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I have been avoiding gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar for about 3 months and while it is hard at first, you can find some yummy things to eat.
I have a warm bowl of Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes every morning for breakfast. I usually put in walnuts and maple syrup, blueberries and hazelnuts, or apples and cinnamon.
A great sweet snack is Clif Bar Nectar bars, they are gluten free and sweetened with dates.
I even found cookies; Mrs. Denson's Quinoa Macaroons, they are gluten free and sweetened with fruit juice.
Don't forget the very simple snack of peanut butter on a rice cake.
Last, you really can tweak most recipes to your own dietary needs, you can bake using a gluten free mix and maple sugar, or if you add a little extra of your dry ingredients you can use honey or agave syrup. Pick up a Bette Hagman cookbook, she is a gluten free baking guru, and then just play around with some of the ideas. Also, read the baking section on this forum.
Learning all of this is difficult, but if you experiment and lean most heavily on naturally gluten free and sugar free foods you'll be fine, it is just a process.
(I don't know if you know this but you should be avoiding molasses and Splenda in addition to cane and brown sugar because they all come from the same source).
I am avoiding the same foods as you and have managed to make a decent treat using unsweetened chocolate, peanut butter, and honey, I cook it up together in a saucepan on low heat and then spread it on gluten-free bread or a rice cake. It is like homemade Nutella.
It helps when I neeeeeed chocolate.
But I have found some manufactured chocolate bars that work, here are their amazon links, if you scroll down their pages you'll see their ingredient lists:
That last one lists soy lecithin, but I've researched and found that soy lecithin is safe for many people with soy allergies because it is the fat from soy. I guess that usually the protein from soy is the part that causes reactions.
I really get how you are feeling. I am a little over 2 months into cutting gluten out, and a month into cutting all dairy and soy out. I too wonder when I will finally start to feel better, physically and mentally.
I have been dealing with panic attacks for almost a year now, and I see a really strong connection between feeling sick and feeling anxious. Feeling sick makes me feel vulnerable, and feeling vulnerable triggers my anxiety.
The one thing that really helps me get through an anxiety producing event is to be aware of myself trying too hard to control the way I am feeling. For me anxiety really hinges on feeling out of control, but the more I try to control a situation that I really have no control over the worse the anxiety gets. So when I start to feel anxious the first thing I do is to remind myself that I will not always feel the way I feel in that moment, that seems to take some of power away from the fear. The second thing I do is to tell myself that I trust myself, that no matter what happens as a result of feeling sick or anxious or both, I will be ok. I tend to get panicked on a crowded bus when I am feeling sick, but I tell myself that if I have to get off the bus, I will be ok, or if I throw up on the bus, I will be ok, or if I pass out on the bus, I will be ok. They all sound like awful situations, but I know that if they happen I will be ok, I will hate life in that moment, but really in the end I will be ok. It seems to take the power away from the anxiety to allow the anxiety. The more I push the anxiety away, the more it comes up.
It can also calm me down to say over and over in my head, "I am safe, I am strong", or " I am ready to accept the calm that comes from trusting myself". I know it sounds cheesy, but telling myself those things really helps.
I still have anxiety, but it does not rule my life like it once did, and I really do have hope that as I start to adjust to this new diet, I will feel healthier in my head and in my gut,
To be honest, I think it may be worth while to eliminate both soy and casein until your stomach calms down, and then challenge them to see which it is. Both can be problematic, and you'll save yourself the grief and worry that goes along with trying to ferret out which one is the issue.
I found out I was gluten intolerant 2 months ago via a blood test, and was given a list of many other things I developed a high level of antibodies to as well. I cut out all of those, but continued to have stomach issues. So, even though soy and dairy came up fine for me on the blood test, I decided to cut them out after reading about so many other people struggling with those 2 things while recovering from gluten damage.
So, while you can get a blood test to check for food problems, I don't believe it is always the most accurate way to judge what is going on with your body at that time. I am starting to believe that the best way to judge is to get rid of it and see if things get better, even if it is hard (and this is from a girl who gave up sugar, and yesterday was Halloween!).
Hope that helps, this whole thing is hard and mysterious, but hopefully worthwhile,
More than any specific reaction to sugar, I decided to eliminate all the foods that I had an even moderately high score for on my blood test. I have been gluten free for 2 months now and still have anxiety, bad bathroom experiences, and stomach pain, so I am getting rid of whatever I can.
Sugar has always given me a stomach ache, I stopped drinking any sort of sweetened fruit juice or soda and eating most candies a long time ago, but now I won't buy anything with any amount of sugar in it either.
I wish I had more information for you, I am so lost about food in general right now, myself.
I have exactly the same issues and am actually so glad to hear that someone else deals with those awful headaches that pain relievers don't help (misery does love company).
I have found that just plain non-drowsy Sudafed (the kind without ephedrine) does help the pain. I do try not to take it just before bed because I have had nightmares from it. (Sudafed is gluten-free)
I also just went to my Naturopath on Monday and talked to him about this very issue, and he suspects allergies in me too. He told me to try Naselcrom, which is a nasel spray with just an antihistimine and no steroids, so it does not cause any of those bad issues that other sprays cause. It also does not make you drowsy or foggy and it is also safe to use for weeks at a time. You can get it at any drugstore. But, talk to your doc, because it does say to avoid using it when you have an active sinus infection.
I have been using it twice a day since Monday, and think I am starting to feel a change. I can't say yet that I think it has fixed my sinus issues, but I think it is worth a shot.
Thank you all for the advice, I was in the middle of a sugar fit when I wrote that, and I really appreciate the perspective. I DO have tons of choices and I have known for awhile that I really need to get the sugar monkey off my back.
I am about a month into eliminating my problem foods, and in my follow up appointment yesterday I had to admit that I have been really good about eliminating everything on my intolerance list (obtained from a blood test) but I "forgot" to eliminate sugar. I have an intolerance to sugar cane.
For some reason I was able to open-mindedly jump into eliminating gluten, garlic, turkey, mushrooms, coffee, almonds, pecans, most seafood, and safflower oil, but I want to throw a fit like a little kid when it comes to sugar.
I would love the advice of anyone who has done this, how do you deal with the loss of yummy things? I have such a sweet tooth, and worry that honey and fruit won't cut it.
Thanks so much,
(oh, I should mention that I am avoiding dairy too, while all this stuff is new)
I sent a letter to the Chow Foods website, they run some great restaurants in the Seattle area; The Hi-Life, Coastal Kitchen, The 5-Spot, Atlas Foods, Mioposto, and Endolyne Joe's. Here is what I asked:
I love all your restaurants, but sadly just found out that I am allergic to
Gluten, garlic, and safflower oil. I'd love to know if and how I can still
enjoy your yummy food. I appreciate any infomation you can give me.
And here is the impressive letter I got back within 2 hours from the executive chef of all their restaurants:
Sorry to hear about your recently diagnosed allergy. We can easily
When you're at one of our restaurants, be certain to inform your server of
your allergies. They'll be able to guide you through the menu and help you
order a dish that doesn't contain those items, and/or help you to modify a
menu item that does. For instance, if we finish a sauce with garlic, they
will ring the ticket in saying "NO GARLIC - CUSTOMER ALLERGY".
We keep a book containing all ingredients for our servers to access at all
times; it indicates the obvious inclusions as well as the 'hidden' ones -
like garlic powder in a spice rub, for instance.
Tiffany, Thanks so much for the information, after I posted that question yesterday I spent a long time reading other posts and gathering more information.
This whole thing is sooooo much bigger that I thought. There is so much to learn and I am pretty overwhelmed. On the other hand, I am also figuring out that it is all a process, and I have to be patient and villigent.
I guess I was expecting that I would avoid all the foods on my list and then magicly the stomach and sinus problems I have been having for as long as I can remember would just go away and then life would be roses. A girl can dream.
Thanks again! I really appreciate all the information and knowledge available on these forums
3 weeks ago I had a blood test that showed that I developed antibodies to TONS of foods: wheat, cereal grains, turkey, safflower seeds, unprocessed sugar, mushrooms, garlic, coffee, and so on. I also had the IgA and IgG tests, and do not have Celiac, although I had a high score.
However, I did not develop antibodies to cow's milk or cheese. I have been very good about avoiding all of the foods I tested allergic for, but my tummy is still cramping and I still have bad bathroom experiences. Can I be lactose intolerant even though my bloodtest shows that I can have dairy products?