It's been a very busy two weeks. I don't want to bore anyone with mundane details, but suffice it to say that I didn't get a lot of shopping done (but I did manage to avoid getting the sickness the girls came down with). Our refrigerator was the better part of empty for over a week, but I was too busy to do much about it. So we did some take-out, which is normally a luxury but recently it's been a necessity! And I have to say, eating out while being gluten and casein and soy free really kind of rots! There are not a lot of options, and I'm afraid to take chances. I've decided that unless an establishment has a bona fide gluten free menu (and they can also assure they can make stuff casein and soy free), we just can't go there. Here's a list of things that I thought would be safe, but which bothered me (most likely a gluten infraction):
Tamales at a local restaurant (wheat in the tamale that's supposed to be made with cornmeal?)
Hydrolized wheat protein in the soups and tamales at local markets
Chicken with Broccoli and Egg Drop Soup from a Chinese place (no soy sauce! No idea what was in that!)
Clearly I can't be eating stuff I don't have a list of ingredients for...which is a major pain in the rear (not only for me but for whoever happens to be with me). That leaves like, next to nowhere I can go. And what's even sillier is that the smallest little bit of gluten gives me a reaction - it's worse now than when it used to be when I was eating gluten all the time. And I'm told that I don't have celiac disease and that the antibodies in the blood test to gluten were so low they are practically negative. That has to be a false negative (I've heard of this happening to others too). This is not all in my head. And as far as the casein...that's the only thing that showed up on the blood test. I've been dairy free for about a month and I feel better (more energy, less migraines) but I don't fee like testing the effect of a little dairy intake. I don't feel like I can eat out anywhere (what a drag)!
So a friend and I were discussing hospitals the other week - even if a dietician stops by to get the lowdown on food sensitivities, do we trust the hospital to know enough about food sensitivities to take them seriously? We agreed - no. Of course my friend ended up in the hospital, and I told her not to worry, I'd bring her meals. So all day today I was baking and cooking. I've got nothing new to post right now, but I thought I'd write down what I made and brought to the hospital room for future reference. Everything was simple, sturdy and easily portable. And it is tastier than hospital food!
Hospital To Go List
Cranberry Orange Muffins
Spinach Wraps with pesto, turkey and greens
Hummus with Crudites
Fritos with salsa
Chili with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes
Pulled Pork with sliced avocado and warm corn tortillas
Spring greens with orange bell pepper, cucumber and Ranch Dressing
I brought the above items to the hospital in a heavy cooler and nobody even blinked twice, so no worries there!