Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Finally Some Answers
The sad fact of the matter was that I grossly underestimated what I was allergic to - the main foods that were making me sick were garlic, milk, yeast, eggs and gluten.
I was shocked.
But, there was nothing else to do, except fix it. And I was so determined to fix myself, as I had been suffering for such a long with bloating, stomach pain, headaches and so on that I was willing to do anything. Little did I know what that actually meant...
Firstly, I was told to cut out all of the offending foods for a period of 4 to 12 months depending on the severity - and if that's not bad enough, I was then told to rotate the foods that I was still allowed to eat in a 4 day cycle - to prevent more allergies.
This seemed impossible, especially when I realised, for example, that yeast was in not only the obvious - bread, but also in fruit juices, wine (oh my beloved wine, what a sad, sad day!), cereals, most stock cubes, some fruits, mushrooms, tomato sauce, vinegar, chutney, coffee... the list goes on and on...
Armed with my lists of what not to eat and my list of what to eat, I bravely tried to figure out a menu for myself, but filled with an overwhelming sense of loss and hopelessness, I did the only thing I could do and burst into tears!
I saw my days of hosting gourmazing dinner parties and eating at fancy restaurants disappearing before my eyes, only to be replaced by platefuls of rabbit food, that I could only eat every 4 days!
How was I going to do this?