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Hugs, Fire Fairy. It's natural to want to please those you love. But you gave eggs and dairy up because your body rejected them. How much fun will you be to be around if your intestines are tied in knots and you have the hershey squirts? Anyone who slams you for your diet, no matter what way you chose or need to eat, is not your friend. Your boyfriend's family not only accepts you but tried to accomodate you. The person you are is what matters. He souns like a good guy! :-)
To start introducing more meat into your diet, you might try fish first. Some of my vegetarian friends who have found they've needed more protein have successfully done that by first going for the not too fishy fishy -- trout, tilapia, whitefish, haddock, catfish. You can bake it, pan fry it, season with dill and olive oil, put it in salad, top it with salsa, etc. You can move on from there. Once you get more protein into you, you may find your energy increasing.
My first has been eating grain-free since he was 9 weeks old. He's 3 years now. His coat is shiny and sleek, never has digestive issues, has never been sick, has perfect teeth. When he gets hold of his cousin dog's food (some wheat- and corn-filled brand), he pukes and gets the runs. Same if someone at the pet store slips him a biscuit. That's when I notice the difference.
My second came to me as a young adult a year and a half ago. He has pale, slimy poops, some runny. Within a week of being grain-free, his poops were perfect. He gets the runs if he gets into the cousin's food.
Raven, I've been experimenting with my own mixtures, and I've been happy with the results, too. One especially loves fish and bitter greens. The other seemed to know that the turkey I made the other day was partially for him. He circled my feet like a shark while I chopped up the cooked offal and meat. I mix that with veggies. I love it when they lick their chops in anticipation.
There are truly gluten-free dog foods. You have to read the ingredients, because what the pet food companies call gluten-free isn't the same as what it means for humans. Look for the foods that do not contain wheat, barley, or rye. If you go for grain-free dog food, you eliminate the possibility of the evil three. Pure Vita, Nature's Variety Instinct, Orijen, Acana, Natural Balance, Merrick, Avoderm, and others have grain-free or rice as the only grain varieties. Ask your pet store to show you limited ingredient or grain-free foods. Both of my dogs are grain-free and I love never having to worry about sloppy puppy kisses or drool.
It will get easier. I remember the first trips I took after going gluten-free. I was so hungry and miserable; I didn't pack enough food and had no chance to find a store to go shopping. Learn what fuels you best and pack extra of that. I used to be the kind that could get by with just a carry-on bag. Now I check a bag filled with food. I'm grain-free, dairy-free, and soy-free by necessity and paleo/primal by choice. In case of no fridge, I take pouched/tinned tuna and chicken, Tanka Bars (bufffalo jerky), and sometimes dried beef (soak it to get some of the salt out). I figure how many meals I'll need and add a few more just in case packages. For veggies I bring a bag of broccoli florets or other hearty bagged veggies. Sometimes I bring a package of romaine lettuce. This last trip I took an avocado and some yellow squash. These veggies don't need refrigeration and hold up well to being bounced around. They also can be eaten raw if necessary. If I don't take my mini grill, I use the room's coffee maker to heat water and blanch the veggies in very hot water. Sometimes I pack baby food pouches of squash and yams. I take salt, pepper, a plastic container of olive oil, maybe spices, sometimes hemp milk. These are all things that don't need refirgeration, can be eaten as-is, and travel well. Most times I end up eating better than my coworkers. I've taken instant mashed potatoes but won't again. TSA opened my taters looking for drugs maybe? I ended up with potato flakes all in my clothes and papers. I scope out grocery stores and Super Walmarts before I go but don't count on having time to go.
I would really like to make my own sushi. I've gotten nailed every time I've gone out for sushi, even though I've asked them to use clean utensils, use clean boards, don't use egg, fish egg, unagi (my former favorite), imitation crab, or anything with soy and have gone at a not busy time. Not sure whether it's been CC or some random thing containing or soaked in soy (can't do soy products, either) or maybe something with barley malt, but I've gotten sick every time.
What kind of fish do I get to make it? How do I make sure it's high quality so that I won't be afraid to eat this raw stuff? Should I freeze the fish first? Smoked salmon wrapped in nori just doesn't cut it when I get mad cravings for raw fish. Mmmmm, sushi.
My birth mother (deceased) had a "problem with wheat" according to my dad. Whether Celiac or NCGI we'll never know. I went gluten-free before testing and then could not take on a gluten challenge due to my reaction to gluten when ingested; that was all the test I needed. However I had the genetic testing done and came back double DQ7 (one from each parent), which is associated with cow's milk intolerance. Indeed, dairy is harder on me in the short term than gluten. Exploring the possible connection between a mother's Celiac and child's casein intolerance would be fascinating and valuable research!