Tuesday, March 06, 2012
I have not had wheat, chocolate, or peanuts for over a month. But, a few weeks ago, I developed new symptoms, and had the darndest time figuring out the source. I had been eating foods that I had eaten in the past without trouble. Itís the season for orangesóare they are problem?
Yesterday, it finally hit me: pistachios! The last time I had eaten them was a few years ago, no problem. They were never my favorite, but without all the other foods, I wanted something I could nibble on easily, and their natural sweetness, protein, and the salt really satisfied me. We bought some a few weeks ago. I stopped eating them a couple of days ago, and now Iím fine. I had no idea Iíd developed this. Iíve been eating almonds and cashews in the past few months without problems, and Iíve been trying recipes using almond flour instead of wheat flour. Now Iím reading that, to be safe, if one has a sensitivity to one tree nut, one should avoid all of them. I will evaluate this to see if itís true for me.
On the positive side, Iíve just read that buckwheat is gluten free, a seed, and is actually related to rhubarb. It can be used to make pancakes and thicken sauces. Iíve found a few recipes so far for it. If I want a little sugar hit, Iíve got my Dots and gummi cola bottles, which are 10 calories or less apiece. There seems to be more and more opinion that wheat is not the greatest thing anyway, and there are more and more options for replacements, thanks to the push for gluten free and low carb. Peanuts, well, sometimes a little peanut butter would be nice. But then, if I analyze it, I find that maybe itís more a little bit of salt that I crave (I drink so much that I find I do need a bit of salt to replace what Iíve lost), so I find a substitute. And hey, Iím glad Iím ok with oranges!
So, maybe the message the Universe is sending me is not ďNa, na, na-na, na!Ē but rather ďAll those foods that were more important than anything else in your life? Not so much!Ē