I’ve heard conversations between people about how hard it would be not to eat foods containing gluten. They just can’t stand the idea of not eating bread! It would be SOOO hard! They LOVE bread, they don’t know HOW they could stop eating it if they were told they had to.
For the past three-ish weeks, I haven’t eaten bread. Or anything with gluten in it due to the blood food allergy test I underwent a few weeks ago.
As you know, I came into this “diet” of avoiding all foods my blood shows allergies to, including avoiding gluten, because I have felt so exhausted that I can hardly (and sometimes don’t) get out of bed all day. But, when you feel so horrible, you’ll do anything to fix it and, actually, not eating gluten has not been too bad. I feel the occasional pang for an oreo and find it incredibly odd that red licorice is made with wheat flour, but it’s not killing me.
Not eating gluten, almonds, kale, pineapple, eggs, cow’s milk, cottage cheese, green, black and red beans, and beef has not been hard at all.
But who knew VANILLA would be SO HARD? I’m actually starting to hate the sight of the word “Vanilla”!!
If I didn’t love chocolate, avoiding vanilla would not be an issue and, as it turns out I’m not allergic to chocolate, YEAH!!! But, VANILLA is in EVERY chocolate and every gluten, dairy and egg free cookie I can get my hot little hands on!
Therefore, nearly successfully preventing me from eating my favorite thing: chocolate.
I told you I could eat Nutella though, remember? WRONG. Bummer!!! It doesn’t have vanilla in it, no siree, but it does have cow’s milk. Mark that one off the list.
When given lemons, make lemonade, so the saying goes. As applied to chocolate, it goes like this: when given a bar of 100% cacao, melt it down and add sugar. Vanilla free chocolate.
As for the first three weeks of being gluten, beef, almond, kale, pineapple, chicken egg, cow’s milk, cottage cheese, green, black and red bean AND vanilla free, to combat my fatigue, the jury’s still out. I’ve also slightly decreased my antidepressant dose and have started hormone creams (all under the watch of the same doctor). I felt pretty good on days 1-4, was 100% exhausted on days 5 and 6, had great energy days 7-15 and this afternoon (day 16) am pretty tired. I’ll keep letting you know how things are going.
- The Goat Cheese Lady
P.S. If this were a cloud, the silver lining is that I’ve never gotten so much done as I did on days 7-15! Amazing when you can stay awake all day how much gets accomplished!