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I heard from many people about their food sensitivities, allergies and the unpleasant and some life-endangering moments due to those problems.

We’ve all heard about allergies to dairy, wheat, soy, corn and shellfish.  There are also many people who have issues with berries.  But I heard from a young woman who has several of those and she can’t have cranberries.  Some people told me about their battles with sulfas and the fact that some foods contain them naturally.  The same young woman who told me about her cranberry issues also can’t have brewer’s and baker’s yeast.

Imagine her problems when going out to a restaurant or to someones home?  I didn’t even realize that vinegar is made with brewer’s yeast!  

Which brings up the point that many of us have no idea that by products from known food allergans go into the making of other foods.

Today’s column was going to discus “safe” foods, but  in all honesty-is this a possibility?

With all the various products out there and even naturally grown foods-we all could easily wind up in an ER somewhere faster than we can order or make a “safe” meal.

In our family-we have dairy and nut allergies, diabetics, people with diverticulitis and high blood pressure.  Then you have to throw in foods that people simply refuse to eat.

It’s no wonder when I have the family over I buy way too many items-I have to find a way to make everyone feel welcome, go home with full stomachs and not feel deprived.

Not an easy task!

As for safe-I’m taking it back.  I’m going to say that we need to continue this subject next week and share how we make substitute foods that are successfully served to those who “can’t eat it all“!

I’d love it if any of you would share how you re-invent some of your family’s favorites while making sure no one gets sick or needs an epi-pen in the process.

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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 23, 2010
    • Well I am going to make a pasta rice dish tonight.... (I posed a question about it) and I will let you know if my family likes it.

      In our house we have:
      1 young man who eats any and everything
      2 women (me and my daughter) who are trying to cut down on white carbs and eat light
      1 hubs who can’t have animal protein but needs lots of protein for work

      I need help!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 23, 2010
    • check out quinoa Vikki-it’s a grain that is a complete protein and has all the amino acids.  it’s very versitile.  sweet and savory, depending on the liquid you use and it works great cold to make a different type of grain salad.  Just rinse it really well (I used a fine mesh strainer).  It also cooks up in about 20 minutes.

      Beans and brown rice also make a great carb/protein mix.  and there’s always tofu, falafel and the various forms of soy.  There are rice, almond and soy cheeses now-so experiment and try pizza using a whole wheat dough or even whole grain english muffins.



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      Max0125 wrote Apr 23, 2010
    • Carine,

      Great post. Isn’t it weird that so many people are having food sensitivities/allergies? I just learned that ground flax seed can be used as an egg subsitute.  

      Vikki,  

      I agree with the quinoa. I love it and I have a few recipes for it. I generally cook it and combine with grilled veggies. Mushrooms and nuts are also a great protien source. Just sprinke your favorite steak seasoning on portobellos and grill- they are awesome! ALso, they now make an incredible quinoa based pasta- much better than the rice pasta. You might want to try some vegetarian/vegan cooking sites for more ideas for you hubby. Good luck!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 23, 2010
    • my favorite vegan cookbook is the pure vegetarian by david gabbe.  took  a couple of his classes and bought the book.  even my carnivore dh likes the “egg” fried rice.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Apr 23, 2010
    • Thx Ladies!
      No tofu tho and anything I try to get hubz to eat has to be simple..... Meaning introducing new stuff 1 at a time so there’s no mutiny!
      I liked the quinoa but hubz was hesitant. I won’t give up!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Apr 24, 2010
    • like kids Vikki-at some point, he’ll get really hungry and will agree to try almost anything! LOL



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      Veggie wrote Apr 25, 2010
    • heart



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