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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

i'm starving.

so i've been battling a medical condition. nothing extremely serious, although it is very painful & makes me feel terrible, pretty much all of the time. i've tried natural remedies, as well as lots & lots of strong medications. & yet, nothing seems to kick this bad boy in the butt. so, as a last resort i'm starting a new diet. the no sugar, no wheat, no starch, no dairy, no processed foods diet. i'm a going to avoid all forms of sugar & wheat as well as processed foods that promote yeast growth. basically, i can't eat anything. (on the plus side, maybe i'll lose this baby weight i'm carrying around.)

okay, so maybe "i can't eat anything" is a bit of an exaggeration... i can eat whole grain products (oatmeal, rice, & pastas), things made of corn flour (pretty much anything that is gluten free), fresh meats, fish, eggs, oatmeal, popcorn, soups (without msg), nuts & seeds, vegetables & water. i guess the really tricky part, other than fantazing about all the foods i can't eat, is figuring out what i can eat. any suggestions?

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

quinoa -- it's a super grain. It cooks up similarly to rice and it's a bit nutty. It's a complete grain, and it adds variety to a restrictive diet (I can't eat wheat OR rice!). It's really quite delish! You can also find quinoa flour and try googling recipes for other tasties! :)

Pam said...

My daughter had some major stomach issues while in high school. We tried many meds with things just getting worse. Once we decided to go the natural route, with her diet and some supplements, she felt better within three days and was pretty much well within three months. Two things that helped her tremendously, in addition to the same type diet you are doing, she took a digestive enzyme any time she ate and prior to eating or drinking anything but water, she drank a 1/4 cup of Aloe Vera Juice. They sell it at the grocery, pharmacies and Wal-Mart has it in their digestive meds. The berry flavor takes like very mild Kool-Aid. The unflavored taste like a very mild vinegar. She swears by these two things. Email me if you want other info. FYI - I don't sell any of these things but am a parent who is thankful for the relief they gave my daughter. So no worries I will be trying to sell you something. :)

Lizunia said...

Check out the Weight Watchers website and/or get one of their cookbooks--sometimes they're sold at Costco. My mom and I use those cookbooks and website all the time for our regular meals.

Lizunia said...

Just thought of another thing: Sprouts and Trader Joe's both carry many gluten-free options now. The "Cooking With Trader Joe's" blog is a good resource for the gluten-free items that store carries.

Rachel said...

Ha I was gonna tell you all about Quinoa but someone beat me to it! It's really yummy and great with fish. It's also on yahoo's flat belly foods list.
They make gluten free pasta too just try out Trader Joe's or if you have a Wegman's near by. I have a really bad tummy and am afraid to go to the doctors about cause I know they will make me go gluten free. Good luck!

Mara said...

Trader Joe's has Black Baluga Lentils (they are mini lentils) full of protein and fiber. I throw them on salads and soups. Also, the Amy's brand has some great gluten-free products that are nice for a quick meal.

I hope you are feeling better soon!

Natalie said...

no real suggestions, just sympathy. I had to go off of eggs in any form because my nursing son is allergic. I'm always whining about the things I can't eat. I'm so sorry. Sometimes it's hard enough to find time to eat with little kids around, and now to have to be so restricted...I really hope it helps you feel better.

britty said...

i've had that medical conditoin - yuck! i went straight for the prescription meds and knocked it out in a week!

Linsey said...

Wish I had suggestions. Sounds hard and not fun. Good luck and as long as you have to suffer I hope you get the adding rewarding of sending that baby weight back where it came from.

Travelin'Oma said...

I'm so sorry! After sacrificing your body for 9 months, and then giving birth, it's very unfair that feeding the baby causes you agony. Write it all down in detail, and save it, then use it to get really good presents from Charlie when she's grown up.

Marla said...

Wow! I have debates doing part of your diet...no processed foods, no sugars...but I am weak...

ginger said...

After Andrew was born I had to go off wheat and dairy for a while due to some complications he was having that they didn't want carrying over to my milk. It was harsh, and yes, you will definitely lose weight!
Think Mexican, but without the cheese. So many good things you can have.
Oh, and if you try the quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), make sure you rinse it really well before cooking it. Not all recipes tell you to do that, but if you don't, it will be bitter.
Good luck!

Lin said...

I don't have any suggestions because I'm horrible at diets and lack discipline but I will wish you GOOD LUCK!

Kirby3131 said...

I hope you like veggies! I do and I eat a lot like you're describing to help keep my diabetes under control. One of my newest, most favorite thing to do is to roast veggies. I know this is a winter type thing, but it is just sooo good and the veggies taste so different than their raw or steamed counterparts. In the summer I like to roast up asparagus, broccoli and cauliflower. Usually I roast the asparagus alone, but combine the broccoli and cauliflower. I cut up garlic and drizzle on the olive oil and grind some sea salt over the top. Roast. Yum.

I make salads like they are going out of style. I premake salads and pack in gallon ziplocks so I don't have to make salads each day. My trick to keeping salads fresh is to season the salads with no salt herbs and spices and add in several shakes of minced, dried onion. The dried onion soaks up a lot of the moisture that collects in the bag & keeps the lettuce fresh. My salads consist of a bag of Butter Lettuce & Radicchio, a head of Romaine, carrots (diced, sliced, thin strips, whatever you prefer), green onions and fresh dill If I've got it. Season it (Garlic powder, onion powder, dill, dried minced onion, parsley flakes is what I use) and bag it. Good for 4 days at least. I add in cucumbers when I eat my individual salad because they are too wet to put in with the premade salad.

Was that too much info? I hope you or someone reading this likes salads LOL

I wish you all the best.

Beverly said...

Have you read "The Maker's Diet" by Jordan Rubin? (check the library for it) In college, he was basically dying from Crohn's Disease and went about this way of eating and was cured. It leaves out a lot of the things you mentioned ... at least for the first couple of weeks (kind of a detox). Just remember, if you are nursing to eat enough for the baby too.

LYDIA said...

I have also heard great things about Aloe Vera Juice, I like the Lily of the Desert brand - though I thought I read that you shouldn't drink more than 2 oz. (1/8 cup) per day. There are lots of gluten-free recipes out there. Hope things get better soon.

Jennifer said...

Check out this book. Don't let the title scare you. It has some awesome and yummy recipes for normal people who don't eat gluten or dairy. I found the book at our local library...
http://www.amazon.com/Kid-Friendly-ADHD-Autism-Cookbook-Gluten-Free/dp/1592332897/ref=sr_11_1/188-2392494-5491146?ie=UTF8&qid=1247533540&sr=11-1

Anonymous said...

Trader Joe's and Whole Foods are the places to shop! Make sure the fish is wild,meat is grass fed and eggs are organic...it makes a difference! Hummus is great for snacking with veggies!