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The ups, downs, and runarounds of Celiac Disease and food sensitivities

Elimination Games

So… it’s been a while, because I don’t have any exciting recipes to share. I went back to a nutritionist with my continuing problems, and she put me on the dreaded elimination diet.

White/jasmine rice
very lean/low fat chicken, white fish
potatoes
overcooked mashed vegetables: carrots, green beans, greens, pumpkin, squash with no seeds e.g butternut
applesauce
canned or very ripe mashed peeled fruit: peach, pear, melon
basil, oregano, parsley, cilantro, aromatic herbs
onion, garlic
milk substitute

Yeah, this is gonna get old in 2 weeks when I go back to see her (and, if I’m finally “balanced”, begin to add 1 food/consistency at a time per 48 hour period). She wanted me to eat some sort of gluten-free bread product as well, but I don’t see the point- most contain a food that she told me to avoid (egg, sugar, fat, grains other than rice). If I’m going to do this elimination diet, then I might as well do it right. I definitely feel funky after eating rice and canned fruit, but it could be because I haven’t eaten either of these in a long, long time. Trying to somehow dismiss the latest on arsenic in rice…  I think I’ll want to add back more variety in terms of veggies first. I am a bit paranoid that I won’t feel better after 2 weeks on this diet (what if one of the foods on the allowed list is not sitting well???), but trying to push through regardless. I’ve been making a sort of spin-off of pathiri for breakfast, but I make mine thicker to get a gooey inside. I read on several sites that it’s pretty darn easy to make rice milk from 1 cup cooked rice and 4 (or however many you prefer) cups of water in a food processor. I think fruit sauce in the crockpot is in order- fruit from a can is just nasty (even the kind in fruit juice/no added sugar, which is what I’m eating). I’m guessing spaghetti squash would be ok (easy to scoop out seeds and cook to a soft consistency), so that might jazz up my meal. If I get desperate, I may try out an apple “pie” sans lemon juice, plum, and cinnamon (maybe sub ginger).

If I don’t feel better on this plan, then it’s back to a gastroenterologist. If my weight doesn’t normalize (135 guh- my “norm” is 115-120, and I exercise 5-6 days a week and eat 1200-1500 calories per day) then it’s to an edocrinologist. I’m hoping that the reduction of fat (nuts, coconut products) will help. Even more than weight loss, I’d love to not feel uncomfortable while exercising. Of course I’m still tracking calories/protein/fat/carbs online, and supplementing with a potty journal (my bowels, let me tell you about them). The nutritionist strongly recommended counseling for a “socially unacceptable, chronic digestive health issue.” I was hesitant, because my problem is not general malaise or social inadquacy (though let me tell you, potty issues/restrictive diet/no alcohol/digestive exhaustion take a toll on overall mindset and social life), but the nutritionist assured me that she could refer me to someone who had some experience with this sort of thing. It would be a good outlet for ranting (in addition to this yer blarg) with minimal emotional involvement required from the listener. Celiac Disease is a weird thing to “get”, and I know I can’t expect friends/family to abosorb all of the information. Yeah, it’s not deadly, but it causes me grief on a daily basis. I just hope I can get to the point that all of the books end with, of being gluten-free and feeling great.

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