Blog - Food Sensitivity Acceptance

By Christina Funkhouser
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

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Food Sensitivity Acceptance.  

It has taken me a very long time to fully accept my health condition.  I’ve known for around 5 years that I have a gluten sensitivity.  It took me several years to adopt a strict gluten-free (GF) diet. Cleaning out the kitchen and developing a personalized GF diet is a humungous job!  But cleaning out the pantry is actually the easy part.  Full acceptance - the emotional part - is the hard part.

Yes, I really do miss rolling through the drive through for burgers and fried chicken.  But, with time, I’ve accepted that ‘missing’ goodness like bread, tortillas, and fast food spicy fried chicken is ok.  It’s OK to miss things. 

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These flour tortillas are so delicious!  They are light and fluffy and you can't stop at one.  In a sense, it's a good thing I can't eat them anymore. A bittersweet reminder of my old diet.

For me, I have to acknowledge to myself that my health is an EVERYday thing.  There is no, “I’ll begin tomorrow.”  I want people to understand that it is OKAY to acknowledge and actively manage their own health.  It is OK to prioritize and take care of ourselves.  One of the good things about having a food sensitivity is that I have gotten an opportunity to learn to cook!:)

This year my family and I have been trying to live the idea of self-care and family-care.  These past few months have been hard for many reasons, but as long as you have love in your life it will give you the strength you need to help make yourself well.  Whatever your health conditions may be, just know there is a grieving process to it.  The next step is then accepting the task of taking charge of your health.  And, that’s no easy task!  But it can be done if you just start with baby steps!

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My husband, Todd, has been a wonderful friend and partner for the past 23 years. I consider myself so lucky.

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My two dogs, Sprout and Thatcher, give me that unconditional love that only animals can give. 

Bon courage!

Christina Funkhouser

I’m Christina (Tina) Alvarez-Funkhouser and I am the wife of Dr. Todd Funkhouser, MD, PhD, Allergist/Immunologist. I have a food triggered adult onset neuropathy which has led me to fundamentally change the way I eat. My neuropathy is an increasingly recognized form of gluten intolerance that is immunologically based, and affected by food choice. Through my food allergy outreach blog I share the changes I’ve incorporated in my family’s diet based on health issues that exist within my own family. I will also host cooking demonstrations of food choice and preparation with the public in our teaching kitchen located in our Westside location at 211 Bartlett, El Paso, TX 79912. I am a secondary school teacher by profession and I am thrilled to teach and share my experience with dealing with food allergies and intolerances. If you have any questions or comments about my blog, please contact me at
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