A question of tolerance

When I was eight years old, there were two things I wanted to be when I grew up. First was be a nurse. I had a great dressing-up nurses uniform which I loved to wear, and liked to help other people, so figured nursing was for me! 10 years later I discovered the uniform really wasn’t that good, that it involved a lot more than just ‘helping people’ but generally found the job fascinating and rewarding. Eight year old me was right on that one!

The second thing I wanted to be was a writer. My parents had given me a bright pink Petite typewriter for Christmas and I just loved tapping out random stories and reports, using up piles of paper and inked ribbons. I’ve continued my love of communicating through words, but have never completely followed my passion through; there’s always been something else to do. Blogging as The Sensitive Foodie has been a great way of scratching the writing itch whilst I’ve ran courses and workshops about eating great food, but now it’s time to take the next step,

So I’m really excited to say I’ve started writing my first book! Naturally it’s all about food intolerances and eating amazing food for health, with lots of lovely recipes for the reader to get stuck in to – many new ones not posted on this blog. I’m using the summer to sit down and throw all my efforts into this new project – I just need not to get distracted by the sunny days!

Whilst brainstorming my ideas, I keep coming up with a nagging question about the word intolerance, or rather it’s opposite, tolerance. Food sensitivities and intolerances have become more main-stream recently, but are still regarded with an unfair amount of negativity. But in my mind, most people have foods they don’t eat; is that because they cannot tolerate them? Maybe it’s our understanding of the word intolerance that’s the issue.

Anyway, to satisfy my curiosity, I created a survey. Whilst definitely not scientific research, the response so far is fascinating. If you haven’t already given it a go, please spare 30 seconds of your time (literally) and click here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/66J79MVΒ to access. The larger the amount of responses, the more realistic the answer. The survey is anonymous, so I can’t credit you personally in the acknowledgements, but will really appreciate it non-the-less.

Meanwhile, with help from an excellent writing boot camp by Alison Jones (www.alisonjones.com), I will carry on creating my first book, attempting to see if eight year old me was right in my secondary career choice.

One thought on “A question of tolerance”

  1. I am sure your book will be a great success if the knowledge you impart via word of mouth is anything to go by. I look forward to reading it and having it as my ‘bible’ when it is published. Good luck Karen. x

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