What’s on my plate?

If you or a loved one is in the thick of the food fight known as dietary restriction, I’m sure you’re very familiar with “safe lists.” If you have been as sick as I’ve been, you know that talking about foods on the safe list can often be easier than trying to rattle off all the foods on the unsafe list.

I remember when people first found out I’d been diagnosed with food allergies, they’d ask, “Oh, what are you allergic to?” Who knew such a seemingly simple question could yield such a complicated answer? After I got 2/3 through, the poor person would ask, with confused concern, “Well what CAN you eat?”

Now before I share my safe list, I want to make it 100% clear that this diet was recommended by my doctor because of my extreme eczema symptoms. My doctor also monitored me throughout my time on this diet. For your safety, before you make any changes to your diet, PLEASE first consult a doctor!

This food list is NOT MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not a cure for eczema. As I’ll explain in future posts, my eczema symptoms never fully cleared up in response to food elimination (not that it was unhelpful… more on that later).

PLEASE don’t cut foods out of your diet, or become afraid of foods! It’s a dangerous way to 1.) potentially develop an eating disorder (I nearly did!), or 2.) potentially starve your body of nutrients that it needs to heal.

Again, I’m not a doctor, and this isn’t medical advice. It’s just my experience.

So from November 2015 to May 2017, this is what I COULD EAT

Protein

  • fresh, flash-frozen Alaskan fish
  • buckwheat groats
  • home-toasted or boiled sunflower and pumpkin seeds
  • unsweetened hemp protein powder

Fats

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Flaxseed
  • Chia seed

Fruits

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Peaches/Nectarines/Plums
  • Grapes
  • Apples

Vegetables

  • All, except for those in the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplants)

Grains

  • Rice
  • Gluten free oats
  • Amaranth
  • Sorghum

Needless to say, every meal took a lot of time, effort, and often money.  I had to re-imagine every meal. People without food allergies and sensitivities take for granted that they can always make a sandwich or scarf down a bowl of cereal in a pinch. If you are restricted, you know that it takes detailed planning just to stay fed.

That’s why I’m excited about this blog. I hope that the experiences I can share will help you and encourage you on your healing journey, even when it feels like a healing nightmare.

You can do this!! ❤  I’m praying for you right now, that you’d be encouraged and refreshed in your food fight!

“Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

“This is my FIGHT SONG–
TAKE BACK MY LIFE song–
Prove I’m all right song.
My power’s turned on,
Starting right now I’ll be strong.
I’ll play my fight song.
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes,
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.”

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I’m hungry…

…for this:

silly piggies eat all the gluten and dairy and eggs and soy and corn and...

oink! oink! oink!

But there’s no way I can have it.

See, I’m on the other side of a delightful disease known as topical steroid withdrawal.

Long story, but the main thing you need to know is that for over a year, I’ve become allergic to or intolerant of most foods, including plenty of the “super” ones. Avocados. Mangoes. Grass fed beef. A big chunk of life was spent scrambling for nibbles while my list of safe foods dwindled til I could float it in a Cheerio innertube like in Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Thank God I never became anaphylactic, but I can definitely relate to anyone who has to navigate “normal” life with the burden of food restriction.

So now that life is currently a bit more manageable, I want to share what I’ve experienced and learned, as playfully and comedically as I can. God knows, the worst trigger of all is stress. I’ll also do my best to offer some perspective in the gentle, friendly way I know is so necessary while going through something so painful and confusing like this.

I also LOVE playing in the kitchen, but skill-wise, I’m a novice. So I’ll test out recipes and give you the real scoop on how they turn out. I am a firm believer in food that tastes good, looks foodlike, and is simple to make, no matter how short your food list is.

And while I believe fresh meals from scratch are healthiest… let’s be real. When you’re dealing with food restrictions, especially when it’s compounded with chronic illness, you just need to be fed. That’s why I’ll also taste test packaged convenience foodstuffs and give you my best analysis of the value vs. cost.

God forbid, I don’t claim to be an expert, and I’m not offering medical advice. I’ve been blessed to have a rockstar of a doctor, and a highly supportive community around me, and I just want to pass those blessings along. If you just need a place to vent, a place to laugh, or a place to be reminded that you’re doing the best you can, I hope I can offer some of that for you.

Much love,

Jaclyn, aka amicamea