris:

Oh, no, no. I think what you've said is that, you know, it's, it can be bad. But in general, if you if you kind of plan your life correctly, then it's not bad at all.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, it's just like, you know, those moments where your friends are like, Hey, want to come to the beach? You're like, Yeah, I do. And then when you leave your house, you're like, Damn, I should have spent an extra half an hour making some goddamn.

Kelsey Harris:

Right. So it's just yeah, it's just more planning, that's all.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, yeah, yeah. just more planning. So easy.

Kelsey Harris:

Do you have any final words of advice or wisdom for us?

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, don't have an allergy to dairy and don't have an allergy to gluten.

Kelsey Harris:

If only it were that simple.

Nikki Filippelli:

Is it not? I mean, yes.

Kelsey Harris:

Let's just get rid of also like all the chronic illnesses, gone. Yeah. It'd be really helpful.

Nikki Filippelli:

Goodbye lupus Oh, yeah. But then people wouldn't die then we'd be overpopulated and then there'd be another pandemic. I mean, when the government's like, hey, there's too many people out and alive. We need to kill them. It's because we solved cancer. We solved all this stuff.

Kelsey Harris:

I mean, to be fair, we're already overpopulated. So like, what's a little more population?

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah. Hence the pandemic of Coronavirus.

Kelsey Harris:

True.

Nikki Filippelli:

So...

Kelsey Harris:

well, thank you for coming on today. Um, where can we if you want to share Where can we find you follow you and watch some movies you worked on?

Nikki Filippelli:

I guess either Facebook or probably Instagram would probably be better, I don't really go on Facebook that much.

Kelsey Harris:

what's your Instagram handle?

Nikki Filippelli:

@zombienikki

Kelsey Harris:

Zombie Nikki, whoo!

Nikki Filippelli:

And that's normal spelling of zombie and N-I-K-K-I

Kelsey Harris:

Amazing. And what about some of the movies you've worked on or and shows us because I'm pretty sure some of them are on Netflix. So what what should we be checking out?

Nikki Filippelli:

Yeah, I worked on my biggest movie was very proud moment. For me it was the biggest thing I've ever worked on. It's called In The Tall Grass. It's a thriller Horror movie. It's pretty sweet. It's on Netflix. Check it out. If you're feeling like you need a little horror night. Do it Do it.

Kelsey Harris:

Sweet.

Nikki Filippelli:

Yes, I've also worked on Baroness von sketch show. I know a lot of moms know that show very, very, very well. I've worked on season four and season five, which is coming out I assuming this year but who knows pandemic you never know. What else have I worked on? All of these things? All of the things I have worked on New Eden. It's a kind of like a documentary style TV show. And it's about a cult. It's really really funny. The two main girls are the ones who wrote it in it's actually like, they're so humble and so funny. Honestly, that's that was amazing. I would check it out. It's on crave. But definitely, definitely check it out. If you're he wants some laughs they're pretty freaking funny on that show.

Kelsey Harris:

Amazing. Well, thank you again for coming on.

Nikki Filippelli:

Bye. And everybody. Have a great week.

Kelsey Harris:

Thank you so much for joining me today on the chronically living podcast. If you love this week's podcast, please subscribe, rate and leave a review. Until next week, stay strong.