Oh the things that I can’t eat…

Hi, my name is Katie, I’m in my early twenties, just starting to try and figure life out and last year life threw a bunch of food and drink restrictions at me. So, to begin, here’s a list of things I’m not supposed to eat;

Peanuts

Nuts

Wheat/Gluten

Cow’s milk/Beef

Garlic

Soya beans

Lentils

Buckwheat

Plaice/sole

Yeast

Pinot grigio and Chardonnay grapes. *silently sobs*

To be honest with you, the only one of these I absolutely CANNOT eat is peanuts, which is a severe, life-threatening allergy I’ve had since I was born. The rest are a mixture of things I’m intolerant to and will put up with the consequences of eating every now and again if I’m really hungry or if it looks really good. However, I think most people can agree, it’s A LOT.

This fun intolerance discovery started in June last year when, after months of feeling sluggish, bloated and a bit dizzy after eating, a constant blocked nose and the lovely return of eczema on my arms that I hadn’t seen since I was a child, my mum suggested trying to find out if these delightful ailments were food related. I suspected that some of them might be caused by what I was putting into my body, as I wasn’t being particularly healthy at this point in time. What I did NOT expect was a list of 17 bloody things to come up that I would have to somehow avoid for 3 months during the ‘elimination’ period of this process.

Now, I am very aware that there are people who have more allergies, medical conditions and dietary needs than I do, which means they cannot have certain foods FOREVER not just for three short months of their life, but for me, when I first saw this list, it looked incredibly daunting. Particularly as I was going to be doing this over the summer, which meant figuring out what I was going to eat whilst on holiday… No surprise, it did not go well.

Luckily, before I started I had a scheduled half and hour phone conversation with a nutritional therapist from the company that provided the intolerance test who rocketed through as much advice as she could give on how to go about the elimination with the many many things I would be cutting out. She gave me some helpful websites that I could order food from, said planning was key and to start with a few items at a time and add more in as I go along. Now, my  impatience to get started meant that I attempted some planning but ended up going all in and excluding everything at once. This was a bit of a shock to the system to say the least… But, I was ready to take on this food adventure. (Not sure ‘adventure’ is the right word to use, but I’ll go with it).

I think you can guess from this that I did not make the full three months without a few slip-ups, but I mean come on, it would take someone with an iron will or the threat of death to make it through this with no problems…

ANYWAY, I think I’ve gone on long enough for one post and I’m not sure what this blog will end up consisting of in the future, but for the time being I’ll leave you on this uh, cliffhanger? And in my next post I will probably go into more detail about those interesting 3 months, the positives and negatives of it all and my lack of self control when it comes to resisting packets of crisps (it’s a ridiculous problem I still haven’t got a handle on).

xoxo

restricted diet girl.

(sorry… couldn’t resist.)

Part of the secret to success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.— Mark Twain

2 Comments Add yours

  1. SophThornton says:

    I completely agree that it’s daunting. I have food allergies and I was massively overwhelmed when I saw them but trust me that you’ll work through them and you’ll find foods that you love that you’re allowed to have and it will all feel good again! There’s loads of great recipes and ideas out there too- good luck!

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    1. Thank you! I’ve discovered a lot of knew recipes along the way so it’s definitely been positive in that respect.

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