It made me much more aware of what we eat. I had to really start reading labels and it was shocking! I mean really - finding fish oil used in a popular brand of microwave popcorn?! Luckily we live in a rural area with farmers around us and we began to change our habits quite a bit. We began canning because we control what goes into the veggies, how much salt, everything. We sourced local chickens, eggs, just found pork, etc. No hormones, no antibiotics, grass fed. We started calling it the "grandma diet" - if our grandma would recognize an ingredient and know what it was we were good to go. 😃 None of these unpronounceable additives that do who knows what to your body over time and after accumulation. We definitely feel better and you taste a difference in the food too!
Yes and i hate to be so picky but my life depends on it!
My outlook toward food has changed. Food used to be the main thing my friends and family gathered around when we got together... it was our reason to get together. I was never a picky eater since I went hungry as a child so I would try anything and like most everything. So I never asked what it was much less what was in it. Now I've learned that gatherings, holidays and even dinners out are not about the food... they are all about the people and the relationships! I don't worry if there is something there I can eat. I always carry a snack in my purse and I go to enjoy the company of people or to get to know people. I am also very aware now when cooking for others... I always ask if they have any food allergies or aversions before choosing what I will cook.
One of my close friends is also severely allergic to Mint. He works for the Government and works from home 4 out of 5 days. That 5th day he has to go in and each time he basically runs the gauntlet trying to avoid people triggering his food allergies. He fails more often than is healthy for him.
Just to add to the messed up situation. Neither of our homes are safe for the other. With all our various special diets due to allergies and other health concerns, our safe comfort foods are typically the poison for the other one. We meet in locations away from our homes. Since our homes are just too toxic for the other person. I chew mint gum occasionally, but he reacts even if the mint gum and the trash bag it was tossed in is thrown out. I need 24 hours notice of his arrival to properly air out my house for the smallest chance I won't trigger a reaction. Even things like my muscle relaxant for my messed up muscles has things in it he is allergic to.
I find it sad that even understanding food allergies and trying to be careful, we still hurt each other fairly regularly. When you are dealing with airborne allergen triggers it is exponentially harder to avoid them.