Hiya, friends! So, I know posting has been pretty sparse this week, but it’s spring break so I’ve been doing a lot of napping and thrift shopping (my new collection of vintage dresses, guys: it will stun you) and movie watching and crafting and tea drinking and book reading and generally everything except getting up and getting dressed and getting to the office the way I ought to have.
But, I have had one pretty big lifestyle change occur this week, so I’m putting it out there to all of you smart, savvy folks and am hoping that someone will have some advice. Here’s the thing: it turns out I am allergic to pretty much everything… okay, that’s a gross exaggeration, but it’s a pretty accurate explanation of how it feels right now. In truth, I’ve just found out that I’m allergic to dairy, eggs, rice, beef, almonds, pineapples, and avocados. Quite the ticket, huh? This all means that with some changes to my diet, I’ll probably feel a whole lot better soon (I’ve apparently been very sick for a good long while without much noticing it), but it also means that I have a lot of changes to implement.
Right now, finding ways to eat while avoiding dairy, eggs, and rice is throwing me for a loop. Up until this morning, almost everything in my kitchen had dairy or eggs in it, and since my allergy isn’t lactose intolerance, I can’t have any milk products at all, regardless of how many magical lactase pills there are in the world. So I needed an entire kitchen and pantry overhaul, which I’ve now done, but I also need a mental overhaul. How do I bake? What do I do when I eat at restaurants? This is all very new to me. And it’s not just dairy, you know? Eggs and the rice are everywhere, too; buying bread, cereal, and even crackers just got a lot more difficult!
Anyhow, I’m putting this all out here not just to whine (although I do love that), but because I’m hoping that some of you have some experience with this sort of thing. On the off-chance that you do, here are my questions: Do any of you have major allergies like this and, if so, what’s it like for you? Have any of you ever made huge changes in your diet in this way and, if so, was there anything you found that helped ease the transition? Anyone know any good books or websites that might have advice, recipes, or the like? Truly, my friends, any advice you have would be warmly received!