Do any of you suffer from them?
A couple of years ago, I had a terrible headache that lasted for close to a week. I’m stubborn. So, on day seven of said headache, I finally went to my doctor. He looked up my nose, was shocked at how swollen my turbinates were and was surprised, despite the massive amount of pain I was in, that I was actually not in more pain.
That was the day I learned I have allergies.
Now. I have no clue what I am allergic too. Because, of course, I always have to make everything difficult. They did blood test after blood test and there were nothing but inconclusive results.
Cut to, this week.
Started out innocent. A simple sore throat. It got a little worse… but I talk a lot. I wasn’t worried.
Thursday night, I decided to have a little cuddle session with Mr. Murray… my cat, for those who don’t know. Kablooie! I was immediately congested. It is five days later and I am still inflamed and congested and itchy and uncomfortable.
I can’t tell you how much it breaks my heart to learn that I (may be**) allergic to my kitty. He is the light of my life. He is the spring in my step. He is the wind beneath my wings.
** side note, I am still holding out hope a dust particle that I really am allergic to blew by at the exact nanosecond that Murray came to cuddle and he has gotten mistakenly blamed for the intolerable mucus that has infiltrated my life.
And, now I have to figure out adjustments to our lives so that I don’t have week long allergies that turn into throat infections. Because, staying away from him… well, that is just absolutely not an option. period. end of story.
So…. for me… being diligent about animal hair around the house. Allergy meds. Other homeopathic options. For him…. he’s either getting bathed frequently or he’s getting shaved. Some people say in the summer that is nicer to do for him, anyway.
In the meantime, all I can do is keep my immune system up by eating healthful, nutrient rich food. This is a recipe really packed with goodness. As usual, use this as a guide, not a golden rule. Change around the veggies, add coucous or quinoa instead of brown rice. Top it with some cheese (vegan or otherwise) to make it a bit more luscious. You can serve it room temperature. You can drizzle it with herb oil.
Just have fun making it and eating it. If you are smiling, laughing, or tapping your toes as you eat… that’s actually the best medicine!
Stuffed Squash <— click here for full screen pdf!