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So … What CAN You Eat?

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I get this question a LOT. Why? Well, I’m not allowed to eat gluten, dairy, or hydrogenated oils. I’m not technically allergic to any of these things; we call it “intolerant.” And it’s not lactose intolerant, either – it’s the actual dairy products. I cut all of these things out as a part of an anti-inflammatory diet for my rheumatoid arthritis, and then discovered that if I eat them my pain increases. Super fun, right? It makes my life interesting, that’s for sure.

So you can understand why people tend to lean forward, stare at me intently, and go, “Wait, so then what can you eat?” Friends, I have the answer for you.

Breakfast: protein, like 2 scrambled eggs 
Morning snack: fruit, like an orange
Lunch: sandwich (gluten-free bread, vegan cheese, ham), carrots, hummus
Afternoon snack

Afternoon snack
Dinner: steak tips (note – I actually ate like so many of these that I almost forgot to take a picture) and spinach salad (not pictured)

Dessert: gluten-free brownies

I also eat a lot of leafy greens and quinoa and chocolate. Oh, and coffee. Lots of coffee. With a splash of soy creamer! (NOT soy milk. So milk does not blend well, unfortunately.) 
Do you think you would be able to manage on this kind of diet? Have you ever tried cutting out a food for medical reasons?  
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  • I am not intolerant to anything as far as I know, but I have 2 cousins who are. one has full celiacs, the other is just gluten-intolerant. I have never tried to cut anything out, but I do try to limit my dairy/gluten because they do have inflammatory properties.

  • I was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, gluten, dairy, rye, eggs, and peanuts three weeks ago and it's been quite a learning process since then. It's comforting to know that there are other people out there who understand the struggle and how careful you have to be.

  • I follow Paleo and love it, makes such a huge difference in my lifestyle! Never thought I had intolerances until I cut out food that was not good for me.

    I nominated you for a Liebster.
    http://mymomsawhackjob.blogspot.com/2013/07/double-fun-double-pleasure.html

  • I'd prob be fine on a diet like that. I Love pretzels and I normally eat egg whites for breakfast. I actually enjoy experimenting with different types of diets. I'm experimenting with cutting down on dairy and meat because I feel like it's affecting my digestion lately. We'll see. It's gotta be hard though to be so limited on what you can eat but it sounds like you are finding things and making it work.

  • I eat more RAW foods than ever. Drink green each morning. I feel cleaner and healthier.

    Found you through My Mom's a Whack Job!

    Wendy @effiegirl.blogspot.com

  • I feel you! I can't do gluten or red meat. My mom can't do gluten, red meat, soy, or dairy. My sister can't do gluten, red meat, soy, dairy, or eggs. We are a special bunch. I feel your pain.

  • I followed the "other Kate's" blog over here and read your post about diet changes for controlling RA. My dad has RA and has been on biologic meds for a few years now, Enbril then Humera (which he hated) and back on Enbril I think. Are you on any of these? Do you have any websites that you could recommend I pass on to him?

  • HEY I'm gluten and dairy intolerant, too! I don't like it when people act like that isn't a real thing… it totally is. My favorite GF bread is Glutino Flaxseed Bread! You've got to try that if you haven't already!

  • Awesome ideas!! I think I need to find a gluten free brownie recipe!!