Dietary Restrictions

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.

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6 thoughts on “Dietary Restrictions

    1. It is an unfortunate combination of things. The bare beginnings (gluten, dairy, sugars, soy, simple starches) are from PCOS. The Rheumatoid Arthritis knocks out the entire belladonna family (making me very sad. Peppers! I miss you! I even miss eggplant. Though oddly, eggplant has never given me the problems that other members do). My dietary exclusion rotation points to corn being a possible allergic trigger. Some blame GMOs, but I have no idea. Another county thinks I’m allergic to all grasses– which terrifies me– but if that’s the case, then why are gluten free oats OK? I think millet is also a grass, and that is also fine for me. *shrug* I’m also allergic to cut lawn grass, which is why it is thought that a protein present in grasses in general could be a problem. I suspect it could be isolated by analysing the simiarities between various types of lawn grass and corn’s contents.

      I really need a crack team (allergist, dietitian, endocrinologist) to look at my issues. I am coming to the conclusion that your garden-variety dietitian is going to be out of his or her depth. This is a chainsaw solution to a scalpel problem, I think.

      1. And here I thought fish, cats, dogs, dust, pollen was bad. My biggest struggle is everyone I know has pets, including my siblings, so visiting them or socializing at the homes of friends doesn’t occur making me seem anti social. I have to be very careful eating out due to fish oils in the air, or cross contamination. And the whole GMO thing frightens me…crossing fish genetics into plants to increase omega 3’s. I try to eat organic, from my local farmer, and husband and son hunt deer for meat sources.
        Yes too often the dietitians are trained in the generic, and spew what taught but untrained in less common health problems. Have a friend who’s son is 3 and so far hasn’t tolerated many foods at all. He sounds similar to you. Has been to several feeding specialist, tube fed until 2 1/2 because couldn’t tolerate any foods.

      2. Wow. Yes, I have some dust issues, but I’d call it more of a sensitivity. Also, a secondary mold problem. It’s more of a chronic infection than an allergy. In fact, everyone else in my nuclear family was allergic to mold save me, so I would get to do all the moldy work. (clean up after floods, etc) That may be what started the infection.

        Ironically, I was much better off than your friend’s son. I started out being able to eat practically everything. It is my understanding that most of my problems stem from side effects from unusually severe PCOS and an obscure endocrine disorder which might be related. Also, birth control pills screwed up my hormones, and anti-depressants blitzed my brain chemistry– which was not in typical arrangement to begin with. The brain chemistry is mostly taken care of through supplements– which, oddly enough, does work. After extended conventional “treatment” for PCOS I turned out practically non functional (the fallout from birth control– used to ‘treat’ the PCOS, then antidepressants and other drugs used to counteract the other side effects) and nearly became a ward of the state.

        Fortunately, a doctor who keeps on the cutting edge recognized the symptoms and put me on the right path. DO’s may have a bad reputation, but mine saved my life. It’s limited, and sometimes frustrating and unpleasant, but I like thinking and being an active participant in my life. The dietary sacrifice is worth it.

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