Friday, March 6, 2009
If you haven't caught onto my 9,382 food allergies/intolerance's by now, you've probably been living in a cave. At this point, my dietary restrictions make up 75% of who I am. Its been a just-over-2-year struggle, figuring out what I can and cannot eat. What makes my body so sick? I lack an actual diagnosis, but I've managed to weed out the bad enough to make a "safe list" suitable for my apple print dinner plate. My intolerance's are gaining on me, and my safe list is getting smaller and smaller by the second. Every time something new pops up, we ask ourselves "what could possibly be next"? If you think you spend a lot on food, you should see my balance at the checkout counter. Its nothing to brag about. It sends the dollar sign section of my brain into a temporary panic room state of mind. Temporary, permanent, a mixture of both actually. So the husband and I decided to take the plunge into the life of blender luxury, and we bought a Vita Mix.
I can't even describe my blender bliss to you. How do you type out stuttering? calsklskrnc. Something like that? Recently added to my bogus list, is fructose. Meaning, no sugar, of any kind, at all. Not honey. Not agave. None of it. I'm testing the stevia waters, and so far so good, but I'm still learning. I miss fruit. I loved fruit. Maybe its not a forever farewell. Maybe I just need to heal a little, and then fruit will revisit the safe list. So if you cut out gluten/oats/amaranth/soy/dairy/eggs/fructose/sugar/corn/potato/onions/carrots/sweet potatoes/celery/preservatives/avocados... whats left?
...a lot of homemade peanut butter. I know, I KNOW(!), I said I was dumping peanut butter. I know I said I was walking away and never looking back. I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Last night we made our own homemade peanut butter. Nothing but peanuts, salt, and stevia. Oh. My. God. You must not hate me after all, because you didn't wave your magic allergy wand and shoot anti-peanut zaps at me.
With our new blender we can grind our own rice and bean flours. Make our own nut butters. Make ice cream (which I haven't had in over a year) in only 30 seconds? Seriously. Its brought excitement back into our kitchen. And I really really needed that.