Didn't do it before, now I HAVE to

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Didn't do it before, now I HAVE to
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 8:56pm

Time to make some major dietary changes.

NO wheat, barley, rye and maybe oats. NO dairy, including cheese WAAAHHH! NO tap or bottled water to drink, only distilled. NO legumes (okay, I don't care for beans anyway). NO liquids or fruits with meals and not until one hour after except to take supplements.

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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 12:38am

Good gracious-what created this dietary horror for you?

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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 12:50am
I've had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) since I was in my 20s. About 12 years ago I was so bad I was pretty much housebound. Then I started working with a local homeopath and was doing so much better but over the years I've gotten careless with my diet, going back to eating wheat and dairy. I'm hoping that if I go back to the beginning and get my system straightened out I'll feel better and lose weight in the process.

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Registered: 11-09-2008
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 1:07am

WOW-your IBS must be very severe to require such strict dietary restrictions! Hopefully if you are diligent for a while, you will be able to take some dietary "holidays".

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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 6:12am
Wow susanne it sounds really tough I hope you can work out something that is not quite so restrictive. I would go to a big supermarket (not health food store) and check out the health section, gluten free etc. It seems new things are coming on the market all the time for special dietary needs. I would have a real problem cutting out cheese. Sounds like like it or not you will be having a lot of fresh foods and high protein. Do you have a plan of attack to kick start it? Good luck.
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 6:51am
Wow .. all the best with this but guess it is absolutely necessary if you are to get things under control again! Hey, losing weight feels great so that will be a positive too!
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 12:39pm
I can be fine for days or weeks then I'll have a sudden "accident". I did so good when I followed the rules set out by my homeopath years ago, but I've gotten very careless about my diet. According to the program I can actually cure my IBS, heal my stomach & intestines and be able to actually eat the things I love once in a while. I've got a 7 yr old granddaughter and new grandbaby on the way & I'd like to be able to take the kids places and do things again.

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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 12:42pm
Suzi, it will be difficult because DH likes things I won't be able to eat. We do have a lot more options now for GF foods. Even Kellogg's has come out with a GF Rice Krispies. I haven't had problems with the regular but they do contain barley malt and barley contains gluten. Giving up cheese is a hard one for me because I love it, but hopefully if I stick to this for a while I'll be able to have a little once in a while. The doctor who developed this says that's possible once the gut is healed.

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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 6:26pm

Gosh - I am sorry - you can do it - you can make great dishes gluten free - start searching!

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Registered: 01-31-2001
Mon, 08-01-2011 - 7:38pm
Susanne things have changed since you did this last time. Hit the refrigerated section of the supermarket. There is soy cheese but if you don't like that there is tofu based cheeses Here the brand is called Tofutti. They do a very good dairy-free cream, sour cream, soft cheese and mozarella style sliced cheese. Melts a bit too. They make cream cheeese too and you can use it for icing cakes, and mixed with mashed avocado and lemon juice for a dip.

I know I have a kind of 'cheese sauce' recipe somewhere. If I find it I will come back and post.

Now maybe DH will have a challenge of making you dinner next to his and just removing or substituting what you can't have.

I know you are not a salad fan, but while the weather is nice maybe that is the way to start for now.
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Mon, 08-01-2011 - 7:40pm
Found it. A friend gave it to me but have not tried it, you might like to give it a go.

1 cup water
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 Tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a small sauce pan, and stir over medium heat until it starts to thicken, then let it bubble for 30 seconds. Whisk vigorously. Whisk in 2 T water. Drizzle immediately over pizza or other food, and broil or bake until a skin forms on top. Alternatively, refrigerate in a small, covered plastic container for up to a week. It will become quite firm when chilled but will still remain spreadable. You can spread the firm "cheese" on bread or quesadillas for grilling, or heat it to spread more thinly on casseroles, etc. This makes great grilled "cheese" sandwiches!!!

VARIATION: To make a cheddar cheesy sauce for pouring over vegetables or baked potatoes, use 1/3 cup nutritional yeast and add 1/4 tsp. EACH paprika and mustard powder. Use only 1/4 tsp salt and add 1 Tbsp light miso to the blended mixture. Then whisk in 3/4 cup non-dairy milk to the finished "cheese" and heat thoroughly.

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