The confounding question is: do I list what I *can* eat, or what I *can’t* eat?
I suspect it would be simpler to do both. 🙂
What I can’t eat: Gluten, Wheat, Corn and corn products–especially corn syrup! No potatoes, though I can tolerate a small amount of potato starch. No peanuts or red skinned beans. NO dairy products, except butter, which is fat and doesn’t have much of what ails me in it No artificial sweeteners, either.Also, grapes are off limits, if not fermented. Yet, no yeast, or yeast extracts. Because wine has stuff in it that keeps yeast down, that’s pretty much ok. No bananas either. They have too much sugar in them. Most fruit juices are sweetened, so I have to be careful with those. Some fiber additives are known to give me trouble. Many of them are wheat based, and some (like psyllium) just causes irritation. Also, Barley and Oats frequently have gluten in them, don’t get any sort of grain unless it explicitly says, “Gluten Free”. Ack! I forgot I can’t have tofu or any form of soy bean except the edimame. Oh, and no kamut. It is so close to wheat that it makes gluten, too.
I can’t have latex or baby powder, though those things you generally don’t eat.
Things I should have in moderation: red meat, white rice. Should not have too much stevia. When it comes to greens, it should not all be iceberg lettuce, but deep green and leafy. I have to be very careful with sugar, and avoid refined sugars. I can have some agave with moderation, brown rice syrup is ok, a bit of molasses is ok, but no honey. Coconut sugar is supposed to be diabetc friendly. Nectresse is also ok. I limit my orange intake, just because it’s one of those things my grandmother was allergic to. I feel ill if I have a lot of it, but ok if I only have a little.
Oh, and don’t make my food *too* hot. While it makes me sad that I can’t have my firey spicy food,
the metobolic changes means that the hot food irritates the internal workings and makes me miserable, so if you can and like it, have some Dave’s Insanity for me!
Stuff that they encourage me to eat: Kale especially, but all members of the brassica family are a go. That would be, broccli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and pretty much all their edible relatives.
Other greens are a-ok as well. Onions are ok, but remember that Husband hates them, but leeks and garlic (in moderation) are great! Lean meats and fish are awesome. Fruits, especially berries, and low sugar sorts of fruits are ok. Things with lots of fiber in them are good too. Nuts are always good, unless stale, but you knew that! Seriously, I like all different kinds, except peanuts.
Egg whites, vinegar, citrus, (with the exclusions in place). I can have chocolate, as long as it is not processed with dairy. It is possible to find but you hvae to look for it.This includes all forms of coconut, too. Also good are various seeds, such as sesame, sunflower and pepitas (which are actually squash seeds, which I love when roasted with salt!) The idea is to keep up a variety so as to prevent me from becoming allergic to any of this stuff!
Ok, in terms of grains… millet, quinoa, ameranth, buckwheat (make sure there’s no wheat in it!) and brown rice, black rice, even red rice are all good. No barley or oats unless they are specifically gluten free. Be careful to make sure bread made from millet is gluten free, because if you let millet ripen fully, it develops some gluten, and they make bread out of it in India and various other hot places like North Eastern China.