What I Wish I Was Eating #1

November 13th, 2014

I don’t talk about it often around these parts, but I have a chronic illness. It’s a pretty crummy chronic illness, as far as chronic illnesses go. The compromises are frequent and endless, and my patience and determination are taxed on a daily basis.

One of the huge compromises I face daily is reflected in my relationship with food. For the past two years, I’ve had to limit my diet to a handful of ingredients in order to help my body manage a massive and punishing flare. I’ve been able to stabilize somewhat but I haven’t had the freedom to expand on my diet very much – I’m still walking a very tight rope.

I had originally planned a very rose-coloured series where as I got healthier, I would illustrate the foods I was welcoming back into my life with open arms; but as the months went by I realized that this wasn’t happening freely or even regularly, as I had hoped. Putting that project on the back burner was yet another reminder that chronic illness can throw a wrench into the best laid of plans. So when my friend Anisa suggested that I just flip it around and illustrate the foods I COULDN’T eat (thanks Anisa!), I thought – why the tarnation not? And then my friend Belinda encouraged me to post about it (thanks Belinda!). p.s. Wow, I have a lot of friends with pretty names.

So anyway, here is my first entry in what I hope will become a fun and cathartic series. I’m starting small.

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2 Comments

  1. Claudia says:

    Oh, I’m with you sister…but my illustrations would be chemicals and toxic products (I’m in the process of getting diagnose with hypersensibilité environnementale)…way less cute than a raspberry!

    Une journée à la fois and we stay positive.

    • Girlfriday says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that, Claudia! I hope you’re able to figure out how to manage your symptoms – it’s so tricky when our bodies need help. Good luck, I’m sending good vibes!

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