Breaking Free: Embracing a Healthier Way to Eat and Transforming Habits

Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle comes with its share of challenges, particularly in reshaping habits and adapting to new recipes with unfamiliar ingredients. My upbringing was steeped in fast food culture, and visits to relatives revolved around indulgent, taste-focused meals rather than health-conscious choices. The concept of organic ingredients and wholesome eating habits was foreign to us, as we reveled in culturally diverse dishes that varied with each family gathering.

Years of developing preferences made embracing healthier eating a struggle. Amidst the sea of information about gluten-free and other diet trends promising solutions to my food allergy woes, I believed these paths held all the answers.

However, reality proved different. While I could tolerate certain foods, specific spices used in preparation triggered allergic reactions. Dining out was a daunting task, often entailing numerous special requests. I eventually convinced myself that indulging occasionally would pose no harm – a choice I'd come to regret.

The challenges continued to mount. Balancing my dietary needs with preparing separate meals for my non-allergic children posed its own set of dilemmas. Their accustomed recipes seemed lackluster with changes, leading to complaints. Amidst it all, maintaining self-control became paramount. Family members, with good intentions, brought or cooked foods I once loved but could no longer consume. My body and mind rebelled, struggling to accept this new reality. The unfairness of it all was hard to digest – I yearned to savor food without these complexities.

Amidst these trials, I sought solutions. Undergoing tests was crucial, and the revelations I gained were transformative. To delve deeper into the journey of adapting my life due to food allergies, I've provided some information below. 

I am not a doctor and cannot offer medical advice, but I can provide information about certain foods that have been associated with inflammation in certain individuals. It's important to note that the relationship between food and inflammation can vary depending on an individual's unique physiology and health conditions.

(Remember the best way to determine if you have food allergies is to get tested. Visit your doctor or order a at home testing kit found at the bottom of this page)

Here are some foods that have been suggested to potentially contribute to inflammation:

  1. Processed and Refined Foods: Highly processed and refined foods, such as sugary snacks, processed meats, refined grains, and foods with added trans fats, have been linked to increased inflammation. These foods often lack important nutrients and contain additives that may promote inflammation.

  2. Sugary Beverages: Sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, and certain fruit juices can lead to increased inflammation due to their high sugar content. Excessive sugar consumption can disrupt the body's natural inflammatory response and contribute to various health issues.

  3. Vegetable Oils and Trans Fats: Certain vegetable oils high in omega-6 fatty acids, such as corn, soybean, and sunflower oils, as well as foods containing trans fats, can promote inflammation when consumed in excess. These oils are commonly found in processed and fried foods.

  4. Excessive Alcohol: Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can trigger an inflammatory response in the body. Chronic alcohol consumption may contribute to liver inflammation and damage, among other health concerns.

  5. Refined Carbohydrates: Foods made with refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pastries, and white rice, can cause a rapid spike in blood sugar levels. This can lead to increased production of pro-inflammatory molecules in the body.

It's important to remember that the impact of these foods on inflammation can vary from person to person. This is why it is so important to get tested right away and see if certain health issues you experience could be related to the food that you eat. Additionally, many other factors, including an individual's overall diet, lifestyle, and any underlying health conditions, can influence the inflammatory response.

A well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats is generally recommended for maintaining overall health and reducing inflammation (Unless you are allergic to them). If you have specific concerns about inflammation or any health condition, it's always best to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian who can provide personalized advice based on your individual needs. 

Below is an at home food allergy test kit that I recommend and provides fast and accurate results:


Also check out, Gluten is my Bitch, for great info on how transition to a gluten free diet:

"Gluten is My Bitch" is a humorous and informative book by April Peveteaux that provides practical advice and personal insights into living with a gluten allergy. Through witty anecdotes and helpful tips, Peveteaux tackles the challenges of the gluten-free lifestyle with candor and a touch of humor. It's a relatable and valuable resource for individuals with gluten allergies and those seeking to understand the gluten-free experience.