My ‘dog diet’ (No Comments)

I’ve been suffering from allergies for a long time, ever since I turned 19…so about five hundred years ago.

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The allergist told me that my immune system crashed because my family had a house full of pets and they smoked.  A lot.

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So here I am 29 years later (tbh) and still suffering.  Until five weeks ago when I began my ‘dog diet’, my nose ran constantly.  I had pockets filled with tissues in every clothing item I own.

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Now that my kids are getting old (19,almost 18, almost 16 and 13) I feel lonely sometimes.  Tear! Don’t tell my hubby I wrote that!

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I can’t believe I’m writing that given how busy life still is but truth be told it can be quiet here from time to time when everyone goes out or hides in their bedroom with their devices.

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My kids have been asking for a dog for years and I always said ‘no’ because of my allergies.  But for the last year I’ve been really missing having a dog/cat.  I grew up with several and have always missed being able to have a fur baby.  We do have a bird but he doesn’t enjoy cuddling and we have a gorgeous bunny who does but I am crazy allergic to him.  So much so that he lives in the garage.  I wheeze and itch and my nose pours when I spend any time with him.

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Anyway, after spending many thousands of dollars on naturopathic doctors and BIE treatment that didn’t work, I decided to cut out gluten completely, as well as sugar.

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Oh sugar, how I love you!

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But surprisingly, I don’t miss it.  Much.

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Because my allergies and immune system have improved so much in the five weeks since I started the ‘dog diet’, my nose has stopped running.  I feel so well!  I haven’t been sick since before I started the diet.  And as a grade two teacher, I’m normally sick consistently from October until March.  Last year and the year before, I have had influenza twice, both times each year becoming pnuemonia.  It was scary.

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So anyway.  I went to my parents house to visit (and to cut my Dad’s hair as he had grown it long to donate it but that’s another story) and spent an hour and a half there cutting his hair and trimming my mom’s and I DID NOT REACT TO THEIR CAT!!!! Seriously!  I didn’t.

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This can only be explained by my ‘dog diet’.  Buddy was present, the windows were closed and my nose did not get stuffy, I didn’t sneeze and I didn’t wheeze!  Normally I don’t even go to my parents home because of my severe cat allergies, however, my dad had been looking so forward to having his long ponytail cut off that I didn’t have the heart to disappoint him when my mom refused to leave the house last weekend. That’s also another story.

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I’m very excited. The thought of being able to take in a rescue dog and give it a great life is so thrilling to me that I can actually cry at the thought. I’m addicted to petfinder.com and check it daily.  But I’m afraid to move too quickly into pet ownershiphood and then be disappointed if my allergies return.  Also, I could never return a dog once I was in love with it. And it would be hard to live with severe allergies to a pet again.  Been there. Done that.  I was sick all the time.

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Anyway, I’m beginning week 6 of the ‘dog diet’ with much hope and excitement and every time I’ve been tempted to snack on something with sugar, I ask myself would I rather have that cookie or would I rather own a dog?

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It’s impossible to lie to myself.  So that’s how I’ve gone from being a sugar addict eating sugar to a recovering sugar addict who doesn’t.  I picture  the dog I am currently obsessing over on petfinder.com and I walk away.

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Eating this clean requires a lot of thought and some prep.  But if I can do it, so can you!

 

 

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