Those close to me know that the end of the year in 2017 I had two allergic reactions. One sent me to the emergency room and left me with Epipens. The other should have, but I took a lot of Benadryl and waited it out. Then, I went to an allergist that same day.
I have to admit, it was a scary ordeal. The worst part was NOT knowing the cause of the reactions. Being in the healthcare field, I knew that there was a good chance I would never know the cause. That's horrible because most reactions get increasingly worse with each episode when it's caused by the same allergen.
Well, after a couple of weeks my allergist called me back. He had gotten the results from the Mayo Clinic Lab. It was positive/confirmed that I am allergic to a protein (alpha-gal) in red meat. I went through a gamut of emotions with the first being so thankful that was all.
Then I thought about our diet; it was based mostly on red meat. So needless to say, I converted to only chicken and fish. I tried some turkey, but I've never been a fan of turkey.
As I've slowly been trying to eat much differently, I have been reading and watching some videos on whole food plant based eating. It is quite fascinating and makes sense.
I believe scripture is clear that we can eat meat. However, in our modern day of processed foods, preservatives, and rapid growth hormones, eating whole foods and plant-based is certainly "food" for thought.
Oh, and the red meat protein allergy (this late in life) most likely came from a tick bite. Go figure. I love being outside, but most often this occurs to hunters according to my allergist.
We certainly need to be cognizant of insecticides with fruits and vegetables so wash well.
I would love your thoughts on the whole food plant-based lifestyle! So drop a comment below.