My daughter has several severe allergies. One of those is to red dye. That is ALL red dye. She can not eat, drink, use soap, shampoo, or make-up that contains any amount of any numbered red dye. All it took was one bad reaction for her to realize that nothing would be worth experiencing that again. It doesn’t bother her that she can’t use products or digest foods/drinks with red dye. Instead she relates these products to pain. Her attitude carries over to the foods that cause mild reactions.
Staying away from foods that I am allergic to is not as easy. Sure the ones that I have severe reactions to I view as evil, but its the mild reactions that have left the door of temptation open. That is until recently. For years I have been eliminating foods that I am highly allergic to. Three months ago I decided to go a step further by eliminating all foods/drinks that appear to increase my inflammation. I have found through trial and error that not all foods are alike. What I mean is pizza from one parlor may affect my body, but one from another may not. So instead of saying I can no longer have pizza, I tried different ones and the ones that didn’t spark a reaction remained on my “good to eat” list. Taking a cue from my daughter I now view the foods that increase my pain level as evil. I would rather pay the price of pain from something I did physically, then from something I shoved into my mouth.
I know I will never have full control over my inflammation, there are too many factors involved. Of course becoming master of the universe and controlling the weather might help. But I have felt a difference on a daily basis, which makes me one happy lady. Of course losing 22lbs in three months has also been a perk in my elimination game. Speaking of elimination, three months without being constipated or having diarrhea, has been amazing. Sorry, just had to share :)~
It took years of watching my daughter lead by example for me to learn one very important idea. I am not being denied by saying no, instead by saying yes I deny myself the amount of time lost from having a reaction.