I know my elimination diet isn't really garden related. Well except for what I should be planting or not planting. But to me food is so intricately entwined with vegetable gardening that I often add such things. I really wish I knew the answers now. I'm going to be planting my peas and favas soon. I'm pretty sure that soy and dried beans are a problem (though not 100%), but what about the rest of the legume family? I'm really hoping that peas and favas (and chickpeas) are OK. Though I love beans they won't be nearly as hard to give up as soy is. Soy pervades out world. And we used to go out to Chinese food about once a week. I'll really miss that. I know my husband will miss it even more.
I have found one place that I can go out to eat. The Summer Shack near our house does a GFY (good for you) meal that keeps to a lot of common diets - including a gluten free diet. Their starch is brown rice. The meat is fish. I have to tell them to take off the vegetable they have (as it tends to be mixed things and occasionally pickled) and replace it with steamed broccoli, and use just olive oil, salt, and pepper for the fish. But it works. And oh so yummy. The funny thing is they used to be terrible. The fish was awful. We really only went there for lobsters in season. But their chef has obviously changed over the years. And now it is oh so good.
I got my food allergy tests done on Tuesday. These are skin tests as they are much more accurate than blood tests. And I'm not allergic to any of the major food allergens. That is good news at least. Often when you add things back into your diet you put them in but take them back out. Since allergies have been ruled out with shellfish and citrus, I'm going to leave them in once they get tried. Usually their trouble is allergies and not sensitivities and my troubles are all sensitivities.
And everyone asks me if the diet is working. Yes, to a degree. My headaches are a little better. And the inflammation problems are way down. My shoulder problems were acting up last week, but I blame that on sewing. I always have trouble with my shoulder when I use the sewing machine. But I went for the first of the season hikes in the Fells this year and I didn't have to ice my knee when I came home. Nor do I feel any pain now. Better, all my weird dysfunctional pain is gone. My fatigue is still here, but not as bad. I can eat more at a time than I used to be able to eat. I used to get nauseous or full after not eating much. That doesn't happen much anymore. I am having very very slight diarrhea issues that I didn't have before, but I think it is from all the fruit I'm eating as it started when I started making smoothies to ease the hunger. And I might point out I was already eating a banana for breakfast, an apple for lunch, and a mango for dessert after dinner. So the fruit content of my diet was already high.
To solve that problem of too much fruit, I need to get vinegar or lemons back into my diet so I can make dressing for salads and the like. I need more of my calories from vegetables, but they don't appeal as much without that addition. I still am getting two to four servings of vegetables day with about 5 servings of fruit. But it ought to be the other way around. I only seem to be able to get that many vegetables if I make soup. I want salads and coleslaw. Even when I steam bok choy I dress it with something. And it is getting close to bok choy season. But I still have a little over a week to go before I put things back in. Or should I say ONLY a little over a week to go. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
And just to get my disclaimer in. No one that I mentioned in this blog post has paid me for mentioning them. My views are my own.