As someone who has had ongoing experience with Registered Dietitian, (for me, my son and my grandson) I can assure you that they can give LOADS more advice than most people would realize. My son and grandson's referrals had been because of serious food allergies - mine was because of other health issues, along with weight.
There are a couple of blogs I read by registered dieticians (Anne the RD is one the comes to mind) and they do have the knowledge and ability to give you practical advice about what cuisines are friendlier for you based on your allergies. I can't imagine how it would feel if suddenly all of my sauces were off limits. Maybe you can set aside some time this weekend to learn how to make the key ones from scratch and make big batches? Best of luck!
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3/27/14 11:02 A
Some of these are great ideas. Thank you so much. I will head to the library tomorrow for some vegan and Mediterranean cookbooks. I did find one margarine that I can use for potatoes and such. I am scared to bake with the.expensive flours. We are considering opening an artisanal bakery when I got the call. Literally, I was writing the business plan when the phone range. After the initial shock, I changed my foods and have lost 9 pounds in two weeks. Some of it is from the bloating going away. Some is from the apparently cleanse that I am going through. Some of it is from eliminating the.corn syrup and other empty calories. Some weight could be because I feel better and I am moving more. I don't know if a dietitian will be able to give practical advice or just information about food that I can have. I am still learning about substitutions for my regular recipes. I can't go out to eat because everything is cooked in soy bean oil, has dairy or wheat attached it. I have to make my own dressings or pay $6 or more per bottle. I can't have barbecue sauce or ketchup unless I make it. It is so overwhelming to go cold turkey on so many foods and have to completely restock. I can do it.
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21,326 3/27/14 5:07 A
As you are allergic to a large cross-section of foods, it is important that you are referred to a Registered Dietitian to ensure that you meet all of your nutritional needs. They will also be able to help you with your weight-loss.
Good luck with the dietician and everything. I'm glad you're feeling so much better.
Here's a few ideas to replace what you're missing, so you can at least hold on to something familiar in your diet.
For meat -- probably you have a good idea of this already, but poultry of all kinds obviously, and whatever seafood and fish you're allowed (I can't remember your list entirely).
For milk -- rice and coconut milks should be available in most grocery stores, and some will have added calcium (though of course you need to check the other ingredients carefully). Health food stores may have "milks" made out of oats and/or hemp that may be suitable (if the oats are what/gluten free). There will also be "yogurt" options for some of these (and "ice cream", if you're into that). Plenty of dairy-free margarines exist, but the ingredients are all over the place, so I can't give any suggestions there. Cheeses are a whole 'nother ballgame and as you've maybe noticed already, even the best tasting ones tend to be made primarily of various exotic starches (my son's favorite is made of arrowroot and tapioca of all things), so they're nothing special on the nutrition scale even if the ingredients are safe.
For stuff that goes with the milk (cereal) -- you may well need to make your own, since corn and soy allergies are a PITA. The health food store is definitely your friend here -- most will have bulk bins of all kinds of exotic grains, probably gluten-free oats, plenty of stuff to mix with dried fruit or something to make a safe "oatmeal" type dish, perhaps even some more traditional flakes made out of only safe grains if you poke around and check ingredients.
Other proteins for variety and to make up any shortfall: dried/canned beans and chickpeas, lentils, other legumes, whatever seeds you might be allowed, higher-protein vegetables (avocado for instance, but if you google "high protein vegetatarian" or some such you'll get plenty of suggestions, grains and quinoa.
Grains and bready things -- health food store yet again, same as above. You can make flatbreads out of lots of things quite easily, chickpeas for instance (look up socca). I'm not sure about raised breads. If that doesn't appeal, you can use starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes, squashes, white potatoes, other root vegetables) to replace some of the bulk and calories in your diet that would otherwise have been taken up by the grains. There's also the low-carb option of course.
These are just ideas to get your mind working; again best of luck!
for sauces.. the eat clean books have a dipping sauce that's basically orange juice, thickener [could you use arrowroot or agar agar] and hot sauce. it's quite good with greens. vegan on the cheap has a chutney that looks to fit what you can have. vegan planet has a double mushroom sauce [if you skip the tamari and cornstarch], 2 tomato sauces, mango sauce, yellow pepper coulis, harissa sauce, garlic balsamic vinaigrette, a ton of chutneys, onion confit and several salsas. if you're willing to skip the tamari that opens up even more options. pesto is just as tasty without the nuts, though i think it's actually called pistou. i can't find any at the moment, but i know i have seen a sweet and sour sauce type recipes that use pineapple and citrus as the base. mediterranean vegan kitchen has a charmoula sauce among pistous and salsas. the tassajara lunch book has a ton of chutneys, lime dressing, poppy seed dressing, lemon dressing, and some nice pickling recipes. most vegan cookbooks should have at least one or two sauces that you can use, more if you're willing to leave out tamari, nuts or soy. i've left those things out when i didn't have any and the results were certainly edible in most things. i mean, you probably can't make ranch without them, but you could wrangle an almost teriyaki sauce.
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3/26/14 10:13 P
I agree that the doctor didn't give too much help, but I wasn't in the office when I got the news. I got a phone call from the nurse when she saw the results of my bloodwork.The list of what I can have is longer than what I can't. Asking for help is not a bad thing. My doc is out of town. I have eliminated everything that I can't have. I feel so much bettere after just a few days. The swelling in my throat is immensely better. I haven't choked in a week. I thought that this forum was for help with nutrition and maybe some new ideas that I didn't think of. I didn't come here first. I have asked for referrals and called my allergist for help. I have been so focused on what I can't have and overwhelmed with so many changes that I would see if someone with a different perspective or experienced could lend a hand. I am not stupid and read every labels to.make sure that it safe. I am not accepting advice blindly. While you have the freedom to say what you want, you do not come across as supportive or helpful. If you don't want to truly help me, then don't. I am just bored with rice and veggies and turkey burgers. I am sorry if I offended you by asking for help when this is emotional for me. Everytime, I go to the kitchen, I only see all the things that I can't have. I can't afford to throw everything away. I am planning a massive shopping trip and wanted ideas for my grocery list.
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3/26/14 10:00 P
My GP is out for two weeks. The gastroenterologist is not any help. The allergist sent for a prior auth with insurance for testing and referral to dietitian. I am in limbo at the moment. I am relying on my brother in law(has similar food allergies) for a little guidance and he isn't giving info freely. I just don't know what's out there. So I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask for some brainstorming for recipes and protein suggestions here where we are all asking for help. Tonight, I made brown rice pasta with tomato sauce and ground turkey. Salad that needed something. I am just getting bored with salads and stir-fry that have no sauces. I even made my own ketchup last night.
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7,199 3/26/14 11:16 A
my husband had the inflamed esophagus as well. He had to use an expensive inhaler and swallow it, instead of inhaling the meds to bring the inflammation down. But his allergies are not as many as yours. Some of the tree and pollen allergies also have foods related to them.
what about coconut or rice milk? I think there is a brand called so delicious milk that is dairy free, can't remember if It was soy free. A friend's son can't have milk or soy and she found a cheese he can have at the health food store. I have seen a pea protein powder, not sure if that would be able to add to anything for you. Chia seeds have protein you can add to muffins.
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I agree with what has already been said, but why didn't you ask the doctor who prescribed " what not to eat ", what you COULD eat ?
I see this almost daily. They put restrictions on a person's diet, and then that person comes in here and asks for advice. While I have a high opinion of myself, I wouldn't recommend that you follow anyone's advice, other than the advice to see a dietitian. While I personally think Michelle's advice is good, and might even mirror mine, you personally shouldn't trust strangers on the internet, especially with all the health problems that you have.
If you can't get to see a dietitian, due to insurance, cost, or doctor refuses referral ( improbable, but possible ), demand that the doctor give you a complete list of foods that you can eat, and which make up any shortfalls in calcium, or protein.
You could Google high calcium, or high protein foods, or just take the advice given here, but you have paid the doctor, and he/she has not delivered. The doctor is your employee. Make him/her do their job. Doctors have to be managed. Knowing what you can't eat is only half of the dietary advice you need. Once you train your doctor, they won't give you half of what you need to know any more. Demand that if they give you a plan, they have details, if they give you a med they explain why, and if they do a test, they explain why, what is normal, where you stand, and get you the results as soon as they do. Once they know what you want, they will do it without being asked.
Your doctor did the bare minimum, and will continue to do so, unless you correct them immediately.
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1,879 3/26/14 9:24 A
With that many new allergies your insurance should cover a session or two with an RD. He/she will be extremely helpful in guiding you towards things that you can eat that you haven't even thought of yet.
if you have that many issues you do need to be shelling out the cash for a registered dietitian. because you're not talking one little sub or one little issue, that's a large swath of things to not be able to eat, especially if the gerd isn't temporary. my guess is that gluten free vegan recipes with chicken are going to be most of what you can eat, though you'll still have to watch what's in them. think collard greens and spaghetti squash with chicken. stuffed peppers. asian dishes like curry and stir fry. baked potatoes topped with broccoli and salsa. stuffed mushrooms. veggie risottos. baked beans. chili, perhaps even chicken chili. salads. roasted root vegetables, chicken and vegetables.
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3/26/14 7:09 A
I finally went to the doctor for not losing weight and feeling sick and tired all the time. I was doing everything right. Eating right, trying to exercise even if I felt like crap (which was everyday), and tried to go to bed at the same time every night. After many tests, we found out that food allergies are causing most of my symptoms and health issues. Apparently, I am allergic to any dairy, including goat and sheep milk. I can't have nuts or soy, so that rules out most optional milk substitutes. I can't have beef, pork, seafood, nuts, soy, eggs, wheat, corn, and peanuts. Basically, I was told what I can't eat. I need safe ideas that fill the gap for protein sources and for dairy/calcium replacements. I can't swallow a calcium supplement yet as I have esophagitis(inflamed esophagus with GERD) caused by the allergies. Fake cheese is not yummy to me and the nutrition was seriously lacking.
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