While other 30-year-olds are worried about their wedding ceremony, kids’ college tuitions and even relationship revival trips, I, for a change, am worried about my latest doctor’s appointment.
When today’s 30-year-olds were growing up, they constantly heard that the age of someone’s beauty & health ended at 30. It was the end of entertainment and happiness. But the stereotypes have changed and now we understand that 30 years old is a great age! Well, guess that isn’t the case for everyone.
See, hitting 30 for me was all about career growth. Never have I thought I’d be prepping for it while being diagnosed with food intolerances.
After my recent general check at the doctor’s, I was told I am heavily intolerant to gluten and lactose. What the actual fuck? was my first reaction. Do you mean I’m off bread, pasta, cheese, labneh and so on? Fuck lactose-free and gluten-free foods. Those didn’t even cross my mind for a split second when I heard the news.
It seems to me that my gut decided to have an early party and do all sorts of drugs (prescriptions) before I near 30. With gluten intolerance, my body’s digestive system can’t tolerate any form of the protein gluten. If consumed, my body fights against it with inflammation, causing digestive issues like fatigue, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and gassiness. And guess what else? Fat storage. This seems reasonable, especially having hit 130kgs once upon a time in the past (almost) 30 years I spent on planet earth.
Thankfully I’m way far from that bodyweight now. And unlike some allergies, food intolerances aren’t life-threatening. However, they can be very problematic for those affected.
Food intolerances and sensitivities are extremely common and seem to be on the rise. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 20% of the world’s population may have a food intolerance. When it comes to lactose, it is estimated that 65% of the world’s population has trouble digesting it.
Such intolerances are managed by following strict gluten/lactose-free diets. And when I say strict, I mean it. No cheat days. For some people, even just eating food that has been cooked or prepared alongside bread or other gluten-heavy foods can cause a reaction. So adjusting to a gluten-free lifestyle means you’ll need to learn how to cook (and eat) a little differently.
Anyway everyone, chill. Take a deep breath. The main thing is that at 30, your body makes the rules. You don’t. It even makes you take cooking courses to satisfy its needs, instead of changing diapers at 3 A.M.