Monthly Gratitude #1: Food Allergies / by Kiran Umapathy

I want to start building a habit of appreciation for what I have in life. It’s a miracle that any of us even exist. Think about it. There’s this planet that is somehow habitable to life in a universe that is mostly empty space, amongst what may very well be an infinite number of universes. Humans had to evolve to a point where they didn’t just get killed by other animals. One of millions of sperm had to beat out the rest to reach one of a finite number of eggs. Many things could have gone wrong after that. There are far more than twelve things I’m thankful for, but I hope that these entries will help me not take so many things for granted. Maybe it will help you treasure what you have too. Here goes.

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I’m grateful for not having any food allergies. I’m sure there are foods I’m sensitive to, but nothing that’s going to instantly alter my health. I have friends that can die from eating a peanut and others that will break out into nasty hives from delicious citrus fruits. I don’t have to live with those fears. How amazing is it that I can experience all that the Earth feeds us without serious consequences? I know this may not last forever and that I may develop allergies over time that will change my life. But right now, I’m golden. It makes me feel incredibly lucky.