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Acts 20:32

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. - Hippocrates

Beginners Guide To Plant Based Food Staples With Food Allergies!:) Pt. 1

On a bottle of sauce: "Recipe: nut free.  Ingredients cannot guarantee nut free.  Factory Nuts used elsewhere in factory."  Ore in other words: "Nut allergy sufferers" DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?"  :{]  ~SICKIPEDIA

 

 

One of the most prevalent issues I have when adapting any dietary change is my multiple Food Allergies!  It can be maddening to say the least.  I need to balance the right foods and getting the nutrients I need for my health management with the limited choices that I sometimes have.  But with experimenting and education I have managed to adopt allergy safe staples into my life that I do not change only add to! Woo Hoo!!

 

 

In order to gather your arsenal of foods that you can Always depend on, you must know what you're food allergens are. A visit to your health care practitioner/Allergist can help to pinpoint you're offending foods.  

 

 

 [ Those of us with Food Allergies have had this face many, many times! LOL ]

 

 

                                                          [ Caught in the act! ]

[ I feel for Clawdie, I've been through this experience more times than I can count! LOL] 

 

After you're armed with that knowledge, you may feel overwhelmed because if you're new to living with Food Allergies it's a lot to take in.  Fear not, that's what I'm here for! LOL!!  I've been living with food allergies for over 10 years!  It's been 'a road less traveled'! --  To say the least!!  Adapting a new paradigm is WORK!  It's like a second job LOL!!  But you'll become an old pro in time. :)

 

 [ No matter what other porridge grains I eat, nothing replaces my desire and love for oats... It's just my reality.]

 

I have allergies to Oats [gluten free included],  No Overnight oats for me! :()  Soy, Mushrooms ;/  Sulfites and other Food Additives, Pork, Highly Fermented foods such as Pickles & other pickled foods.  I also have developed over the years Wheat/Gluten Sensitivities; which means I don't TEST allergic, but my body STILL reads this as an 'intruder' leaving me with multiple reactions :(  So, I've had to learn on the go and adjust, (and rebel), it happens LOL!!

 

 

[ These seed and nut butters are my Go To's on the regular.  Combined with Gluten free Crackers, fresh veggies, or fruit or poured onto a sweet potato or into yogurt, the ways to incorporate these protein and nutrient rich foods into a healthy 'allergy safe diet are endless! ] 

 

 

I keep my pantry stocked with 'safe' grains [Gluten Free] and seed/nut butters,

, legumes, and Gluten Free Flours for baking.  I keep my fridge/freezer stocked with  seeds/nuts [for fresher storage], Gluten/Soy Free sauces like Sky Valley Gluten Free Hot Sauce [ it's Certified G/F & Non GMO!! ]. Mmm![ I don't have Nut Allergies, but occasionally have tummy troubles with them, Almond Butter being an exception.  Since going high plant based Found I can now tolerate some nuts that I couldn't before; this comes from years of learning what my body wants and what it doesn't! ]

 

[ The LivingThruGrace ladies are trying to decide what to whip up to for this Hot Sauce!]

 

 [ Occasionally I make my own nut milks... but I usually rely on good quality store bought Plant Milks with recognizable ingredients! LOL ]

 

 

                                [ Condensed Coconut Milk; Pure Deliciousness! ]

 

I also keep my fridge stocked with my favorite brands of Nut milks, [almond/cashew being my current fave :}]  Canned Evaporated & Condensed  Coconut milks for deliciousness & richness in baking and cooking! See my blog post under Allergic Living: The Beauty Of Coconut Products!  I even keep some 'shelf life' nut milks on hand just in case!  :[]

 

 

 

Whether you're adopting a plant based diet or not, these Plant Based Food Options will provide you with plenty of Protein and a bounty of other essential amino acids and minerals for whole health management!

 

Lets start with the variety of Seeds available and what we can do with them!

 

*Chia Seed:

*It's known that the Aztec warriors ate chia seed to provide them with much needed Energy (and they weren't mixing them into puddings!  They ate them by the handful!~LOL).  The chia seed is packed HIGH full of Antioxidants. This Superfood

[ aren't you tired of that term? LOL ] They're high Anti-inflammatory properties, aid in Blood pressure, Diabetes and Cholesterol management.  Add in Magnesium, Calcium & Potassium too!!  Need a natural facelift, Chia seeds are also revered for their Skin enhancing and Anti Aging benefits!

Those Aztec's were smart cookies! :)

 

[ The pic says it all! Fiber Rich equals Bowels exit through the back please! LOL!! ]

 

*Chia seeds are Fiber rich, about 11 grams per oz, and justcup of chia pudding, or better stated ONE serving of these Super Seeds completes your fiber intake for the day!

 

*Because these seeds are so fiber rich they're a boost for our Digestive health, as they get us regularly moving :[] if you know what I mean!  I like to simply toss them into some Filtered water or Sparkling Water allow them to plump up as they take on the liquid, then I shake my water bottle to reincorporate the seeds as they settle on the bottom, and drink to my health! :)

 

 

*These seeds can (for many but we're each different) keep you fuller for longer because they expand in the tummy  Chia seeds take on a Gelatinous form because when placed in 'wet' foods; liquids, puddings etc... they take in a lot of liquid causing a full feeling and for many aid in weight loss when added to a healthy diet! Woo Hoo! More on tasty and simple ways to eat this seed in part 2!

 

The Hemp Seed: Here's a soothing & info packed vid to watch :() They are my favorite!

 

Sesame Seed: Here's another informative video for these tasty 'nutty' seeds!

 

 

Pepitas or Pumpkin Seeds: Toss these tasty seeds into anything you'd like; toss into smoothies, grind them up in a blender to make a powder to sprinkle onto everything from pizza and bake dishes to topping desserts;  even milkshakes :0  Toast them up on a skillet for extra 'nutty' flavor!  With so much nutrition packed into this little powerhouse you really can't afford Not to make them a healthy addition to your diet! :)

 

 

 

 

Sunflower Seeds!  These tiny seeds hail from those beautiful sunflowers, they're two gifts in one! :()

 

 

Join us at LivingThruGrace in Part 2 [ coming soon] of this post where we get into other allergy safe food staples that can be incorporated into a healthy diet!  It isn't always easy when living with Food Allergies, it's challenging, frustrating, it can make you want to throw in the towel at times, ( and you may, over the years I've eaten some of the forbidden foods  for my diet, and paid for it LOL! )  We grow, in discipline... :)

 

 

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