I have been slacking on the blogging scene these past few weeks. Life has been crazy busy and I just found out that I am FRUIT intolerant! Seriously. I have been in a little bit of a daze and completely preoccupied with finding out more information. Which there is not much, I’m afraid…
I think I’ve mentioned that my bff, Leah is fruit intolerant also. She is the one who prompted me to go in to her ND for some help. And I know it’s hard to believe that two besties have the same intolerance, the doc could hardly believe it herself. I guess fruit intolerance is a bit rare. Had it not actually been a blood test, I probably would not be as accepting. On the positive side, I have wrapped my brain around this thanks to Leah and I have been accommodating her when I whip things up in the kitchen! So I feel like I’m already a step ahead.
The most difficult part so far, is the reaction I get from other people. They are skeptical and don’t buy it. They think I will get scurvy. They offer alternative solutions for me, like “maybe just don’t drink so much wine and you’ll be fine”. (That definitely would have helped. But my days of wine drinking are over…*sigh*) I have had annoying symptoms of chronic inflammation for years that I would like to be rid of before they lead to bigger problems. I had self diagnosed myself as gluten sensitive and avoiding gluten seemed to help, but not completely. Inflammation leads to degenerative disease and I am going to do what I can now to prevent that. I’ve agreed to give this a good three month try. One of my goals this year was to be “ridiculously healthy”, so I’m excited to see what happens!
What does this mean, as far as diet, you might ask? Well, no fruit, duh. But there are a lot of foods that we don’t think of as fruit. These include olives, coconut, cashews, cardomom, cloves, and nutmeg. Then there are preservatives like citric acid which is all over the place. Another part is that fruit intolerant people can’t do grains and potato within 4 hours and it turns out potato is in EVERYTHING! All low fat dairy products use potato derivatives as filler. (Hello, full fat dairy!) Enriched white flours, Vitamin A palmitate, MSG, guar gum, xantham gum, yeast and nutritional yeast all contain or are processed with potato. Even the supplements I was taking contain potato derivatives in the capsules and fruit-sourced Vitamin C. Dumb potatoes, I don’t even like them much anyways!
The wonderful news is that I can still have tomatoes, avocados and melon. YAY! And technically, I can have gluten. I still believe gluten is not the healthiest option, so will keep that to a minimum. I did not let that stop me from running out and trying a fine Belgian ale though, yum. It’s been SO long! Ok, enough of the mini novel. More fun food stuff to come, promise!!