The Worst got Better

Today was a crappy day.  I'll just be honest and say that I've been pretty hacked off since about 9:30 this morning.  In a post to follow I will explain how I got to the point of desperation, but I am currently on day 7.5 of an auto immune elimination diet.  I am following the protocol laid out in Whole 30 as detailed Here.  As I was reading about the plan I was convicted down to the depths of my soul when the author said "Beating cancer is hard.  Choosing to eat healthy is not."

It was the breaking point for me and I have jumped in head first.  Within 3 days of my new eating plan I felt as if I had a new lease on life.  I am NOT exaggerating.  Then, by the next day or two I was beginning to experience some of the old symptoms I had been having.  Frustrated doesn't even begin to describe how I felt.  So, today I went to my allergist for testing for food allergies.

I was honest with her and told her that I was not expecting anything to be positive.  If it was, my money was on corn.  Remember, I already have Celiac Disease so I avoid all gluten products (ie, bread, pasta, cakes, cookies...all things yummy.)

64 pricks and 1 shot of serum couldn't have left me more shocked with the results.  I showed a highly reactive response to peanuts and cashews.  Let me just say, I was floored!  The gut kicker was when the doc said I had to avoid all tree nuts due to cross reactivity.  Now, unless you have adapted to a Gluten free diet or are living Paleo like I am now you might not realize how big of a deal this is to me.  Most of my healthy protein comes in the form of a tree nut.  Cashews, hazelnuts...almonds.  Almonds; as in almond powder, almond milk, almond cheese.  This is a huge blow for me.  

I know I wasn't given a death sentence today and I'm sure I'll get over the disappointment very quickly but man!  This just stinks.  I've pretty much been pouting all day long.  That is until I went to mailbox around 6:00 tonight.  My letter came.  THE LETTER.  I saw a glimpse of the word IRS and starting crying.  My hands starting shaking and my knees buckled.  Best. Moment. Ever.  My 2 year labor of love has finally come to fruition.  

The Go Lucy Go Foundation is officially 
a 501(c)3 organization!!  

 Those of you who eat on alternative food plans, please feel free to leave comments as to what I do now that I can't eat almond flour.  I'm open for suggestions!  I'll leave you with this gratuitous picture of my sweet boy.  Who doesn't ride their bike in a baseball helmet?

post signature