January 10, 2012

Oh, caught in a bad romance.....Want your bad romance.....

I like food to much. Correction I like starches and sugar. Definatly a bad romance scenario. The romance didn't go bad until I turned 30. Well honestly it was getting rocky before that with steady weight gain but I digress. At the age of 30 I was a non-traditional student getting through my last year of grad school. Well almost, there was something wrong but my regular doctors didn't see anything wrong on the blood tests. I gained 10lbs in two weeks and continued to gain another 10lbs the next month. I couldn't get out of bed, I was depressed. Well sure, I had lost my grandmother, was married and trying to go to grad school, commuting an hour and a half 4-5 days per week, etc. I gave myself about a week of not getting out of bed, but my family does not tolerate in action for long so I shook it off and made a plan. (I'm dependent on making plans to keep me sane oh and there are always plan A B C D and so on) I took the semester off, started running in the morning, riding my mothers horse in the afternoon, and going to the gym or running after dinner. I altered what I ate (translation= I stopped eating) ok that should do it...
Nothing, not one 1lb moved. Something is seriously wrong here. Back to the Dr. more blood test, more your crazy and its all in our head. I was also working with the Autistic population in their home. I met an amazing mom that told me about her son and his many many allergies. She gave me the name of a Chiropractor/homeopath/nutritionist. What the heck nothing else is working. What I found out change my life forever and my relationship with food forever. I have an intolerance to wheat. I am not a celiac. I can eat it with out doing major life threatening damage, but if I do eat wheat I pay. I am also sensitive to cow's milk, tomatoes, chocolate, sulfites in wine, and fruit. Oh Joy, as if life wasn't complicated enough.
I want your love, and your revenge.....
You and me could write a bad romance.....
Rah rah ah ah ah

In the last 10 or so years I have managed to create a much better relationship with food, most of the time. The holidays have sent us back into a bad romance. When I used to eat wheat I would break out in a rash on my hands and feet (in retrospect I have had this intolerance since my 20's. I always thought it was posion Ivy). Now, since I usually behave myself, when I eat wheat nothing happens, or does it......I always pay, it sometimes just takes a little while to figure out how. It can attack my immune system and I catch what ever is around, or lately it will cause inflamation and set my herniated disk to acting up. At least I know what to expect. Then two years ago the rash turned up again. It was off and on and took me almost a year to figure out it was chocolate. Ok, so no more chocolate on a regular basis. Just shoot me now! Ok, I can do this.... well yesterday it was back again. Toes are all full of hot spots. What now!! I went over what I ate. I'm back on the wagon so none of the usual culprits. It is a choice of Captain Crunch peanut butter cereal, (I finished off Rayce's bowl so I could put it in the dishwasher) which is usually wheat free. Greek yogurt with pineapples, but this is least likely since I eat this on a regular basis or tuna fish. I had some tuna with mayo and relish scooped up with potatoe chips. Usually all legal foods, but who knows. Hopefully it won't take me a year to figure it out this time.

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