I Dream of Cake

My love affair with cake began at a very early age: portrayed in the picture of me gorging my face on my 5th birthday. I love cake, but cake does not love me. See once upon a time I wasn’t actually as allergic to wheat as I am now. I could tolerate small amounts and be fine. I was, however allergic to eggs and dairy when I was younger, which I thankfully and miraculously  outgrew in my teens. I enjoyed my first piece of cake without having my throat close in on itself when I was 15, and from then on it was strawberry shortcakes, cheesecakes, pancakes, almond bear claws, and whatever else really. Unfortunately, a little more than half a decade later my immune system had another surprise for me. I started reacting to wheat. One bite into a multi-grain bread and I had felt like a thousand wasps had stung me on my tongue.

I continued to eat refined wheat aka bleached white flour in the form of white bread, cakes, and pastries and seemed to be ok. No itchy mouth or scratchy throat so I thought I was good. Wrong. Days later I’d break out in eczema or I’d have other related symptoms of fatigue and achy joints, and I let this go on for years. I would always chalk it up to stress, not getting enough sleep or something else I ate. I refused to believe that I was allergic to wheat again just like I was in denial on my 5th birthday that I wasn’t supposed to be eating that cupcake. I learned the hard way of course. Moments after that picture was snapped, I had an allergic reaction and I went off into the corner and cried, but it was my party and I figured I could cry if I wanted to and have my cake and eat it too. Sadly that’s not how the world works for us allergic folk.

But just like I outgrew my allergy to eggs and dairy, I’m hoping I’ll one day be able to have wheat and flour again. I’m taking a break from eating all of it now and letting my gut repair itself by eating clean, but I have faith I’ll heal soon so I can have my favorite, strawberry shortcake in a few birthdays again.

This post is a part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge themed Foreshadow 

11 Replies to “I Dream of Cake”

  1. Awww! I dearly hope you kick your allergy’s butt! Cake is an important part of my life, if you look at my ‘ About me’ you will see..so trust me when I say, I a, sending happy cake vibes your way..:)

    1. Haha thanks I hope so too. A life without cake is no life at all as you know since you’re a fellow cake lover as well. I’m trying out some gluten-free cake recipes though in the meantime to see which ones i like:)

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Little girl birthday cakes – doesn’t get any better than that! And thanks for the food insight – I’m thinking I should keep a food journal because I was totally nodding in agreement with your symptoms and self-diagnosis!
    PS. Just noticed we use the same blog theme : )

    1. Thanks for dropping by as well, glad you enjoyed some of the posts. Food journals are GREAT! I kept one when I went on a 60-day detox cleanse and it really narrowed down the pool to what was aggravating my symptoms, wheat/flour being one of them.It’s nice knowing I don’t need to go to the doctor as much either. Food really is medicine: )

      And I noticed that too..good choice in theme ;) …I’ll be looking fwd to more of your posts.


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