Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Worst Diet Ever

I used to feel so sorry for those people, now I am one of those people.  


I officially cut all dairy (obvious, as well as hidden) and soy from my diet.  While the rash has cleared with the cut of dairy, other issues are arising, or becoming more consistent and it's time to eliminate to find the culprit.. or culprits - fingers crossed it's only one.

So after searching for breakfast this morning and not finding any suitable choices, I made two eggs*, ate a plum, and headed to the grocery store.  $150 later I have enough food for snacks and easy breakfast and lunches for awhile and this weeks dinner menu.  I'll be sticking to the diet for at least 3 weeks as it can take that long for the lactose and soy to leave blood stream.  

Some of you already know that I typically don't eat any beef, pork, or poultry as is!  This is quite the challenge and I've already added some poultry (minimal) back when I started to cut dairy over a month ago.  Since that was a huge source of my protein, I knew I had to replace with something to stay balanced.



If I come across any to die for recipes, I'll definitely share them!  As well as any products, since they can be fairly hard to find.  If anyone follows similar diets, I'd LOVE to hear your recommendations!

(and I'll definitely be trying this recipe asap!)




*I realize eggs typically fall under "dairy" in the food groups, but in terms of allergens its the milk protein I'm eliminating.

13 comments:

  1. Hello! My husband is vegan and is the cook in our house - he makes delicious stuff (and this comes from someone who loves / grew up on dairy). When out, I sometimes eat fish still...and dairy products sometimes. I love cupcakes too - Sprinkles (not sure if you are near one) makes a vegan red velvet.

    He uses the following books / recipe books (and probably most if not all have websites - Google them!):

    Engine 2 Diet

    Forks Over Knives

    The Starch Solution

    The Happy Herbivore Cookbook

    Everyday Happy Herbivore

    You can definitely get all of your protein from plant-based foods. He made (vegan) sour cream for our baked potatoes the other night, and we even had grilled cheese last night - it was good! Let me know if you need more assistance.

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
    http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

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  2. Thanks for all the rec's Tara! Can't wait to check them out! The biggest challenge is finding things that are soy free! Ive been able to easily make dairy subs the last 6 wks, but finding things without soy is such a task. I still plan on eating mostly veggies, but I'm probably going to increase my fish and add some organic chicken here and there just to keep things from getting boring. I just hope I see some change with A quickly, would hate to eliminate for 3 wks and realize it's something else!!

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    1. Welcome! I'm much better at helping others than helping myself (hah) - maybe why I am a teacher. I'm not sure how much soy my husband uses. I'm going to ask him and see if he has some ideas. Is she still having issues and the doctor is not sure why? Just so you know, Forks Over Knives has a documentary also (avail on Netflix) ... I saw it. It may give you some inspiration or ideas - maybe worth a look? Let me know if you'd like me to ask my husband what are some of the easier / faster / interesting recipes from those books websites. I've posted a few Instagram pics too on my Twitter and personal FB page of his food if you are curious (Tara Johnson). Email me if you want to talk more - madmaxandfamily (at) gmail. Good luck! I hope she feels better SOON.

      -Tara

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  3. Oh my!! Good luck on this new diet...I hope you are able to find the culprit!!

    ♥ Ashley

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    1. Me too, Hun! I hope it clears up fast so we can figure out the offender even quicker!

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  4. Uhhh I don't know if this is really a great "meal" option, but I make a pretty killer vegan chocolate cake with vanilla icing. We call it the "wacky cake" around here. I use vegan butter for the icing which has soy in it so you could leave the icing off. But the cake is dairy and soy free. It's totally normal to eat cake for breakfast. It's like a donut, but better. I'll forward you the recipe or bring you some on when I come for my little visit.

    Good luck! That is a badass diet only made for those with extreme willpower!

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    1. ohhh, cake cake cake!! And i believe Earth Balance does come in a soy free variety, I just have to buy it because of course the big tub and box of sticks I just bought 2 wks ago have soy... smh

      PS. I told P you were coming to visit me and to beat it. I think he was a little jealous.

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    2. Tell him it's ok. The first step is admitting your wife is cooler than you.

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  5. I feel your pain. I didn't realize how many of my go-to high protein snacks were milk/dairy based until I eliminated milk. I've been following the MSPI diet for 3 weeks now, and yeah, it's not exactly easy.

    www.mspimama.com is a great blog with lots of meal ideas (as well as some good snacks/sweets recipes).

    www.ohsheglows.com is a good vegan blog. She avoids soy as much as possible, so a lot of her recipes work. Her avocado "cream" pasta sauce was awesome.

    Thankfully I don't think our issue is MSPI. I don't think things have gotten any better. In fact, his reflux has been WAY worse the least 4 or 5 days. Boo to that!

    Also, IMO, plain almond milk > vanilla almond milk > vanilla rice milk. At least the almond milk has some protein. Although none are good in coffee.

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    1. Ah I didn't realize you cut it too! (I'm way behind!) I have mspimama bookmarked, but I'll check out oh she glows... I just found out my cousin's son has a severe MSPI. Hopefully we'll know more after some testing.

      I'm not sure if I like reg almond better or worse than vanilla (been drinking it since the first time I went dairy free around week 5/6). I haven't tried Rice Milk, but Coconut milk - and products in general - do a number on my insides. And yes, I know drink coffee black!!

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    2. Every time I think MSPI isn't our issue I read another set of symptoms and go "oh, yeah, that's exactly what's going on". We just got him started on reflux meds on Wednesday, and I got him back on probiotics yesterday (and started taking them myself) so we'll see in a bit. Once the reflux seems to be under control I might try reintroducing hidden dairy.

      On the plus side, I'm finally losing weight again...

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    3. Hit me up on gchat when you're on and let's discuss! And seriously, luckily I was already back to pre-preg weight, but at this rate I'll end up down to wedding weight. RIP delicious desserts (thank god for pinterest!)

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  6. NO FUN!! I had to eliminate a bunch of stuff too cause my little man was having tummy troubles, I started with diary but it didn't help, seems that some other random things were bothering him instead. Hoping you can figure out what the culprit is soon!!

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