|Buffet of Food|
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.
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...