Category Archives: Diet

Stress

What comes first the chicken or the egg?  Stress or pain?  They seem to come together and its hard to separate the two.  Lots of stress equates to increase in pain.  Maybe it is that I don’t deal as well with the same amount of pain but it feels like the more stress I get the more pain I am in.

I have been keeping pretty steady on the diet. Eggs were tested and semi rejected after some time in my deit.  Maple syrup has also been tested and semi rejected.  Maple syrup increased the rosacea back to pre diet level but the redness quickly went away the next day.

Really at this point I am so low on reserves that I am going to get cake.  I have had a terrible week and there is nothing left.  I cant tolerate how much stress and pain I feel right now.  I have been doing well in reducing stress with out food for weeks but I may just break down tomorrow.  All I can think about is sugar treats that I logically know will make me feel like crap but I want them anyways.

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs sound difficult but are in fact simple and yummy.  Its basically hard boiled eggs covered in meat and baked.  I had a free night so I got creative with getting my last two eggs in for the first day of egg challenge.

Eggs Cooking
Scotch Eggs Step 1

I used ground lamb even if the recipes called for pork or beef.  It was really tasty and had a good enough fat content to work well.  I seasoned it with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and a dash of pepper.

Scotch Egg and Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers

High protein dinner of eggs and lamb with some rice and veggies to even it out.  I am not great a plating food but its sure as hell tasty even if its not perfect looking.  So far I am okay with eggs.  I am a little lethargic but not too much.  I will continue to try tomorrow.  I have one more scotch egg for breakfast and  I might make them again tomorrow.

 

 

Eggs

After weeks and weeks of eating non reactive foods I jumped off into the unknown of the ‘Big 8’ Allergens.  Eggs are a staple of many diets and a big part of paleo cooking.  Paleo cooking is close enough to allergy challenge or allergy restricted that I can modify most of the recipes to fit what I am doing as long as I can eat egg.  So that brings us up to eggs now even if I did plan to stay away from the ‘Big 8’ for a longer time.  If in the next two days I can tolerate eggs I will be well on my way to having a modified paleo diet plan in action.

This morning I scrambled an egg with some olive oil and sea salt.  I might hard boil some of the rest.  There are a few paleo recipes for ‘scotch egg’ which is covering a hard boiled egg in ground meat (usually pork but I am going to use lamb) to making a little meat/egg ball of yummy.  That might be my saturday project this week.

Totally unoriginal but very yummy smoothing recipe to follow that I stumbled on the other day in trying to make a smoothy other than strawberry banana.  It tastes like what I remember the good squish filling of PB&J sandwiches did when I was little and was able to eat gluten.

Faux PB&J Smoothy

1 whole ripe banana

1.19oz single serve squeeze pack of Artisana Raw Almond Butter

1/2 cup to 1 Cup Frozen Raspberries

So Delicious Coconut Milk (unflavored)  – enough to make the smoothy liquid consistency

Bad Blogger No Cookie…well maybe just one cookie

I have not blogged in a while.  Bad Blogger.  Its been due to pain, holidays, holidays spent in pain, and family fun times. The holidays were rough for me.  I did not do well with the noise level at my honey’s family house.  They do not have inside voices.  I ended up in an upstairs bedroom in the dark crying.  Nothing says xmas like leaving a family function crying and in pain.  I have managed to keep up my allergy challenge diet even with holidays and family visits.

In the process of this diet I have learned a bit about my self.  On bad days I cope with food.  That is pretty limited for me now.  I used to cope by eating junk foods.  I am pretty sure there was a bad three months where I lived off Five Guys, Pei Wei, and Chipotle every day.  Five Guys Fries and Chipotle were top of the list.  Chipotle is not really ‘junk’ food as they have standards that the food has to meet and do a lot for organic options being part of their menu. Its still very high fat and not part of my allergy challenge diet.

Today I broke.  I had a bad day.  I forgot my pain medication in the morning so it was a bad day.  I really wanted cheese fries.  Like I would have gone crazy over a burger and fires to the point of tears.  As I recall I did a fair amount of crying this afternoon because I was so unhappy and I wanted food to comfort me.  My way of coping with stress is to self sooth with food.  Not the best  way to handle my stress but its been my way for 25+ years.  Hard to stop now.  I was steps away from going to find my cheese fries and feed this feeling of hurt some good old comfort food.

I ended up eating a bag of raw gluten free vegan Macaroons as my self soothing with food.  Its not the best choice since its a bit more sugar (maple syrup) than I should have but its way better than cheese fries.  I found a company that makes raw cookies that fit pretty close to my allergy challenge diet regulations and still tastes like a cookie.  I am now kind of hooked on them and may eat half another package before bed because I still hear the siren song of the cheese fries.

You can find and order the cookies here http://www.hailmerry.com/snacks

Also retested coconut milk and thats a go – makes a great smoothy and has good texture

Up next coconut flour and if I get stir crazy/adventurous butter or eggs.

 

 

Apples, Pears, and Coconuts Oh My

It has been a bit since I updated.  So I have a few new things to add to the progress of the diet.  The test of raw apples was not good.  I think because of the acidity of the raw apples.  Tested cooked/baked apples.  The baked apples with honey and cinnamon were tasty but proved to have the same reaction as raw apples i.e. rosacea and upset tummy.

Pears dont seem to cause this reaction so I can still eat some fruit.  I have also had luck with raspberries in their fresh form as well.  Most of my sweet still comes from honey.  Some of the  specialized diets cut out honey but I cant seem to give it up.  I eat mostly raw unprocessed white honey but I still need sweet things.  Pre allergy challenge diet I had a major sweet tooth.  Some times I still come home and just eat a spoonful of raw honey to calm down the sugar cravings (I know that just continues my need for sweet things but I feel I will be so unhappy with out any sweets that its worth the continued small dependance on some sweetener)

Coconut Milk has been my latest test.  Some what inconclusive to say the least.  I have had no facial or digestive reaction to the milk but I have had to majorly bad days with my headaches.  This may be due in part to an emergency medication or a change in environment. So next week will be a retest of coconut milk.  I do hope that I can drink it because it makes a nice hot chai spiced drink.

Coconut Milk Fake Chai Latte

1 Tea Mug full of Unsweetened Unflavored (Un-fun) Coconut Milk

1 Tablespoon Clover Honey (processed honey but a very sweet honey works best for this drink)

1/8-1/4 teaspoon of Penzeys Pumpkin Pie Spice (China cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, mace, cloves) I usually put in like 4-6 shakes from the little jar.  I think thats about 1/8 a teaspoon. Adjust to your own tastes.

Heat Coconut Milk and Pumpkin Pie Spice in a sauce pan over med-low heat.  When warm add honey and stir until combined.  Heat until just under boiling and serve warm.

Apples

The first food I challenged was Apples.  I had to get over being nervous about adding food in.  The old saying is ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but I am not sure that rings true for me.  I got 6 lovely honey crisp apples to eat.

The challenge phase of the diet asks you to eat large amounts of the food you are challenging three times a day for two days.  I figured that apples would not be a big deal.  I liked apples before. After the third apple in a day I was just about sick of apples.  I had a whole day to go.

I should have come up with different ways to eat apples rather than raw.  I put off eating the apples the next day so I ended up eating two apples right before bed.  Not the best choice I could have made.  I felt pretty sick after eating two apples.

Challenge: Raw Apples – No

Next challenge – Cooked Apples

Giving Thanks

There are many things I am thankful for this year.  My family has been very supportive through this allergy challenge diet.  We had a nice and easy Thanksgiving meal with my honey and my folks.  Every one mostly stuck to the allergy challenge diet as well.

My honey and my dad got Oreos for desert because I don’t want them to feel they have to go all in with me on this diet.  My mom and I had a pie she made.  She used the cookie recipe for the crust and did a pumpkin with banana as the binder (no eggs).  It was a bit different at first but I finished almost the whole thing by my self over the next two days so I would call it a success.

I had a nice time with my family and did not feel too deprived on this diet.  I did not attend my honey’s family thanksgiving. It was a hard choice.  I did not know if I could be around a whole mess of food I just cant eat at this time and his family is far to large to have everyone stick to my own diet to make me feel better.  I don’t know if his mom understood this choice.  My head pain had a lot to do with not making the trip but the food was a big issue for me.  I am still trying to stick close to home and stay away from foods that I used to eat.  I swear I can smell a cheese burger being cooked from a mile away now.  I am thankful that his family understood in their own way why I made my choice to stay at home.

I am still worried. I worry about the challenge phase of this diet a lot and keep putting it off.  I like feeling better and I like feeling physically healthy.  Healing has improved on this diet.  My body heals faster than it has been in a while.  I got a new tattoo and it healed up in record time.  I worry that my body and this nice even feeling I have will disappear when I start adding foods in. I know I cant live very well on this limited diet forever but its been nice to have a good  bit of time with my body that feels good.

 

End of Week Three

Here we are in week three of the allergy challenge diet.  I don’t really know if much has changed.  My skin is better and the rosacea is better.  The headache is no different at this point but we keep on going.

I have been enjoying some of the foods on the diet.  I found that I enjoy lamb more than I thought I would.  Squash as become a favorite of mine.  Spaghetti squash is a really fun veggie to cook and its tasty as well.  I also tried a veggie soup tonight that turned out well.

Next week is thanksgiving which is normally okay but seems very trying this year.  I cant have pie.  I could give up everything else but pie.  I miss pie.  The sugar cravings should stop on this diet. I hope they will stop soon.  I feel pretty good about how the diet is going and maybe even helping me detox a little but the cravings for sugar are still bad.

‘creamy’ cauliflower and leek soup

1 head cauliflower

1 large leek

2-4 TBSP Olive Oil

1/2-1 TBSP Sea Salt

Steam veggies until soft, blend veggies and olive oil in blender, season with sea salt

Serve with Sea Salt and fresh Pepper if desired

Why…

Why am I doing this allergy challenge diet?  Every one changes their diet from time to time but why do this major change? It has to come from somewhere.  I have been experiencing extreme pain in my head.  I have been to many doctors, had pictures of my brain, and many different medications prescribed for this.  Sadly none of that has worked.  I am struggling with pain every day and this has been very detrimental to my life. So it was suggested by a doctor that I do the allergy challenge diet to see if there was an underlying cause to this pain.

I still ask my self why I am doing this three weeks in.  Its hard most day and I feel like I am getting no where.  Its a slow process and frustrating at times.

Things I have learned in week three….

pineapple – affects my rosacea some thing big.  This is the first food I had a reaction to so far.

Cookies – I thought there was no way to have cookies on this diet but mom figured out how to make up a cookie that fits in the restricted diet so I don’t have to feel like I am living without

Lamb – I am starting to actually enjoy lamb

Thanksgiving – This diet is actually pretty perfect for Thanksgiving.  Turkey, sweet potatoes, veggies, rice, and maybe some allergy challenge cookies will be on the menu for Thanksgiving this year.  We don’t have to do too much different to stick with the allergy challenge diet and eat a normal type of Thanksgiving meal.  My whole family will be eating allergy challenge for Thanksgiving to support me.

Cravings – Cravings for foods I used to eat are less this week.  Not totally gone but more livable.  I think that even the idea of having a cookie I can eat has made me a lot less grumpy about this diet.  I have a little bit of fruit or honey most days and that helps.

Add In 

Next week I get to start the process of adding in foods to the diet to ‘challenge’.  If I have a reaction to a food I might have an allergy or intolerance of the food.  I am not going to start with any of the big 8. I have  yet to decided what food I should start with.  It feels like rocking the boat.  My body is just getting used to this type of diet and I am feeling physically well except for the pain I experience all the time.  I worry about rocking the boat and adding a food in.

Week Two

I have been trying to keep a record of the allergy challenge/elimination diet.  I have been trying to keep track of how my progress has been going in my head but that has just been too confusing.  A written recored need to start so I could keep track of how difficult / easy this was.  That is why week two is being posted so soon after week one.

Week two is harder than week one by far.  I have way more craving during week two.  During week two I start to hate TV commercials that have any type of food in them.  Any time I see food on TV I get angry.  Its totally irrational but I think of throwing some thing at the TV during a KFC comercial.   I don’t even like KFC.  My body has adjusted to the new diet better than my emotional state concerning food.

I have not really planned my meals for the last 5 or so months.  I would eat some things from our weekly grocery run but more often than not I would pick up dinner from one of three places when I was too tired to cook.  The staff at 5 Guys, Chipotle, and Pei Wei all got to know me by name.  This was not very good for my weight or my health it seems.  Cutting out my nightly dinner stop at a take out place was much harder than expected.

One night I was coming home from a conference and I had no dinner made.  I had been out all day.  I was exhausted and crying.  I called my folks and asked for help.  Asking for help is an important thing to do when starting a major life change.  My dad is Iron Chef Dad and in the time it took me to drive from the city he had cooked a fantastic meal.

Iron Chef Dad’s Lamb Burgers with carrot and cabbage slaw

Lamb Burgers

1 lbs ground lamb

4-5 cloves garlic minced

1 TBSP orango

1 TBSP Honey (This is my addition)

1 tsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients, cook in cast iron skilled with olive oil until browned and internal temp is above 160 degress

Carrot and Cabbage Slaw

3 carrots pealed and shredded

2 cups shredded cabbage

1 TBSP honey

1/2 tsp sea Salt

1 TBSP olive oil

heat oil in large skillet or wok, saute carrot and cabbage until just softened and warm, add honey and cook for 1-2 min, sprinkle with salt