Last week I spoke with a lovely woman who was having a hard time sticking to her allergen-free limited diet. She said she would do great for a while, start to feel healthy and then she would start to eat the things that make her feel bad again. She said she missed the carbs and craved breads so this is where she would cheat.
Does this sound familiar? I personally went through this up and down roller coaster for years before I was able to stay on the diet I’m on now. It is simply very hard living in a world that offers you food left and right that may taste good to you but will ultimately make you feel sick.
For me, I convinced myself that I could eat wheat and other foods in moderation and that I was okay with this model. But in truth, I was pretty much in denial because I had a terrible mystery rash on my legs that wouldn’t go away as well as many other physical and emotional issues.
But to tell you the truth, I didn’t want to give up the things I loved to eat. It seemed too hard, too restrictive and I just didn’t want to go there for a long period of time. This continued until I came to the point where I either had to change or else go down a road that lead to a lot of misery.
I know this is a big struggle for many of us living with food allergies so I thought I’d make a list of things that help me to stay on the diet I’m on. If you have more ideas to offer, I’d love to hear from you.