Special Diets and Spark Nutrition Plan...
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Whether we realize it or not, most of us have food allergies or "intolerances". For optimum health, it is good to avoid these foods until digestive and immune systems have a chance to repair themselves, ie, until you can safely eat these foods again without negative effects.
"BUT WHAT WILL I EAT???"
When I was first dealing with food allergies, I was allergic to far too many foods - my son was allergic to basically everything. :( With the help of a naturopathic nutritionist and allergy specialist, we are now able to eat anything in moderation but we also know what our strongest trigger foods are. The same big three that it is for most people; wheat, dairy, sugar.
yes, "BUT WHAT WILL I EAT???"
For me, one of my biological responses to the foods that I'm allergic to is MIGRAINES. Crippling migraines! Oh how I hate migraines. I also just learned that my preferred OTC treatment could also be contributing to the migraines, but that's most pain killers - read the "possible side effects". Mine just happened to be top of the list as suspected culprits. :(
so, "WHAT WILL I EAT???"
Honestly, one can only eat so much brown rice and tomatoes without getting sick and tired of brown rice and tomatoes. I checked the suggested menu plan. Bread, toast, wrap, GLUTEN, GLUTEN, GLUTEN. :/ I checked for alternate menu suggestions and truly, brown rice is most like oatmeal, at least on the breakfast menu, so... VOILA! I found the simplest menu suggestion: oatmeal, milk, juice. Reading it in a different and new perspective; brown rice, yogurt, fresh oranges. I can eat yogurt, just can't manage liquid milk. I CAN do this~! It takes a bit of creative thinking, but it can be done. I can add a bit of ginger or cinnamon to my rice to make it more breakfasty and a bit of honey to my yogurt to give it a surprisingly wonderful flavour and health boost!
I like to enter the specific foods I eat, for the proper nutritional report at the end of the day, but at least the suggested menu plans give me ideas of where to start and of course PORTION sizes! :)
As an added treat, my hibiscus plant has been flowering, is ready to flower again and in the process, it drops it's expired flowers to offer me a wonderful and free herbal tea! :D