Out With the Old, In With the…?!

Today was a day of studying, working out (I bike 12 miles at the gym!) and more studying.  But in between bouts of studying, I also managed to purge my kitchen of some newly undesirable products.  What do you ask?!

Well, for a little background, I’ve been having serious gastric problems since I was about 19.  I would get pains that mimicked appendicitis about once a month, and even ended up in the hospital six times as we were afraid it really was.  After a few discussions with some doctors and friends with gastric problems, I opted to go dairy free.  While most of my problems were ‘fixed,’ I still have fairly frequently recurring stomach ails.

Over the past week and 1/2, my stomach issues have returned, and this time in full force.  As such, I’ve sought out a new doctor at my University, and will be seeing a nutritionist for the first time in just over a week.  As such, per recommendation of my doctor (which was a recommendation that also comes from the nutritionist), I have made some drastic changes to my kitchen…and therefore my diet.

I am going, on top of dairy free, gluten & egg free on a trial run for the month of November.

Yes, that’s right: Gluten, Egg & Dairy Free.

My first reaction?!  WHAT CAN I EAT?!

Luckily, I live in California where alternative lifestyles and diets are plenty, and most grocery stores have options.  So, since I realized I won’t be eating any breads, or eggs, or processed foods…I made a few changes and investments today to make this new diet easier.

Out with the old…

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My sad box of gluten and egg filled goodness, which now sits atop my fridge.

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soy sauce.  it has wheat.  its sad.

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One of my favorite dressings.  Who would’ve thunk that a ginger vinaigrette has wheat in it?!

And in with the gluten free…

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tamari soy sauce!

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seriously is the world’s best.  and not just for this type of dressing.

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POLENTA!

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Gluten free Teriyaki sauce!

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and szechuan sauce!

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mmmm.  rice thins!

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I made the investment in pre-made gluten free flour this time.  If I end up sticking with the diet for more than just November (i.e. it actually helps my situation) I will probably invest in different types of flours and my own guar gum to make my own flour mixtures  But for now, this will do :)  (I got it so that I can still make my pecan pie…and sweet potato casserole for turkey day :))

And even though gluten, egg & dairy free month doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, I decided to give myself a taste of what to come.  It was, pretty good.

Star of dinner?

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Amy’s Gluten & Dairy Free Pizza

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And some sautéed spinach & garlic on the side

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Verdict?  While the rice crust was a little dry and crumbly, it wasn’t bad for a gluten free/dairy free pizza.  I think if I ever buy one again, I might supplement with some additional toppings: chicken sausage, dates, chicken & tomatoes, etc.  To add a little more flavor and added protein value to the pizza. 

And on tap tomorrow?  First, BODY PUMP (my second class – I’m going to try to go 1x/week to start) and then taking care of all of these…

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Yup, that is 15 pounds of apples.

Do you have stomach/digestive issues?!  How do you deal with them?!  I’ve obviously been dairy free to help, but it hasn’t fixed the problem and so now I’m trying a new diet.  I’ve tried everything but drugs, because I really don’t want to become reliant on a new prescription drug – I’ve already got allergy meds & birth control under the belt.  I don’t really want to take any more…

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One thought on “Out With the Old, In With the…?!

  1. I DO have major issues. I too have been going wheat free but not so sure i can handle no dairy. And yes, luckily i live in CA too so its not that terrible to find alternatives. I’ve noticed that I also cant tolerate certain food raw.
    Anyhow, I’ve been using cornflour a lot and its fantastic! it make yummy tortillas and awesome breads.

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