Today is my lucky day. Not only is it my favorite foodie holiday, Cinco de Mayo, but it is also the first day in THREE WEEKS that I can resume eating regular food. I can't wait to sink my teeth into some amazing Mexican treats for dinner tonight!
I love food. I mean, I really love food. I celebrate with food, mourn with food, lean on food when I'm bored, show my love for others with food, and entertain with food. Though, my food love story is much more Shakespearian. It's
an unrequited affair because food certainly does not love me back. In fact, I'm learning as I get older that food is making me sick. Literally.
Last month, on April 16, I entered the emergency room in the most awful pain that I had ever been in. (Yes, worse than childbirth.) After a quick CT scan of my lower abdomen, I learned that I was in pretty dire straits and suffered from a life threatening
internal injury. I was spared emergency surgery to correct it, however, the payoff was five days in the hospital, two solid days of nothing to eat or drink (and I mean NOTHING), then transitioning to two days of clear liquids only, and finally the realization
that my already burdensome food affair just became much more difficult.
See, a few years ago I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease which means I cannot eat anything with gluten. It's a pain in the butt and requires constant vigilance. The slightest (albeit unintentional) slip up results in some pretty messed up reactions for
me. Besides the tummy ache and flu-like symptoms, I've perplexed many doctors with symptoms that appear to be Lupus, Psoriasis, or Rheumatoid Arthritis. As it turned out, each scare was nothing more than the side effects of gluten in my gluten-unfriendly
gut. No fun.
At any rate, during my hospital stay last month I learned that in addition to Celiac, I also had Diverticulitis. My initial reaction was, "Great; just great. Another gut issue that further restricts my food and will make cooking for my family even more
impossible." But since then I've had a couple of weeks to research and wrap my head around this.
This will be difficult navigating through healthy, gluten-free, high-fiber, seedless, nutless, and limited dairy recipes that won't incite my tween daughter to turn her nose up and beg for a bowl of cereal instead. There is not a lot of information out
there for such a specialized food love affair like mine. But I'm ready for this. And I'm just stubborn enough to pull it off. This awesome site and space to blog seems like the perfect place to chronicle my wins, losses, and noteworthy events along the
Wish me luck!