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EagleRiverDee 05-10-2010 06:40 PM

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:
Corn (and corn products)
All wheat products
Fried foods
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.

sadaboutaddison 05-10-2010 06:55 PM

Re: Need ideas for food I can eat on anti-inflammatory diet
My hubby eats a bland diet. CHicken-take a chicken cutlet and place in a 350 oven, put some extra virgin olive oil with either fresh garlic or powder garlic with sea salt and parley flakes to taste, cover tightly with foil, cook for approx 20 mins take off foil and brown and cook to 160* do not over cook will be dry. Brown rice, cook- saute mushrooms sweet sliced onion and spinach in a tablespoon of olive oil sea salt to taste then add cooked brown rice. Can you eat oat meal? green salads with red wine vinegar and olive oil. Best of Luck-

Misty800 05-11-2010 12:51 PM

Re: Need ideas for food I can eat on anti-inflammatory diet
Are you sure you should be eating "butter" since you are having to omit milk and cheese? Butter is a milk product.

niknak77 05-11-2010 01:42 PM

Re: Need ideas for food I can eat on anti-inflammatory diet
Try marinating your chicken/fish in a marinade made of oil, vinagar (red wine or balasamic are flavorful) and fresh/dry herbs and garlic. Grill, bake, roast, saute. Season your veggies w/oil, garlic, maybe add some onions, and season them, then try different methods of cooking such as grilling or roasting.
Also try searching for clean eating recipes for some great ideas that will be like to accomadate your diet.

EagleRiverDee 05-11-2010 01:44 PM

Re: Need ideas for food I can eat on anti-inflammatory diet
[B]SadAboutAddison-[/B] Thanks! I'll try those recipes, and I appreciate you taking the time. I ordered a cookbook from Amazon for this diet but doubt it will be here for another week or so. I figured I could probably incorporate aspects of this diet into my normal diet permanently but I need ideas on how to do it.

[B]Misty800[/B]- I'm allowed to use butter, so long as I don't overdo. It's on my list of "approved" foods. I had to check, too. For dairy products it just says milk and cheese. I'm going to ask my doctor at my appointment tomorrow if I can have Yogurt, as it's not on either list, but I'd really like a few more protein options.

EagleRiverDee 05-11-2010 01:45 PM

Re: Need ideas for food I can eat on anti-inflammatory diet

Thanks to you, also! I will try that. It sounds pretty tasty. :)

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