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I Dream of Cake

Dream of Cake

My love affair with cake began at a very early age: portrayed in the picture of me gorging my face on my 5th birthday. I love cake, but cake does not love me. See once upon a time I wasn’t actually as allergic to wheat as I am now. I could tolerate small amounts and be fine. I was, however allergic to eggs and dairy when I was younger, which I thankfully and miraculously  outgrew in my teens. I enjoyed my first piece of cake without having my throat close in on itself when I was 15, and from then on it was strawberry shortcakes, cheesecakes, pancakes, almond bear claws, and whatever else really. Unfortunately, a little more than half a decade later my immune system had another surprise for me. I started reacting to wheat. One bite into a multi-grain bread and I had felt like a thousand wasps had stung me on my tongue.

I continued to eat refined wheat aka bleached white flour in the form of white bread, cakes, and pastries and seemed to be ok. No itchy mouth or scratchy throat so I thought I was good. Wrong. Days later I’d break out in eczema or I’d have other related symptoms of fatigue and achy joints, and I let this go on for years. I would always chalk it up to stress, not getting enough sleep or something else I ate. I refused to believe that I was allergic to wheat again just like I was in denial on my 5th birthday that I wasn’t supposed to be eating that cupcake. I learned the hard way of course. Moments after that picture was snapped, I had an allergic reaction and I went off into the corner and cried, but it was my party and I figured I could cry if I wanted to and have my cake and eat it too. Sadly that’s not how the world works for us allergic folk.

But just like I outgrew my allergy to eggs and dairy, I’m hoping I’ll one day be able to have wheat and flour again. I’m taking a break from eating all of it now and letting my gut repair itself by eating clean, but I have faith I’ll heal soon so I can have my favorite, strawberry shortcake in a few birthdays again.

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5 Comments

  1. funkyfashion007 July 27, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    I love these places! There’s something similar near me, it’s so fun to taste test everything. I always feel bad if I don’t buy anything though lol . 🙂
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    • Rakhi July 31, 2015 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Oh I always end up buying something, even if it’s a sample 😉

  2. Dalo 2013 July 29, 2015 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Can’t live without olive oil, and so great to hear from you again ~ wishing you a great rest of the summer.

    • Rakhi July 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

      Good to hear from you too! Any progress on that Instagram acct so I can follow * ahem. Lol just kidding, hope you’re having a great summer as well 🙂

      • Dalo 2013 August 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm - Reply

        It is becoming more of a possibility ~ there are so many great Instagram shots out there 🙂 Wishing you the best and to make this summer one to remember ~

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