I typed up this entire blog and then came to find that everything had disappeared! Thatís always fun! So now Iím going to try to recreate everything I just said.
I have been slowly phasing out all of the foods that offend my stomach, intestines, and body in general. This has led me to cut out:
Gluten, soy, onions, whey, quinoa, xanthan gum, almonds and now has led to me attempting to phase out dairy.
Itís quite an impressive list! In fact, I can only think of three things right now that Iíve cut out based purely on taste/texture alone and thatíd be meat, coconut and mushrooms. BLECH!
For some reason coconut ice cream and coconut oil seem fine by me, but not shredded coconut and especially not coconut water. I bought some unsweetened coconut milk to try, so weíll see whether I can handle that or not.
But this has led to some interesting decisions on what in the world TO eat! Iím especially worried about my protein levels. See, I can eat some nuts and beans, but not too much in one sitting. Iím really worried Iím going to have to start eating every two hours, which will have me thinking about food and hungry all the time.
And while I am not actually allergic to any of these items, don't think I'm not in some serious pain if I eat them. I try not to be too graphic on my blog, so I don't really get into the full details of what happens when I rebel and eat what I want. Let's just say it involves a lot of pain pills, laying around, and frequent trips to the restroom.
Moving right along!
After I had to cut back on grains I realized I had increased my dairy intake a lot to fill in for my protein needs. Cottage cheese and Greek yogurt especially. I have yet to find a protein powder that fits my food intolerances and doesnít taste terrible (brown rice and hemp powders Iím talking about YOU!)
The hardest thing to cut out for me will be the Greek yogurt.
I LOVE Greek yogurt. I have it every morning with breakfast, I often add it to smoothies, and I add it to any recipe that calls for mayo or soft tofu. I have added it to pancakes, muffins, breads. I eat it straight out of the cup. Whatís not to love? Well, my stomach has a few ideasÖ
I am also taking some digestive supplements. Iím hoping that if I give my stomach a chance to rest and to heal that it will slowly allow me to enjoy my favorite foods again.
Which doesnít look appetizing, but is a very yummy (and FAST) dinner. I made up a bunch of short grain brown rice in a rice cooker over the weekend and dished it out into single-serving cups. Then I pulled it out for dinner and topped it with a mixture of salsa, pinto beans and yup, Greek yogurt! On the side I had a huge salad.
I added carrots after I realized I needed just one more color for it to be even prettier. I have been obsessed with purple cauliflower. I love every summer when it comes to the local farmerís market. It is sweeter than white cauliflower and has a more tender texture. YUM! And radishes we grew ourselves. Well, technically this would all be Aubreyís doing. He has been attempting to grow a few things out at his grandmaís house. And they have been huge.
That would be our homegrown radish, a store bought radish, and a quarter. Yeah, big! Although unfortunately not big on taste.
But my salad was also topped with my homemade ranch. Thereís that stupid dairy again. Mocking me.
I was bitter about gluten and I think I would have been bitter about dairy if I had done it first too. But since Iíve already cut out so much, this just feels like a gut punch. Am I doomed to a raw food diet by force? If I had chosen it, I donít think I would care so much. But it feels like my body is rebelling. And I have too many control issues for this.
When I whine too much, I remind myself that things could be so much worse. I actually have quite a lot to be thankful for. So I donít want anyone to think that I donít realize that. Especially when I made the most amazing cake for my husbandís birthday yesterday.
I have made it before as you can see here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
Except I swapped in cashews instead of almonds and sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter. (Ugh, did I mention I miss almonds? Ok, done whining!)
It was still ridiculously delicious. Who knew banana and sunflower seed butter paired together so well?
In fact, it was so good that between the two of us we almost polished it off. But thereís still some left, which is in the fridge. And Iím being a good wife and leaving it there so he can have it when he gets home from work. Iím obviously gearing up for sainthood.
What food have you been enjoying lately? It doesnít have to be something allergy/intolerant-friendly, I promise Iím not jealousÖ