I was going to title this post Christmas with Chronic Illness and then decided that just sounded depressing. Healthy for the Holidays sounds more positive, no? Anyhow, it’s been a year since I was diagnosed with endometriosis and adenomyosis during surgery. Since both are inflammatory conditions, and medication only does so much, I’ve had to make a lot of dietary changes in order to feel good.
Shortly after my diagnosis, I went on an elimination diet. Alcohol, sugar, wheat, lactose, caffeine, red meat, sulfites and other potential inflammatories were all gone. And that was in addition to the things I did not eat because of my food allergies and my daughter’s fructose intolerance. Merry Christmas, right?
Slowly, I’ve been able to add some things back. I eat lactose-free Greek yogurt most mornings and once again eat cheese (Comté makes up for a lot of things I miss.) I eat some sugar. I eat dark chocolate. Wheat seemed tolerable in France, which means I’ll just have to go to Paris a lot. And there are actually some decent gluten-free, egg-free breads out there (I’m looking at you, Little Northern Bakehouse.) I now prefer alternative milks in my coffee and tea. I’ve been off red meat, but might have the occasional steak if I have a craving since it does not seem to be a problem.
Sadly, alcohol is a no go. Even if I just have a little, I really feel it the next few days and it’s just not worth it. I’m perfectly happy with my cranberry soda, but alcohol is such a social thing. I find that when I don’t drink, some people can be funny about it. It’s honestly the biggest drag of this whole thing. Well, that and not being able to eat General Tso’s chicken on Christmas Eve anymore.
A lot of my treats are now in non-food form. I treated myself to this gorgeous little water colour by Carol Gillott at Paris Breakfast since it was about the cost of one dinner I can’t eat. Isn’t it pretty?
It reminds me that strong things endure and Our Lady will rise again. I find it inspiring. Dramatic? Yes. But did I mention I can no longer drink champagne?
Do you have any food restrictions? Do you find it harder over the holidays?