Unfortunately I am not one of the lucky ones who can eat anything put in front of me. Well, I technically 'can' eat it. And I definitely 'do' enjoy it. But when my mouth says yes, my body says 'mm naaah' then proceeds to punish me in all manner of creative ways. I've had reactions ranging from severe stomach pains to insomnia and eczema. Even if I eat something I'm not actually intolerant to, if it is eaten with the wrong food companions it can still cause havoc. So for people like me, it's a real exercise to learn my limits and stick to it! Oh, and not let peer pressure determine the potential suffering that could be caused. Be strong Mel!
Alcohol is another substance I react negatively to. Which is unfortunate for me as I love my red wine! When my body is at a low point, I can break out in hives, a dark red rash all over my body or severe asthma. The taste of wine is a minor sacrifice when it comes to making my body beautiful and healthy again.
I love filling my body with plant-based, whole foods with an emphasis on raw food. If I am to give my body the best chance at rebuilding a healthy me, cell by cell, then I want to be made out of the cleanest, most nutritious living food possible! I'm not going to find health when I'm made from processed rubbish and acid forming foods. Basically, when I eat alive food, I feel alive. So there's an indication I'm doing something right.
My diet is probably 99% vegan and 1% meat. The reason I don't say vegetarian is because I don't eat animal products on account of the fact they don't particularly agree with me. Dairy wreaks havoc with my gut and I don't really enjoy eggs. So my vegan-ish lifestyle suits me perfectly. One of the great parts about my diet is not only the nutrition value, but I can eat like a whale now and not be concerned with weight or cholesterol. I used to have very high cholesterol before I began my plant based diet. One of the many improvements my body has made!
This diet change hasn't come without its trials and failures but I think I have pretty much nailed it for nutrition and flavor now. I am happy to be on tenterhooks while I gently nurse my body back to health so that once I am in remission then I can relax my strictness a little bit.