So...vegan it is. I met with the immunologist on Monday, and she confirmed all my food allergies: milk, egg, beef, pork, chicken, walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, garlic, and pineapple. And let's not forget the enviromental, sycamore, oak, maple, cedar, and many more trees, eight kinds of mold, various grasses, including one called Timothy, and ragweed and sage, and dustmites, dogs, cats, and birds. But apparently I can go roll around naked in the Bermuda grass, because it is about the only thing I am NOT allergic to.
So I am currently going through a period of adjustment. It varies from trying to educate myself and be very pragmatic about the whole thing, then ten minutes later I am ticked off and hungry and not coping very well. Right now I am on day three of the cranky-hungries. (Or, for you Harry Potter fans out there, I am feeling rather "Ron Book Seven.")
If you have any good vegan cookbooks you can recommend, favorite vegan products, or if you just want to leave a comment of encouragement, I would be thrilled if you would take a moment... Food is such a social aspect in our life that having to eat such a restrictive diet is making me feel a bit isolated.
However, in the interest of being a "cup half full" kinda gal (even when my stomach is half empty), at least all this STILL makes for a better day than my kitty Sirius will be having come Monday...
...when he finally gets neutered. (He doesn't know yet.) I may have to forgo a whole pile of foods that I really love but, hey, at least I still have all the same girl parts as I came into the world with...I call that a win!
You may have noticed that I do actually have cats (despite said cat allergy). To that, I reply...could you resist this?
In the meantime, I am heading off to bed to read Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (but I will probably fall asleep as soon as I slide in bed...I gave up caffeine as well this week). I am already so tired that my eyes hurt, and I have resigned myself to fixing any typos tomorrow...