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Eating at Events- Food FODMAP Fiasco

Brandon & I

Enjoying the Wedding Weekend!

Imagine this…so there you sit with your partner, at the wedding rehearsal for your lovely sister-in-law and you suddenly realize, crap I’m on this newish to me (the low FODMAP diet) and I don’t’ want to blow it, but there will be limited food options all weekend.  Have you been there or something like it? Yeah I just did this over the weekend ..and on thing I HATE is feeling like the pain the butt so I kinda panicked. Don’t get me wrong most of my family is very supportive, but I have changed diets so many times and really…I remember planning my wedding and there were so many things to worry about that remembering peoples dietary issues was not on my radar other than making sure there was vegetarian food.

So back to this weekend… there we were, at a gorgeous yard right on the Puget Sound, the sunshine keeping us warm as we laughed and chatted. One would think that as the appetizers came around it would have dawned on me that I would have to deal with dinner and my diet. Nope, I had my glass of wine and was happily chatting with family deWhidbyviewclining the tasty treats. Then we were seated and my gorgeous dressed salad with fig, blue cheese and bacon arrived.  It looked amazing, and like a HUGE NO NO… I stared at my pretty salad for a moment  as if I could ask it, can you just be something I can eat please.  It stared back as if to say, Um…No lady figure it out. I sighed…then excused myself and headed into the kitchen.  I thought if I discretely spoke to the catering staff they could help me out. I did meet some resistance from the proud chef, but in the end we worked out a meal for me eliminating my large and random seeming FODMAP list. Phew. I drifted back to the table and pawned my tasty looking figs off on my happy to receive them hubby.  Sounds like the end of the story until….

One of the hosts was worried, seeing me chat so long with the catering staff she asked what happened. I had to fess up that I had dietary issues so I had to be careful with my food. I hoped it would end there but it started a discussion. I think it is a good thing that people are interested in allergies and FODMAP diet (or any diet) but somehow I find this terribly embarrassing when I just want to enjoy and fall into the fold. But this is my lesson, I need to speak up for myself and get the food I need to stay healthy and able to enjoy this kind of time with my family.  And I did it and had a great time at the awesome wedding. Phew…

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A new diet for Belly Issues

It’s been a lifetime, no literally, a lifetime of stomach pain. Starting from birth drinking soy to stop me from screaming to now where I am almost 40 (no I’m not screaming too often 😉   I go in and out of bad cycles filled with illness. BUT there is now a new hope. After trying dairy/gluten free, elimination diets, Paleo, allergy testing and all kinds of things it has been discovered I have a few things going on, one of which is SIBO and another is Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). I have been tasked to try a new diet, the Low FODMAP diet. After having my diet slapped around more than a punching bag at a boxing gym, i thought I would blog about it. So here I am, ready or not I’m going to sort out Yet another diet.  I have hope that this time it may just work! As of July 1, 2014 I’m IN!

Stroganoff Brilliance

One of the many foods I have missed are my creamy delicious dinner. My mother made the best Beef Stroganoff. In fact I used to request that for my birthday dinner…in June. My mother refused since it was “off season” so I had to always come up with a second option or wait until it was cold out.

Turkey Stroganoff, I know it may look a bit…interesting but IT’S SO GOOD!

Now I can do whatever I want, but her recipe takes hours and has all kinds of gluten and Dairy… since I’m watching what I eat for both health and Gluten/Dairy issues this is something I skipped until I ran across a food blogger that was new to me…Skinnyms.com. I don’t know about you but I’m always hesitant with new recipe sites since some are…um..well… uh…how to put it delicately?  Ah forget delicate, some have “healthy” recipes that resemble cardboard more than meals. Horrible…but I gave Skinnyms.com a shot and WOW… she wasn’t kidding. This is great. I made a few modifications to her recipe since it had dairy in it and I always have to tinker…but wow.. it’s super super good! Check this out:

Ground Turkey Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1/2 C tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Seasoning Salt to taste
  • 1 cup dairy free sour cream (or she used plain greek yogert)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Put tomato sauce, chicken broth, salt, pepper, onion powder, balsamic and garlic salt into a crockpot and stir up. Turn crockpot on low.

 Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray and  cook ground turkey until it loses its pink color, drain off any fat and add to the slow cooker. Spray pan again with your nonstick spray  sauté mushrooms and onions with a sprinkling of Seasoning salt over medium-low heat until tender.

Add mushroom/onion mixture to the slow cooker the remaining. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours. Combine Greek yogurt with cornstarch, add to Stroganoff and continue cooking 30 minutes. Serve over gluten free pasta, white or brown rice.

Serving size 1 cup of sauce. 6 Points per cup.  Rice or pasta is extra points.

Enjoy! So GOOD!

All Scream for Ice Cream!

I can’t  even begin to imagine my life without my friends. Not only because of all the great times, laughs and support they provide, but in their endless help is invaluable. My diet still embarrasses me often, in my thinking that I am an annoying “problem” but my friends have assured me time and time again that no, it’s not a problem, it’s a delightful challenge.

Last night one even said  something to the effect of “You know it’s awesome when I find something that you haven’t heard of that you can eat it’s like  Oh Yeah” visualize this being said with a nice celebratory arm pump decorated with a huge gorgeous grin! This made me smile.

And why were we talking about this as we munched on corn chips in a tofutti sour cream/salsa mix (aka Secret Sauce), followed by an awesome chicken and rice recipe? Because there was a new discovery for dessert for me! Oh yes, Almond Milk ice cream topped with brandied peaches (home made of course). I was beside myself with joy. Only a few short months ago I was introduced (by the arm pumper) to Coconut Milk Ice cream which is a delight, but another option with different flavors. ROCK ON! Just in time for Summer!

So delicious is seriously SO DELICIOUS!

So what is my point, aside from the fact that ice cream made from Coconut or Almond milk is yummy and that good friends are awesome?  Well, it’s that maybe the only person you’re a true problem child to is yourself? And if anyone else gets annoyed, ignore them… they’re mean 😉  Seriously, who wants their friends to be sick? Those Meanie bah neenie sucka fools.  That’s who…and who needs them! 😉  So thanks ladies, last night was a much needed good reminder for me…

Wheatless-ish Barley

Last night I was happily enjoying my crockpot chicken over lettuce, while my boyfriend was eating it over rice. I asked for a bite, because he had it over my favorite brown rice from Trader Joe’s, the one with lots of texture called “Brown Rice Medley”.  And of course once I had dodged the cheese he had added, I got a nice ricey, chickeny nummy bite!  I loved it. Then he asked “what are the little round kinda crunchy things.” I  wasn’t sure so I grabbed the package and much to my surprise it was barley.

Trader Joe’s ‘ Brown Rice Medley”

Ah barley, the much debated “can you eat it if you’re gluten free” question.  I have read many sites and what I’ve decided to believe is that, if you are a Celiac, it’s not a good idea. If you have gluten allergies (meaning you can have trace amounts without issue) then it’s usually all good. I’m allergic and have never had issues with barley.

The reason I have found that it does cause issues for Celiacs, is the same reason some doctors advise Celiacs not to travel to countries like Tibet (an allergy to a country because they grow so much wheat! I had never heard this before.)  The reason to avoid barley if you are sensitive to cross contamination is because barley and wheat are grown in the same fields and often processed in the same plants.  So the barley would most likely have trace amounts that could cause big upsets in a Celiacs system.

So that is my research for the day. I eat barley with no issue, but it’s one to be careful of and consider if you have a Celiac, or a super sensitive system to wheat.

Chicken in the Crock!

It’s a bit chilly and gray here this fine Seattle morning. If I weren’t looking directly at a calendar for work already I would have guessed it may be March or April, but no, it’s not. It’s June… the snowing in the passes kind of June.

I sure hope the weather gets better this summer, but to lighten up my mood I thought since it’ll be a busy work afternoon I’d get something going on the Crockpot. I dug around and combined some recipes from Gina and Skinnytaste, Allrecipes and the Food Network to come up with this nice Gluten and Diary free hopefully yummy dish.  Yes yes, it is a bit risky putting this up but the recipes I combined all had good comments so I’m confident. I’ll post a picture later today… It smells wonderful!

I added some salsa and put it over chopped lettuce. SO GOOD!

Spicy Crockpot Chicken

Main Ingredients:

  • 1- 15 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1.5 C black, navy, pinto or kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 C corn (frozen or canned- drained)
  • 1 can chicken broth (Fat Free)
  • 1/2 tsp Tapateo (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Chipolte Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1.5 LBS chicken breast
  • Seasoning salt to taste (I love Lowreys but any will do)

Optional:

  • Cheese (for the dairy eaters or dairy free cheese of your choice)
  • Green onions chopped
  • Chopped Cilantro

Serve Over:

  • Chopped Iceburg lettuce
  • Rice (brown or white)
  • Pasta (Gluteny or GF?)

Mix all the ingredients except the chicken, Tapateo and the salt in the crockpot.  Season the chicken with the Seasoning Salt and Tapateo and place it in the crockpot.  Set on low for about 8-10 hours or High for 5-6.  If you like shredded chicken, pull it out and shred it about 1/2 hour before the end of your crockpot cooking or you can serve a full chicken breast over the lettuce, rice or pasta no problem.  Then top it with your favorite or all of the Cilantro, green onions and cheese. Viola – dinner is served!

Have a great day! 🙂

Attack of the MilkBread Monster…

It happened to me!  It was a major attack. An attack of the “poor me’s.”  Yep pouty lower lip and all. Lucky for me wheat and dairy only irritate my system  for about 30 minutes to about five hours with no long lasting problems… well other than an irritated boyfriend who wonders why I do this to myself and he too, that lovely man, gets over it 🙂

Beloved Bread Pudding at Mama's in New Orleans!

Beloved Bread Pudding at Mama's in New Orleans!

So what happened. I got sick of it.   I just wanted to be “normal” for a bit and not dig through menus to find what I “can” eat. I didn’t want to tell anyone “oh I can’t have that” when they offered up some cake…  So what did I do…well of course I went on a rampage that lasted about a month. Yep, a whole month!  Since I had been really good for about 6 months, I didn’t get too horribly sick the first gluteny-lactosefull meal I ate (Gnocchi followed by Bread Pudding…Yeah I got that bad!), so I kept going until it got really bad again. Nope, I’m not proud but it happens and I did it to myself.   And now it’s time to knock it off.

So here I am pulling myself up by the bootstraps and jumping back on the horse. I’m off to the store to buy some smoothie makings and some nice ingredients to make some Asian meals. Tonight, Avocado Chicken Stir fry…made with Tamari of course!

So I’m back. I’m honest and yes I’m going to start taking care of myself again. I’ll get that darned Milkbread Monster under control! 🙂