Crickets…crickets… It’s been real quiet here at gfrealfood. I’ve had a lot to think about lately. Last December my husband and I went grain free. We have been gluten free for more than 4 years and I personally have been dairy free for most of that time too. I had been having some weird symptoms that my PCP and neurologist couldn’t find a cause for. Within about 2 weeks of eliminating grain, dairy, all forms of sugar other than small amounts of honey or coconut sugar and all processed foods, I felt like the old me. Every single symptom vanished. I had energy, I felt happy and calm and had no physical complaints. Life was good. We even made it through Christmas following the plan. Then in February we decided to have a blow it day. Bad idea. That day became a week. And that week became….You get the idea. It’s a very, very slippery slope. Within days of going back to our old ways (although we were still gluten free and I remained dairy free) every single last symptom came back – with a vengeance. I felt sure that my issues were food related. I started seeing an allergist in March. Turns out I was right. I didn’t think I had allergies or intolerances beyond gluten and dairy. I was stunned to find out I have a lot. Finding out that I am allergic to corn put me into a serious funk. I knew corn was in everything. I read labels. What I didn’t know was that it is in EVERYTHING. I have come to believe that if it comes from a food manufacturer (i.e. in a box, bag, can, jar, bottle etc) and has more than 2 ingredients in it – it has corn in it. Even my beloved bacon has corn in it in the form of sodium erythrobate. Xanthan gum is corn based and it is used in a lot of gf baking and in many things as a thickener. When we initially went gluten free I thought that was rough. In hind site it was a piece of cake compared to eliminating corn. The list of things that corn can be found in is FOUR pages long. I am told that corn is, hands down, the most difficult single ingredient to eliminate. It’s even in toothpaste, toilet paper, plastic cutlery, plastic bags and the list goes on and on. What makes it even more difficult is that because corn is not on the FDA’s list of top allergens it doesn’t have to be listed on an ingredient label. Thanks to the fact that our government subsidizes the corn industry it has found its way into nearly every product. I wasn’t done feeling sorry for myself when I found out on my next visit to the allergist that I am also allergic to soy, coffee (ok, just shoot me now), citric acid (just try finding canned tomatoes without citric acid), dairy and brewers yeast (which is found in all vinegars and all alcohol – extracts included.) Along with these there is a considerable list of things that I showed a slight reaction to that I am supposed to eat only once every four days. Things on that list included: eggs, chocolate, almonds, cashews, peanuts, onion, bakers yeast…you get the idea. So this all would explain my lack of posts here. I have been completely stumped for ideas on what I can eat. On the plus side of all this: it’s a great weight loss plan. 😉
So what’s my plan? Starve to death? Resign myself to feeling like garbage for the rest of my miserable life? No. It’s GAPS to the rescue. If you haven’t heard of GAPS please click on the link. I could not do it justice to explain it here. Anyway, I have hope and I am going to give it everything I have got to make it work. I bought the book and as I was reading through it and was feeling totally overwhelmed, my favorite food blogger announces that she will be offering a GAPS cooking class. Surely it was a sign. I enrolled. The first class (all are online) was released yesterday. I can not believe the amount of work and information that went into this. I feel like the cost of enrollment was a steal.
So back to the changes to my blog. From now on all recipes will be free of grain, corn (technically a grain), soy, dairy, gluten, brewers yeast and sugar. All will be “full GAPS legal”. If I am able to reverse some or all of these food allergies then this list will shrink in time. For now though I am going to have to stick with these limitations. Will this blog still be something that interests you? I hope so.
Anyone else have multiple food allergies? Does anyone here have success with reversing them? If you have any experience with this or with GAPS I would really love to hear from you.