Friday, March 6, 2009

That Thing I'm Doing


So, it's been nearly two months now on the allergy-free diet. I'm still plugging away. Two months without dairy and wheat and sugar.

And I'm actually enjoying myself. I've been cooking a lot and finding new recipes and expanding my tastes and repertoire of meals. 

I know, can you believe it? Someone said to me the other day that I must be pretty committed to this thing to do it. I don't know that it is so much committed as desperate and grateful and a little bit crazy all rolled into one. It is nice to feel better.

I went back to the doctor today. We chatted about the elimination diet and how I was doing. I did complain because I'm supposed to be off all citrus too and I've not been as strict about that one. I really like lemons and limes. I can also turn on some serious whine when something seems particularly hard. Yet I got no love from the doc. She just smiled and said "Do it anyway."

Okay, then.

The next question was "how much longer?" Oh, three or four months was the answer. Then likely another allergy/sensitivity test to determine the next step.

Gulp. Three or four months? Are you crazy? Am I?

I guess so. And here we go again.

Then just to keep it real, I came home and made some chocolate hazelnut spread to make it very clear that despite the challenge of this experience, I'm so happy that chocolate--really, really, really good dark chocolate--is what is keeping me sane. Thank you, Universe, that I didn't test allergic to that.


The Puffer Family said...

I feel your pain or I will soon enough. We are already off of dairy, but we are going to go gluten-free here in a couple of weeks (Sam's my allergy boy). I've been really stalling because I know how hard it's going to be, but I know we'll be much healthier. Thank goodness we're not allergic to chocolate either. And because of the milk allergy we can only have the good stuff . . .the silver lining! =)

Eden said...

Amanda--Aaaah, so nice to have a fellow traveler down this path. I'd love to get some of your recipes too. Can't wait to hear how it goes for you.


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