My journey has lead me and continues to lead me down the food allergy journey.
Yes, my intolerances are most likely due to my under-lying health problems. The viruses attacking my body. However, I am truly thankful for the opportunity to explore and research this way of life & eating.
Without my intolerances I would never have come across the plantbased lifestyle which allows me to feed my body without any reactions. I would never have got the opportunity to explore allergy-free products, companies and walk in the shoes of allergy sufferers. To feel the embarrassment, the upset & the endless hurdles. I have cried through it all, I have wanted to give up, I have isolated myself.
It has been the hardest two and a half years, adapting and learning.
There is no point holding a grudge against this chapter in my life. What is the negative vibes of holding a grudge going to bring me? Only negative vibes and upset. I can't change what has occurred and even though at the time many questioned my fight towards food allergy awareness and the plant based lifestyle. Though it really has saved me. I should be proud of the endless research I have and still do on this serious topic. I could have given up but even when people doubted I fought on. Without this tough time I wouldn't have had one of the best Christmas' I have had in a long time, or created United Tastes Of America & Sophantastic Allergy-Free Creations.
And oh boy, I wouldn't be here talking to you right now.
Even though I am hoping my intolerances fade away with my treatment, it does not mean I will not continue to support and fight for food allergy awareness! For sure I will still use a lot of products as I do love them! If I become healed and my intolerances are no longer an issue I don't want you seeing me as a fraud. I understand, know and have experienced your way of life & difficulties.
I know how serious this issue is and will fight on to get it to become more recognised among society & causing change among society only to help make life easier for sufferers.
I still hope to keep travelling & re-creating recipes, creating books & keeping up my blog.
So I thank you all so dearly for your love and support throughout the last two years. Whether you love my anxiety, stress & life advice, recipes, books travel info and/or products. I am truly thankful for you taking the time to listen, read and take note of my words. I hope I have helped & contine to help!
Be thankful and grateful. If I do become healed and am able to eat things like pizza, bread etc I will cherish every moment!! I am guilty of before eating cake, pizza & ice cream without a care in the world. Now I will enjoy every bite and be grateful for the opportunity to eat these foods once again.
I don't know how much my body will heal, the viruses have been attacking my body for a long time. But we have to be hopeful! Positive!
So I have already organised my pizza date with Mama bear and anyone else who cares to join us on our pizza binge! I remember when I cut out dairy due to stomach issues when I was 8 years old. The timing was so off - over Christmas and my birthday ( couldn't have been worse ). Of course many people bought me chocolate not knowing. My Mum would let me unwrap them then hide them out of sight so I wasn't thinking about them or getting upset about not being able to enjoy them ( what a babe - always knows what is best!) After 8 weeks of not being able to enjoy my treats my Mama and I sat on her bed and ate all the chocolate we wanted until we were stuffed! That to me is life. There wasn't all this Free From range back then ( which shows how far we have already come ). And there she is my rock! Enjoying every sunny moment with me and holding my hand through the storms.
At times people may have accused me of being negative, fussy and maybe annoying but I have to stop being hard on myself and praise myself for what I have achieved through what has been and continues to be a vicious storm. The wind blowing so strong it tries to knock me off my feet.
My journey to health is far from over, I know that. It may cause my attention to be focused on other areas of health but I am committed to keeping up raising awareness for this serious cause.
A big thank you for all your support. Let's keep fighting on warriors. Spreading the love and the word!
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Keep fighting the storms and dance in the rain, turning negatives into positives the best way we can.