You may have gone vegan after a long love affair with bacon. Or maybe you have known since childhood that you are allergic to one thing or another. It seems more recently that I am hearing again and again about adults who are just now, a few after 40-some-odd years on the planet, discovering that they have a food issue (gluten intolerance, allergies) seriously affecting their health.
As many of you know I was raised vegetarian, so following a special diet (does anyone else hate that term?) is just a natural part of my life. My mother has a number of food allergies and intolerances, so I grew up with an extra-heightened awareness around foods—the good, the bad … the seriously bad. My journey being vegetarian has included some lightening up (I’m active, so I added eggs) and a lot of tweaking to accommodate the tastes of my spouse who grew up with Bavarian heritage and, as an athlete, has high calorie needs. Then there are my children, who so far seem to thrive on a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, but are like night and day when it comes to distinct flavors and trying new foods.
As the Delicious Living editors and I begin working on our 2013 recipes and articles, we would love to hear your personal story. What kind of diet do you follow? Are you motivated by health goals or are exploring a new way of eating due to a recently discovered allergy or food intolerance? What or who has helped you on your path to healthier-for-you eating? Did you consult a practitioner—and if yes, what sort?
What was the moment you realized that you wanted to make a change? Post your answers in the comments below!