Thursday, 17 September 2009

Gluten and Dairy Replacements

I like food, face it most people do, we not only eat to satisfy our hunger, we eat to live and we eat to comfort ourselves, hence the rise of comfort food. We eat to "treat" ourselves. Over the years although I like food, food has not always liked me. My problems started at 16, suddenly I couldn't eat anything fried. A fried egg made me feel ill and my mother cooked my eggs and pancakes on non-stick pans. From there I switched from 2% and 1% milk to skim as it caused less grief. Sometimes I would discuss this with my family doctor only to be told I had a weak stomach. Of course friends had latose intolerence or gluten problems, but I had a weak stomach or possibly a slight case of IBS. My interest in health helped as I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables and grains. Ice cream and cake is considered a treat. Unfortunately working in a large office means we have lots of celebrations and tempting treats made with white flour, sugar and long named things I can barely pronounce. Whenever I partake I find I suffer, thinking that it was mostly an overdose of sugar. Not so...

In a discussion with my family doctor about my food problems his suggestion was that I figure out by elimination what I can and cannot eat. I pressed further, no test would help me there just wasn't any help or "real" diagnose possible. Until I had a chat with my chiropractor, yes you read right, my chiropractor. He just finished a masters in nutrition and operates a holistic office.

The problem with the elimination process was soon I would be eating nothing as I could not pinpoint the exact food as my reactions were delayed. For example I could have a latte on the way to work, but the reaction to the latte wouldn't necessarily happen a short time after, sometimes it would be several hours later, sometimes after eating something else. Or I'd have a reaction late a night after I went to bed making me think it was just digestion. Making the tracking of the food item rather difficult.

On my chiropractor's suggestion I am reducing my dairy, wheat, rye and corn (I had cut out corn a few years ago). I'm taking vegetarian/organic plant enemzyes when have dairy, wheat or rye or take them if I am going out for dinner where I may come in contact with these foods. I see him again next month and if things are still bothering me I will have testing by the naturopath who works in his office. Finally some help!!

This news has caused me a bit of sadness. I love whole wheat pasta, rye bread is my favourite bread and I just purchased a bag of flour to make basic rye bread in my new bread machine. My partner will have loaves of rye all to himself. The dairy isn't too bad, yougurt I can still have, cottage cheese I have to eat with fruit or vegetables to digest, I switched my milk to almond or rice over a year ago and am now using soy at the coffee shop near my work.

On the bright side, I can make my buckwheat pancakes. Actually the best pancakes I made according to my partner were a mix of rye and millet. Mostly millet with 1/2 cup of rye flour. I might get away with that.

In a search to find substitutes for gluten and dairy I googled. I've been searching for an egg free, gluten free, dairy free pancake recipe to impress my brother, sister in law and their two children. Thank you hugely to this site, good suggestions for substitutes which I hope work.

1 comment:

Paula said...

I will work very hard to make a crepe recipe with no wheat, egg or milk. Already I have gluten-free and milk-free... the egg is gonna be more tricky. But it'll be worth it to invent crepes you can eat!