“Hello world!” I love it! Just like the first program I wrote in BASIC back in ninth grade. And that’s pretty much as far as I progressed in the computer programming department (unless you count a C in C++ in college but I wouldn’t since everything the prof said flew over my head.)
Anyway, this blog is definitely not about computer programming so I should probably stop that train of thought right there. What is this blog about, you ask? It’s about food: the food I can’t eat, but more importantly, the food I can eat. After a few years of my health plummeting downhill, I was diagnosed with a dairy allergy and had to stop eating all the things I love most in this world: chevre, parmesan, ice cream, strawberry shortcake. You get the picture. I was actually diagnosed about a year before I finally sucked it up and cut these delicious items, along with all other dairy, from my diet. This was quite a feat for me since I was already a vegetarian, had been since I was nine, so I didn’t eat any meat, poultry, fish or seafood, and I wasn’t about to start. The effect wasn’t immediate but it was significant. After a few months, my stomach pain, which had been been a daily, debilitating occurrence, was reduced by about 75%. And my allergy symptoms – constantly runny nose, itchy, runny, red eyes, itchy palate – that I had been living with since I hit puberty so many years ago, they simmered down considerably.
Things were great. But they weren’t all better. My bladder, which I usually don’t like to talk about much in public, was not a happy camper. I was having much too much burning, stinging pain after I went to the bathroom. Something had to be done.
This diet was my answer, and I have to say, so far it has been fantastic for me. Why did I go this route? That, I will have to save for the next blog, as I am supposed to be getting ready to go to our friend’s welcome back party from Iraq tonight. Gotta go give thanks to the heroes!