In September of 2011, I had the amazing opportunity to go to Vienna. Before traveling, it was recommended to get some vaccinations. So I did, and then set off on my trip. l was fine until we were over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. I felt so sick, and I was in a window seat. Ideal situation, huh? It didn’t improve much upon landing. I remember laying on the airport terminal in Frankfurt trying to get ahold of my stomach. It was miserable. Thankfully, it only lasted a day.
Or so it seemed.
A few weeks later, I was feeling worse and was overwhelmed with nausea. And it never went away. After visiting many doctors, having many tests done, and having recommendations for medications and surgeries, I just wanted to lay down and cease to exist. There were no definite solutions, just trial and error, which I didn’t want to go though.
A neighbor of mine recommended a functional or holistic clinic that looks to diagnose the cause, and not the symptom. I did have to have some more tests done, but there were actual results with these. I had a variety of food intolerances: eggs, dairy, almonds, beef, and gluten were the big ones. My heart sunk. I could handle no dairy, I could handle no eggs, I could handle no gluten, but all three? I gave it a chance, and my health improved dramatically.
But what about bread, cookies, cupcakes, pasta etc? I loved baking and cooking. I was devastated, but I cared for my health more. Through much research, and some helpful cookbooks (Healthy Gluten-Free Life being my food savior), I found that life could easily go on. I was able to get back to my love, cooking. I hope that this blog will help those with food allergies and intolerances, and inspire them to get back into the kitchen.