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Vegan Without’s Plan for 2013

January 1, 2013

I didn’t post much in 2012, and I apologize for that. I have been trying to find answers to some continuing health issues, and besides the fatigue deterring me from posting, I’ve learned that I may need to avoid many other foods. Bloodwork (which may or may not be conclusive) showed that I am allergic to pinto beans, red & black beans (and all those that are similar), sunflower seeds, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, as well as oysters, dairy, and casein (which of course don’t matter much since they aren’t vegan ingredients anyway.) It was recommended that I avoid all legumes and tree nuts, and that I eat some salmon or tuna each week. I’ve greatly minimized my legumes (sticking to mostly garbanzos, lentils, peas, green beans, and lima beans as well as carob) and minimized how many almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamias, brazil, and hazelnuts I was eating. I did also include some fish (so technically not vegan for now…but I’m working on figuring out how to work it.) I’ve also figured out that corn, nutritional yeast, processed sugar (especially in quantity,) and preservatives give me headaches.

I no longer have any health insurance, so I plan on going into the “city” to the free clinic to see if they can help me figure out what I truly need to be avoiding or not. My general diagnoses are IBS (leaky gut) and “myalgia.” I’m taking probiotics, digestive enzymes, l-glutamine, flax seed oil, vitamin D, multivitamin, calcium, and magnesium. I’m considering adding aloe vera juice back into my routine, but I will wait until I talk to the doctor this week.

I look forward to sharing many recipes that I’ve come up with, and they will all still be gluten and soy free, as well as vegan. Going forward there may be some that are free of other ingredients as well. I even have a “cheesecake” that I can eat while avoiding all the above listed ingredients…you’ll be surprised at what it’s made out of.

Thank you for sticking with me, and a Happy New Year to you all!