Something is wrong with me… no, seriously.
For the past year my allergies have been halfheartedly trying to kill me. At first I just though it was a hormonal screw-up… lots of trouble with foods and smells… I’m still not sure where the whole “smell” issue came from, but it’s mostly gone now. The bigger, more evil issue is that I am suddenly having allergic reactions to things that I’ve always eaten and never had a problem with before. Sometimes I can eat the offending food item again without issue… but I’m usually too scared to try it again. I’m loosing menu items all the time!
Now, food allergies are nothing new for me. As a kid, I had terrible food allergies. At the age of six I was tested and on a scale of 1 – 5 I was a SEVEN with eggs…. my doctor said that I was SO allergic to eggs that it could kill me…. Wheat and milk were bad too, but eggs were the devil. My poor, poor mother…. she had the worst time trying to feed me. For over a year I couldn’t touch wheat, milk or eggs…. do you know what that leaves? Fish… corn chips…. ummm…… oranges? Poor, Momma… poor ME! We ate a lot of Kosher food…. lots of seafood (’cause ya know chicken and turkey are egg products… uh huh… seriously).
Thank goodness Mom was dedicated and creative enough to go through all that with me…. I’d have just smothered me with a pillow if I was Mom.
Luckily, I have more options available to me now than when Mom was trying to feed me as a kid. A lot more people are recognising that wheat and gluten are major allergens. I love that wheat and milk are being listed as allergens on products. Now I have access to soy and almond milk…. gluten-free pastas and breads…. and I can eat sheep and goat cheese!
My plan is to go completely without wheat, milk or egg foods for the next two weeks…. after that I’ll try to reincorporate those foods back into my diet and see how it goes… hopefully a detox time will let my body readjust…. hopefully I won’t have to give up wheat, milk or eggs forever…. sigh.
LOVE Global Foods Market…. wish it was a little bit closer to me… but it is worth the drive! Also love Pinterest! I’ve started a board for recipes without wheat, milk or eggs (I’ve left in foods with feta cheese because I can use sheep or goat’s milk cheese). Also love my hubby who is totally supporting me as I try to detox over the next few weeks…. he’s promised (he offered!) to go wheat/milk/egg free with me (he’s free to eat as he pleases when he’s out of my sight…. I understand). Gotta love Mom too…. for getting me through the first time…. and encouraging (badgering) me to quit being a baby and cut out the things that are making me sick!
Exciting recipes to follow… Know a good recipe that is wheat, milk and egg free? Share!