Friday, December 26, 2008

Many of you already know that I am very sensitive to food.  I have had allergies and eczema since I was a child.  Whenever a hystamine reaction would come on, I would pop Benadryl like Britney popped anti-psychotic drugs.  I also slathered my skin with steroid based creams. 

When I moved away to college I started eating and living much healthier, kind of.  Perhaps it is all of the drinking and partying (what you do in Detroit at 17...), that led me to fasting and cleansing.  I also quit using all medications, and began searching to a "cure" for my eczema. 

  Ten years later and that "cure" still alludes me.  I have cut out wheat (when I accidently ate some recently, my eyes swelled shut...), dairy, all meat except for lamb and fish, and all fried foods.  I eat as much local, seasonal, organic produce as possible.  Each and every morning I use my Vitamix (LOVE IT!) to make a green smoothie (one of the best ways to get your daily intake of greens and detox.  This is supposed to be one of the best things that you can do for you body.  I used to make fruit smoothies but they contain way too much sugar.

Recently I got tested by Immuno Laboratories to find out what foods I am sensitive too.  Some people (like my old-school chiropractor boyfriend) think that these tests are bull.  I agree to some levels that they are very inaccurate and can change from day to day depending on what foods you have been eating.  Some people that I know have taken this test and eliminated all foods that were causing IgG reactions, then reintroduced them a year later, to much success. An IgG Food Sensitivity test identifies which foods that a blood sample deem invasive (when your immune system identifies a food or foreign substance as dangerous, it sends off antibodies called immunoglobins which attach to the item and eliminate it...

My blood serum reacted to these food antigens-

Pinto Bean
Brussel Sprouts
Black and White Pepper
Rape Seed (Canola)
Baker's and Brewer's Yeast

I'm going to take these results with a grain of salt and do my best to follow them.  I was happy to learn that most of my readings were on the low end (I'm not as messed up as I thought)!  

Friday, December 19, 2008


This past summer I went cross country schooling at Hunter's Run in Metamora, MI.  Pictured above is Toby, one of my favorite horses soaring over the jump.  He has at least two feet to spare!  The amazing thing about Toby is that when he came to the stable he couldn't even walk straight.  He was literally on his way to the slaughter house when he was given to my instructor.  He has so much heart and is an all around athletic and honest horse.  

I'm obsessed with horses, healthy delicious food, reading, design, travel, and more.  

After receiving a fashion design degree and co-owning and designing a menswear clothing line, I am lost with what to do next.

I have created this blog so that I can bore strangers, amuse my friends, work on my writing and computer skills, and maybe even figure out what it is that I am meant to do with my life.