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So I consulted a dietitian last week who recommended that I try an elimination diet. This version cuts out all dairy, wheat, and corn for 30 days, after which I am to try introducing one type of food (except for dairy, which is known to be bad) for a week at a time. So I went to Trader Joe's yesterday afternoon, bought a whole bunch of food, and am planning on starting the diet today.

As those of you who've read Michael Pollan know, avoiding corn altogether is pretty darn hard in today's food industry. (Which reminds me--[livejournal.com profile] damselfrog, I'm done with your copy of the book; can [livejournal.com profile] gigglefest borrow it?) Luckily I'm already eating mostly unprocessed food, so hopefully this diet won't be too much effort.

I will probably have to figure out a way to make some kind of wheat-less, corn-less bread for convenience's sake. At some point I'll go looking for other fun grains to try, maybe at Whole Foods or Harvest Co-op; the Trader Joe's at Coolidge Corner was out of quinoa and didn't seem to have any alternative flours (arrowroot, barley, etc).

Date: 2009-02-09 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] narya.livejournal.com
If you want to run by Russo's after work on Tuesday or Wednesday I probably can.

Date: 2009-02-09 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arrowedumbrella.livejournal.com
Good luck with everything!

My upstairs neighbour has severe celiac's, so he can't have anything with gluten. He loves cooking, mostly eats unprocessed stuff, and it's delicious. You probably already know this, but there are some pastas out there that are wheat/gluten-free that have similar texture to spaghetti.

Also, he loves pad thai. :)

FWIW, Bob's Red Mill sells bread flour for gluten-intolerant folks. It makes a slightly different texture than wheat bread -- more soft and cake-like. (They also sell cake mixes and other things.)

Date: 2009-02-09 03:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lokiect.livejournal.com
if you want anything in particular from whole foods, I pass one pretty much every day by car. and feel free to steal my quinoa if you have trouble finding it when you want it.

so avoiding corn means avoiding corn syrup and starch, too? (not that you use starch that much, but we probably still have some tapioca starch from dumplings ages ago)

Date: 2009-02-09 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lakmiseiru.livejournal.com
Rice flour bread is a pretty good substitute for wheat-free and corn-free bread. I'm not sure how easy it is to get back there, but it's possible to find some here in Seattle. And a Harvest-type place should sell you rice flour to make your own bread with.

Don't forget to be somewhat anal with washing dishes too - if someone else uses the colander to drain wheat pasta, you might lose :^P

Date: 2009-02-10 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damselfrog.livejournal.com
re: book - sure! do you still have the book, or did you hand it back to me? (i recall someone doing so, but that might have been dana, before you borrowed it.)

regarding interesting grains, i've got a decent number of odd grains in my kitchen, which you're welcome to poke at if you're interested in trying something without getting a whole box or bag. (i'm afraid the catalog of grains will have to wait until i get home, though.)


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