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12/28/13 10:48 A

You are absolutely correct about the soy cheese. For those needing/wanting to avoid the casein rennet, it is best to look for a vegan soy cheese.


RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/27/13 1:07 A

veggie omelettes, and chicken, and veggie stir fries. You can have bacon or ham, and mushroom, onion, peppers, or black olives in the omelettes, and a whole lot of vegetables in a stir fry with chicken, pork, or beef, and a 1/2 cup of rice if you like.

I don't eat much dairy, since milk makes me gassy, but find that longer aged cheeses contain less lactose, and I can handle an oz. or 2 every so often, which along with some vegetables gets me close on my calcium.

I have CHF, diabetes, and I am on Coumadin, and follow low carb. This puts many restriction on my diet, but instead I focused on what I could eat. I went to the local fruit and vegetable market, and wrote down every item that I COULD eat, and along with all meat/fowl/fish, actually is quite a large selection. We tend to not eat 90 % of vegetables.

I would ask your doctor why they gave you the foods. Was it just the foods that you ate, that he thought might be a problem? If you start eating new foods, will similar foods cause the same problem? You should know why, and get an acceptable foods list.

I can't eat a lot of spinach due to the Vitamin K levels, since I am on Coumadin for my A-Fib. Knowing that Vitamin K is in greens, lets me know that kale would be just as bad if I overeat it ( for blood thickness ).

My brother had Crohn's Disease, and had to limit a lot of these foods. A friend of mine has diverticulitis, and can't eat most of these foods, as well as things with seeds. Sounds like digestive issues, so I would go back and clarify what foods you CAN eat. If you make a mistake, finding out in a month would just be a waste of time. What is it about the spinach that could cause the problem, and do other greens also pose a risk. More info is always a good idea, but people never ask.

Call the doctor, get answers, and hopefully in a month, you solve your issues. If the problem goes away, then you will probably need to test each individually to see which one(s ), are the problem, and if they aren't, you will be able to add them back in, expanding the variety.

I did the same when I started low carb. Cut out everything, until there was no issues, and slowly added things back in. It sucks, but in the end, you can feel so much better by eliminating just a few foods that are a problem for you.

Until you can have more variety, I would also suggest that you visit the spice rack. I had to cut sodium because of the congestive heart failure, and spices can add variety to the same dish. There are hundreds of vegetables, and spices to choose from, so if you spend a bit of time at the store perusing these items, you will be amazed at how many healthy versions of meals you can make, and enjoy.


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12/26/13 8:39 P

Eggs are not dairy. It is true that some people will lump them in with milk and milk products as "dairy", but if the doctor meant that, they would probably have specified, and the OP's list of examples didn't include eggs. She can double-check if she wants to, of course.

Becky, a note: the "soy cheese" that can be found in regular grocery stores almost always contains casein, a milk protein, and so is probably not OK for people who have to avoid dairy. To get a truly non-milk cheese you have to hit up a health food store; there's no way around it that I've found. The Daiya brand is OK in my experience.

12/26/13 3:13 P

I too encourage you to touch base with the doctor that prescribed this eating plan and ask for more meal plan ideas or a referral to see a Registered Dietitian.
As I look at the restricted foods; I still see that you have many options available. You will just need to do more scratch-cooking for the next month.

I think it is easier if you make an extensive listing by food group and include all the foods that you can select from. For example:

veggies: carrots, lettuce, celery, onions, cucumbers, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips, beets, broccoli, cauliflower....etc, etc

Do the same for fruits, meats, and grains.

For dairy, you will want to choose another alternative milk such as soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc. Soy milk is also available as soy cheese and soy yogurt. Make sure you are purchasing a variety that is fortified with calcium and vitamin D.

And, just to clarify. Eggs are "not" considered a dairy based food.

your SP Registered Dietitian

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12/26/13 1:24 P

SUNSHINE6442: "Eggs are dairy" ???
Never heard that before! Do you have a reference I can learn from?

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,251
12/26/13 1:05 P

Eggs are dairy. Maybe try an avocado for breakfast as they do have healthy oils and they deliver almost 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients or how about apple slices for breakfast. It is a good idea to have some protein (at least 2 ounces at breakfast) as protein helps the brain stay healthy and work better...and at least another 2 ounces at lunch and dinner unless otherwise instructed by your health professional.
Barley has soluble and insoluble fiber and has more fiber than oatmeal and is good protein, but oatmeal is good protein too! Or maybe even a packet of grits and add some fruit that you can have.
Maybe try Wild rice as an alternative to brown....Add mushrooms, celery, and green onion if you can have that. Nutmeg on rice tastes fairly good also.

Of course, the word "wheat" in "buckwheat" also often makes people think that it is a type of wheat. It is also called kasha.... available in the Hebrew section of your grocery store. This can be mixed in with noodles for a different flavor.
Buckwheat is in fact a seed. Van's All Natural Gourmet Buckwheat waffles are Gluten-Free. Check out the label to see if this is acceptable to your doctors orders.

Yes, it's a good idea to call your physician and ask for a registered dietician to help you meal plan.

Correction for my mistype...Eggs are NOT dairy. It should have read Eggs are protein. As you can all see I was trying to make a point about having some protein.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 12/27/2013 (06:29)
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12/26/13 10:55 A

Eggs would be an obvious idea for breakfast, just use oil for cooking them, if fried. If you can't find any bread without dairy or sugars in it (it does exist, but you may have to hit up a health store or a bakery for it), you could also try things like tortillas, pitas and so on.

Almond milk is nice on cereal in my opinion (again, check labels thoroughly with the cereal if you try for that -- that one could be pretty hard). Supermarkets in my area do carry it, but if yours doesn't -- health food store again.

For a variety of milk-free meals (my own area of "expertise") I like diving into the cuisines that don't really use milk to begin with: mostly the East and Southeast Asian stuff. Those foods do use a lot of spices, but depending on what your doctor actually wants you to avoid, that may not be much of a problem. (If it's just the pepper-type spicy, simply leave out the chilis and chili powders and so on and you're good to go.) I like going this route myself because the food is good and varied and interesting and never makes you feel like you're "missing" something or having to adapt recipes to the point of ridiculousness.

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12/26/13 6:50 A

I love to heat chopped fresh garlic in olive oil as a pasta topping, and usually add lots of broccoli to the pasta while it cooks.

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12/26/13 4:06 A

If you can eat them, canned salmon and sardines are VERY good for:
healthy fats
calcium (make sure that you eat the bones)

As far as other dairy is concerned, you can try soy milk or rice milk, but check the nutrition label for protein and calcium. A lot of alternative milks lack both. Soy Ice Cream is a good alternative. I have a soy "dairy food" like a yoghurt. This one is a chocolate one. It is Alpro Soya Smooth Chocolate, but they make other flavours. and you may be able to get some of their products where you are. Their website is

Click on "things we make" under consumer in their tool bar and you can see what they do, and click on that for a nutritional analysis.

Have you thought about an alternative milk with couscous and chopped up dates, and IF you can have cinnamon, add a little of that. I did this when I had shingles in my mouth. I heated the dates in the milk, added the couscous, and then when it had soaked the milk up, warmed it up a bit more. It was delicious for my breakfast.

Apart from the above, I would be inclined to compile a list of the things that you CAN eat/drink , and work on that. You will be able to make many tasty foods - use what herbs you are able to, to enhance the flavours.

There are some sites that you can go to on the internet where you put in what ingredients you have to work with, and it will give you some recipes. My son's friend did this with a limited and seemingly unrelated small list of foods, but the result was really nice. Below is a link to one which MAY be able to help you with recipes from what you can eat, and if it can't come up with a recipe per se, it should give you some ideas.

One thing that you may be able to do, and this is something I have done a few times .....Contact a Registered Dietitian through your local hospital, and run this by him/her. I have had immense help, and they have even sent me hand-outs to help with my (late) husband's and my separate extensive dietary needs.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 12/26/2013 (04:08)
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12/26/13 1:01 A

I would call into the Doctor's Office and ask THEM for approved ideas!! If your Doctor's office does not have a Registered Dietician on staff, request a referral to one. This seems to be an odd list of "restricted items" to remove all at once---but that is just my opinion, not based on knowledge of your conditions....

I didn't spot eggs on your list of restricted (sorry if I missed it...): Eggs are quick, easy and a wonderful source of Protein and Vitamins. HArd Boil some to take with you; or quickly cook scrambled in the microwave (be SURE to break the yolks!!)

Your list also seems to allow you to have Oatmeal, and other grains for breakfast. Check for recipes for "breakfast Cookies" that have grains, bananas, eggs, and bacon....SOme are great!!

Good Luck...

Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 12/26/2013 (01:04)
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12/26/13 12:03 A

That's the same question that hit my mind. Where's your protein? You NEED protein in your diet and I'm not seeing any.

Or maybe we're missing your meaning???

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12/25/13 11:51 P

I am looking but can't find anywhere that you are restricted from meats. If you aren't, chicken, seafood, beef, turkey, ham, etc are all great for entrees. Grill, steam, fry, bake, sautee, whatever the meat of your choice, cook some veggies, add on a salad with some olive oil, and your set.

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
12/25/13 2:45 P

You can put vegan parmesan cheese on your pasta, with some stir fried or steamed veggies of your choosing. Go to the health foods section of your supermarket and check out the vegan and vegetarian products - you want to stay away from the nut-based cheeses (which are quite good, depending on the product) but any tofu-based products would work. Vegan parmesan cheese tastes just right to me... I have some in my fridge and haven't bought the usual kind in quite a while. Also, check out the vegetarian meats so you can chop some up for seasoning (check the ingredients for other 'taboo things').

GET_FIT_NOW Posts: 25
12/25/13 12:45 P

A few days ago, my doctor told me to remove a few foods from my diet for the next month to determine if those foods are causing one of the conditions I've recently been experiencing. These restrictions are making it difficult for me to plan out what I eat, especially for breakfast.

Here is what I CAN'T eat:
-sugar (either by itself or in other foods) (BUT honey is okay)
-dairy products of any kind (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
-spicy foods
-hot drinks
-soy sauce

For the past couple of days, I've been eating a lot of steamed veggies, fruit, and couscous/brown rice. But I'm getting kind of sick of this routine, and also want to eat some flavorful foods.

So a couple questions for all of you:

1) Any recipe ideas coming to mind of healthy, easy dishes to make that don't include the above foods?

I have some general ideas - e.g. pasta - but I don't know what to add to make it flavorful...And I never realized how much spinach and tomatoes I eat until my doctor told me not to eat them. I miss them more than the fruit I cannot eat.

2) Fast breakfast ideas particularly welcome. I usually have a slice of whole wheat toast, a glass of skim milk, and some fruit, but the whole wheat bread I have has "2% or less" of sugar and dairy products are out too.

3) Suggestions on dairy-free brands also welcome. I have a history of osteoporosis in my family and so normally, my diet has a lot of skim milk and yogurt (and some cheese). I read up on the different dairy-free alternatives and it seems that soymilk has the most comparable nutritional benefits (in terms of calcium) to milk. But my grocery store only carries quart/gallon sizes of soymilk so whatever I get, I'm stuck with until I finish it.

Any other advice would be much appreciated!

Edited by: GET_FIT_NOW at: 12/25/2013 (15:01)
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