No matter how many times I have the discussion with myself, I have to embrace these allergies. Yeah, I know I wrote embrace them, but seriously sometimes I want to throttle them. How dare they creep up now!! I am not young, I have several years on me and I have eaten these foods for my whole life. So, many years being able to eat those foods and whamoo… I can’t eat them anymore? The lure of the french fry, the baked potato with sour cream and chives, the cakes, the pastries and so much more stuff that I can not have anymore. Of course I do know now why I kept getting bronchitis all the time among other things…
Allergies! The real kicker is that the allergies brought along, allergy induced asthma. I want to kick that too, but I know when I start coughing I am around something that doesn’t agree with me whether it is the environment or the food. Of course I should give the food allergies a break I have more environmental allergies than I do have food allergies.
It has been years since the initial diagnosis and I am still don’t want to embrace them yet I know I have to, I have to be my own advocate because, I am doing allergies single. Even with the singleness of it, with others in the eating array it has influence. But the best of intentions can always go astray and I just need to learn to cut myself some slack. So I am going to work with putting everything together that I am learning and to have one place to go to and then, crossing my fingers, I will really want to embrace these allergies and not let go. Oh, who am I kidding, I know I will still have my moments but I will have to learn to just take a deep breath, cry if I want to and move on.
Just to let you know what I have found a good thing that about the allergies, I have talked with more people than I would have normally when eating out. Although some have been confused when I have asked for things without bread, some don’t understand that gluten-free on a plate means the whole plate not just one item, most are gracious and even excited when the see how a piece turns out without my allergies on it.
This adventure will continue!