Sunday, January 2, 2011
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
When I first told my husband about this phenomenon a few years ago he just shook his head and said he didn't think food could have that kind of effect....well I think he believes me now. I began cutting corners, running out of my staples (chicken soup, yogurt, granola, etc.) and snitching holiday goodies my neighbors brought. I think what really did me in was the homemade fudge. By Christmas Eve I was angry, stressed, and trying to get hold of myself before I blew up. How did this happen? Christmas is the time to celebrate family, friends, and Christ's love...and here I am angry at any and everything? Can food really do this to me?
The answer for me is YES! and it seems dairy and gluten are the worst offenders. I have had times in the past when I am just as busy and stressed but took care of myself and the outcome was very different. If I ingest gluten or dairy accidentally I can tell within 20 minutes, I describe it as a black cloud coming over me and it makes me feel crazy and out of control. The problem over the holidays was that day after day I kept eating things with dairy and tons of sugar.....and the monster was born.
By Tuesday I was getting back to normal, but feeling really dumb. Why did I work so hard to make it a perfect day then ruin it for myself? Duh! I write this to let you know if you have someone in your life that food affects like me, be patient with them. I read many blogs written by parents with autistic children who report out of control tantrums when their kids go off of the SCD and I know to most people this sounds ridiculous, but for me it is true. Some foods are like drugs in my body and I count myself lucky to understand this and know what to avoid. Here's to a better holiday next year....I am going to dump that fudge in the garbage!