Thursday, July 16, 2009

practically a fruit bat!

"You were made and set here to give voice to this, your own astonishment." - Annie Dillard


Before I was diagnosed as a coeliac, I had a lot of trouble with food. Dairy, wheat, peppers and peanuts are all quite tricky things to not be able to eat, but I dealt with it. The hardest thing for me to avoid was fresh fruit. If it was fresh and raw, it was not my friend.

Two days after my official diagnoses we packed up and went on vacation to Grenada. I had no idea that I would be able to eat fruit when I stopped eating gluten, but about four days into the trip I started to crave fruit. I started small, dipping into the papaya and watermelon at breakfast. When that went well, I made Mark's Dad pull over at a roadside stand and we bought an enormous bag of passion fruit. That night we had fresh mango covered in fresh passion fruit, and I have never looked back.

So this is the first summer in a very long time that I have been able to enjoy fruit. I've been eating every berry I can get my fingers on - sometimes twice a day - and I have been loving it! I can't get enough. The riper, the drippier the better!

Tonight as I type with fingers sticky from the juice of my first nectarine in years, I would like to wish you the simple wonderful delights of a bowl of your favorite fresh fruit. If I could have you here to enjoy it with me, I would.

Mmmm... I wonder if there are any cherries left in the fridge...

xo

6 comments:

Maggie May said...

wonderful! i've had many diet restrictions and try=out's over the years due to food intolerance. it's a tricky subject.

daisies said...

one of my favourite things ... a bowl of fresh yummy fruit, i just had one last night :-) so glad you are able to enjoy again, xo

3rdEyeMuse said...

three cheers for being able to once again gobble up fresh fruits!! ... I imagine your taste buds are in heaven. :)

Karen said...

Meg, I love that SOOOO much. This post made me very very very happy. I'm picturing you and Mark cuddled up in your cottage eating oodles of fruit. Ahhhhhhh. Missing you both and sending much love.

Brandi said...

you describe the love and joy of fruit so well!! it truly is decadent and wonderful isn't it??

Rachelle Mee-Chapman said...

Oh, I was just diagnosed with this as well! Well, we call it celiacs but it's also a gluten allergy. You're giving me hope that tomatoes, pineapple, and citrus might be able to come back into my world. And raspberries! Don't forget raspberries!