A Love~Hate Relationship With Food

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We all require food to survive.  Some view food as a mere necessity, while others look at food as more than just nourishment.



 Food is social, an expression of our heritage and traditions, a creative outlet, and for some a passion turned career.  How do you view food?  Would love to hear from you in the comments.

Food to me, has always been so much more than just a meal to nourish my body.  Food connects me with my family and friends, from sharing a meal to exchanging recipes.
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Over the years, I have acquired allergies to certain foods, and have learned to adapt my recipes as such. (Not a big deal). About 3 years ago, food in general started to make me really ill, so ill that I missed time from work and family functions.  Hence, the love~hate relationship developed.

I searched for answers to why food was making me ill.  I went to several doctors, including an allergy specialist, with no help in sight.  I was starting to really hate food and eating.  Yet, I still enjoyed cooking for my family  and viewing recipes, photos, and visiting food blogs.  It was a frustrating time, no explanation available from the medical field.

Two weeks ago (give or take a few days), I experienced a severe allergic reaction to wheat.  Thank goodness for an anti~histamine! (I truly believe I'd of gone into anaphylactic shock had I not taken one).  It was a very scary experience, and at the same time a revelation!

The next step, was to remove all wheat and /or gluten from my diet.  I have been eating a wheat free/gluten free diet since that day.



I'm happy to report, I am feeling 100 % better!

The initial diet change was very difficult to adapt to.  I so desperately wanted to eat bread, a piece of cake...  the list goes on & on.  I have finally gotten to the point, I do not want these items filled with gluten.  I have regained my passion for food and a enjoying a new found energy!  Life is good!

If you, or anyone you know is suffering from a love~hate relationship with food, and has not received a definitive answer to the cause (or been to the doctor for a diagnosis), I encourage you (or them) to not give up on finding the food culprit.

Here is some informative sites and articles that I found useful:

Gluten Free Living

Ten Signs You Are Gluten Intolerant

How to Find Out Which Foods Are Making You Sick

Celiac Disease Center

Food Allergy Research and Education

WebMD - Food Allergy vs Intolerance

Hope you find these links helpful.

Do you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance?  Or maybe a loved one?  I would love to hear from you.

Until next time...

          Enjoy Life!

                 ~Limeade Gal


48 comments:

  1. My heart goes out to those people who suffer from food intolerances, especially little children! It's so miserable to have your daily nourishment make you feel so sick.

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    1. Yes, I agree! Food should be fun and enjoyable. Thanks for the visit Nikki :)

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  2. I am so sorry that you have been suffering! We are going gluten free to see if it helps my son. Fingers crossed!

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    1. Thank you Christy. I hope your son finds relief. I'm amazed at how much better I'm starting to feel, just wish I'd figured this out years ago.

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  3. I have an allergy to nitrates that don't occur naturally in meats :( Took me years to figure that one out as well because only some meats made me ill and some were perfectly fine. I can sympathize. Glad you found a renewed love of food.

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    1. I too have a sensitivity to nitrates, it's not fun is it?! Glad you were able to pinpoint it for your sake. Appreciate your visit and kind words

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  4. I love eating gluten free. I found out about 12 years ago that I had an intolerance to gluten. For years, I felt bloated after I ate, but never knew that it was being caused by something. Honestly, eating gluten free now is so much easier than it was 12 years ago because there are so many new-- and delicious-- products on the market. I actually make it a part of our family's diet by making a lot of gluten free pasta, pancakes, etc-- and the kids don't even know it's different than regular. Good luck with your gluten free diet!!

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    1. I know that feeling Gina, it's miserable being bloated. It's amazing how many people have an intolerance to gluten. I'm happy you were able to figure it out and that's great that your children have adjusted too! My teen and hubby refuse to eat gluten free, so I have to make separate meals from them. It is quite a challenge at times!

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  5. Oh no!! I go through spurts where I eat Gluten Free and I do notice a difference in how I feel...and then I see a bagel...or pasta...and my diet goes down the tubes!

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    1. I can understand that completely! I sensed I needed to go gluten free awhile ago, but pasta & baked goods are hard to resist! When I developed the severe reaction, that was enough to scare me! As much as I still would love a donut or piece of chocolate cake, I won't take the chance, its just not worth the risk for me. At least know there are so pretty delicious items that are gluten free!

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  6. I am glad you figured out what was making you sick. I recently went through the same thing but I found out my culprit was Oats! Anything with oats makes me very ill . I figured mine out after the third time of breaking out in hives and literally not being able to breath!! I have a few more food allergies I have developed recently, still going through the elimination process. There's many great gluten - free products on the market that tastes great. I hope your husband and son will try a few of them with you! Good luck on your Gluten_free diet. Kim

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    1. Kim, I'm glad you were able to figure out your allergy. Oats contain gluten, so it could well be you are gluten intolerant. I hope you are able to figure it out. It's unbelievable how our bodies react to things as we get older. It would be nice if the rest of the family would eat what I do! Maybe in time 😊

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  7. I don't suffer from any food intolerance, but I try my best to eat and serve gluten free meals as much as possible to have a healthier diet. Have you heard of the paleo diet? It's a great way to eat gluten free as well. Try making zoodles! And there's also some kelp noodles available in stores too :)

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    1. I'm not too familiar with the paleo diet, I'll have to look into that. What are Zoodles? I've never heard of them.

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  8. What a journey you have been on! I can relate on some level to you. I have gestational diabetes for the 2nd time now (much earlier this time around....diagnosed prior to 5 months) and it has been SO DIFFICULT to maintain the strict dietary plan I'm on, with very minimal carbs to keep my blood sugars at bay. The problem is, I have a massive sweet tooth and LOVE carbs...pasta, bread, cereal, bagels, you name it! It's hard to adjust when you're body isn't allowing certain foods. SOOO glad to hear that you have finally figured out what works for your body and how to adapt. It has to be such a relief!! Looking forward to checking out the websites you shared. Thanks for the info!!

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    1. Hi Mel! Thanks for visiting and your kind words. I hope you find the websites useful.

      I'm sorry to hear of your diabetes. That must be really difficult, especially if you crave the foods your supposed to avoid. I find it tough when my hubby is eating a delicious chocolate cake & I can't have any!
      I'm still trying to educate myself on preparing gluten free from scratch, looks like a lot of trial & error ahead! Will definitely be working on perfecting some sweet treats!

      Best to you & yours! When are you due? So exciting!

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  9. I'm glad you've been able to identify one of your allergies! I think this is the hardest part of changing your diet for your needs. Hopefully now things will be easier for you.

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    1. Thank you Robin! It's a relief after all these years.

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  10. So important to try to figure out what the problem is! Everyone reacts differently to different ingredients, so it makes a big impact when we can properly listen to our bodies.

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    1. Yes, you are so correct, we need to pay attention to what our body is telling us.
      Thanks for the visit.

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  11. I'm so glad you found out what the issue was. I suffered from IBS for so many years before I knew what it was (and what was causing it) and it really took all the joy out of eating for me, because I was in constant pain and always tip-toeing around the foods I loved, wondering if they were the triggers. Turns out, cutting all processed food out of my diet solved my issues almost instantly. Happy that you found your culprits and can enjoy eating again!

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    1. I'm so happy you were able to figure out your IBS. Do you know what ingredients in the processed foods triggered your reaction?

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  12. I have to be careful with greasy foods and I avoid spicy foods altogether. My stomach will be writhing in pain if I'm not careful!

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    1. I have the same issue. When I was younger I could eat spicy food all day long, not the case anymore & fried foods are my worst nightmare!

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  13. I'm so glad you are doing much better and finally figured out what's wrong with you! I've heard many people switch to gluten free foods and say they are just as good. I've been wanting to try it just to see for myself. =) Thanks for the links.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Jessica. Some gluten free is good, I have had some yucky stuff too! It's kind of trial & error at this point!

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  14. That is so scary! I have a friend who is has selliac's and she didn't find out until she did go into shock. I'm glad you were able to figure out what was going on and good on you to reign in your cravings and make healthier choices for you!

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    1. Thank you Sydney, you are so sweet. I'm sorry to hear about your friend. Hugs to her & I hope she is on the road to recovery.

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  15. I am also gluten free Jane. I have been for almost 4 years now and I do not miss gluten foods at all. Plus, there are so many more options for gluten free food than when I started eating gluten free. Oh, and cook books too.
    Stopping by from Creative Bloggers Network.

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    1. Hi Kathy! So happy you stopped by today. I didn't realize you were gluten free or part of the Creative Bloggers Group. It's so awesome to see a familiar face/blogger. I know who to pm now when I have gf questions!

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  16. Our family has been wheat and gluten-free for 5 years, and may never go back. Our bodies really benefitted from the change.

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    1. Hi Andrea, thank you for visiting. That is awesome that your whole family is on board with the gf lifestyle. My family fights me tooth & nail, so I have to make separate meals quite a bit.

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  17. What a journey you've had in discovering this, but I'm glad for you that you're finding something that works. As I age, I'm paying a bit more attention to my body after certain foods as well.

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    1. Thank you Sarah, yes it has been quite the journey!
      That's great you are taking time to for your well being. Best to you!

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  18. I think the longer you go without it the easier but breaking the habit is hard. I am doing food allergy testing next week so I will probably need to adjust my diet. My love of sweets is my weakness.

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    1. Valerie I hope all goes well with your allergy tests. Keep us posted! (Hopefully it doesn't include chocolate right?!)

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  19. As a food obsessive I really understand how difficult it can be to develop a food intolerance or allergy, especially with the social aspect of eating. I hope you get to the bottom of your illness soon and that you continue to enjoy your new diet :)

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    1. I hope so too! Thank you Kathy for your kind words.

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  20. I am an emotional eater so definitely I have a love hate relationship with food. I hope all works out with food allergies. Good luck

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    1. Thank you Yanique for your kind wishes. Have a beautiful day filled with Aloha!

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  21. I don't, but my friend over at http://theoldishsoul.blogspot.com/ has had a similar experience. Thanks for posting about this!

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    1. Your very welcome April. Hope your friend is doing well. I'll have to stop by their blog sometime.

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  22. I've been wanting to cut out sugar, it's so hard.. I have a love/hate relationship with food too, glad you're feeling better!

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    1. Hi Jenn!
      I haven't cut out sugar completely, but I do try to limit my intake. I stopped putting sugar in my coffee about 3 years ago & stay away from cookies, etc as much as possible- it was hard the first month, but then you don't miss it. I of course can't eat baked goods now unless gluten free, so I guess it's good I started cutting it out 3 years ago!

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  23. It's wonderful that you finally discovered part of your allergy issue. An old boyfriend's mom had allergies to a ton of foods, and she had to avoid do many things. I think after a certain point you just learn new ways to eat...it becomes normal

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    1. So true Ashley! Thank you for the visit. Hope your having a good week.

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  24. I have a friend who is allergic to mangoes (she gets blisters all over her mouth and they are painful), and I have peanut allergy. The problem I have is that it's not a common allergy in Asian society (I'm the odd one out) so it is difficult to convince people that it is life threatening. On top of that, must cuisine has it added in. I am really careful when I'm out and when I do eat out I check with the kitchen but then because of the lack of awareness, they think of peanut as being added whole into the dish and they don't think of it as being peanut butter or powder.

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    1. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you to find safe places to eat out. It's great that you are so diligent in asking & explaining hidden ingredients to the establishment. I too have a mango allergy. Have to be careful because they use mangoes in a lot of beauty & skin care products.

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