Is intolerance ever a good thing?

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In social terms, of course not. But when you have suffered for years from pain and discomfort, and your symptoms are so general, wide-reaching, and just plain scary (a very, very long list indeed!) that your doctor gives you an aspirin and some Pepto-Bismol and sends you on your way, it can be. Because to find out, finally, what your problem is – that’s freedom!

And the ranks of those people who can’t tolerant gluten or dairy – whether due to allergy, intolerance, or disease – are growing, and will continue to grow as time goes by. As much as 15% of the population is sensitive to gluten, about 1 out of 200 people the world has Celiacs, and 1 in 3 people is lactose intolerant.

But there is hope! Some are helped by supplements or lactase pills, and there are more gluten and dairy-free products on the shelves than ever before! (Thank Whole Foods, or the people who think going gluten-free will make you loose weight, which may not work for all, but I’ll take it!)

So, yes, intolerance can be a good thing when you can name it, and give yourself the knowledge about how to live with it.

This site is my effort to make up for what I can’t get when I’m out, to make my own safe version of the things I used to pick up at the deli or local Starbucks without a thought. I used to bake with flour and butter, and I still will bake, with gluten-free flour and Earth Balance. I have a serious sweet-tooth, and frankly, I don’t believe there is anything you can’t make with the right substitutions!

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