How many times have we made resolutions that only days later we don’t keep? PLENTY! Well, I knew, for me to make any kind of change in my lifestyle, it would take a doctor saying, “You gotta change because you’re hurting yourself.” Well, that’s what’s happened over the course of last few months.
On a journey to eat healthier due to no more gall bladder, I embarked on a healthy kick, which everyone in the family embraced. Little did I know, the very foods I was eating were attacking me! I had a major food allergy test done, and the results came back. I’m still reeling from the implications, but safe to say, eating safer, rather than healthier, is one resolution of mine that has no wiggle room. If I want to STAY ill, I should keep on eating healthy foods like hummus and guacamole. That’s right, these healthy snacks make me sick. I can’t even begin to list all the foods I’m severely or mildly intolerant to. The list is expansive and surprising. Now, add to that heady mix the fact that I’m severely intolerant to gluten and cow’s milk. What do I adore? Breads and cheeses. What do I enjoy even more? Putting those two together.
I can tell this change-over is going to be a challenge. Not in the obvious ways, but in the quiet ways. For example, I can live with changing milk to almond milk, but Smart Balance spread has milk in it, and I use it heavily for cooking. I refuse to switch to unhealthy margarines, so what’s to be done? Another example is that I cook all the time with olive oil, and I love soybean products like edamame and tofu. Can’t use or eat any of those.
So, I look forward with equal parts anticipation and dread for my phone call to speak with a nutritionist on Tuesday. I’m hoping to hear more positive information and get practical advice for substitutions and which products are best. My resolution this year? Change my life for the better through smart, safe, healthy-for-me eating.