We recently found out that Matt is allergic to nine different foods. NINE! So we are going on a plan to eliminate the foods from our diet, and hopefully reintroduce them later, in moderation, in order to avoid getting sick from breakfast, lunch and dinner. I blogged more about our food allergies here. The allergen list includes: corn, tomatoes, egg, milk, potatoes, wheat, baker’s yeast, rice, and soy. Here’s how it’s going…
I’m so hungry.
I feel like I’ve been eating all day. Since I have a toddler, I’ve probably just been “half eating” all day. I admit this while sipping on the second half of my breakfast smoothie at 5 pm; I had to throw it in the fridge for a Phoebemergency this morning.
Regardless. I’m hungry. I’m sure it’ll take some time for my body to adjust to not eating ALL of the things on Matt’s allergy list…all things I love.
Today I had my first real craving, too. For eggs. Sunny side up with golden, farm-fresh yolks. Sigh. Someday. But not today.
What I Ate:
Breakfast smoothie (peanut butter, banana, frozen cherries, coconut milk)
Strawberries (but not organic ones…which is sad)
Roasted greens with walnuts
Dizzy from over-exertion & diet change. Possibly lack of sugar? Coming off of addictions is hard. I have felt weak, blurred vision & lightheaded for half the day.
What I ate:
Kale raab steamed w/garlic
Apple w/Peanut butter
1 Slice prosciutto
A couple slices of turkey sausage
Avocado w/olive oil & salt (weird salt craving)
I made asparagus, but couldn’t stomach it.
Oatmeal made with almond milk, honey, cinnamon & strawberries
What I’m craving:
Over easy eggs. Chocolate. Feta. Yogurt. Granola.
Feeling MUCH better today. Not dizzy at all. No light-headedness. It probably helped that I didn’t over-exert myself. And I took a nap. Everything is better when you nap.
The bad news is that I’m spending more on food than I’d like. But, to be honest, the blood sugar, dizziness and light-headedness worried me; so I’m opting on spending a little more on food while we figure out how to manage without our “allergy foods.” Which means more proteins and meats in the house. I miss eggs, cheese, yogurt, butter and milk. A lot. And adjusting to not having them as protein sources is awkward; however, today was a much more stable day, nutritionally, than yesterday. So there’s that.
What I ate:
Oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon & fresh, sliced strawberries
Smoothie: strawberries, banana, almond milk, coconut milk
1/2 cup Mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts)
A few freeze-dried blueberries
Grilled chicken leftovers…plus one mushroom and 4 asparagus
Coffee w/Almond Milk and Maple syrup
Moorish-style chickpea & spinach stew (I substituted oat bran for the bread that the recipe calls for. Also, I used canned beans and chicken stock.)
1 slice bacon
Strawberry Coconut-Milk ice cream
WHAT ABOUT MATT?!?!
I know, I know…I’m talking all about me, and HE is the one that we’re making the diet changes for!
Matt has been feeling very tired these past four days, plus he’s been struggling with a constant headache. In addition, his joints have been very “crackly” when he gets up or sits down. The hardest part, though, is adjusting mentally and emotionally to all of the things he can’t eat…when friends offer donuts or he passes by the free Starbucks coffee and soda fountain at work. Self restraint is difficult, especially when adjusting to a new diet. We are still figuring out easy snack foods for around the house, so that’s another hurtle Matt is struggling with, in particular, right now. There are only “meal foods,” it seems…no “snacky” snack foods. No chips, crackers, popcorn, cheese or ranch.
Thank you for joining us on our journey! Feel free to ask any questions. We are definitely learning as we go…always trying to pick up new tricks. Are you going through a similar food change? Tell us about it in the comments below; we’d love to hear about your journey and share in your experience!