I have been on my current “automimmune diet” for over 11 months (essentially, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, no eggs, no tomatoes). I actually don’t feel like it made any difference to my life except taking away the joy of food and eliciting many meltdowns when meal times came around and I had nothing to eat. I know I would have had some fun with this diet if I had the energy/ability to research recipes, shop for ingredients and cook my own dishes ~ it would have been a fun challenge to come up with tasty, healthy meals and given me a bit of a hobby ~ but, when you are incapacitated by exhaustion, dysautonomia symptoms and muscle wasting… it’s too much. It’s also too much to think about changing things up after such a long time, which is why I’m not more excited about the switch to a DIFFERENT type of elimination diet. It was a difficult learning curve for my husband to figure out what I could and couldn’t have while shopping for us. Now, he’ll have to relearn, reread all labels.
The good news is, I get to have gluten-free grains again (which means rice) and legumes except for peanuts (which means hummus and fun soups!). The bad news is, I have to eliminate pork (oh god, no bacon), beef (no steak!), cold cuts (no salami, ham, turkey slices!), soy (no fake milk for my tea, no fake mayo), caffeine (oh, I don’t need fake milk because I can’t have my black tea. I’m starting to panic), salad dressings (are you kidding? This makes me want to cry), maple syrup, honey (what do I make my granola with?), chocolate (kill me now), and any type of sugar. There are other things I have to omit like oranges and shellfish and soft drinks, but I don’t really care. Oh, and I have to continue to avoid corn, dairy, eggs, and tomatoes.
I have a few things in the house I want to use up before embarking on this change, so, after the Rice Chex, Almond Bites, bacon, chocolate and leftover filet are gone, I will commit to the new diet. 😀
I’m out of granola, so I am going to try a new recipe. For a long time I used olive oil and a mix of maple syrup and agave nectar. Then I changed to coconut oil and local honey. Now, since I can’t have honey, but I can have brown rice syrup and stevia, I’m experimenting with a new mixture… Stay tuned.
1 hour later: I actually might prefer this recipe to my previous versions. Score! Now I just have to win the lotto so I can afford the gluten-free oats and organic stevia and brown rice syrup. 🙂
Here’s what I did:
E.M.’s New Granola (dairy-free, refined sugar-free)
4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
1/2-1 cup raw pumpkin seeds ((or mix in half sunflower seeds, but pumpkin seeds have a lot more magnesium and tryptophan)
1 cup chopped nuts (any kind: I like ones that are low in omega 6s: pecans, cashews, hazelnuts and walnuts)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup flaxmeal
1 tbs cinnamon
5 tbs coconut oil
3 tbs brown rice syrup
2 droppers-full of liquid stevia (which is really only about 1/2-3/4 of the dropper)
2 tsps pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
dried fruit (raisins)
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine dry ingredients. Heat oil, honey and vanilla over low heat until it is runny but not boiling (or microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute). Pour over dry ingredients, mix thoroughly and spread over 2 baking trays lined with foil or parchment. Bake for about 25 minutes until golden. Let cool. Be cool. 🙂
We have been meat free– sugar free & gluten free & no GMO’s & no chemicals & no processed food & no pop & no junk food for years!!!! All I can says is– when I eat something– that is not good for me– I really feel it & know the difference my body reacts!!!! And to me NOTHING FEELS BETTER THEN GOOD HEALTH — or maintaining the best health I can!!! As I have many many many many health problems — & eating right– keeps me alive & as healthy as possible!!! You really are what you eat!!!! And if we don’t take care of our body the best way possible– where else are we gig to live????? 🙂
Wow, that is impressive and really inspiring. I don’t miss the things I omitted this year, but I miss enjoying food. Eating is now just something I do to pad my stomach for my pills. Thank you for your comment. It really means a lot for you to push me on like that!!
Have you watched Hungry for Change? It is on Netflix and I find it really inspiring when I am having a hard time with craving simple carbs like sugar.
I can’t have soy either and it can be a tough one to avoid! I drink almond milk and when I am near a store called Whole Foods, I have access to fancy things like coconut hazelnut creamer.
I know what you mean about eating not being as joyful as it once was. I’ve gotten used to it and actually rarely crave the foods I used to love because they make me feel sick, but it took a good year to get to that point! I am lucky enough to have an amazing Mom who will spend hours perfecting a “whatever-free” recipe if I say I am craving something. She also cooks me food once a week and bring it over (we live 20 minutes apart) and will pretty much cook as much as I need her to. I’m really lucky to have her! (not trying to rub it in!)
I find your comment re your not feeling any different on the elimination diet interesting. I am on on no dairy, no gluten, no meat, no refined sugar and while I know if I eat any of these foods my stomach rebels I often wonder if staying away from these is really helping me? Part of me thinks in years when researches figure out the demon ME they will be whispering into a microphone or typing up small print at the end of a published document to say “ME patients digestive systems just dont work, it doesnt matter what foods are eaten or not…” I know, I know i shouldnt think like that but I often do. Sorry!! That said, I will continue with my eating habits!
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