I took a walk in the rain today and got to thinking about food intolerances, hmmmmm. It seems almost everyone I know is intolerant to one thing or another. Gluten seems to be the craze du jour, but there are other easy targets as well, lactose is on some lists, one nut or another, eggs and more.
I find so many people blame food for everything that ails them. We are in fact homo sapiens who move through life interacting with our world around us in many ways. There’s the air we breath, cleaners and detergents we use, not to mention the chemical warfare we gals do to our hair with colour treatments, plus the creams and emollients we adorn our bodies with and that’s just for starters. Whenever I garden and get too close to some of my cedars I get a blotchy skin rash. It clears in a day or two and I don’t give it another thought.
Just because you have a slight rash on your arm doesn’t mean it’s caused by the gluten in your food. Mild tummy upset after your neighbourhood barbecue may not be caused by the lactose in the wholesome glass of skim milk or egg you had at breakfast.
If you do have various symptoms and suspect you may have an allergy or intolerance get it checked out by an expert – a real one with a medical degree, then take it from there. You may short change yourself in the nutrition department when you self diagnose. Don’t do it to yourself.