I'm 18 and I was diagnosed with SOME sort of gluten issue early this year. It's probably celiac though the blood test came back negative.... my doctor didn't want to explore further and just told me to take gluten out of my diet anyway. Before I was having migraines, feeling tired all the time even though I was exercising and eating a pretty clean, healthy diet. I haven't gotten a migraine since getting gluten out of my system, I haven't been bloating as badly, etc.
Here's the thing...
Now there is very very little that I can eat. I'm a vegetarian by choice and I have been for 10 years. I don't really intend to go back. I am very clearly lactose intolerant.. my doctor suspects this too, I just kept missing the test due to scheduling issues.. so I'm not diagnosed but it's clear. When I have lactose I get horrible gas, bloat, all of that lovely stuff. It has gotten worse lately and I've started eating less of it but that was really my main source of protein and calcium. ADDITIONALLY.. eggs make me extremely ill. I'm not one to throw up, I haven't thrown up in exactly two years.. but eggs are what will do it. For some reason the people around me think that it's because I'm disgusted by them but I'm not.. the sunny side up egg that my dad makes in the morning looks delicious. I can eat egg as an ingredient with little to no issue.. as long as it's a very very small amount. Extremely egg based gluten free breads make me sick.. there's this one brand that tastes really good, it's called Against the Grain and they have this english muffin that is extremely egg-y and that makes me really sick to my stomach. We even have chickens! We raise them for eggs! The eggs are totally fresh and amazing but I still can't eat them.
Because of all these intolerances to animal products.. I feel that it might be a good idea for me to go vegan. Not the whole lifestyle but just the eating style lol. Probably not for my whole life but for a while.. bodies change and I'm sure that these particular intolerances may not always be an issue.
But wait, there's more..
Going vegan is hard enough as it is.... and even more so when you're gluten free...
I also have a life threatening nut allergy. This is something that I'll have for my whole life. It isn't something that I can force myself to get over.. it's really unfortunate really. I get tested every so often and so far, there has been no improvement. Surprisingly enough.. the ONLY nut that I can SUPPOSEDLY eat are walnuts.... which I won't. I absolutely will not eat them ever because I was allergic to them in the past and they landed me in the ER. It's like being put in a small cage with a lion and being told that it's well behaved and won't hurt you.. you still don't want to be put in that situation. So nuts are out. IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THAT... I'm allergic to oats, they've sent me to the ER three times, I'm also allergic to quinoa (wahh I used to eat it all the time, loved it!), peaches, pears, celery, probably avocados, corn and every corn derivative, probably cucumber (?), and a few other seeds. I also have oral allergy syndrome to a lot of uncooked fruits and veggies... like apples.. I can eat them cooked though because the proteins change. It's sort of a nightmare and going vegan is going to be extremely difficult but the thing is that I really need to stop eating eggs and dairy for now because they're making me miserable.
Here are the things that I CAN eat:
Bananas, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, pineapple, mango, kiwi
Oranges, clementines, etc.
Broccoli (my favorite!)
Asparagus (also my favorite!)
Basil, thyme, (your common spices basically)
Lettuce, spinach, kale??, most if not all leafy greens
Things like xanthan gum or whatever are probably fine as long as they aren't nutty or anything of that nature.
To be honest.. that's basically it... if you take out dairy and eggs. Can I live off of those things? I suppose rice and beans can be my go-to for protein.. they pretty much are already anyway.
I don't want to be unhealthy. I like to be fit and active, in fact, I'm just getting back into working out after healing from a knee injury that I sustained during ski season. So I need a good base of food that will give me the right amount of everything I need on a daily basis. I really need to avoid processed food in general because it's bad but it's also very difficult to find anything that I can eat.
What do I do? Does anyone else have issues that are this extensive??
I probably can't do the raw vegan thing because of the oral allergies but I could do just basic vegan.. obviously with serious restrictions. How do I make sure that I'm getting everything that I need to survive?