Everyone is Different

Submitted by Miss Danielle on Fri, 07/04/2008 - 9:53am.

I've said it numerous times, but thought it was worth mentioning again that each of us are different when it comes to food intolerances and what we can or cannot eat. Just as our personalities differ, so do our digestive tracts.

For example, after years of experimenting with the elimination diet I have my own list of 'safe cheats': foods that are not recommended but I find I can tolerate in small amounts. These include corn, certain cheeses, mushrooms, some lactose free dairy products and - depending on how it's used/the quantity in the product - spelt or kamut flours.

And when it comes to alcohol, I find a multi-distilled 100% potato based vodka (like Chopin) mixed with freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice is a safe bet for when I want to be normal and partake at celebrations.

If I had ALLERGIES to these foods, it would be a different story. I have a friend who, in the last few years, developed an allergy to all alcohol, so even a 'little tipple' now and then is out of the question. Luckily I have intolerances (never thought I would say that) so I can bend the rules without breaking them, or me for that matter.

The point is, discovering you have intolerances to food is not always a concrete life sentence. You will learn what you can eat, what you can consume sometimes, and how even the preparation of the food affects the way you digest it (even something as simple as mashed potatoes vs baked potatoes, or raw fish vs cooked fish).

 

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