What does it mean to be Dietarily Challenged?

Hi, and welcome to Adventures of the Dietarily Challenged. What does it mean to be Dietarily Challenged? In the most basic sense you are not free to eat anything you want. For me this is due to a variety of health issues.

I’m sure you’ve heard of allergies (think Howard’s peanut allergy on The Big Bang Theory) and you may have heard of food intolerances (Leonard is lactose intolerant, another Big Bang Theory reference). You may also have heard of food sensitivities. I’m not an expert; I’m just someone who suffers from all three. For health reasons I am also on a low fat, moderate fiber diet.

Here is the list of foods I must avoid or suffer the consequences:

Mollusks (clams, oysters, scallops, etc.)
Freshwater fish (most salmon, tilapia, catfish, craw fish, etc.)
Parmesan cheese
Any type of blue cheese
Mushrooms
Any type of squash
Avocado
Blueberries
Pineapple
Papaya
Mango
Guava
Coconut
All artificial sweeteners
Chicory
Turmeric
MSG
Food tenderizers
Raw tomatoes
Peas

In future posts I will explore how I cope and live happily with all of these restrictions.