When I first found out about my newest assortment of food allergies a couple weeks back—10 new food allergies, baby—I felt like the floor had just dropped out from under me. What will I eat? Will I ever bake again? Will I be able to eat anything that actually tastes good? Ugh! I’m starting all over again!
I felt like I’d finally reached a point where I didn’t have to constantly think about celiac disease, I’d gotten used to reading every single ingredient label before popping even the smallest thing into my mouth, and I was slowly coming up with new favorite recipes. But now I was starting over from scratch. It was very discouraging. Very discouraging.
As a result, I’m thankful for my family, fiancé, and future in-laws. They’ve all made the transition to allergen-free eating a lot easier by sportively helping me find food and never making me feel like an inconvenience.
It’s so nice to know that tomorrow I’ll not only have a plate full of Thanksgiving food but that I’ll feel safe eating it because everyone has gone out of their way to insure it’s Kelsey friendly. Not only will my food be safe and decently healthy (junk food is pretty much off limits now), but it tastes good too!
And, perhaps one of the best reason to be thankful, since I’ve been avoiding all my many allergens I’m feeling a lot better and my stomach has stopped hurting continually. I may not be able to eat all of my usual Thanksgiving-y favorites (couldn’t figure out how to make a pumpkin pie but maybe I’ll do one for Christmas), but I feel like I have my health back. And my family and family-to-be have made this Thanksgiving not just something to survive, but something to enjoy.
What about you? What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?