Monday, August 2, 2010

Food Coma

Mmmmm...bread! I love bread...any kind of bread, especially if it has fresh mozzarella on it. I also love bagels, pasta, bulky name the bread product and I can almost guarantee I love it. I used to start my day off with an onion bagel sandwich with egg and cheese. Super yummy - but always sent me into a food coma. I never thought anything of it except that maybe it was a 'heavy' breakfast. Now I know why it didn't exactly energize me...I'm allergic to it! And I'm in denial! I recently found out I have mild allergies to wheat, rye, eggs, cow's milk, yeast, vinegar, tomatoes, sesame, caraway, alfalfa, kidney beans, navy beans, garbanzo beans, oysters, snapper, tuna, white mushrooms and pineapple. Did I mention I am in denial? So...what is one to do? My allergies are not life threatening, but they are life altering and one day I may get to enjoy a few things from my no-no list. For now, I am embarking on an elimination diet to cleanse my system and break free from the food coma I so often endure. I will try to post lots of recipes that might help you go wheat free as well and if you have any to share - please do so! How am I doing so far? Terrible! I went on a binge of all the things I am not supposed to eat as I am truly in denial - and I am paying for it! Headaches...lethargy...I feel like a slug. So yesterday I started on my road to recovery and we will see how it goes. The first thing to go will be eggs as they are my highest allergen. That means no more baked goods. Anyone who knows me, knows that I live for brownies and cupcakes so you might want to stay away during my grumpy adjustment! And please don't forget to pass along any great ideas you may have. Happy healthy wheat, egg, dairy and more free cooking! Jen


  1. Jen- as you know I am exploring this world too (albeit VERY timidly and equally in denial -- although my body seems to know more than my head!). A friend just mentioned this blog, which I checked out with the limited Cuttyhunk connectivity and plan to visit more in a few weeks when I am home (blech!). So far, it looks good:

  2. I have a yummy Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe...

    We are not gluten free in my household but the kids still love this...It doesn't solve your egg allergy though. I've heard of corn starch or potato starch as a substitute for eggs in recipes...even tofu but I don't know the exchanges. Here's the recipe:

    1 19 ounce can of garbanzo beans (really!)
    1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
    3/4 cup sugar
    4 large eggs
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    Optional: nuts or a few drops of mint

    Blend all together until smooth and bake @ 350 for 40 minutes (I use a 9x9 pan)

    For some reason it seems to taste better once it cools. Enjoy!

  3. Follow up to flourless cake recipe:

    I just looked at the cansize of the garbanzo beans I use for this recipe and it says's always worked!

  4. Ooops! Follow up # 2 to Flourless cake recipe.

    The chocolate chips need to be melted!! Sorry!