My name is Elly and I\’m a food-a-holic.

Seriously. As anyone who looks at me can tell, I LOVE FOOD. All food. I mean, these darn Girl Scout cookies are about to put an end to me. I plan our week around our menus. Our vacations center around where we\’ll eat. Food is big for me. Really big.

Anyway, I have realized that I might have a problem. To make a long story short, I have been dealing with some recurring pain issues that I suspect are related to an as yet undiagnosed chronic illness. Because I am liscenced to practice medicine in my spare time (ha!), I have researched the symptoms and related conditions and am trying to treat myself. One thing I\’ve heard really helps is diet. I\’ve been researching the different recommended diets.

One thing I read started off with a list of foods to eliminate: chocolate, coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol. What? Then it proceeded to recommend eliminating dairy, wheat, white flour, white sugar, and just about every pleasurable food on the planet. I mean, you would be eating turkey and lettuce and carrots. You might feel better, but what would be the point. Why would you want to live?

Maybe if I could get past the whole food thing, I would be able to solve some of my problems: weight, fatigue, etc. However, it isn\’t looking good. I think I\’d rather suffer with the pain and indulge my food addiction.

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