Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Just attach me to an IV and call it dinner (+ no sodabread for me but maybe for you)
I am writing from behind the fog of clogged aching ears, clogged sinuses and nausea. No I'm not sick. Is it allergies? Maybe. It all started on Saturday when I decided to try and bake Irish Soda bread.
Gluten a Go Go is having a Baking Bonanza and I thought I would participate. I had made this recipe before and it turned out great, even non-gluten free people loved it. I got the recipe here and just substituted Bob's Red Mill Bread mix ( minus the yeast packet) for the flour. It is so easy and so good. Not your normal sweet with raisins soda bread, this is more like a brown bread.
So anyways, this time since I am trying to avoid dairy I wanted to substitute the buttermilk. I read a bit about it and found some people mixed soy with some lemon juice and let it sit a couple hours. I also read that this worked well because of the high protein content of soy. But soy is one of those other foods that seem to give me migraines. I went to the store looking for a alternative dairy free milk with a high protein content. Turns out the nut milks and rice milk have none or very little . Hemp milk had the highest amount so I got that. In the past it seemed like I could tolerate small amounts of soy so I decided to do half soy and half hemp milk mixed with 2 TB of lemon. Now for the flour -I didn't want to use the normal Bob's Red Mill because it has tapioca starch and potato starch, which I found out from Gluten a Go Go may not be great for cholesterol. Since we just found out Wes has very high cholesterol I mixed some different flours- like sorghum, brown rice, arrowroot, garbanzo and arrowroot. Anyways final result turned out ok, not great and W could really taste and smell the garbanzo and didn't love it. I also noticed after eating a lot I felt really spacey and got a headache. Could it be the soy? Argh.
On Sunday I tried another recipe and changed the flour amount- used more sorghum and used coconut milk instead of soy. This turned out even worse. I found out that sorghum is very gritty. So now I had these two loaves of soda bread that weren't good. I hate wasting food so I kept eating them anyways. Besides I wasn't sure it was from that, maybe I was coming down with something. But I really have not been feeling well as I keep eating it. Today I ate some and felt so nauseous right away. I also have been using stevia and am pretty sure that is giving me headaches because today after I drank a tea with the stevia I got a headache and my ears felt really clogged straight away. But I started not feeling great before I used the stevia also.
Jay-sus I can't stand all this. Now from reading this Candida book and reading over Gluten Free Goddess' post about her allergy testing I realize how food allergies are formed. So be careful with all those brown rice products gluten free kids!
Argh.. it can be really frustrating and I don't even want to think about it anymore I wish I could just attach myself to an IV call it dinner. ...like that commercial. But really I don't want that. I love food. I just need to figure which foods are making me feel crappy so I can try to avoid them once and for all and start experimenting with what I can eat.