Welcome to my blog, The Food Allergy Foodie! With all of the food blogs out there, I’m glad you stopped by for a visit. My name is Megan and I live in Dallas with my boyfriend, Brad, and my 12 lb, incredibly cute terrier/poodle mix, Lulu, and his 130 lb, gentle giant chocolate lab, Boomer.
Why did I start this blog, you ask? Because it’s hard to live a delicious life when your body can’t handle gluten, dairy, or eggs. It can be really overwhelming and I want to help those that are in a similar situation. I’ve been living this lifestyle for almost 10 years and I want to share all of the things I learned about inflammation, my favorite recipes, and products that I use that actually taste good.
I love food and I love to cook. It’s probably because I’m of Italian descent and food is a major part of our culture. Before the internet, I subscribed to a variety of food magazines – Bon Apetite was one of my favorites and Rachael Ray was a go-to for easy and delicious meals. I used to joke that I was president of “Team Food” before I learned I had so many food sensitivities.
Growing up, I always seemed to have stomach issues but never really understood why. It wasn’t bad enough for my mom to take me to the doctor, but there were certain foods I knew would make my stomach upset – like doughnuts, pancakes, and certain dairy products. My mom started buying lactose-free milk when I was in middle school, and it seemed to help but not 100%.
After graduating college, I started to gain weight, even though I’ve always been very active. I tried all different types of diets and nothing seemed to work. Finally, in 2007, I was referred to a nutritionist who helps identify food allergies and sensitivities. The tests came back saying my body couldn’t handle gluten, diary, or eggs. It was very overwhelming but things finally started to make sense as to why I couldn’t tolerate certain foods and gained weight so easily. I committed to this new lifestyle and finally started to lose weight and feel better. However, being in my 20’s and having issues with commitment, I fell off the wagon after a year. It was just too hard to give up eggs, especially when it didn’t make me feel bad. The weight came crashing back on and I continued to not feel great.
After moving to New Jersey, I was referred to Dr. Tatiana Sharahy, a wonderful, board-certified internal medicine doctor who specializes in food allergies. She ran food allergy tests as well as her own set of blood work and the results came back saying I was intolerant to gluten, dairy, and eggs! She also said that I was really, really, inflamed — basically, my body was “on fire” because it was so stressed trying to digest these foods. Working together for about a year, I lost almost 30 pounds through diet, supplements, and exercise. It was hard work and now I’m fully committed to staying away from these foods.
Even though I don’t eat any of these foods, I still am prone to inflammation, so when I feel a flareup, I follow the leaky gut diet for a few weeks to help reduce the inflammation. I’ll include recipes that follow this diet, which means they won’t contain beans, corn, white potatoes, and nightshades (tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers).
I hope that I can help you by sharing my experiences, recipes, and favorite products! It’s journey that we’re all in together!