People often ask me questions about my diet and the things I eat. The questions arise due to my various allergies and sensitivities. Many people are just curious how I maintain my habits as a super busy college student.
First things first, I do not do any extreme diet plans or health fads, BUT by default I must avoid various foods because my body has reactions to them. Here is a little inside scoop on my allergies and common foods I eat.
When I was in third grade, I developed anaphylactic allergies to tree nuts and shelled fish. As a result, I carry an EpiPen with me because if I ingest these foods my face will swell, I’ll break out in hives, and my throat closes. NOT FUN AT ALL. I avoid these foods always.
When I was a sophomore in high school, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, which is an autoimmune disorder where the body rejects gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, malt, and (some) oats. My body’s cells were attacking each other causing awful and painful skin rashes, hair loss, weight loss, and digestion problems.
At first not eating breads, pastas, and various carbs was hard, but gluten free options are becoming more assessable in grocery stores and restaurants. I must be cautious about cross contamination because it can make me sick.
In the past couple months or so, I have been working on limiting my dairy intake. I found myself consuming more dairy daily than recommended and it often left me bloated with stomach pains and bathroom issues.
Since then I have been working towards completely cutting dairy out of my diet starting with replacing milk with almond milk (almonds aren’t tree nuts so I can eat them) and cheese with soy or vegan cheese. I also regret every time I eat ice cream so I started to substitute with coconut ice cream and it’s so yummy!
Some other conscious choices I make include not drinking any soda and limiting sugary juices. I consume alcohol very rarely. I drink coffee maybe once a week. I try to not eat a lot before bed.
It drives me a bit bonkers when people say things like “I wish I had your allergies, it’s like a forced healthy diet!” or “how do you stay so skinny!” and “do you even eat?”
Truth be told, just because I have various allergies and sensitives doesn’t make me automatically “healthy”. Gluten free substitutes often have higher calories and fat than its regular counterpart.
YES, I DO EAT AND IT’S OFTEN. My favorites included: Lucky Charms, sugary candy, fruit snacks, Italian ice, French fries, Frappuccino’s, various Frito-Lay chips, tater-tots, tacos, fried rice, and sushi. The difference is I eat these things in moderation. (most of the time!)
In all reality, I just try to eat a simple balanced diet that we all learned about in elementary school. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, then protein and grains, along with fats, oils, etc.
I do not count calories. I eat breakfast every day. I drink tons of water and kombucha. I take a women’s multivitamin. I eat when I am hungry, no starving myself here!
I really don’t have any secrets. I am just conscious about what I eat. Whether I am preparing food at home or going out, I take the time to make choices that will make my body feel good. It isn’t always easy, but taking the first step and creating a plan will help.
I do indulge in my favorite unhealthy foods, but I do my best to balance my diet with nutritious and filling foods.
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