I am a sensitive, empathic person and have felt this way for as long as I can remember. Understanding this sensitivity to EVERYTHING was a turning point for me, especially with food. It’s become clearly apparent the impact that food has on my body. Perhaps you also feel very different after eating specific foods.
Initially it was dairy, not an allergy, but more of a reaction to too much at one time. Then about seven years ago I became a vegetarian. This change was huge for me. I actually never really liked meat, but, felt that I was just supposed to eat it. The question everyone asks me, I asked myself at the time; “Where do you get your protein from?” Fortunately, I’ve found some great books and blogs to follow. (See my list of favorites below) My body feels really good eating so many nutritious fruits, healthy vegetables, and legumes and I actually don’t miss meat at all. Then, a couple years ago I began to cut back on gluten. My father has a severe case of Celiac disease and after reading the book Wheat Belly, I knew that my body was sensitive to wheat also. As of now, I’m about 95% gluten free. I do love a good veggie pizza though, and occasionally do indulge if no G-Free crust is available. It’s just too good to pass up!
Now we come to the difficult part.....I am a vegetarian, mostly gluten free and somewhat dairy sensitive. Trust me, no one wants to invite me over for dinner! I am “THAT” person, and they just don’t know what to feed me. It does sometimes get awkward and I always offer to bring things, and sometimes we just end up going out. I initially feel like a pain, however, I wouldn’t want them to feel uncomfortable if they were in my position.
I have a lot of fun experimenting with foods and learning what my body likes more than others. I encourage you to do this as well. I see it like Feng Shui. It’s all about balance of Yin and Yang and having good Chi in your body. By filling your stomach with foods that don’t agree with you, your Chi will be off, resulting in feeling ill or at least a little “off”. If you eat too many Oreo’s you won’t feel well, but if you drink milk and are dairy sensitive, it’s just the same.
What’s more amazing than the immediate effects are the results over time. My skin has cleared up and the rosacea I had across my cheeks and nose is completely gone. I used to use a pricey prescription creme to calm down this reaction for years and am pleased that my diet has cleared it away.
Get creative and think about the Feng Shui of your diet, eliminating some items that give you a not-so-nice feeling. My doctor encourages me to keep a variety of foods and colors on my plate for optimal nutrition. Beyond this, get creative and try some gluten free recipes or opt for a weekly veggie night. Not only is it fun to cook with different ingredients and get creative, but you may find you really love something new. While I hate to be “that” person, I actually think I may be the easiest person at the table. Give me a simple salad and I’m a happy camper.
Below is my list of my favorite books and blogs
Wheat Belly Cookbook
Gluten Free on a Shoestring Blog
Fit Foodie Finds
The Idiots Guide to Being Vegetarian (This is great if you're new to this type of diet.)
Do you have a favorite book or blog? Please share it in the comments section!