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Wanted: Meal Suggestions

Monday, April 22, 2013

So my eczema is still giving me issues. I've read that eczema can frequently be caused by undiagnosed food sensitivities, so the time has come for me to investigate that. The common sensitivities and the foods of those I eat the most are wheat and dairy. Which I like live on. But for at least a week I'm going to cut them out and see what happens. The gluten I'm not going to be super strict about, but I'm going to avoid pasta and bread, etc. I also am avoiding processed foods as much as possible.

I did great at lunch today. Walked past the french bread pizzas, the yummy looking pasta sauce, and the red velvet cupcakes. Poured myself a glass of soy milk and realized the dish I had adventurously grabbed from the line that is vegan and frequently GF was breaded and fried. Oops. The soy milk was kinda icky, too. I'm sure it's an acquired taste.

I have no issue with breakfast. I'll either have oatmeal or these yummy smoothies the school cafe is selling (just this week - beautiful timing!) made from almond milk, blueberries, basil, and honey. But meals...these are tough. I can't explore the GF and dairy free cookbooks I have because I'm eating out of a college cafeteria. We're pretty good. There is the vegan and sometimes GF line, the salad bar, sandwich bar, taco bar, grill line, soup (I'm obviously not counting the pasta line). The soup is hit or miss for if I'll eat it (and often is creamy) and I'm not much of a salad person. But I vowed to be more adventurous this week. I've already done it 3 times today and it paid off twice. This will surely benefit me in the long run even if/when I start eating wheat and dairy again.

So I'm looking for advice for wheat and dairy free meals that do not require complicated ingredients. Also any way to make soy milk more palatable. Thanks in advance!
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    Yum, those breakfast smoothies sound delish! I have found that the coconut milk, sold in the soy milk dairy section, not the canned coconut milk, though I love that stuff too when cooking, is pretty tasty.
    2152 days ago
    Thanks for the advice. I did ditch the soy milk, but just looking up paleo recipes does nothing for me. I don't have a oven, slow cooker, or stove. I certainly don't have ingredients like coconut flour.

    I do know that to figure out the issue, I should be eliminating one thing at a time, but I really want this to clear up by this weekend, for entirely vain reasons. Whether it does or doesn't, I plan on being more methodical next week.
    2187 days ago
    We recently found out we had an allergy to milk protein. I do remember my kids having issues with milk - not necessarily a "scientifically documented" allergy. However - it did affect them in different ways.

    The funny thing is - one kiddo had a rash on her fingers that never seemed to go away. The doctor kept insisting that it was contact dermatitis (she was supposedly allergic to something she touched). However, as soon as we took all milk products out of her diet - it cleared up right away.

    If you are truly wanting to know what it is that is affecting you - you might want to only avoid one thing at a time. It will make it easier for you to determine what you are affected by. Also - make sure to do your research because there are always things hiding in foods we never would have known they were in there!

    Hope you figure it out!

    2188 days ago
  • SHADOW38
    Just look up Paleo recipes. And, just my opinion, ditch the soy milk.
    2188 days ago
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