As many of you know, I have been living on a complete gluten and dairy free diet for about a year and a half now. For those of you that didn't know or are unsure what that means I hope that this post and the others that follow will clear some things up for you.
I have had a lactose digestion issue on and off for my whole life, and even as a baby I was unable to drink cows milk as it would upset my stomach. The cool thing about lactose intolerance is that it can go away (and come back) so as a child I was able to eat dairy with no complications. Once I became an adult though dairy became harder and harder to digest until I was 21 and I stopped eating dairy products by themselves because it was not worth the pain I endured when I would eat it. Although it was hard to give up cheese and other heavy creams I was still eating meals that had some dairy in them until I could also no longer do that without getting sick when I was 23 and I cut dairy products all together. While at first this was hard it has been relatively easy to get used to and there are some really great dairy alternatives as well as lactaid pills when I want to have something with dairy in it (although I try and avoid it when I can because there is the potential that I will get sick anyways as my sensitivity to dairy seems to only be getting worse). I have recently started taking calcium supplements to make up for all the nutrients I have been lacking for so long. I would also like to mention that all my dietary issues have been discussed in great detail with my doctor and that she is very aware of the choices I have made and supports them. I would not change my diet so drastically without consulting a professional and this is not something that I just decided to do on a whim one day.
Living without dairy and gluten can be hard at times but I hope to shed some light on the fact that the alternatives are not always disgusting and to clear up the common misconceptions on what it means for me to live the way that I do.
Does anyone else have a bad allergy or intolerance that other people misunderstand?
This is something that has been on my mind quite a bit recently. It is extremely important to have people in your life that are not only there for you, but also push you to be a better person and encourage you when you may not believe in yourself. I am very fortunate to have people like this in my life, however I feel like it has taken me some time to realize what is truly meaningful in a friendship. It is not about how many friends you have but about the quality in the friendships you choose to have in your life. As I have gotten older I have also realized that it is harder to keep frienships if you do not work at them but that it is important to work on the ones that keep you going. Having friends is not about one upping each other or making them look bad so you feel better about yourself but about motivating and supporting one another through the good, the bad and the ugly. Just some food for thought. What is important to you in a friendship?
Hello Everyone! I have decided to start a blog with a bit of a push from select friends and family members. I have wanted to do this but have been hesitant for quite some time. I invite you all to start this journey with me as it is a new territory; I am stepping outside of my comfort zone and putting myself out into the world in a new way. Thank you for your support!