Day 70, Reason 70: I feel overjoyed that today is the start of the rest of my life.
I’ve spent most of the day working on the 6 handmade items that I’ve been commissioned to make for a bridal party. In fact, I have just finished, which is why I’m later than usual writing this blog post. I’ve really enjoyed the feeling of being busy and working under pressure – something I haven’t experienced for a long time, due to many years of illness.
I wanted to work all day, but after yet another rubbish night’s sleep last night, I needed to rest this afternoon. I was just falling into a dreamy doze when through the fog of slumber, I heard the sound of the postman’s motorbike. I pinged wide awake and shot out of bed to the front door like a bat out of hell.
You see, I have been waiting for 3 and a half long weeks for the results of my food intolerance blood test – I was told that I’d get them back in 2 weeks, so I have been lying in wait for the postman ever since. As soon, as I heard the rattle of letters falling into the postbox, I just knew that today was the day.
You’re probably thinking, what’s the big deal? Well, let me explain: I’ve believed for a long time now that food intolerances may play a huge role in my ill health. I’ve managed to pinpoint foods that I have a very obvious bad reactions to, like gluten and dairy, but the sneaky thing about food intolerances is that they have a wide range of weird and wonderful symptoms (some you wouldn’t necessarily associate with a reaction to food) and these symptoms can occur several days AFTER eating that particular food, making them very difficult to detect. So, 3 and a half weeks ago, I finally had the (extremely expensive) food intolerance blood test to find out once and for all what I can and cannot eat.
Back to today – There in the post was the envelope from the lab and I could hardly contain my anticipation as I sat down on the sofa to study my results. At first, I felt a little disappointment, as it turns out that I’m highly intolerant to most forms of grains – wheat, rice, oats, even corn, which I thought I was ok with and which I’ve been eating ALL this time as a gluten substitute. I can eat rye, weirdly as I’m sure it contains gluten, but gluten is one of the things that worsens my autoimmune condition, so that’s off the menu too. What on earth am I going to eat to replace carbs now? I’d be really grateful if anyone has any suggestions.
In total there are 40 foods out of the 200 that are tested that I’m intolerant to – there were some real surprises, like soy, peas, peaches, nectarines and cinnamon. There goes my honey and cinnamon cold cure remedy! And I mean,who’s intolerant to peaches?!
BUT, then I got to thinking that if there are 40 foods on the list I CAN’T eat, there are 160 foods that I CAN eat. Yippee!! I CAN eat all meats, fish (with the exception of shellfish) and most fruit and veggies, as well as a few nuts and seeds.
And by far the very best thing is that now I know for sure which foods I’m intolerant to (and have antibodies against) I shall cut them out of my diet and then I know that I’m going to be feeling a whole lot healthier and stronger. Today is the start of the rest of my life – Bye bye foods that make me feel crap. Hello to a life filled with happiness, positivity and good health. 🙂
295 days to go
295 reasons to feel glad/happy/joyful to find
£258.68 to raise for Save the Children
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