Well, here it is, my first blog! See you can teach an old dog new tricks! Just as I've mastered Facebook and Twitter, I've moved onto a blog, there's no stopping me!!
I've had an interesting time the past few months, as I've developed allergies of my own. It has been a frustrating and sometimes scary journey, trying to figure out what it is that's causing my problems. I'm still not to the bottom of it ... gave up on traditional medicine, as I did with my son 6 years ago. I'm awaiting the results of my blood tests from my naturopath this week, which will be a relief when I finally know what I'm dealing with.
It's quite an ironic situation, since I have had my business, Allergy Friendly Foods, for 5 years now and that's what I do every day - talk to people who have allergies (or mostly, talk to mums whose kids have allergies). Tim, my allergy boy, has had a long list of food intolerances and has been on a special diet for 6 years. I'm 100% strict with him - he has nothing that he isn't allowed and I spend a lot of hours and money getting great tasting, safe food for him. I generally eat what he does so he isn't singled out, but I'm very lenient with what goes into my mouth when I'm out/in a hurry ... you know how it gets. I find it interesting that I will now have to be more diligent with myself now that there are real effects from what I'm doing. I guess you never really want to change the status quo unless you get the wake up call to do so, and now I've taken the call I have no choice but to make the change. As well, in the past 2 months, my daughter developed eczema and tummy pains and following naturopathic consults for her as well, we found out she is intolerant to a few foods. Guess what, since she has changed her diet, the eczema and pains have gone away.
So I know I will have to change what I do, and I know I will have to apply the same stringent rules to myself as I do to the kids. It will be a relief to finally have a roadmap to getting myself healthy again, though I hope the list isn't too long. Between the kids we already have to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar and yeast! There will be no excuse for me if my problems are in that list (especially since I have a warehouse full of products that fit the bill), just the discipline to treat my own health with the same importance as the kids.
I'll let you know what comes back, keep your fingers crossed it's nothing too obscure or makes our list any longer!