Three years ago the acupuncturist thought I might be allergic to eggs, chicken, and dairy. Dragging my feet, and with a heavy heart I dropped those from my diet, and within a week, began to feel ever so much better! I cheated here and there, and it wasnt pleasant.
After loads of blood work, and tons of tests, doc gave me the bad news.......I am allergic to much much more than we had suspected. I'm gluten intolerant, sigh.
so, no bread!
no beer! due to the gluten and the brewers yeast.....
no shellfish, and I used to live on shrimp. Cant afford lobster or crab, but love 'em.
For the last few years I've been eating more and more Asian foods, especially Thai and Vietnamese, with a smattering of Korean. It just somehow tasted better to me, and I felt better as well, full of energy rather than feeling heavy and sleepy afterwards, and now I know why, a lack of wheat in most of their cuisines are light in the use of wheat.
I'm spending more time in the kitchen trying to cook my way around all these stupid food allergies. The one meal that has been a tricky sticking point is breakfast, and have decided to go Japanese for that meal. Typically they have a bowl of rice, miso soup, a piece of nori and a piece of fish or an egg. For an egg substitute I slow fry soft tofu in butter with salt and pepper, the texture is right and so far butter doesnt seem to be an issue. I've made a fish soup for breakfast as well with thick chewy rice noodles, and lots of green veggies.
Gluten free cookbooks arent that much help, as they lean heavily upon dairy and eggs. I've checked out a gluten free vegan book, and some cookbooks from India, due to the worry that non-stop Asian food will become boring and feel limited.
The cool thing though is I'm remarkably thinner already after just a week, and I cant remember the last time I felt this good. So, who knows, maybe I'll learn to not miss beer, pizza or toast?