Food Restrictions. Ugh. I found out earlier this summer that I have a severe sensitivity to gluten, dairy, tomatoes, mushrooms, and papaya (most random list ever I know, I don’t think I’ve ever even had papaya). I also have milder sensitivities to about 100 other foods, but I’m just focused on the severe ones. Not allergies, I don’t get hives, my throat doesn’t close, nothing like that. But for the last 10 years of my life I’ve been trying to figure out why I have constant stomach pain, am tired all the time, fatigued, and have awful seasonal allergies. Well, it would seem we found the culprit. I have been so staunchly opposed to the anti-gluten fad that it is a bit humbling that I now have to eat a gluten free diet. I’m starting to see more and more research about how the blood tests that look for sensitivities are bogus and don’t work and it’s not real and blah, blah, blah. But you know what’s real? The fact that after cutting out these foods I feel better, I have more energy, stomach issues for the most part gone (they’d probably be totally gone if I would be very strict about not eating the bad stuff). That tells me it isn’t as bogus as some people say. I’m realizing dairy is by far the worst. Which means no more cheese. Let me repeat that….no.more.cheese. No more yogurt, cheesecake, milk, ice cream, butter….nothing dairy. And I don’t care what anybody tells you, there is no substitute for ice cream made with heavy cream, it just isn’t there. I’ve tried them all and they just aren’t the same. We don’t eat soy in our house since it can cause major health problems and is toxic for the human body, and if it is consumed it should be in moderation and certainly not on a daily basis. But since we don’t really care for the taste or texture we don’t have it at all. Maggie drinks almond milk and loves it, I don’t drink anything straight anymore, nothing can replace a cold glass of milk.
As hard as it has been to give up all of my favorite foods, I am so very, very thankful that I have food to eat and that I don’t have a severe allergy to any of these foods. If I slip up it isn’t the end of the world. We are hoping that getting me on a diet that is healthy for my body and will reduce overall internal inflammation will help us in our journey with infertility. The result of having to change my diet has been pregnancy like cravings for foods I’m not supposed to have. As I sit here with my healthy bowl of quinoa salad with sweet potatoes and nuts I want a Big Mac. Now, Big Macs are gross (and yet so good), I can’t tell you when the last time I ate one was, because it’s not even real food I don’t think. But it is taking a huge amount of self control to not go get a Big Mac, or a Frosty with fries, that would also be good. People have told me the longer I eat the new diet the less I’ll crave the bad stuff, but I don’t believe it…there are some things I don’t really crave anymore like…..well nothing. I want it all, bread, cheesy garlic bread, milk. Oh well, the family is eating healthier than ever, we are feeling better than ever and for the most part we are all happy about it. Matt and Maggie aren’t on the strict diet with me but it has changed the way I cook and very rarely do we have something for dinner now that the whole family can’t eat.
Onward and upward from boring land. Apple picking next weekend! I’m so very much looking forward to the pies, cobblers, crisps and cakes to come (all gluten free of course….maybe 😉 Apple picking is something we’ve done every year since we’ve been together, and we still love it. I’m excited because I’m pretty sure Maggie will be into it this year and I think I found a nice farm for us to go to. It will be lovely to have a fun day with daddy after his business trip this week. Keeping expectations lower than the basement is how we get through daddy not being home. I used to set all kinds of lofty expectations about whole house cleaning, surprise projects being done etc. when daddy was gone…and was always so upset, stressed, tired and overwhelmed when we picked him up. So I have learned to just lower the expectations as much as possible, then lower them some more and then we are good to go!
Happy Fall Y’all!