Wednesday, May 15, 2013
National Eosinophil Awareness Week and Eat Like Me Challenge
In honor of Eosinophil Awareness Week and on behalf of John, Doug and I are challenging all our friends and family, and now you, my blog readers, to eat like John for a week (or as long as you can).
John can eat turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, plums/prunes, and we are trialing peaches and golden yukon potatoes.
I'm asking that you take some time to find out what it's like to live with this disease. Can you do it for one meal? One day? Three days? The whole week?
No seasoning, no spices, no other ingredients at all.
John doesn't have the choice. He doesn't get to quit, or take a break, and if he cheats he get's very, very sick, and will likely pay for that cheat for days, weeks, or months.
I'm asking you to spend some time in his shoes.
There are lots of kids out there who have even less safe foods. I'm not even asking that you drink his formula, which he has to do to get enough calories and nutrients each day. He has to drink around 30 ounces of Elecare Jr every day and believe me, I've tried it, it doesn't taste that great and it leaves a funny feeling in your throat. I could manage to drink a little of it but I can't imagine having to drink that much of it every single day.
It must get boring to only be able to eat and drink these certain foods day in and day out. All day every day. I'm having a hard time imagining limiting myself to these foods for a week!!
I bet that even if you challenged yourself to only eat YOUR FAVORITE five foods, you wouldn't last long.
Limiting yourself to a restricted diet is extremely hard.
When you feel like you cant do it be thankful that you have a choice.
So, will you join us?