Adjusting to Our Allergen-Free Diet: Days 2-4

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…

DAY 2

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)
Fruit leather
Banana
Turkey sausage
Avocado
Strawberries (but not organic ones…which is sad)
Smoked salmon
Roasted greens with walnuts

DAY 3

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.

Steamed Kale Raab (with garlic & drizzled bacon fat), Bacon & Sliced Strawberries

Steamed Kale Raab (with garlic & drizzled bacon fat), Bacon & Sliced Strawberries

What I ate:

Kale raab steamed w/garlic
Bacon
Strawberries
Apple w/Peanut butter
Grilled chicken
Grilled mushrooms
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
Fruit leather

What I’m craving:
Over easy eggs. Chocolate. Feta. Yogurt. Granola.

DAY 4

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.

Moorish-Style Chickpea & Spinach Stew

Moorish-Style Chickpea & Spinach Stew

What I ate:

Oatmeal with almond milk, cinnamon & fresh, sliced strawberries
Fruit leather
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
Shrimp
Artichoke hearts
Orange
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

Strawberry Coconut-Milk Ice Cream (sugar free & dairy free)

Strawberry Coconut-Milk Ice Cream (sugar free & dairy free)

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!

By ekwetzel
2012-04-25

2 Responses to Adjusting to Our Allergen-Free Diet: Days 2-4

  1. Eve April 26, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    If you put Matt and my 2yo together, they wouldn’t be able to eat anything. Raidens list is milk, corn, peanuts, beef, chicken, carrots, peaches, apples, and berries. I am grateful we can eat eggs and wheat. Corn is the hardest….it’s in everything. FYI we have been able to do raw goats milk. The proteins are smaller,which is what’s lot of people can’t tolerate.

  2. Rachel Aenne April 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    We recently had to make pretty drastic dietary changes for health reasons, too. I feel like homemade trail mix with raw nuts saved me. I made sure to have at least a handful every time my daughter nursed. Snack food is tricky. We tried roasted chick peas, which were ok but not great, and homemade granola bars, which are awesome ( http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2009/06/16/recipe-connection-homemade-granola-and-granola-bars/). You could use peanut butter instead of butter, and almond flour instead of wheat. they turn out fine. I also tried this “cheese”cake, and no one could tell it wasn’t really cheesecake ( http://www.roostblog.com/roost/in-the-raw-meyer-lemon-vanilla-bean-cheesecake.html). Good luck with the changes. 🙂