Hi, my name is Jennifer, and I'm addicted to cheese....well I used to be...
You may have seen my post from a couple weeks ago about my newly discovered food allergies. I was tested by my Naturopath for a ton of common food allergies. And, it turns out I'm allergic to dairy, eggs, bananas, pineapple and tuna.
So on September 26th, 2013 I stopped eating these offending foods. And what can I say, this has been a difficult couple of weeks. I'm not used to giving up things because someone else said so. I've always quit on my own terms; because I wanted to.
Over the past weeks I've observed a couple interesting things. Now, in the past when I've quit something, like, say for example, smoking or wheat or the microwave, for the most part I have felt fairly supported by my friends and family. But when I shared the news about my food allergies the response was a little different. There wasn't any concern or sympathy or support really. Most of what I heard was " What will you eat?" "How will we have you over for dinner" or "What will I cook for you now?" Not really the most uplifting or understanding statements. I was really hoping for "Glad you finally know what's bothering you" or "Hopefully you'll start feeling better". Now, I must say that my husband has been quite supportive, he still isn't ready to give up cheese for me, but baby steps...right?
So this weekend should prove to be quite interesting. We have 3 separate Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends and I know they are going to look at my like I have three heads. And I'm sure I will have to bite my tongue to refrain from offering up a sarcastic response to the multitude of condescending comments regarding my food restrictions.
As you can tell, I'm a little bitter....OK a lot bitter. I have had to give up some of my favourite things against my will and was really hoping to be met with some compassion and support. I guess I will have to do that myself.
If nothing else, here's hoping these stupid food allergies will inspire me to spread the word of tolerance and acceptance for all the different types of foodies. So don't be afraid of the Vegan, Veggie, Carnivore, Omnivore, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Paleo, or whatever....we're all just people....people who like food...food that's just a little more creative!