11.11.2009

Three Week Allergen-Free Diet Complete

I just survived three weeks with out the following items in any way, shape or form:
  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Buckwheat
  • Corn
  • Rice
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pinto Beans
  • Eggplant
  • Oranges
  • Cherries
  • Cod
  • Halibut
  • Oysters
And guess how it made me feel?

That's me giving you a great big hug!

I've actually already incorporated rice and almonds back into my diet in small quantities over the last few days. I don't think you can eat health food and not eat rice and almonds. Brown rice syrup is in everything from Luna Bars to soy milk (certain varieties) and almonds and almond meal creep up in sneaky places too.
I was perfect except one time when I had a Tofutti Cutie non-dairy ice cream sandwich, and my face broke out in hives. Yep, still allergic to wheat. I guess this has taught me to just steer clear of gluten and those other grains that make me bloat and itch, and I'll be fine. My tummy has been a perfect angel too. No more bloating like I showed you in my tummy post, which makes me a very happy girl.
I was sort of bummed at first when I learned I was going to have to try this diet, and then my friend Elizabeth said, "Luckily, food has seriously evolved and the number of things you can make that you aren't allergic to are endless!" And boy was she right! I've been trying all sorts of new and healthy things. All too often, I think we focus on what we can't have versus what we can. To be honest, I got over it really quick. I just simply avoid the isles in the grocery store now where I won't eat the processed and/or allergy-ridden foods. And I get excited to try new recipes and things I otherwise wouldn't have made!
I've decided that I'm going to start doing a weekly write up of my best meals with pictures and recipes. I'd post this info everyday, but you'd all be bored to tears. Example? Sunday night dinner: Spaghetti Squash and Brussels Sprouts. Monday night dinner: Spaghetti Squash and Brussels Sprouts. Tuesday lunch AND dinner: Spaghetti Squash and Brussels Sprouts. See, I told you, B-O-R-I-N-G. But when you look at it from a weekly perspective, I've got some good stuff going on. This will also help me log what I ate and if there were any reactions, etc. I might even get crazy and start logging my exercise better too. You all seem to like to hear what this girl is up to, so I might as well share!

I'd love to know, do you have any food allergies? If so, do you ever cheat? What happens if you do? Furthermore, if you avoid foods for other reasons, like I do with meat and dairy, is it easy now that you're used to it? Do you ever crave anything you don't allow yourself to have? Do you make any exceptions???

I hope you are all having a great week! It's more than half way over!

12 comments :

  1. I love your smile...

    Great to know that you are slowly conquering your allergies.

    I have a lot of food allergies too, mostly from seafoods. But surprisingly, when I became a mom, all allergies ceased to exist. Now, I can eat anything. My only remaining allergies are from medicines so I really consult the doctor first before I can put meds in my mouth.

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  2. I mostly stay clear of dairy for stomach reasons similar to yours. I will eat yogurt on occasion, but if I have dairy say, 3 days in a row, I ALWAYS regret it. Bloating, gas, etc. Something else I stay away from is anything fried. Bad news bear if I cave to that!!!

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  3. Oh yeah! I'm so happy you are feeling better! I wondered how things were working out for ya!

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  4. if you're allergic to wheat how do you drink beer? I am allergic to whole wheat and I can't have any wheat beer.

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  5. Great question Nicole! For the last three weeks I have not had any beer. I was only on this diet for the last three weeks, ever since I went to the allergist and learned I was allergic to these items.
    I was lucky enough to spot Gluten-free beer at Whole Foods the other day, it's made with Sorghum instead of wheat.
    This made me very happy!

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  6. You're so inspiring! I just started doing meatless mondays and am working on adding fridays to the list. Also trying to cut out candy - my major weakness....

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  7. Congrats girl for staying away from potential allergens. Yeah, I've got a list a mile long (did u see my post on Janetha's meals n moves about why i am high raw/vegan?,,,they chose me to speak b/c of my food intolerances).

    If I cheat, i have anything from airway swelling shut to horrible gastric upset and live in the bathroom and have swelling in my fingers, toes, tummy aches, not worth it for me :)

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  8. I love 'health food' talk
    Keep up the healthy blogs, I love reading all of them.

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  9. you are glowing :)

    so glad to hear the new game plan is working for you girlfriend!

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  10. Yay!! So glad you are doing better! My mom is coming for the weekend and has celiac and it is really hard to cook around that!

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  11. I've never tried spaghetti squash, i'm kind of intimidated by having to cut it open!

    You are like a ray of sunshine!

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  12. I'm so happy it really made a difference --- AND no bloating. I envy you. I hate feeling that way. So, to answer your question, I guess I have issues with glutten.

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Thanks for your comments! Hope you stop by again soon! XO!