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It seems I have a possible food allergy. For the last few years I’ve dealt with a lactose-intolerance that comes and goes. But since last Saturday I have been having some really nasty side affects after I’ve eaten anything with wheat in it. From pasta to bread to pancakes, it’s all caused me questionable symptoms that have no other possible explanation. I finally went to visit my doctor yesterday because I was so tired of dealing with the symptoms. He seemed the feel that the bronchitis I had last month was not fully gone due to my hacking when trying to take those deep breaths. Then he said a steroid will help that at this point and also the runny nose/post nasal drip thing that is making me sick.
What I decided to do in addition to taking the short course of the steroids is to also eliminate wheat and dairy from my diet. Before I made that choice, I had a sandwich for lunch with just ham and lettuce and tahini spread. Within 15 minutes my gums and mouth were so itchy and I felt as if the inside of my mouth was swelling. Benedryl to the rescue! That is when I thought it was the wheat or gluten because I left off the cheese I would normally slap on that sandwich.
I’m sunk. My heart aches if I have to give up my favorite foods. What a cruel trick to be played on me. An Italian girl who can’t eat pasta, bread or cheese. Yes, you should feel sorry for me. Yes, I could finally lose some weight. I could even go vegan and make it a radical change. Nahhhh….but I’m going to have a tough two weeks ahead of me. At least my wonderful husband is going to support me and skip the same foods I do. The boys know it’s going to be slim pickings for snacks so they will have to adjust and eat more fruit and veggies. Actually that is a great plan now that I think of it.
I am not sure how this is going to affect my blogging because I won’t be making pasta dishes or anything with flour or breading. I did go and buy some fruit today. I got grapes and cantaloupe to enjoy.
I did learn in my research that I can have a lot of Mexican food because there is mostly corn flour being used there. I just have to leave off the cheese and sour cream but that is not too difficult. Maybe I will discover some really good and delicious new foods. One can only hope.