I recently had some strange and seemingly unrelated health problems. Tired, achy, unusually active seasonal allergies, breakouts and my lip split and wouldn’t heal. I started doing some research online and it all pointed back to that thing I didn’t want it to. My dietary allergies.
I’m allergic to gluten and very likely dairy.
This cuts out most food and the food I can eat, doesn’t typically have a lot of calories in it. In a nutshell, I can eat meat, veggies, fruit, rice and quinoa. That’s pretty limited and most things that taste good take a lot of time to prepare, so I end up running out of time at night. This is inconvenient because I don’t get to see my daughter during the day and then she’s only awake for two hours while I’m home at night before it’s time for her to go to bed. So, I’m inclined to skip and go without which isn’t healthy and (understandably) annoys my husband. (And has made me lose a pants size in the last 10 days.)
I’m trying to find quick meals that I can prepare in advance or for the week. The problem is that gluten free breads have to be eaten the same day and take a lot of time to prepare. Additionally, rice and other grains don’t reheat well. I don’t use a microwave for anything, which means more time in the kitchen.
At least it’s grill season so I can throw a chicken breast on the grill and then toss it with some greens. For now, I’m loving that, but I hope I don’t get burned out on it. Salads get boring very fast which is why I stopped being good and started eating whatever again the last time. When I started feeling terrible this time and realized it was to do with food, I quit again. My lip healed in three days after being split and actively bleeding for two weeks, my skin cleared up and I had energy again. Go fig.
It kinda makes me sad because I’m not a fussy person. Now I have to be fussy and rather than going “Eh, it’s only one meal that’s bad. It won’t hurt me too bad…” I have to say “Actually, I brought my own food…” My lip splitting like it did and not healing was scary. I kinda have to eat around the things I shouldn’t have now. I don’t want to be picky, dammit! :/