So you have just learned you are allergic to a food, now what?
I recommend visiting this site for inexpensive, non-invasive testing that can be done without a doctor’s order. I have gone this route for all of my family members in addition to spending thousands of dollars on two of my boys’ testing by blood. Both tests produced the same results. Again, I am not a doctor, but I feel quite substantiated in recommending this test.
It is also important to note that my gastroenterologist has added my testing results to my file now and deems it legitimate and necessary in my ongoing care.
I realize that your testing might produce a completely different set of allergies. My site, however, is dedicated to dealing with the allergens gluten, dairy, egg and soy…which consequently are also very common.
For those who have just received their testing and do not know what to do, my advice to you is to have a survival kit that will get you through the next few weeks while you flip your kitchen and learn how to start cooking in a new way. And just know, delicous eating of homemade meals is in your immediate future.
1. Ener-g bread. There are many different breads on their site that are free of the 4 allergens we are avoiding here. Tapioca loaf, brown rice hamburger buns, tapioca hotdog buns, tapioca dinner rolls, and english muffins to name a few. Again, not all of their products are egg fee, so pay close attention when reading the ingredients.
2. Udi’s granola and granola bars. These not only taste amazing, they will help out with a quick breakfast before you know how to make an elaborate spread. Disclaimer: None of their bread is egg free. I’m referring to granola only.
3. Earth balance soy free vegan butter. This is it. This is the only worthy butter on the market without soy. And trust me, it is absolutely wonderful. You can spread it, cook with it, drizzle it. Whatever you want. Works and tastes exactly the same. Cup for cup.
4. Daiya cheese and their other products. This includes all of their cheeses, cheesecakes, and oven pizzas. Absolutely a game changer for allergen free cooking.
6. Enjoy Life crunchy cookies. Because they are a 10 out of 10 in my family, and you need something to get you through until your gluten free flours arrive.
7. You must have snacks you can go and fetch at your local market. Fritos, Wavy Lays, plain Ruffles, Lays Original Potato Chips, Tostitos Tortilla Chips and Xochitl Chips will fill that void.
8. Until you know how to tell if gluten, dairy or soy are in your luncheon meats and bacon, know that Hormel Natural Choice options are safe…unless the label specifically calls out the allergen.
9. Dreyer’s Outshine Fruit Bars are great for a quick and healthy dessert.
10. Mission corn tortillas are safe.
11. Any canned vegetable that is organic and contains only the product plus salt and or water is safe.
12. Heinz ketchup is safe. French’s mustard is safe. Tabasco Original is safe. Lea and Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce is safe.
13. Your new mayonnaise is Just Mayo by Hampton Creek.
14. Salad dressings that come bottled at the store nearly always contain soy. You’ll soon be making your own, but in the meantime, Ken’s steakhouse Balsamic Vinaigrette is safe.
15. Mezetta brand of olives, peppers etc. are safe. They do not hide any gluten ingredients in their vinegar. Unless the product actually contains cheese, it is dairy free as well.
16. Mt. Olive informed me their entire line is safe, responding to my email inquiring about pickles.
17. Rice is safe as long as there are no additional ingredients… There should only ever be 100% rice
18. So Delicious Coconut Products for milk, yogurt, whipped cream, and coffee creamer are safe … And they do have some gluten, dairy, egg, soy free ice cream as well.
19. Many peanut butters contain soy. Make sure that your ingredients are either 100% dry roasted peanuts or that the oil used is palm oil. I prefer organic. But if you are looking for main stream option, Jif All Natural now uses palm oil.
20. All gum has soy. Even when it doesn’t list it, it coats the belt that the gum runs on at the manufacturer. I’ve never met a gum that did not cause a reaction in me. Until now. Pur gum is the bomb. Added bonus, no Aspartame.
21. My last piece of survival guide advice is donate your old toaster and buy a new one. There is no way to clean the inside, and you’ll contaminate everything you put in it.
These foods will enable you to get through the first couple of weeks without starving while you are diving into a new world of cooking.
Of course fresh fruits and veggies should be a staple. Meat should only ever have one ingredient — the meat you are purchasing. You want to avoid “natural or artifical flavors” as these are places allergens can hide. When there are more ingredients, the meat must be verified with the manufacturer…as I have done with Hormel Natural Choice luncheon meats.
Once you begin to understand ingredients, build up necessary ingredients in your kitchen and aquire new recipes, you may want to do as I have done over time and make the switch to nearly all organic ingredients. It’s yet another way to improve your overall health through food.
Companies change their ingredients all the time. I will try to keep my site updated with changes of which I am aware. But for safety reasons, always double check labels for yourself.
My blog portion will provide recipes and product substitutes to help you move forward and return to your normal life…but with a new and improved way of cooking.
Some of my favorite sites to order allergen free food include:
Once you start purchasing gluten free flours and specialty items, you will find you can save money ordering in bulk from these websites.
Eating free of any of the Top 8 allergens is expensive, but there are steps you can take to make it more manageable.
1. Vitacost and Amazon both have monthly subscription programs that save money on items you know you will absolutely need. You can postpone or cancel an order at any time and save up to 15% off of normal pricing.
2. Ordering in bulk is often the way to go. Again for items you know you will eat more of, money is saved by ordering a case. Even Whole Foods offers a case discount when checking out at their physical stores.
3. Make more from scratch. The more you replace the processed items with items you make yourself, the less expensive your grocery trips both in store and online will be.
4. Get recipes online. You don’t have to invest in multiple new cookbooks. Many of the authors will post sample recipes online. Amazon has online previews of many of these books in which they will post several pages you can copy and paste recipes. Get to know your search engine.
5. EBATES.com This is a no brainer. Sign up with EBATES. Then when you go to EBATES.com and link to a site such as Vitacost, you’ll earn various percentages back in rebates which will be sent as a check to your address each month.
EBATES now has so many partners, the opportunity to earn back cash extends well beyond food — you can do this for nearly anything you purchase online. I’m an EBATES customer, and I love my monthly checks I receive for simply purchasing the items online that I have to buy regardless.