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Diagnosed with Food Intolerance

Posted on Thu Jul 2011 by Emma

When I was first diagnosed with my food intolerances (see New To Food Intolerance) (wheat, dairy and egg whites), my main focus was very much what I couldn’t eat. I found this to be all a bit depressing really as food had always been one of my major loves.

Visiting farmer’s markets or going out for dinner were some of my favourite things to do and I felt that I would have to give them up. Suddenly many of the things that I liked to eat were no longer available to me and the thought of life without cheese, pizza, bread or chocolate was a difficult concept to comprehend.

Fussy Foodie friendly foods at Farmers Market

Having Multiple Food Intolerance’s made things even more difficult as often special free from foods only concentrated on one type of food intolerance and I would get frustrated at not being able to eat wheat-free bread that contained eggs or free-from pastry that contained butter.

However, over time, things became easier. Checking labels in supermarkets became second nature and I started keeping lists of specific products that were safe to eat to make things a bit quicker (although I was careful to give the ingredients a quick check each time I bought them in case the recipe had changed).

Over time, those lists have expanded to include free from recipes that I’ve liked and store cupboard items I’ve found and I have found the lists invaluable in providing with a quick reference and some inspiration when I’m tired but want to eat something other than hummous and oatcakes (not that there is anything wrong with them of course – I’d be lost without them.

If I was to start my life as a Fussy Foodie all over again, the very first thing I would do would be sit and write a list of all of the things that I could eat. They really helped me to switch focus from what I couldn’t eat and help me focus on the hundreds of things that I can eat instead. It has helped turn my food intolerances into a positive experience rather than a negative one and I find has made it a lot easier to stick to my diet. You can keep them however you prefer – in a notebook, on index cards or if you have a smartphone, you can download some notetaking software such as Catch or Evernote meaning you can access and add to your lists wherever you are!

One response to “Diagnosed with Food Intolerance”

  1. Maryanne says:

    I have multiple intolerances and my first reaction was panic – as I’m also a diabetic. But over a few weeks I have got used to eating different foods and because I feel so much better it is worth it and I will continue. Really miss Marmite on toast though and there is no substitute for this in my mind!

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