Friday, 8 November 2013

I'm Pretty Sure I'm Going To Starve: Caffiene-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Eating Days 1 - 4

Let me start by saying I’m not a doctor, dietician, nutritionist, or member of any other profession that means I know what I’m talking about. Honestly, I’m probably the last person who should give advice. This is just my personal experience, nothing more, and hopefully it’ll help someone else who’s in the same confused, desperate, hungry position as I was.

I haven’t really mentioned it but I’ve been unwell for a while now. To make a long story short, after trying to find the problem for almost a year, my doctor sent me to a specialist. While there I was told that for the next two weeks I was to have no caffeine, no gluten, and no dairy. I was then told to reintroduce one type of item at a type in two-week increments. If that didn’t work I had a few additional things to try and an appointment to go back in a few months.

I didn’t think much about it, left the doctors, and did some Christmas shopping while I was in the city. It wasn’t until I started my two-hour drive home that it hit me: NO CAFFIENE, NO GLUTEN, and NO DAIRY. I also don’t eat beef, pork, or seafood. What was I going to eat? While I realize I was being a little dramatic, I cried a lot on the drive home, trying to figure out what I could eat.

FYI, all these photos were taken with my iPhone so they're not fantastic but I'm a visual person.

Day 1 was a mess. I made do with what I had in my house, ignoring nutrition and focusing on survival. Below is the breakdown.

Day 1: Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast: banana, peanut butter
Snack: cashews
Lunch: veggie (onion, peppers) and egg scramble, tomato
Snack: Chex cereal
Snack: grapes
Supper: chicken breast, mini-potatoes in olive oil, corn
Snack: grapefruit

Shopping trip 1: Stocking up on gluten-free / dairy-free.
The soy milk is already in the fridge.
After school on day 1 I went shopping. I was able to find some things that would hopefully help me plan meals and keep from starving.

Day 1: Supper
Day 2 was still kind of a mess but not as bad as the day before. Below is what I ate.

Day 2: Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast: veggie and egg scramble
Snack: banana
Lunch: salad (lettuce, carrots, sprouts, red onion, mushrooms), chicken, homemade dressing
Snack: Cheecha Puffs
Supper #1: gluten-free pasta, tomato sauce, green peas
Supper #2: bread, peanut butter, banana
Snack: grapes

Day 2: Supper #1 aka Total Nastiness
Two suppers? Well, it turns out you can’t make a baked pasta dish (where you precook the noodles and then mix it all together and bake it in the oven) with the gluten free pasta I bought. It was so bad both J and I threw it out.

Day 2: Supper #2
At this point one of my super amazing friends (whose wedding you can see a little bit about here) came to the rescue. She does training and meal planning and all that good stuff, and was kind enough to send me meal suggestions. The list was a huge help and gave me ideas I would not have thought of on my own.

Day 3 was the first day I sort of felt like I had a handle on this eating thing, largely thanks to the meal suggestions. It was also the first day I wasn’t starving constantly. Below is what I ate.

Day 3: Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast: smoothie (soy milk, cranberries, banana, cashews)
Snack: grapes
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, toast, peanut butter, salad (red onion, tomatoes), homemade dressing
Snack: banana
Supper: corn tortillas, veggies (mushrooms, onions, green pepper), gluten-free/dairy-free cheese, salsa
Snack: grapes

Day 3: Shopping Trip 2. I was so excited to buy gluten-free, dairy-free cheese.
A friend told me there was gluten-free/dairy-free cheese at a local supermarket and I was all over it, as you can see from the supper I ate.

Day 3: Supper
This beings me to today. It’s day 4 and I’m feeling semi-confident. I’ve actually planned all my meals for the next week and have a list for grocery shopping tomorrow. Here’s what I ate today.

Day 4: Breakfast
Breakfast: honey nut Chex, soy milk, strawberries
Snack: banana
Lunch: corn tortillas, veggies (mushrooms, onions, green pepper), gluten-free/dairy-free cheese, salsa
Snack: grapefruit
Supper: chicken (dipped in egg and then fake Panko crumbs), fries, green peas
Snack: Potato chips!

Day 4: Supper
The fake Panko crusted chicken was delicious!
Did you know that a lot of potato chips are gluten-free? I’m limited in flavours because of the dairy, but still very excited by this! In fact, I’m sitting here with my bowl right now, about to enjoy them while watching an episode of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. That doesn’t seem strange at all, does it?

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1 comment:

  1. Great post and super advice. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty


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