My elephant journal Article: How an Elimination Diet Taught Me How to Cook and Gave Me Back My Health
I used to hate cooking.
Just the thought of being in the kitchen felt like a chore. My disdain was actually a running joke in my family, “It’s time to cook dinner. Where’d Lily go?” Laughter and eye-rolling would ensue. It was true—I’d hear mention of starting dinner and slip away to a back room.
But all of that was about to change when my health took a serious nose-dive.
One day before Thanksgiving, I woke up covered in itchy, fiery hives that lasted for four months. I suffered from relentless anxiety and fatigue, chronic constipation, heart palpitations and sulked under a dark cloud of depression. I missed a lot of work as I shuffled from one specialist’s waiting room to the next in search of an answer.
Eventually, I found a naturopathic doctor who diagnosed me with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (an autoimmune disease of the thyroid) and administered the Immuno Labs food intolerance blood test.
A week later, I was handed a list of 15 foods that I tested highly reactive to.
The list included many staples in my diet like beef, dairy, wheat and eggs. I was strongly advised to eliminate all of the offending foods for at least three months if I wanted relief from my hives.
My heart nearly leapt out of my chest. What was there left to eat? It came down to either living with my hives for what could possibly be an eternity, or facing the fear of not knowing what to eat. Desperately, I chose the latter.
*Read the rest HERE @ elephant journal & discover how I learned to LOVE my kitchen (you can too)! XO