Struggling to Eat Healthy

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 2
708 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

Hi bee! I am so sorry to hear about your allergies: that has to be really hard to deal with. I don’t know if you’ve thought about it before, but would you consider seeing a nutritionist? They could help you come up with easy meal plans around your allergies. I don’t know about your health insurance situation, but my insurance paid for a preliminary appointment with a doctor’s referral.

Post # 3
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Hey Bee,

I feel ya! I’m trying my butt off to eat healthier (for health & appearance benefits!) and it’s hard, especially when you have loads of restrictions like you have! My restrictions are basically sensitivity to all dairy products and wanting to generally consume as little as possible animal products for environmental & ethical/moral reasons. 

Anyway so because you and I are essentially facing exact opposite restrictions I’m not of much help ito practical advice – just wanted to cheer you on and wish you well! 

What’s working for me is finding a few basics that’s helping, and basically just focussing on ways to make each meal healthier. So at the moment I’m not that concerned about calorie counting etc, just trying to cut down on sugar and get as many micro nutrients as possible. For some reason that really helps me to make healthy, varied choices! 

Hope other bees can offer some REcipes etc! 

ETA Just thinking now, I didnt mean to equate my selective, optional veganism with your life threatening allergies. Hope I didn’t sound insensitive! I’m sorry that you have all of that to deal with, it sounds flipping rough!

Post # 4
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I second that. A nutritionist will help a hell of a lot. 

Post # 5
362 posts
Helper bee

Have to tried peeling the skin off of fruit before you eat it? Fruit skin makes my mouth itchy, but I’m fine if I don’t eat the skin itself. You may have already tried this but I figured I’d ask!

Post # 6
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I’m obviously no doctor, but I would imagine some of your digestive issues could be from not eating properly (fruits, veggies)? I generally know how to eat well, BUT anytime I go on vacation or even like a long carefree weekend where I pig out my digestive system will be terrible and I generally just feel like crap, extra fatigued which it sounds like you are as well.

I second what PP said, I would see a nutrionist and also maybe a specialist to see what you can do about the allergies? I’m honestly not sure how you can eat healthy if you literally can’t eat fruits or veggies… other than just eating meat I suppose?

Post # 7
172 posts
Blushing bee

I’m sorry you’re struggling with this, Bee! Have you looked into meeting with a Registered Dietician? I might start with that to see what a professional recommends, especially based on your allergy restrictions. 🙂 I have found that intuitive eating has been my best route towards a healthy lifestyle–the more I restrict myself, the crazier I get and end up yo-yoing. 

Sending you good vibes and hoping you get some answers from your colonoscopy! (My tip on that: add lemon flavored crystal light to the prep fluid they have you drink; makes it much more bearable. 🙂 )


Post # 8
611 posts
Busy bee

I think fasting during the day would be beneficial for your desire to lose fat and improve your medical conditions. Read lots about it before trying though. The Complete Guide to Fasting is a great book if you have the time. Also, How Not to Die is an amazing book.. but it endorses a whole food plant based diet to cure physical ailments. Other than that, maybe try eating limited ingredients at a time? I have allergies as well, and they seem to get worse if I combine more things together, but feel better if I keep my meals simple. Legumes should be good for your digestive problem since they contain lots of fiber. But what do I know, I’m just learning about all of this myself. I hope you manage to figure this out for your own body and feel better 🙂 

Post # 9
1364 posts
Bumble bee

When you say you’re allergic to all “fresh” fruit & veg – do you mean in raw state?  Can you eat it cooked?  Canned?  Frozen? 

Post # 10
253 posts
Helper bee

jezamor :  have you been tested for celiac? Have you had a liver panel done? Do you still have your gall bladder?

I have major histamine and food allergy issues due to side effects of celiac disease. You sound very much like me. 

Post # 12
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Holy shit. I recently discovered that I’m allergic to fruit and suspect it’s oral allergy syndrome as well…but I’m so shocked to finally hear that someone else is experiencing this. I’m so sorry that you are going through it too, because I know how hard it is to stay healthy.

I am not a huge fan of vegetables so I struggle a lot. I eat raw carrots as a daytime snack (they make my mouth itch but at least don’t give me a rash on my lips) but only really eat veggies at night with dinner.

About once a week, I make these peanut butter oatmeal bars that I eat for breakfast and a quick afternoon snack. I use peanut butter, almond butter, oats, maple syrup and mini chocolate chips. I’ve been playing around with making my own beef jerky too.

I dunno. I don’t have a lot of advice except for trying to plan ahead and make sure your quick and easy food isn’t super unhealthy. 

Post # 13
3710 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

jezamor :  Hey Bee! Sorry you’re struggling with food so much. I get it.. it super sucks!! I have a bunch of mini-meals throughout the day and try not to get too stuck on “snack foods for snack, lunch foods for lunch”, especially when you have a list of things you cant have.

I dont have the same sensitivities as you so here are my suggestions based on what you can/think you can have:
Protein bread (or other whole wheat/high fibre bread), natural nut butter & sugar-free jam
roasted vegetables
turkey/chicken meatballs
homemade granola bars
protein shake & cereal (use protein shake as the milk, YUM!)
Greek yogurt
Cottage Cheese
hard boiled eggs
Baked potato with cheese & light sr cream
quick oats
light banana muffins
breakfast cassarole
Tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread (with cucumber, if you can have it)
Rice cake with cream cheese, pesto & chicken
Turkey pepperoni,  light cheese, baked/whole wheat crackers
Santa fe Chicken (from
Halo Top Icecream (or other brand of protein icecream)
Lemon garlic chicken (
Homemade pizza/Pizzadilla (quesadilla with pizza toppings)
Homemade soup & whole wheat english muffin
Cheeseburger wrap sub sauteed mushrooms for veggies (

Post # 14
1364 posts
Bumble bee

jezamor :  I actually just learned of allergy to all raw fruit/veg for the first time last night.  I was watching my trash tv on Bravo and one of the cast members said exactly that, she’s allergic to all raw fruit/veg.  And I was like “wow, that’s a lot, that would be hard.  I wonder what exactly the allergy is about?”

So your info is interesting, thanks for sharing.  I feel like I have a lot of healthy recipes that might be helpful.  I can come back later and send links to you if you like (running out the door now).

Just want to say you have such a good attitude for all these things you’re dealing with that have to be very challenging at least at times.  Good for you!  

Post # 15
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

Are there raw fruits and vegetables you can eat, or do you react to pretty much all of them?


Ideas for making it easier to eat cooked/process vegetables:


–still frozen peas are actually a pretty good snack for a super low prep option

-canned (look for no-sodium varieties, which also generally don’t have added sugar)

-freeze dried

-check out the snack aisle for things like snapea crisps, I’m not sure of the oil/salt/additive content

-make up a big batch of steamed, roasted, or stir-fried vegetables on Sunday night to portion out and reheat

–check out slow cooker methods so you can set it and forget it

-get a microwave steamer if you think you’re more likely to use that than the stovetop… or really, put the veg and a little water in a bowl with a plate over the top and zap it that way

-mix the vegetables into your meals, like shredded carrots and zucchini in chili / mixed vegetables instead of just corn in shepherd’s pie / foil packets of chicken and veg when you would otherwise have grilled the chicken breasts on their own

-the zucchini and other “noodles” are pretty quick to cook up and can be used as a side or base for a main, my grocery store has lots of riced versions too



But I definitely agree that talking to a nutritionist/dietician is necessary!  It’s hard to juggle multiple restrictions at once.

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