Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I found a cookbook! Wow! This is Allergy Free and Sugarfree

First off---we've had a day or two of really warm weather and our lilac bushes have budding leaves!

My husband and I went to Lehman's General Store last weekend, as we are accustomed to doing about this time most years.

While I was there, I picked up a book that I had regretted not picking up last year: a spiral bound cookbook with the title Wow! This is Allergy Free and Sugarfree by Mary Yoder and Deborah Steiner.  From the looks of the family picture on the back of the book, I'd guess the authors are Mennonite or Amish. 

When I first picked this book up, I was skeptical. I've been eating Gluten-free (with a cheat here and there) for a couple years now, and truly did not expect to find anything non-wheaty as far as cookbooks go in an Amish store.  The fact that it was about allergies surprised me as well.  I may go into my lunch-and-dinner ventures in Amish country in a different post...

This book is based on the use of a "Four Day Rotation Diet", something that I have read about a lot in my allergy journey, but  have not embraced.  Part of the reason I have not taken to the four day rotation of foods was that, in the past, I did not have a wide enough variety of foods I could eat to break them up into eating once every four days.  Another reason was that I couldn't figure out how to do it; how to sub properly. I didn't have reliable recipes to use--it would have meant more hours scouring the internet for usable recipes.

I feel like I've been regressing a bit with my health/allergies lately.  I am sure part of it is stress with adding a paying job to my schedule and trying(and failing) to balance everything, part of it is that spring allergy season is gearing up, and part of it is because I have been eating more junk (read: Easter candy, chips, etc) and not so healthy meals due to a real lack of time to cook said meals when I am at work during the dinner-prep hour.  The family only wants so much roast and veggies or stew...

So....I am thinking about incorporating some of these recipes into my repertoire.  I'm not sure I want to do it completely, one reason being that I would have to give up my ritual of tea drinking in the morning.... I love my tea...I did pick up some different flours from the health food store and hopefully that will give me a good start.

I like the fact that the authors are at least aware of the corn allergy issue and the gluten issue, and I can adapt the days they have gluten-containing ingredients with the other alternative non-gluten ingredients.  I like that, when they use a "gum" in breads, it is guar gum and not (corn-derived) xanthan gum.  That, to me, is promising.  And I didn't see a whole lot of "gums", which I prefer as well.

So, we'll see how it goes, once I get a handle on it and try some of the recipes out!


Anonymous said...

Hi Tanya,

I found your blog as I was searching for info on AAT. We're thinking of having my daughter treated for wheat/gluten. What are your thoughts on this treatment? I'm not sure if you were treated for gluten or not in the past, but for the allergens you were treated for, did you find his to be a cure, or have the symptoms returned after awhile?


Tanya said...

Hi Laura!
As you will see if you look around on my blog, AAT and BioAllergenix have not been a cure for me.

However, they have greatly helped me in my allergy journey. Where once I had 13 (diagnosed by an allergist) food allergies and a plethora of environmental allergies, I no longer react to such a vast array of foods.

I am currently gluten-free, and have been eating this way for about 2 years now. In my chiro's opinion, the treatments (AAT/BioAllergenix) can't permanently fix the gluten issue. I don't know if it's because I waited so long to get treated and my body just can't handle it, or if it's because gluten causes the gut openings to open up and that is an all-around bad thing and best avoided anyway for people with my allergy issues, or what.

I do know that wheat allergy is different than the gluten issues, and that there are various types of issues with gluten (not just Celiac).

Yes, some things I had to be treated for repeatedly. I would try to get a doc that will give you a rate for the complete treatment and not per-session if you have that option, just for cost-effectiveness if you're dealing with a lot of allergies.

Despite my treatments, I do still have issues. I can't call it a cure, but I can call it a definite improvement on my quality of life. I am not living life day to day, constantly fighting imminent allergy attacks like I once was, and I can breathe through my nose where I couldn't for 2 years. And I am not tied down to trying to eat w/o eating those 13 different foods anymore(nightmare!).

Does that help?

Nocorngirl said...

I am definitely going to have to check this cookbook out!

Tanya said...

Hi Nocorngirl!
I hope it is helpful to you! Of course, use your "corn filter" and adjust recipes/brands of items as needed to completely avoid the corn, as it can lurk in so many places (as you well know)!