A New Way of being
Look – this is not the worst thing that ever happened to anyone. Don’t get me wrong – it is really, really difficult both practically and emotionally to have to deal with this. But is it really so terrible to have developed a sensitivity that forces you to eat really healthy? Once you get your symptoms under control and stop making regular errors in food selection, you will feel better. I feel way better than I did in my 20s – and I am an old broad!
Possible ways to increase tolerance
Some people have increased their sulfite tolerance by using supplements that have been linked to sulfite sensitivities. They are worth a shot – as long as you very carefully read the labels and do your research with the manufacturer to be sure that there are no added ingredients that contain sulfites – this is astonishingly difficult, as many supplements have ingredients that contain sulfites.
- Chlorella algae
You can also try detoxing to clear your body of as many toxins as you can. I drink water with baking soda in it, which detoxes and restores the body to a more alkaline state. I also use bentonite clay taken internally. I am amused every time my boyfriend asks me what I am doing and I say – eating mud. Be careful as you detox, though – if you go too fast you will feel terrible and your symptoms may increase.
Cooking as a Lifestyle Choice
The one thing you are really going to have to face is – you need to cook. Almost all of the pre-prepared packaged foods that “save” you from cooking are going to make you sick. Some of the food that makes other people healthy will make you sick. You simply cannot do things in the way you used to and expect to be healthy. You may find strategies for not having to cook much – but your diet likely won’t be very diverse. This means you won’t really be getting the nutrients you need for robust health and you won’t be very interested in your diet in general. Which seems tragic to me – I LOVE to eat, and I love to have a great deal of variety – and I do. But I have faced the fact that a lot more of my time needs to be spent cooking. But hey – food is love, and you are in for a great treat. Cooking is a sensual, satisfying, loving, fun, funny adventure that can be enjoyed alone and with and for the people you care about. Eating well is a way of nurturing yourself – whether or not you have dietary restrictions. So, take the time to make delicious food no matter what your physical limitations – show the love!
Constant vigilance (and label reading)
In my personal experience, the best strategy for dealing with this sensitivity (and the quickest path to increased tolerance) is TOTAL AVOIDANCE of foods containing sulfites. I know, Aargh! Total avoidance, like any pursuit of perfection, is nearly impossible. But, your best defense is a good offense. Look at EVERYTHING and avoid sulfites wherever you possibly can. In the short term total avoidance will reduce your symptoms. In the long term, there is a possibility your tolerance will increase because you won’t be putting such a toxic load on your body. Religious label checking can be difficult and frustrating but it gets quickly gets easier. Keep reading those lists of ingredients. Pay close attention to your symptoms and what you have been ingesting. Connect the dots between what you ate and how you feel. You will live better at the end of all that effort.