I have written about Being Scarlet and have skirted around the details of which extensive foods we have had to add to our Wheat Free Family list of allergens. I hate using the word Allergens because it triggers people’s attempts to debunk you. The social perception is that ONLY items that cause hives, rashes, or anaphylactic shock are true allergies.
A true food allergy causes the body’s immune system to attack the proteins in a particular food, releasing chemicals (histamines) that cause symptoms like hives, gastrointestinal or respiratory distress. Symptoms, whether mild or severe, occur quickly: within a few minutes to two hours of eating. In the most severe cases, they progress to anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal condition in which the allergic reaction overtakes the entire body.
Cheryl Sternman Rule, “How to Eat Around Allergies,”September/October 2007
So, courtesy of the bloodwork done by our Doctor, both my youngest and myself now have a list of foods and their respective numbers indicating the body’s immune system reactions to them. No, thankfully, none of them trigger such an extreme reaction as anaphylactic shock, yet there are clear digestive track responses in my youngest and clear digestive and respiratory reactions within myself. Damn. Makes it hard to ignore them and pretend that I can eat things like Whipped Shortbread with real butter.
Yet, all food plans, menus, eating styles or terminology you wish to apply to how one eats, is a balancing act of Cost verse Return of Investment. If not eating a specific item causes hours of daily preps and struggles but only increases your health by a barely noticeable amount, then the Return on Investment is low. If your health increased dramatically that Return is high and motivates you to continue. While the ROI for my son was SO worth it, the ROI for myself was not. Removing all dairy, soy, nuts, beef, onions, peppers and a myriad of other foods made my days FILLED with the full time-plus job of food prep yet did not give me the healthy life that would have empowered me to continue.
Sugars the Secret
Almost 2 years ago I went sugar free. I mean SUGAR CARB free. Low GI, no potatoes or corn free. In 3 months I had dropped my Fibromyalgia pain down to a manageable 4/10, my headaches had lifted to only a handful a month and I had shed 42 pounds which gave me back my energy and brain power. It was a huge time investment that paid back in returns that made every moment worth it.
So I have made the Cost verse Return assessment on the Blood work Verse Sugar battle and have decided to get the sugars under control first. THEN revisit the blood work.
Now the challenge of getting back on the wagon and the 10 days of detoxing those nasty sugar bugs out of my system. Anyone know of an empty cottage in the back woods so I can protect my family from the monster I am about to become? :)