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So … What CAN You Eat?

*Note: if you have an eating disorder or are triggered by pictures of food for whatever reason, this post is NOT for you. I do not want to trigger you or contribute negatively in any way. Please stop reading now. I love you, though, and am proud of you for stopping reading. Come back tomorrow!*

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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