My Humble Petition

(Parental warning- this post is rated PG 13)

Dear Wise and Merciful Goddess,

There have been so many gruesome failures (or quasi-semi-successes not worth sharing) in my tiny blue tiled cocina of late that I am perilously close to throwing in the towel and crying, WTF? I am spending days (yes, days!) feeling hollow from hunger because I can't find anything in the cruel pantry to eat. Especially for breakfast. And brunch. And snacks.

I can usually rustle up a tasty dinner built around potatoes or rice with a piece of fish or the one sausage I can eat. But truth be told- as you may already know in your omniscient all-knowingness- I am missing eggs and cheese like crazy this week. Dear Divine One, what I wouldn't give for one of my pasta frittatas. Or a sizzling tray of nachos. Or- Oy!- a hot and cozy slice of my roasted vegetable kugel.

With limited sources of protein to pick from- beef, pork and some fish- I am stymied at breakfast. Not to mention mid-day. And late afternoon snacks! I mean, seriously. Who wants to eat fish three times a day as my brisk and steely Nurse Practitioner (transplanted from coastal Maine, duh) advised?

And if might gently and sweetly ask, is it really wise to eat beef every day- even if it's grass fed and organic and roaming the range with Tommy Lee Jones and all that good stuff? I kinda doubt it. Not at my overheated pesky age.

As you well know, I'm no spring chicken.

Which I'm also allergic to. Here's the thing. Without my brown rice and beans, my peanut butter on rice cakes, my grabs of almonds and cashews, protein powder smoothies, and hummus? And those fast and fabulous grilled quesadillas? I am, quite frankly, more than slightly askew. Not to mention, cranky. And some days- like today, for instance? Yours in devotion is frustrated and gloomy and frankly, wicked pissed and hungry.

And I'm not going to lie about it.

In spite of the gluten-free peer pressure to keep it all upbeat and make lemonade when life gives you lemons (which, by the way, I am also highly allergic to, thank you very much), I am nauseated by other gluten-challenged bloggers waxing all beatific and Zen bubbly about reduced pomegranate sauces with cream and pumpkin risottos thick with butter and milk chocolate whatever- because what, by the way, doesn't taste fabulous when you cook it in butter? And get to use eggs and cream and raspberries and coconut milk and almonds?

I mean. Give me a break here.

Simply gluten-free is looking like a kindergarten picnic.

So I'm not going to pretend that I'm a shiny happy person today. I am living on potatoes. And way too many bland and spongy Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dogs. I eat like a fucking four-year old.

Holy Maternal One, I can hear your prompting inside my still small voice. It's true. I can eat buckwheat cereal for breakfast. But, honestly. I really do need to find a non-dairy milk for it that doesn't contain sunflower oil, so, by the way, if it's not too much trouble, and since your mammary-blessed archetype feeds the world--- can you help me?

I need a milky-creamy nourishing drink that is gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, nut-free, brown rice-free, sunflower oil-free and flax-free. I tried making my own milk (not from my own nursing breasts- those halcyon days are over- but from buckwheat cereal, actually, and it was, um, how to put it? Pasty. With sediment.

Not a good quality in a breakfast beverage.

I'm also a little edgy about over-using the last few grains I can eat- like white rice and corn. I really don't want to become sensitive to those as well- so I'm trying- though not totally succeeding- in rotating those.

And quinoa? I'm nervous about it because I have a wicked albumen allergy- and guess what the protein in quinoa is? Well, you probably already know, since you're the Mother of All Grain and Queen of the Harvest and that whole thing. And besides, unfortunately, they didn't test me for quinoa or sorghum so I figured, why chance it?

Perhaps my fear is unfounded? Is the albumen in egg the same albumin in quinoa- aside from that whole animal verses plant and "e" verses "i" thing?

Can you check with the Goddess that handles chickens?

So, in the spirit of surrender and fate and synchronicity and overall letting-go Jungian Zeniosity, I thought I might toss this brain-splitting puzzle of mine out into the celestial heavens- and see what comes back.

Supreme Goddess, what the Hades do you eat for breakfast and snacks when you can't eat gluten, wheat, spelt, triticale, seitan, brown rice, dairy (casein/whey/lactose), goat milk, egg yolk or egg white, soy and tofu, tree nuts, peanut/peanut butter, coconut/coconut milk, sunflower seed, flax seed, chick peas/garfava beans, kidney, pinto, navy, and northern beans, chicken, lamb, mollusks/oyster, avocado, green beans, alfalfa and alfalfa sprouts, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, sweet red pepper, yellow summer squash, watercress, okra, lemon, orange, pineapple, papaya, raspberry, cantaloupe, honeydew, curry powder or paste, ginger, turmeric, mustard, red pepper spice, hot peppers, malt, and barley.

Thank you for your time. I know you're busy this turn of the year- getting ready for winter and the big Solstice celebration and all that crazy Yuletide jazz. Me? I'm off to pour a big glass of wine and toast your buddy, Dionysus.

Yours in hungry and humble expectancy,

Karina xox


Li & David said...

Ummm... hmmm, what to eat? Tough one. White rice, drizzled with honey. Teff porridge, drizzled with honey. Toasted pumpkin seeds (sans honey). Bananas (honey optional). That's about all I would be able to share with you, between my huge list of intolerances and yours. I hope someone else has some inspiration for you!


Robert said...

Dear Slightly Askew and Occasionally Cranky Goddess -

Thanks for an honest, laugh out loud funny post. Eat fish three times a day? Seriously, shoot me now.

Hope the whole letting-go Jungian Zen-iosity thing works out for you.

Yours in sediment-free, less than shiny goodness,


Anonymous said...

Have you tried congee? Asian rice porridge with the rice cooked in a lot of water until it's the consistency of oatmeal. You can then top it with whatever flavorings, including small amounts of ground beef, veggies, etc... Chinese style.

Or perhaps a Japanese breakfast with white rice congee, grilled salmon, green salad and fruit? Perhaps some of the pickles are okay.

My sympathies, all of these food restrictions suck.

Kalyn said...

Oh sh**. I'm sorry to report I don't have a single idea. Beef jerky? (That was a joke!)

Your sense of humor is admirable.

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Lizabits said...

Hi Karina, long time reader first time commenter... how do you react to emu/ostrich meat? I don't know enough about albumen to know if it exists in the eggs of other fowl than chicken, but might they be worth looking into? That's all I've got right now, but I'm racking my brain...

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina,

I'd feel crabby too if I couldn't eat hardly anything!!!

Is your body actually feeling any better from cutting all of those 'new' foods out? Has it made a big difference?

Take care

Kate said...

Heya Sweet Goddess -
I think I may have a "creamy" sweet drink for you - try making "Horchata" - it's rice milk (soak your own - don't buy it) with cinnamon and sugar (or agave nectar or honey). It's tasty - and I think you can have all of those, correct?
I HOPE so!

blogeria said...

Hi Karina, I've been enjoying your site but haven't ever posted before. How about a Turkish-inspired breakfast? I make a plate with the very best smoked salmon I can find, spears of cucumber and roma tomatoes, red pepper slices, and a few olives. It's refreshing and gives you the protein boost you need in the morning. - Alexandra

Aggie said...


Salvadoran corncakes w/ fillings. Generally cheese, but you can use spicy meat and vegetables. I'm sure that they could be adapted to sweet as well.

Here is one recipe that I found, but Googling will find many others.

Also, fermented foods really helped me and my gut. Check out the book "wild fermentation" by sandor ellix katz - there is a world beyond sauerkraut!

I had a similar allergy/intolerance list at one point - it returns when my body is "flaring up". At other times, I can eat almost anything (sans gluten or tomatoes).

Pain and frustration inevitably accompany self-denial. It is hard to be loving and nourishing towards your body while simultaneously restricting. It is a process. Writing always helps. I'm glad that you are reaching out to a community that cares about you.

Good luck!


ChupieandJ'smama said...

You've probably already tried this and maybe are allergic to hemp, but I've found this recipe and maybe it will work for your milk sub:
Hemp Milk
1/4 cup shelled hempseeds
1 cup water
flavorings (vanilla, maple syrup or honey)

Place seeds into a blender and add small amount of water 1 inch above the seeds. Turn blender on at multiple speeds and agitate seeds so they become a thick hemp cream.

Then add either vanilla, maple syrup or honey or only a ripe banana and serve as a thick drink or add water at a ratio of 4.75 water to 1 part seed for a lighter hemp milk.

A great alternative to soy milk without the throwaway aseptic containers.

I found it at
Just a thought. I wish I had more suggestions for you.
Have you tried venison meat? Or elk? Not exactly breakfast material, but ok for lunch or dinner.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina
sometimes I have banana fritters
Mash 1 banana
Add 3 teaspoon of sunflower seeds
(or pine nuts or ground nuts if you can eat those.)
Add spoonful or 2 of flour (buckwheat or quinoa) to thicken
Then put dollops in lightly greased frying pan.
They take a few mins to cook each side.
Nectarines or peaches baked with vanilla and raspberries and a little maple syrup or agave are good (had these in a hotel once they were fab). but no protein so won't fill you up for long.
I also make your cobbler recipe with blueberries, nectarines etc and apple juice and have that cold oh and the peach crisp recipe. Sometimes I use nuts, sometimes oats.
Breakfasts are a bummer. I've seen me go without because I just can't think of anything and when you have to rotate food as is quite c*@£!
theresa x

Steven said...

Hi Karina,

First, I need to thank you for all you have done for me. Recently diagnosed with Celiac and already allergic to dairy, I was thrilled to find your blog as I figured out what to eat. Secondly, I went out and bought the same breadmaker and followed your instructions; again I can not express enough my gratitude to you.
That said, it is time for you to invent a new cuisine. "Goddess Food" if you will. How about that congee suggestion, but cook it with fruit puree. Top with roasted plums. Or maybe use tea! (I make a salad dressing using strong earl grey tea for a friend who is allergic to vinegar.) How about grits and pumpkin butter? Grilled polenta, pork chops and port wine reduction? I look forward to seeing more "Goddess Cuisine".


Erin said...

I'm kind of just jumping in here, without knowing your history. What kind of food tests did you have done on yourself? IgG?

Have you tried buffalo meat or ostrich? Ostrich is low fat and very lean, probably better to eat on a semi-daily basis than beef.

I nursed a sensitive babe for 5 months eating only 7 foods total: basmati rice, yukon gold potatoes, kale, sunflower seed butter, organic chicken, quinoa and peas. Yes, breakfast was challenging. The whole thing sucked and I hope I never have to do it again. Nobody should have to eat like that for 5 months.

Can you have quinoa? There are quinoa flakes you make like hot cereal and take much less time than buckweat. I put some brown sugar or honey or maple syrup in there with some cinnamon and it's great! Plus, lots of protein too :)

Have you looked into "Custom Probiotics"? I forget the URL, but you could do a google search. I believe he makes them without using dairy or soy. There are some grown on chickpeas.

I looked into leaky gut syndrome a lot when I was having multiple health issues. During my pregnancy, my previous unlimited diet was restricted of almost everything. I've actually become super sensitive to foods that I wasn't before because of the change my body went through. Right now I am just starting to try sprouted wheat and am having good luck so far. It took me a while to get to this point though. I did a lot of probiotics and other supplements that were good for LGS.

I hope things get better for you. I feel your pain (and hunger). There were so many days I ate under 800 calories a day WHILE nursing my babe because I couldn't eat anything. Can you do olive oil? I ate about a cup a day back then, mostly with rice and other veggies. It helped me add easy calories and also helped with the hunger.

Good luck with everything :)

Jess said...

Hi Karina,
Wow, that is quite a predicament - I would occasionally be grumpy (and hungry!) too.

I have a few ideas that might help.
Are you allowed hemp seed? I love hemp seeds, they are super healthy protein source, filling and have lots of vitamins, and more importantly, I didn't see it on your list of nos. I sprinkle hemp on salads or with my breakfast cereal. You can also make or buy hemp seed milk. Manitoba Harvest makes Hemp milk that is gluten free, through I don't know if it would meet your more rigorous standards.
I also love fruit sauces for breakfast and snacks eg. peach plum, cranberry apple, spiced apple-pear etc. etc. etc.
Fennel salad with either carrots and apples or apples and pears is another favorite of mine
A great way to use rice and make your meals seem a bit different is sushi: lots of filling variations, fun to eat, easy to bring along with you etc. I often bring sushi to school and make all my friends jealous.
For breakfast, what about banana teff pancakes:
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 teaspoons oil
1 1/2 cups teff flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

or Buckwheat pancakes:
1 cup buckwheat flour
¼ c quinoa flakes
2 tbsp cornmeal
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tbsp honey
3/4 cup water
2 tsp oil
1 tbsb hemp seeds

These would probably be great adapted into breads or muffins too!

Hope this helps and good luck!!

Jessica said...

You took the blog right outta my brain!

You may feel deja vu in a few days after I blog it up...I guess we're mood twins this week.

Alex and I were thinking of sending you some vital wheat gluten and some Kashi products...I hear they're really healthy and necessary for a balanced diet...

But really. The way I figure it, you haven't lived until you've cried a little inside while passing the section in the grocery store where they keep those giant wheels of cheese.

Slacker Mom (aka Mrs. GF) said...

Ouch. It su*ks completely. I hate this for you. Wine will work for you today, but what about tomorrow???

Makes me grumpy just thinking about it.

My naturopathic doctor really believes in the raw milk movement as a healing treatment for your intestines; even if you are dairy intolerant.

There is a book, I think it's this one:

if you haven't read about it yet.

Will it help? Will it work? No idea.

You have every right to complain and wave your fists in the air in frustration and be piss*d off. After that, dust yourself off, straighten your shirt, and show them (who? I don't know, but you have to show somebody!!) what you are made of.

And, I would glad be there to rail with you, and offer you a hand up.

Cheers to you!

n. said...

Hi Karina, I just started reading your blog as my doc and I are hunting down a possible food intolerance. My only one previously was cumin but now who knows. Someone else here talked about horchata for breakfast. There is an excellent recipe for horchata but it has almonds. However, you might be able to adapt it.

Good luck. I don't blame you for feeling cranky.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina - If you want something that tastes cheesy, try nutritional yeast. You can sprinkle it on popcorn for cheese popcorn. A cookbook called "How It All Vegan" has a great "cheese" sauce using nutritional yeast that I think meets your dietary requirements. The sauce is great as is, on vegetables, on rice, or (with a little cayenne added) as a nacho cheese sauce.

You didn't list lentils or split peas as foods you can't eat. You should check out Indian and Ethiopian foods for some new ways of using those. "Olive Trees and Honey" is a cookbook with extremely authentic food.

Afghan cuisine might also be something for you to look into. A good book is "Afghan Food & Cookery."

Jo said...

Hi Karina, I know how frustrating finding NOTHING to eat can be, an my diet is not as limited as yours. Have you tried Sorghum flour? Mom and I use it in our gluten-free flour mix to make baked goods. And if you're looking for a yummy egg-free dessert, try Brownie Pudding - it's a classic in the big Better Homes and Garden cookbook and can be adapted (no milk, then just use water), etc. :D

Alisa said...

Seriously, I don't blame you at all for being a little less than cheerful, that is a tough list. I was amazed when reading it at how upbeat your blog always is, impressive.

I am sure you receive every suggestion in the book, but I did want to mention millet if you can have it. It is one of my favorite breakfast grains.

Anywho, I hope that the elimination and rotation actually helps to relieve some of your allergies!

Ms. Jen said...

Quinoa has albumen as a protein? That explains why I get nauseous after eating it... am also allergic to eggs and just the smell of eggs upsets my tummy.

I have also recently gotten my allergies retested am on a stricter diet of no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no corn, no canola, etc etc etc. I am experiencing a breakfast problem with the rotation diet.

Jenny said...

Genestra makes a line of probiotics called HMF (I take the HMF Forte) that it claims are "100% pure vegetable sourced. They say that the whole line contains no dairy, casein, wheat, gluten, soy, corn, nuts or other common allergens. It might be worth a call to the company to see what exactly they mean by vegetable sources. I live in Canada and I sometimes lose track of which supplements I take are made by Canadian companies (and hence perhaps not available in the US) but I think Genestra is a big international brand. Some holistic dispensaries will require a prescription from a naturopath to purchase them.

Jessica said...

You get the world's biggest hug, as far as I'm concerned.


Because I thought *I* had it bad, with my allergies to tree nuts, most fruits, and uncooked soy, in addition to the whole celiac thing and something dangerously approaching lactose intolerance.

Some days? I wake up and want to cry. So, I can understand where you're coming from. And I'm amazed that you can remain so strong during all this.

And I can agree wholeheartedly about the bubbly GF bloggies and their silly, bubbly posts about all the things that I can't eat.

But, thank you, Karina, for making the 5 weeks since I was diagnosed as having celiac disease much, much easier. If there weren't people like you out there, I'd have hidden in my bedroom and cried (and, um, probably starved) from the moment I found out celiac was a possibility.

From the bottom of this 22-year-old's heart, thank you. And I hope you're able to find some options as to what you can eat. If I can find anything that fits your multitude of allergies, I won't hesitate to let you know. :-)


Anonymous said...

How about sheeps milk cheese, or aged italian cheese (without cultures or enzymes)? How about organic banana chips? How about some type of bread/muffin or even a corn tortilla, topped with tomato sauce and olives (kind of like a pizza)? or topped with babaghanous, since hummus is out? Some kind of potato pancake??Breakfast is so hard, I end up eating applegate farms turkey bologna and rice crackers a lot. Have you considered a bioset or applied kinesiology practitioner to clear some of those allergens? If my list looked like yours, I might be at that "try anything" point. Good luck to you and thanks for writing, I really enjoy it!

Michelle said...

How about a cannelini bean "hummus," made with garlic, olive oil and a splash of vinegar (in lieu of lemon)?

Anonymous said...

Are you ok with sweet potatoes/yams? I love both kinds--the moister orange-fleshed ones (typically sold as "yams") and the drier light-fleshed ones ("sweet potatoes"). They're one of my go-to foods as either a snack or breakfast. They're great plain, just baked in the oven or microwave (oven-baked taste better, if you have the time) either warm or cold leftover out of the fridge. For breakfast, I love mashing up a baked yam, slicing a banana on top, microwaving it for a minute or so until the banana gets kind of melty, then mashing the banana and sprinkling the whole thing with cinnamon. It may not look appetizing, but it's delicious and smells great too. Oddly, I also really like yams topped with a little apricot jam. I'm sure there are lots of other things you could combine them with, either sweet or savory.

zendra said...

smoked lox? not as fun w/o the bagels, but still a tasty breakfast food

CeliacChick said...

...but you still look cute! :) I like the sweatshirt!

So, there is kefir water you can make. Here is a link for info:

You need a special water kefir for this, so I'd suggest buying some on ebay.


Gluti Girl said...

On the upside, at least you can still drink! I wish I could give you a hug. This really, really sucks for you. I would be frustrated too.

Cindy said...


Nice post. Hey when you're hungry and bitchy you have to have a sense of humor... or a handgun. And hope that it's not your PMS week too :)

I have been thinking about recipes that aren't so redundant for you.... I feel your pain. Well, sort of- you really have it rough. I have been living off kale, collards, bbq sauce, and ground beef or bison myself the last 3 weeks :)
I recommend hemp, but it seems that has already been brought up. Can you have venison? How about wild caribou? Can you digest the cooked shells of pumpkin? I think they're quite good and they'd serve as a nice base to your fruit crisps or just some baked/broiled fruit or veggies (drizzle with honey and some acceptable spices). Do you eat dark leafy greens? You know I'm a kale/collard addict and those are great for any meal. Believe it or not, sauteed kale can be yummy with some honey.
In general, I am avoiding eggs also, so I've been eating sauteed spinach with collards or kale, all wrapped up in a nori seaweed wrap. Sounds unappetizing, but it is really good. It gives you something to "bite into" which is nice.
Watch the commercial hemp milk- as far as I've seen they all add sugar to it (about 15 g). It is better to makes your own and it is easy to do so, though I can see the need for convenience food when you're already making everything yourself :)
I'll keep thinking and when I get back from this experiment and into my kitchen next week I'll do my best to rise to you challenge! Hey, just for laughs you should take a breather and pressure Steve to cook you something amazing and acceptable for you diet- make him squirm :) (Just kidding Steve!)
Love Cindy

SusieQ said...

Hi Karina - How about a baked apple with maple syrup? I apologize if either of those ingredients is on your dizzying list of no-nos . . .

LiAn said...

I have similar allergies. I live on sprouted grain breads. When they sprout the grains, the chemical compounds within them change and become easy to digest and very nutritious. My boyfriend also has terrible food allergies (or sensitivities) and can't even eat rice flour...he had a severe case of candida. that might be your problem. but anyway, he can eat sprouted grain bread. ezekiel bread is great! very tasty too! i'm not sure if you can eat almonds, but i have cinnamon-raisin ezekiel bread, toasted, with almond butter, honey, and bananas for breakfast almost every day. it's awesome. sometimes i have it for dinner too.

for other meals, try something simple like steamed vegetables and brown rice. it will really fill you up. pour some braggs and extra virgin olive oil on it and maybe add some dulse or other form of seaweed. you don't have to have what America has brainwashed us into thinking is "protein." lots of things have much protein in it and aren't fish or meat.

crap, i just re-read your post and see that you're allergic to rice too! forget the rice comment. i have honestly never heard of someone with so many allergies. really, check out that candida thing. my boyfriend cut out sugar and went on a slew of herbs and has never felt better. (and alcohol becomes sugars in your system...drinking might be feeding your allergies)

Good luck!

Kathy said...

Hi Karina,

I just want to add that the Metagenics line of products have helped me enormously! I drink a shake from them called "Ultra InflamX" (mixed with rice milk) and if I don't drink it regularly, I become one big rash. I know this is diet related, but my integrative physician and I have realized that as long as I stay on anti-inflammatory program (along with Fish oil and calcium supplements), I'm fine. She often says, "You know you should go off the dairy," but good grief! I feel like I've given up enough with the gluten situation!

I wish I had a delicious, satisfying, yummy recipe to throw over your way, but I'm drawing a complete blank.

jill said...

You know I feel your pain too, as I am starting to go through a similar situation. My lovely multiple food allergies are accompanied by migraines. Fun. Got one today. So I super appreciated your post.
Thank you! I am loving reading all these ideas people are putting out!

Karina said...

Thanks, again, for even more menu suggestions.

I heard back from The Goddess. She suggests I start smoking again. Amercian Spirits, of course.

No, I do not have candida- I was tested.

I also do not have an enzyme deficiency, or an acidic PH, or a yeast problem.

I did have a ten year bout with a parasite once. But a divorce took care of that.

Big *smooches*...


Suzan said...

How to you spell ie yie yie! Here is my thought, Shelley Case has a really good grain free granola (really really good) which has amaranth flour, potato starch (maybe your could sub tapica), seeds (which I didn't have so I subbed some quinoa flakes & millet puffs but it was delicious & I will try to dig it out after I get home from work and put the three kids 2 & under to bed....

Cindy said...

Lol, a ten year parasite, huh? Too bad divorce lawyers aren't as cheap as apple cider vinegar and cleansing herbs....
Oh, and nice picture, I like it.
as for your prayers, careful what you wish for- you'll be answering replies and comments for the next 40 years ;)

Debbie said...


I, too, have multiple allergies. I have been making this recipe and freezing it. You could use a potato flour/sorghum flour mix. I looked through your list and didn't see anything on here you couldn't eat, but adapt it...

Also, Fermented Treasures has a water kefir
that is tasty and seems to be tolerated by those of us who cannot have casein.

Harvest Pumpkin Loaf

2/3 c. shortening (or butter)Spectrum organic
2 2/3 c. sugar
4 eggs
1# can pumpkin
2/3 c. water
3 1/2 c. gluten-free flour
2 t. baking soda
4 t. xanthan gum
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. cloves
12 oz bag GF, DF choc. chips

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Then add the
pumpkin, eggs, and water. Then stir in the dry ingredients. Can make into muffins or bake in a small bread pan. I usually skip the topping, as it is good without. However, if I was taking this to a potluck, I would use it.

Optional topping:
1 c. powdered sugar with a few drops of water, 1/2 t. cinnamon and 1/2 t. cloves
mixed to the consistency of frosting.

Anonymous said...

There is a middle eastern drink made with cantaloupe or honeydew melon seeds. It is made the same way as other seed and nut milks.

Health food stores that have bulk sections will sometimes order grains from their suppliers for you even if they don't stock the grain. I get my millet, amaranth, teff and quinoa this way. It also looks like amazon might be a possible source for whole grains.

The plant albumins have fairly low sequence identity (28%) with ovalbumin (chicken egg albumin) so you might want to consult a nutritionist and allergist before you rule out a seed because it contains an albumin.

My mom said my Grandfather had a similar list of allergies after he was in a POW camp and after he "took lots of vitamins" was able to eat everything again. Hopefully your situation will improve too.

Good Luck,


~M said...

Can you have other fish? Some seared tuna with mango salsa (mango, tomato, jalapeƱo, and onion) could be tasty. Also, what about teff? I've seen that made into a polenta-type pie or hot cereal or pancakes (I really like banana-teff pancakes too). Take care, Karina!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina

Re. non-dairy milk. There used to be a product available in the UK called Tiger White milk made from tubers from the chufa plant. The ingredients in the unsweetened version are: filtered water, chufas (12%), natural cinnamon flavouring. It's really delicious and is based on a traditional Spanish drink "horchata de chufa". Unfortunately I can't seem to get it here anymore. You could see if you can find something similar in the US or hunt down a recipe, perhaps, though goodness knows where you get chufas from!

Re. additive free, hypoallergenic non-dairy probiotics, look at DDS Probioplus Gold made by UAS laboratories. It's a very high quality product - and therefore quite expensive. Bu I thought I'd save you trailing through shops and websites in your hunt for something suitable, when that's probably the last thing you feel like doing.

Good luck

Anonymous said...

"I did have a ten year bout with a parasite once. But a divorce took care of that." *giggle*

Seriously, I only suffer through a soy/lots of legumes allergy (but not peanuts, praise Elath), and I thought I was limited!

Hmmm. Maybe it would help to focus on the things you can have, then brainstorm from there. I find it constricts my ability to think of options when I go at it from the negative (I can't have X, Y, Z).

Just a thought. Use or discard as you please. :-)

(not really anonymous, just not a BloggerGurl)

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

It does suck. Big-time.

At the risk of overeating corn and getting an allergy to it, we Southerners love grits for breakfast.

mary said...

Dear Karina
Mega Flora is a probotic that does not have any dairy,soy or gluten in it. And it is also free of herbicides and pesticides. I feel your pain with this. I am frustrated for you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina,

I just found your site, must be fate. I recently had my blood tested for food allergies and I am reactive to ALL of the things you are (when I say "all", I do mean that your list of no-nos was identical to mine). Very interesting...

So, here I am searching the web for some possible answer to my morning meal dilemma and there you are experiencing the same thing. I was o.k. when I couldn't eat gluten, but now when eggs/dairy/nuts and all the other goodies are taken out of the equation, things are looking pretty sparse.

This morning I juiced some veggies and fruit and ate that. It somehow seemed more 'breakfasty' than a slab of fish and veggies - blech (normall, it's yummy, but just not for breakfast).

Probiotics: Genestra is what I use too. I'm also doing a lot of work with my leaky gut as I know this is not the normal/healthy state of a body, rather my bod's way of waking me up to the problems within.

In the meantime, I counting on you to find me something decent to eat. The pressure's on - get to it girl!

Sea said...

Heya Karina,
I came up with an egg-free solution to the crust dilemma- I made my spinach pie with a garlic mashed potato crust a la cottage pie and it was delish. So, here's what I'm thinking. You take the nutritional yeast version of my spinach pie filling, then top it with garlic mashed potatoes riced and made with canola margarine and hemp milk + lotsa yummy seasonings, and there you go. 100% karina friendly. *whew* You can have potatoes, right? I hope?

DH has been baking apples lately, too- yummy with margarine melted on top with spices.


Fab Grandma said...

HI, I was in a cuban restaurant yesterday, and had the most delish fried plaintains. You could probably do the same thing with bananas. Top with some honey or fruit jam of some kind.

Oh, and that comment about the 10 year parasite had me cracking up!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karina

I really sympathise with you. I am on a very strict stone age diet while undergoing allergy treatment. I can only eat meat, fish eggs and green vegetables + squash - all on a 4 day rotation basis. No fruit, no beans/pulses, no green beans/peas, no nuts or seeds, no grains, no dairy, no sugar/yeast/fermented foods etc. etc.

I also face the problem of what to eat for breakfast - and yes I have eaten fish occasionally! You have a bit more scope in that you can eat fruit and some grains. I've found that changing my mindset re. breakfast has really helped. I now see it as another light meal, as I would lunch or a light supper and eat the same as I would for those. When not on such a strict diet, I would often have soup, for example. It's warming and nourishing. Now I eat a lot of raw vegetables and cold roast meat.

I looked at your no-eat list. Here are things that aren't on it - any good? I know you will have already thought of most of these, but I find it helps to focus on what I can eat, not what I can't.

I wish you all the best.


duck (how about duck eggs?), venison, rabbit, pheasant, grouse partridge

all lentils/split peas, black beans, butter beans cannelini/haricot beans, flagelot beans, mung beans + sprouts (I don't know what Northern beans are)

Apricot kernel spread, hemp seed spread (both difficult to find in UK), pumpkin seed spread, tahini

Can you eat home made ghee? You skim off the milk solids, which contain the lactose and casein. Dairy products give me stomach cramps and bloating, but I an eat ghee with no problem.

Grains/non-grains and flours
tapioca, millet, amaranth, teff (not sago - it's related to coconut)

apple, pear, apricot, cranberry, blueberry, peach/nectarine, blackberry, strawberry, blackcurrant, kiwi fruit, plum/damson, rhubarb

There are lots of vegetables not on you list

pine nuts (good for sweet or savoury dishes), shelled hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds

Anonymous said...

Dear Karina. Do you know you can make your own fermented foods? It would put all the control in your hands.

Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz and Sally Fallon explains it all. It's specifically about lacto-fermentation.

Sally Fallon is the President of the Board of Directors of the Weston A Price Foundation [] and is very approachable and extremely knowledgeable. I'm sure she would work with you if you needed to adapt the recipes to your needs.

I hope this helps.


Anonymous said...

Hi again Karina

Here's a nice sweet potato pudding that you can have for breakfast or as a dessert. I don't find it very filling, so if you eat it for breakfast, be prepared for the need for a mid-morning snack! You can cook or puree more sweet potato than for one serving and keep it in the fridge for the next day or freeze in portions.

I hope you enjoy it if you try it.


Sweet potato pudding (1 serving)
1 large sweet potato, peeled, chopped, cooked and blended with a little water to aid blending (yields 1 cup)
1-2 tsp coconut butter (use ghee here if you can tolerate it or leave out the fat)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
A little sugar or syrup of your choice to taste
Water as needed

Place all the ingredients in a pan, and heat through, adding water to achieve the consistency you like.

Add a handful or more of any or all of the following:
pine nuts
shelled hempseeds
fresh, fozen or dried cranberries or blueberries

ElwoodCity, Ph.D. said...

Karina (and Alex, or whoever is going through the comments this week)

I have been doing some reading, and albumen is a term specifically for the white of an egg.

Albumin, with an i, is a class of proteins that is soluble in water and coagulated by heat. As you might imagine, this is an extremely broad definition, and includes things such as: ovalbumin, from eggs; lactalbumin, from milk, and human serum albumin, that occurs naturally in your blood.

I would very be surprised if quinoa albumin and egg albumin have much, if any, structure or sequence homology. If you would like me to, I could have a friend look it up.

To sum up, the name albumin refers to solubility and coagulation behaviour, and nothing at all to do with structural similarity. I think you can feel safe eating quinoa, at least as safe as yo feel eating anything else.

Barbara said...


I'm still relatively new to this whole gluten-free thing (since
January, no official diagnosis, but more than enough results to convince me), and wanted to say thanks for having your blog and your recipes. I've looked at a number of cookbooks, and they're just not the same as having a blog where you really know someone has tried it. Though it sounds like I tend to be like you, rarely following recipes but doing what sounds good or right.

I also wanted to let you know you're not the only one with a turmeric allergy. That's the one I figured out first, years ago. The only symptom, but a very reliable one, is that if I have turmeric, I'll be running a fever that evening. Guess there was a reason I never did like mustard. I've now found a honey mustard that is gluten-free and contains no turmeric, but it looks like mustard is out for you as a whole. I'll keep hoping that you get to add back some ingredients into your diet someday. If you do find out anything more about a turmeric allergy, I'd be curious to know. Since so many homeopathic remedies
promote turmeric as a help for allergies, I've periodically wondered if that's one I should try to 'fight' just like they do with allergy shots for some things -- by periodically consuming small amounts and building up more. I just don't know enough, and I don't think doctors in general do either.

Again, thanks for all your recipes, and the accompanying stories. Now
that it feels like fall, I'm sure I'll be trying even more of them.


Anonymous said...

i just discovered your site. i've been avoiding gluten since december, and my list of allergens is quite similar to yours. i didn't start taking the other allergies as seriously as the gluten until recently. i'm now nit-picking my way through every dining endeavor. i had been cooking most of my own food for awhile, but the last few months i've been a bit transient, living in between two houses, both of which have hectic kitchen situations (i'll spare the details). On top of that its a bit of a spectacle carting bags back and forth with the various ingredients my body is so kindly allowing me to eat. i'm 21. planning is not my forte. luckily there are starting to be restaurants who are catering to gluten-intolerant individuals/allergies in general in the area. however i have days where i feel exactly as you did above, and in this current moment i am feeling sick from impulsively sharing an order of tater-tots with my friend after a carefree day of swimming. i have my weak moments. most of the time i don't eat foods like those, but i didn't plan well enough. i'm looking forward to exploring your site more, and appreciate the advice and humor your site offers.

T. K. said...

hi karnia

this is the first time I have posted anything on a website. I have a very long list that I can't eat, too but I want to let you know some information.
I just returned from the emergency room with a reaction to quinoa. After lots of searching I found that it can contain albumin protein the same as in egg whites. also hemp seeds gets 1/3 of its protein from albumin. hope this keep you from getting an reaction.

Wendy said...

About albumen -- my nutritionist recommends adding a little iodized salt to any food containing albumen, especially egg whites. The iodine in the salt neutralizes foreign albumen (our bodies make our own albumen), so you are less likely to react to it.

Alternatively, if you can tolerate kelp, you can use a couple of drops of kelp extract which contains natural iodine. Available at health food stores.

Two drops of kelp extract gives you less iodine than you would get in a multivitamin, but if you have an overactive thyroid, check first with your doctor before using either iodized salt or kelp extract.


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