My Mother is coming to visit and I started a list of foods I can eat to make it easier on her if she goes grocery shopping. Then I thought I should be writing down the food info I have in my head that needs remembering, like the different reasons green tea, ginger tea and peppermint tea (my favourites!) might or might not be good for me. I am going to continuously update this page with any new info I gather, so it might be discombobulated.
I am currently on a gluten-free, corn-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, red meat-and-pork-free, tomato-and-potato-free, MSG-free, most fake sugars-free and most additives/preservatives/hormones/GM-free diet. 🙂 Oh, and quinoa-free because it made my tongue swell up and now I’m scared of it.
Cereals: I’m not allowed to have cane juice, maple syrup or honey (only brown rice syrup), so most cereals are out. I like Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice cereal, Barbara’s Brown Rice Crisps and I mix it with my homemade granola.
Canned soup: Amy’s Split Pea.
Dairy free milk: Lots of these have soy lecithin and/or cane juice. I am also trying to avoid carageenan. I have been drinking:
365 Organic Almond Milk, unsweetened (from Whole Foods): no carageenan, but it does have ocust bean gum, gellan gum, sunflower lecithin, tricalcium phosphate.
Rice Dream Original Classic Organic (it is the best tasting, but the worst in tea. It is the lowest in fat and highest in calories and sugar).
If I have to buckle to carageenan:
So Delicious Coconut Milk Unsweetened (highest in fat, but also highest in vitamin B12. Low in sugar and calories, but has carrageenan and guar gum).
Pacific Almond Unsweetened Organic (lowest calories and fat and no sugar, high in riboflavin, but contains carrageenan and “natural flavor”)
Edward & Sons Brown Rice Snaps: Unsalted Plain, maybe Toasted Onion (if I’m willing to have sunflower oil and trust that there’s no MSG) and maybe Onion Garlic (if I’m willing to have palm oil).
“Safe” Teas: Numi, Traditional Medicinals, Rishi (which is even more expensive than the other expensive organic teas) and maybe Choice.
Go Raw “cookies”.
Green detox soup [I said yuck to this soup because I thought it sounded like a warm green smoothie and I thought I didn’t like fennel, but it turns out it is SO DELICIOUS and I like to have some every day.]
This soup is a gift to your liver to help it with its critical role in cleansing and filtering the blood. Sulfur-containing foods, such as onions and garlic, will keep your glutathione levels and antioxidant power high. Cruciferous vegetables are great for all your detox pathways, especially estrogen. Enjoy this soup for breakfast, as a snack or any time of the day. You can make a big batch and freeze it in small containers.
Makes 4-6 servings
1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil or olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp minced ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 celery stalk, chopped
3 cups chopped broccoli, florets and stems
1/2 head fennel, chopped
1 tsp salt
3 cups water
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
Heat the oil in a medium pot on medium high heat. Add the onion and ginger and cook until onion is translucent. Add the garlic, celery, broccoli, and fennel and a generous pinch of salt and continue to cook another 2 minutes. Add the water, remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Place the soup in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Adjust salt.
Nom Nom Paleo: Lamb Kofta Kebabs
AIP Lifestyle: Radish, Mint and Cucumber Salad: This recipe is totally AIP, but, for low-histamine, remove the lemon juice, zest and ACV. I used olive oil, lemon juice and tahini for the dressing because I haven’t eliminated all seeds yet.
The Low Histamine Chef: Artichoke-Zucchini pasta recipe is my all-time favourite comfort sauce. I had it just like this over rice pasta (not AIP), then froze the rest and later had it over spiralized zucchini (spiralised courgette ;)) and grilled chicken breast. If you are strictly low-histamine, be careful of the thyme and the arugula.
PaleOMG: Chicken Bacon Alfredo. This was so good, I ate it until I couldn’t breathe. Without the bacon, it is AIP+low-histamine and I bet it will still be delicious (watch the thyme, if you can’t tolerate it).
Paleo Mom: Plantain crackers. Make as thinly as possible.
The Primalist: Paleo Shepherd’s Pie. Grass-fed organic lamb and veg, with cauliflower-sweet potato mash on top.
The Saffron Girl: Banana-Zucchini Bread. We replaced half the banana with plantain, added a carrot, added about 1/3 cup of liquid (water+sparkling apple cider), reduced the coconut oil slightly, and baked them as muffins.