Borderline genius thought of the day: If you like it then you should’ve put a title on it!
You bet your ass I’m turning my blog into a contest! You’re not going to win a million dollars or anything so relax. It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged (7 months to be exact), and if you clicked on this blog solely because of the cover photo…well you’ve been sucked into my trickery. You looked, you lose, and now you’re stuck here and have to read this entire blog. So let’s get right to it!
Listen, MOMMING AINT EASY! Between working full time, raising kids, cleaning, cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, taking care of pets, more laundry, packing lunches, helping with homework, chauffeuring kids to their practices and events, and yes…you guessed it…another heaping load of laundry. I’m finding very little time to myself to entertain you all with my borderline genius blog. Keeping everyone’s schedules straight for the whole family is no joke either! Sport schedules, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, school functions, birthday parties, holiday’s, and everything in between; it’s literally a full time job to make sure you don’t miss anything. Even things like remembering to renew my registration and drivers license (which I was late doing BOTH this year). I’m already exhausted just typing this paragraph!
So enough about all the reasons why I haven’t had time for you, let’s just jump right into it. Let’s go way back. Back to January 2010. Back to when I became a vegetarian. I know what you’re thinking….“really a blog about being a vegetarian?” or “is this REALLY her comeback blog?” Just hold your horses for a minute people. Hang in there with me. I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to go in the direction you think it is. Seriously. Take your finger off the “judging a book by it’s cover” button, and keep reading.
Now that we’ve addressed your judgy thoughts let me get back to what I was saying…so up until that point I suffered from horrible allergies. To the point where if I didn’t take allergy medication every day I would get sinus infections. I sneezed my head off on the daily, and my eyes and nose were constantly running. I was miserable! Not to mention what a massive mood killer it was when my husband wanted to get close to me. Insert me wiping snot off my husbands face after going in for a kiss. So attractive right? So these seasonal allergies of mine were not actually seasonal. They were perennial allergies. If that’s not a thing, it should be! It was nonstop year after year after year, all year long, 24-7, and I was over it! I started researching, and in my hunt for long term relief from these obnoxious allergies I came across becoming a vegetarian. It intrigued me that exploring this topic took me down that route, and because it was not what I was expecting to find I decided to keep an open mind. Maybe thinking outside the box, and stepping out of my comfort zone is what I needed. I narrowed down my research to looking into the benefits of being a vegetarian, and I found that asthma and allergy symptoms were uncommon among vegetarians. Shut the front door!!! This couldn’t be for real, but I was totally down to try.
At this point in my blog I know, yet again, what you all are thinking. With your noses up convinced that “I could never become a vegetarian…because bacon.” I mean bacon is good and all, but so is kissing your husband without getting snot on him. My body seemed to go through a detox period, because it took about 2 months before I really noticed anything. After the 2 month mark I finally felt relief. The watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose stopped, and I no longer had to take allergy medications. On top of all that I stopped getting sick altogether. It wasn’t until 2017 that my 7 year sick-free record was broken. I had caught the most horrible flu that was going around that winter. That was the season that broke records with the most flu-related deaths. I tested positive that winter for influenza A which was the most harmful of the 3 influenza strains. I didn’t know much about the different types until my doctor expressed how surprised she was with my lack of symptoms as she had guessed it was the milder of the 3 flu strains (influenza C). I’m convinced that being a vegetarian improved the health of my immune system, and that is why I didn’t have the extreme systems from influenza A like I should have had.
Becoming a vegetarian turned into the best thing I could’ve done. It also brought about some hilarious moments. Like clock-work, the first question everyone asked when they found out that I was a vegetarian was, “how do you get your protein?” At first I didn’t think much of it, and thought it was a valid question. Then it turned into a form of entertainment. I found it hilarious that people were so concerned about my protein intake. Ya’ll didn’t care when you saw me pre-vegetarian stuffing my face with a bag of Doritos or fast food. Now you’re so concerned? There were also the people that took my vegetarianism as a personal attack and would come across so offended and disgusted that I was a vegetarian. Raise your hand if you’ve asked a vegetarian how they get their protein. Keep your hand raised if you have ever vegetarian-shamed someone . If you raised your hand to either of those questions, STOP IT! Get some help. Good for you that you could never be a vegetarian because you love meat so much. I never became a vegetarian because I hated meat. Good for you that you could never be a vegetarian because you hunt as a means to put food on the table for your family. I also have family that are hunters. I have no problem with the way you live your lives, but seriously get off the meat high-horse, and understand that people make these lifestyle changes for many different reasons.
I’m not going to bore you with my entire 8 years of being a vegetarian. So let’s fast forward to 2019, and guess what? I’m no longer a vegetarian. That’s right, I’m eating meat again. In January 2019 I decided to introduce meat back into my diet, BUT organic meat only. As I continued to educate myself about why I suffered from such horrible allergies I started finding that many people were reacting to the hormones and other synthetic chemicals commonly found in meat. So my theory is that I was having allergic reactions to those chemicals rather than the meat itself. Organic foods weren’t new to me though. My quest for organic foods actually began in 2014 when I decided to switch my whole family to all organic foods due to even worse allergies that my oldest son was having. There were, and still are, MANY skeptical people out there that are convinced that organic foods are just another way to increase the price of food. The proof is in the pudding for me though. The organic pudding that is.
My son also seemed to have gone through a 2 month detox period when we went organic, but after that his allergy symptoms vanished. Literally vanished!!! In a nutshell, not only had he been suffering from worse allergies than I did, but he also had been battling with severe eczema since birth. Eczema so bad that he would scratch himself so badly in his sleep and wake up bloody. To this day he still has scars from it. We had gone through all the ointments, creams, allergy medications, and even trips to the dermatologist to get his skin issues under control. None of that worked. It took us switching to organic foods to finally free him from his allergy nightmares. So you can tell me all you want about how expensive organic foods are, but for me there was no amount of money I wouldn’t spend to help my son.
When I started my quest to become allergy free in 2010 organic foods were scarce, and I don’t recall really ever hearing about them then. We now live in a time where organic foods are more easily accessible, and the variety in the grocery stores continues to grow. I started wondering how I would react to eating organic meat. So I decided in January that I would give it a try. I’m now 4 months in and have only eaten 100% organic meats and have not had one…NOT A ONE…issue with allergies. I still feel as great as I did when I was a vegetarian. Who’d a thought? I’d like to apologize for all the turmoil I’ve put some of you through over the last 8 years. I’m freeing you all from worrying about my protein intake. I’m in a better place now with my organic meats. You no longer have to worry about making anything special for me when I come over (even though I’ve told you a million times that I don’t expect people to accommodate the way I eat). I just still won’t eat any of the meat you serve unless it’s organic. Do you even organic bro?
Now moving on to naming this blog. What are your thoughts? Titles are kind of my thing so putting it in your hands is a big deal for me. Get creative, and give me something good. This blog will be posted on:
- WordPress http://www.borderline-genius.com
- Facebook @borderlinegenius10
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- Twitter @BorderlnGenius
If you’re not already following me, you might as well just delete all your social media accounts now. Wherever you are reading this simply comment on the post, and I will chose a winner in the next couple weeks. Again, you will not win a million dollars, but I will give a shout out to the winner.