Post # 1
I have been on medical leave for 6 weeks due to what we thought was IBS, got my allergy testing back today and it turns out i am allergic to Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Garlic and Beef. I knew there was a big problem someplace and have had MANY medical tests to rule out everything. Now that i know what it is i can start feeding myself food that will help me get better, i still feel pretty low though and disapointed that my diets going to have to change so drasticly. Any advice?
Post # 3
I just want to say that although its pretty devastating to see what you really can’t eat again, you will feel so much better!
Also, many things have been created to “substitute” like Gluten free versions of all of the favorites, dairy alternatives etc.
One day at a time! And immerse yourself in lists and cookbooks of all the food you can eat, and enjoy them! Try not to focus too much on what you “can’t” have!
Post # 4
Look into the GAPS diet. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. PM me if you want!
Post # 5
I think the biggest thing is to recognize it will be a slow learning process. How to order out, new recipes etc.
STart by ordering several cook books, book marking blogs for vegan, gluten free etc because you will find a lot of great recipes.
Learn substitutions so you can have your normal favorite foods, but slightly altered. IE use rice flour instead of regular when making chicken parmesean etc.
You can do it!
Its actually not going to be as bad as you think. Lots of foods you would normally eat dont fall in that category. vegetables, fruits, many meats and seafoods. There are replacements for many things like vegan cheese and gluten free pasta. There are other alterantives like nut cheeses and rice or quinoa or rice noodles instead of pasta.
Look into chinese and japanese cuisine because they have a tendency to follow your guidelines (except they use garlic)
I think your biggest “problem” will be learning. dedicate as much time as you can to reading about gluten allergy, about new recipes, about brands and restaurants.
Post # 6
@MrsHoneyC: Check out http://www.happyherbivore.com for thousands of dairy-free, gluten-free recipes. You can always add other meats to the recipes if that’s your preference. Happy Herbivore also has a couple cookbooks and a new one coming out, so lots to choose from. Yes, it seems like an overwhelming change right now, but in two weeks, I bet you won’t even miss it all. You’ll be feeling so much better that it won’t matter. 6 wks ago, I cut out all dairy, meat, most gluten, and oil, and I thought I was going to go through some serious withdrawal, but it’s actually been fun! You should take this as a challenge to your creativity; now you can learn about new types of foods, new ways of cooking, and new flavors. Best of luck on your new food journey, and I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 7
Ok so first off your lucky not to have issues with corn because almost all eggs subs are made from corn and trust me its really hard without it. You list actually isnt all that bad to be honest when I got my first list it had 77 foods out of 200 that I was intollerant to. PM if you need any specific questions but there is so much you can do. What dairy are you unable to have I cant have casein or lactose or any animal milk except for water buffalo but omg buffalo moz. is incredible and one of the best things Ive ever tasted. How severe is your allergy are you able to have any traces from lets say a cook not washing his meat thermometre before checking your steak etc?
Post # 8
I’ve been gluten-free for the past year, and have found that a lot of gluten-free brands also cut out dairy and eggs for those who have multiple sensitivities. I’ve found that a combination of a) finding substitutes for essentials (bread, pasta) and b) finding recipes that are NATURALLY gluten-free works best for me. A lot of gluten-free substitutes just feel really off to me, so I’d rather eat more rice, quinoa, nuts, meat, etc., rather than something that kind of resembles something that I like but is otherwise really terrible. Aside from textures, I hardly miss bread at all now, as just looking at it makes me remember all of the stomach aches that I’ve had over the last decade+. The hardest thing has been getting into new food routines now that I can’t just grab a PB&J whenever I want.
Look for specialty bakeries in your area or food co-ops for dairy-free and gluten-free foods. Glutino, Amy’s Kitchen, Udi, and Bob’s Red Mill are all good brands that are often carried in supermarkets. Paleo reciples might be a good thing to look into, as they cut out dairy and grains. Elena’s Pantry is a good blog that bases recipes on almond flour.
(Also, feel free to PM me and I can send you links, answer questions, etc.)
Post # 9
@MrsHoneyC: I actually have IBS and a number of food allergies and it’s not always easy to find things I can eat.
Basically its a learning process and through trial and error I was able to find out what I can and cant eat and at what times of the day. It’s still tough but over time you will learn to be able to live with it and find food options that will be good for you.
Post # 10
Look around your area for support groups for food allergies. When I worked at an organic market a couple years ago, they put a new posting up on the wall every month. It’s a great place to meet people who are also dealing with the same issues. Plus, you’ll get great recipies!
I’d also recommend you stop in to a health food store and ask if they can walk around with you to help you with identifying foods that you can have. I have tried just about every gluten-free food out there, and I can promise you there’s a world of a difference between the yucky brands and the great brands. There were many times that I’d spend an hour or so helping someone who was recently diagnosed with allergies find good snack foods, brands of gluten-free flour, etc.
You’ve gotten some good advice in here. As a bonus, there are even lots of restaurants that are gluten-free friendly these days! Take it slow and talk to as many people as you can, you’ll find great recipes and learn to adapt in time. 🙂
Post # 11
Glutino genius white sandwich bread is incredible compared to some of the bricks. There are things that will be so depresed there so bad but some of it is actually really good. Oh So Good makes awsome chocolat chips that are for all sorts of food issues.
Post # 12
Check out this cookbook
There’s a documentary called Forks Over Knives and they just came out with this great cookbook with almost 300 recipes included! The receipes should be right up your alley.
Post # 13
Oh, and Liz Lovely cookies are SO GOOD. http://lizlovely.com/webstore/packs.php
Also, Girlfriend subs are usually more expensive than what they’re substituting for, so I’ve definitely changed those things from staples in my diet to foods that keep me from jumping out a window when I’m having a bread craving. And various types of international food are often Girlfriend, so Indian, Thai, and Mexican foods have become much bigger parts of my diet.
Post # 14
Oh I’m so sorry 🙁 I can’t eat gluten either and it is a huge adjustment at first. And it’s still hard after 3 years. Just today I went for lunch with my friends and my only option was salad…
I will say though that substituting foods at home is not that bad. There are so many more Girlfriend things available now, even at most grocery stores. It’s eating out that is the issue but there are lots of websites out there for local areas to clue you in on good restaurants. I have heard that Dominos pizza now even offers Girlfriend crusts. I’m in Canada and they don’t grrrr!
Good luck and if you ever have questions I’d be willing to help!
Post # 15
I know it seems like your diet will need drastic changes and you will be ‘missing out’, however there are lots of options available to you. I am a naturopath with a gourmet healthy food website and in the process of completing my cookbook – you can check it out here http://www.thenaturopathskitchen.net.au I would also recommend visiting a ND to provide some individualised support as I would suggest there are many supplements you would benefit from also. Cheers, T.
Post # 16
Oh I just noticed you’re also in Canada! Boston Pizza makes pretty decent pizza from Kinnikinnick crusts. My favorite bread is Udi’s – I have tried almost every Girlfriend bread out there and this is by far the best.