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Old 05-10-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Need ideas for food I can eat on anti-inflammatory diet

For the next 12 days I have to be on an anti-inflammatory diet because my doctor wants to test me for food allergies. So, first I have to get everything out of my system, then we start adding stuff back in one food type at a time and I will log how my body reacts so we can pinpoint foods I might be allergic to. I've been on this diet for 4 days already.

The problem? I'm STARVING. I am so hungry it's unreal. I feel like I'm eating enough but maybe not enough variety. The thing is- I have never had to cook without using sauces or coatings or something. I have little idea how to eat on this diet.

Here's what I am eating:
Breakfast: A blend of brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, kidney beans and olive oil, served hot.
Lunch: Some sort of sauteed veggie, with a pat of butter.
Dinner: Some sort of steamed veggie and a small piece of fish.
Snacks: Nuts or a piece of fruit

Not only is this boring, but as of today I'm feeling like it's unsustainable. I am so hungry It feels like my stomach is trying to digest itself. I have a headache and I'm irritable. I want to stay true to the diet, but I need some ideas of other things I can eat.

Here's my list of foods I cannot have:
Milk
Cheese
Corn (and corn products)
Eggs
Potatoes
Tomatoes
All wheat products
shellfish
Fried foods
Citrus
Fruit juices
Dried fruits
Peanuts and peanut butter
ANY processed food
Beef or Pork
Caffeinated teas or coffee
Alcoholic beverages
Sugar or sugar substitutes

Now I know that leaves me with a LOT of choices for foods I can eat. I can have nearly any vegetable, for example, and I'm allowed to have chicken or turkey in addition to fish. But here's the thing- I don't know how to cook it without putting stuff on it. How do you make a tender piece of chicken without coating it in something? I know some of you are probably laughing but I'm dead serious. I'm a good cook when I can be creative but haven't got a clue how to cook when sticking to the rules of this diet. No wheat products means I can't coat the meat in any type of batter or crust. I can't use mayo or cheese or sour cream. Plus, in order to stick to the "Any processed food" rule, I am having to cook everything from scratch which is expensive, time consuming, and frustrating. I can't even think of a single restaurant meal I could order that would meet these dietary restrictions.

Well, if anyone made it through my whining and has some ideas, I sure would appreciate it. I was doing ok on this diet until today, but now I'm afraid I'm going to fail just for lack of knowing how people used to cook before we started using all these commercial sauces and such.

Last edited by EagleRiverDee; 05-10-2010 at 07:55 PM.