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I wish I'd known this earlier!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

I've been doing some reading and learned that a lot of people with chronic sinus problems like I have get relief by eating a gluten free diet. So I started researching GF diets and thinking about the complications of making the change. Today I saw my mom and told her that I was planning to go GF to see if I got any relief for my problems.

She thought about it for a moment and then informed me that when I was a newborn I was so congested (see? this really HAS been with me my entire life!) that the doctor put me on soy formula and my sinuses cleared up. Freaking frack? Mom! Why'd you put me back on dairy when I started on solid foods??? Oh well. I probably would have done the same thing.

So now, instead of starting by trying to eliminate gluten (which sounds REALLY difficult, btw) I need to identify which foods I'm eating have dairy ingredients in them. Milk and eggs are very sneaky and hiding in a lot of foods you wouldn't suspect! Obvious culprits are sour cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt. Many pastries are made with milk, cream, and/or eggs.

I have never learned to like the process of food... planning meals, making shopping lists, going shopping, putting everything away, prepping, cooking... none of it. I loathe the entire process. But if my lazy approach to food is what's been causing my breathing problems all these years, I can at least learn to love the benefits of the process, even if I never learn to fully enjoy doing it.
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    Interesting information! Food allergies and intolerance are more prevalent than people realize, since the symptoms aren't always obvious. Hopefully getting rid of dairy will be helpful for you!

    Since you don't like dealing with planning meals, making lists, etc, could you pull a Sheldon Cooper (from Big Bang Theory) and have one meal each night of the week, every week? For instance, every Monday is lasagna, Tuesday is stew, etc (your list will be totally different, but just for the sake of example). This way you only have to design the plan then you can reuse the shopping list every week and you will become so used to preparing and cooking that it won't take as much effort. You can always adjust it if you need to, but it wouldn't take much effort to change 1 meal per week than to figure out what to make every night. You could also consider batch cooking as another option, so you cook on one day then only have to heat and eat on other days. There are plenty of 'quick fix' options out there also, such as bagged salad and premade sauce that will help. Setting up any process will take time and effort at the beginning, but then it makes it easier later on.
    2721 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    Remember that there is a BIG difference bwtween making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT! God Bless YOU! Vic.
    2721 days ago
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