Figuring This Whole Thing Out
The main change has been my intolerance to gluten which at the beginning (it seemed to worsen at around age 20-21) made me go for various tests at the doctors and spend my evenings in bed with exhaustion/debilitating cramps. These days it just gives me constipation for a couple of days.
As written before, I discovered this was the case when I went full gluten for 6 weeks so I could go for a coeliac disease test! So, it goes to prove that it's always worth testing the boundaries of your food intolerances if you have them.
I was previously very intolerant to coffee, chocolate, bananas, lentils and beans and none of those things give me issues anymore. However new intolerances have appeared, including cucumber and oats (even the GF ones).
And then of course, I have my veganism. (Which actually, especially living in Bristol, is a pleasure.)
It's no wonder that every time I see my Mum she says "so what are you eating these days?"
What do you actually eat?
The honest answer right at this minute? "No meat, fish, dairy and eggs. Trying to be gluten free, but a bit seems OK. Keeping Rennies and Buscopans on me for emergencies. Dried fruit is my saviour. Damn those wheaty vegan treats. Seriously, it's all gluten. And lots of pizza. Yes, with cheese."
Vegan Pizza from Mission Pizza, Bristol
My dairy and egg intolerances are masked by my veganism and actually serve as a convenient warning system if I'm ever served food secretly containing either. (An inbuilt non vegan detector, how lucky am I??)
In an odd way, having food intolerances helps a lot if you decide to go vegan. We are used to looking at ingredient lists, zoning in on the words in bold. We are extremely efficient shoppers, only needing to visit a few aisles. We are also used to working with cupboard staples, herbs and spices, cooking from scratch with an inventiveness that should earn us some sort of scholarship in alchemy. And we are more open minded to trying new things, new flavours and odd ingredients.
It's why I often say that I was "lucky" because I had my food intolerances before I went vegan.
I'd love to hear from others who have gone vegan with food intolerances. Drop me a comment!