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15
Jun
10

Kale and Potato salad


HOLLA

This is yum…great hot right after you make it and nummy the next day cold.  I ate it on my way back from a gig the other night.  In my car.  While talking on the phone.  On the highway.  During construction.  While putting on mascara.  And breastfeeding.  Not really.

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 pounds kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves very thinly sliced crosswise

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in upper third.

Toss potatoes with oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a large 4-sided sheet pan, then spread evenly. Roast, stirring once, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, water, lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute. (Add a bit of water if sauce is too thick.)

Toss kale with hot potatoes and any oil remaining in pan, then toss with sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

If it doesn’t look just like this.  You suck, throw it in the garbage and do it over.

*WARNING: This website is meant to suggest things for people with sulfite allergies.  There are many different types and degrees of food intolerences out there,.  Many of them can be dangerous.  I am, contrary to what you all may think reading my genius blog, I am NOT an expert on this.  So please don’t sue.  Thank You.

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15
Jun
10

What the heck CAN I have…


I am going to make a list of things that I am learning to eat.  I will add to it as I go along.  There is not much on here because, frankly, I don’t know what the heck to eat.  I am sure that there will be Cecille’s corner ideas and  Tracy suggestions.   A lot of these ideas came from those two so here goes…

*I season organic chicken breasts with sea salt and some fresh dill and toss them on them grill so I can have them all week.  My favorite thing to make on the run is a chicken avocado sandwich.  I like to get that really good Italian loaf bread from the bakery section at the Jewel.  The one that only has like 5 ingredients in it.  I lather that up with avocado and throw the chicken on there with some lettuce.  Yummers.

*Avocados.  I use the heck out of these.  They replace all condiments for me.  Go to Costco and buy the big bag.  Get a big bag of lemons too.  I use a ton of lemon juice.

*Salad dressing is a hard one.  I have been putting a little LF yogurt in the blender with fresh dill, a little honey, cucumber and a bit of olive oil.  I just keep that in the fridge and it lasts a few days. My new favorite dressing is lemon based. I take 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and mix with fresh sage, rosemary and thyme. Little seasalt. Mix well then I add a cup of good EVOO. Lasts a few days and I even dip veggies and bread in it. YUM.

*Basically, I am just eating really fresh.  All organic veggies.  I wouldn’t waste money on some organic things like bananas and avacados, stuff like that with thick skin. I am also growing some veggies in my garden.  All fresh hhhhherbs on my back porch.

*For on the go, Lara bars are filling.  Watch out for the ones that have raisins and coconuts in them.

*To satisfy the munchie hunger, Cape Cod chips or any other chips made in sunflower oil is okay.

*Another SIL on Thor’s side…a.k.a. RunnerGirl….she has this same allergy and she has been eating raw for years.  She is an expert at it.  She suggested something yummy and I have been drinking it.  You can’t really have pop or other drinks, but you can have fresh juice…an alternative to juice is to put some fresh mint, ice, fresh lime or lemon juice and a bit of agave nectar or honey into the blender (I have a Magic Bullet. Haters, suck it.  This thing rocks.)  I like the agave nectar because it is just a touch less sweet than honey.  This is a really refreshing cool drink for the summer and I recommend.

*crackers are hard.  I just loved eating crackers and cheese.  But there are some gluten free crackers that are good.  Just stay away from anything that has corn or soy in them.  Costco has these pita round crackers that are awesome.

*I made this really delicious kale and potato salad.  I will post the recipe.  It’s really easy and I ate it warm after I  made it and cold the next day.  Kale is SO good for you….

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15
Jun
10

And the guy in the white coat is…


….The real identity of Dr. Uke, the ukulele-playing medical man is Dr. Michael Unger of Allied Healthcare Associates.  He is located in Northbrook, Illinois and I can’t recommend him enough.  Check him OUTTTTTTTTT!

That is all.

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15
Jun
10

Handy Dandy Links


There are a few links out there that I have found helpful.  Most are repetitive, but here goes:

What is a Sulfite Allergy?

Alcohol Allergy and Intolerances or commonly known around this blog as the Seventh Circle in Hell.

What in tarnation IS a sulfite?

Difference between sulfite and sulfa allergy Potato.  Not Potato.

This guy seems to know a lot….

Sulfites in Bottled Water EGADS!  It’s really true…Dasani water funks up my shizzit

Great Allergy Free Support Group Forum

I really like a good sensitive cookbook. Seriously,  I am so ordering this.

AWESOME COOKBOOK.  I just just ordered this…can’t wait to get it.

For the Chocolate Lovers.  Apparently, All their foods are free of the 8 common food allergens and sulfites.   I found online somewhere that someone said you can eat their chocolate.

AllergyLiving.com Utterly Fantastic site and forum

Some sufferers have to worry about sulphas in meds and costmetics too. But not me.  I don’t think I am allergic to sulfas.  So I go crazy with them.  I can take that stuff and roll it all over my face.  Roll it alllllllll around, mash it up, put it on my head, sit on it, throw it against the wall…NOTHIN’….no hives, no throat closing.  But that’s just how I roll around here.  Bad ass.

GREAT NEW WEBSITE My buddy Tracy’s site and my Sulfite-free Guru

Sulfites and Sugar

Nice chart

Another fact chart

Yummy dried fruit website!

Housemouse site is helpful…

Info about bottled water…this is great info…some bottled water really affects me.

If you have any links to add, please let know know and I will update.

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15
Jun
10

Do Not Eat List


DO NOT EAT THESE!

All allergy blogs need one of these, so here you go.  You see something on there that I missed, let me know and I will update it….

no natural sulfites

like grapes (wine),

onions

garlic

mushrooms

beets

anything pickled, including olives

eggs

cheese

No dried herbs or seasonings, only fresh herbs

processed with preservatives

so many things in a restaurant

regular salt (can have sea salt)…

any with corn in the ingredients,

anything with sugar in the ingredients (except cane sugar),

pretty much most booze, except really really good tequila so get those sulfite free margarita recipes going!

maple syrup

MSG

caramel color

lunchmeat

coconut

pork

vinegar

soy

salmon

peanuts

all condiments – mustard, mayo, ketchup, relish, steak sauce, etc.

gum

label buzzwords:  There are six names used for sulfites: sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite, and potassium metabisulfite. Sulfites, bisulfites and metabisulfites are all dry chemical forms of the gas, sulfur dioxide.

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15
Jun
10

So, what’s wrong with you again?


Ok, so I better explain this crazy thing.

I am still trying to figure it out myself.  There are three people that are really instrumental right now in helping me figure this all out.  First, my doctor is amazing.  Let’s call him Dr. Uke (He plays a mean ukulele).  I have been sick for the better part of 4-5 years.  The doctors along the years have thought many things but my last round of doctors where just not into me.  They didn’t want to deal with the fact that whatever I had was hard to diagnose.  I will share my symptoms in am minute, but the reason I love Dr. Uke is that when my joints started to freeze up and I knew I had to get new drs, I went to him, gave him the list of symptoms and within a day of him doing some research, he was able to come to a pretty strong pre-diagnosis of a sulfite allergy.  At first, I was like, what the HELL is that.  I only knew that it had something to do with my habitual and almost sexual love of chardonnay, so I knew that I was in trouble.  Dr. Uke is really amazing.  He is one of those rare doctors that actually cares about the patient and will put in as much time and concern as it takes to make you feel well-taken care of…I hope he wants me to use his real name on here so I can spread the word about what an amazing white coat he is.

But I did my own online research (always a bad thing) and it really did open my eyes. WOW.  I think I really did cry from relief.  So,  he has been and will still probably run a bunch of tests, but in the meantime, I am on a strict elimination diet, which is causing me to be pissed off pretty much 24/7.  He hooked me up with an awesome nutritionist that I will refer to as “NoYouCan’tEatThatEitherSorry”

Dr. Uke has a friend that suffers from this.  I will let her decide whether or not she wants me to out her.  For now, I will call her AWESOME.  She has helped he out a lot and I  have a feeling that this is the beginning of a beautiful, suflite-free relationship.

So, without further ado…here is what I have about this beast so far:

This allergy or intolerence, whatev’s,  is pretty complex.  I secretly happen to think that (1) a lot of people are out there feeling like crap and don’t know they have it because a lot of doctors don’t really know much about it and (2) More people are going to develop this intolerance because of all the processed food our society eats.

In 1985 the US FDA banned the use of bisufites on fresh fruits and vegetables after it had been linked to 250 cases of anaphylactic shock and a dozen deaths. However, it’s still allowed in packaged food, and wine is loaded with it.

Since I have cleaned my body in the last couple of weeks, my reactions are getting stronger and I am having to deal with changing my eating at a rapid pace.  I have put together a list of can NOTS but hopefully will have a positive thinking list of cans soon There is not a lot of info put there about this and because of various FDA regulations, most of these things are hidden in labels.  Basically, foods that come out of the ground and are fresh.  I can have most meats, but pork and shellfish I cannot  (I CAN have fresh lobster!)  I just can’t put any seasoning on anything, except fresh herbs and sea salt.  This is not something that I will grow out of or that I will get over.  I have to accept it, learn how to live with it.    But it will be a bit hard for me for a little bit and for the family while we all have to adjust.  My husband Thor and the kids, Alpha, Cracker and Bambi are being amazing.  And the good news is that I don’t have anything worse like lupus or another auto immune that I totally thought I had.  I will be so healthy, lose weight, lower my cholesterol and hopefully my asthma will go away.  So YAY!

no natural sulfites

like grapes (wine),

onions

garlic

mushrooms

beets

anything pickled, including olives

eggs

cheese

No dried herbs or seasonings, only fresh herbs

processed with preservatives

so many things in a restaurant

regular salt (can have sea salt)…

any with corn in the ingredients,

anything with sugar in the ingredients (except cane sugar),

pretty much most booze, except really really good tequila so get those sulfite free margarita recipes going!

maple syrup

MSG

caramel color

lunchmeat

coconut

pork

vinegar

soy

salmon

peanuts

all condiments – mustard, mayo, ketchup, relish, steak sauce, etc.

gum

label buzzwords:  There are six names used for sulfites: sulfur dioxide, sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite, and potassium metabisulfite. Sulfites, bisulfites and metabisulfites are all dry chemical forms of the gas, sulfur dioxide.

I hear some beers might be ok…these things vary for people. So do the reactions. The reaction I seem to have now is pretty harsh.  I do have bad asthma and a lot of other things that effect my heart, headaches, weakness, etc, But the most severe reaction now is tht it rapidly attacks my joints, mostly at least two random different ones at the same time. And it can last up to 2-3 days for them to clear up.  I ate a veggie sandwich at Portillo’s last week and after 2 hours, my right shoulder and left hand complety froze and I could barely drive my steering wheel to get me and the kids home,  So yeah, scary.

I just have to learn some quick, easy recipes that I can pre-make and carry my food around with me in a cooler. And like my new friend AWESOME who shares the same allergy told me, just learn how to work around feeling normal and a part of everything at restaurants and social situations.

The hardest thing for me is obviously the wine.  It really is depressing for me.  A good glass of wine at the end of the day (or three) was really the treat that I have myself.  And cheese.  And garlic.  Onions.  Some of these things I may be able to eat again.  I am going to remain optimistic.

My biggest symptoms:

asthma

severe joint pain

severe fatigue and weakness

high blood pressure

headaches

Renaud’s syndrome

So there you go!  I feel better already now that I am eating healthier and I hope I can inspire a few slugs like me to do the same.

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15
Jun
10

Clean Garbage Meatballs


Yeah, I am gonna love this.

I can make stupid names up for my recipes and take pictures.

ok, so my SIL has Celiac Disease.  She has really been pretty inspirational watching her tackle the disease.  In order to not “out” anyone on my goofy blog, I will give her a code name, because she is awesome and is helping me and I think I will refer to her a lot.  Let’s call her Cecille.  She is the mother of all mothers in the kitchen.  My nephews eat really healthy, will eat anything and she provides a fantastic platform for them.  She is essentially everything I am not.  She gave me an idea to throw some meatballs together and I tried them.

A few things:  I can’t cook.  I am not good at it.  I don’t like it.  I f*ck up everything I do in the kitchen.  Ask my husband…Thor.  My kids think I am Julia Child.  Give them a few years.

So when I was trying to “throw” meatballs together, I was like…taking food…and like…throwing it.  In the bowl.

So here is recipe #1

Clean garbage meatballs

((go ahead and preheat oven to 375, sugar.))

1lb. turkey or ground beef

cooked rice

shredded carrots and cucumber

fresh dill, rosemary, basil, any herbs that you want

(when I say the word “herbs” outloud, I like to say the “h”.  It feels naughty.)

sea salt and ground pepper

Look.  Let’s get something straight here.

I am not at a point yet where I can tell you how many “cups”  or “teaspoons” of stuff.   I am have high hopes for improvement and I just don’t want you to expect much.

OK, so I took all that stuff and I threw it in, took off my wedding rings, cleaned my hands and mushed it all together.  *Sigh”  I miss garlic.

Anyway, then I made these little balls and I put them on a Pan-sprayed cookie sheet, secretly wishing they were actually cookies, and then I baked them for 3o minutes.

Photo op!

BAM!  That looks fricken NASTY!

It’s all crooked and lumpy and DAYUM.

But seriously?  It was really good.  And I whipped up a little lowfat sour cream with some chopped fresh dill.  I just did a little dollop and it was seriously really tasty.

The best thing is that I have about 20 of those little bad boys to keep in the fridge and pop in my mouth whenever I get hungry for the next few days.

Things I learned for next time:

1.) Don’t bother buying the $758-a-pound sirloin at Whole Paycheck, like I did.  They were a touch greasy and I am a much bigger fan of turkey meat.

2.) Don’t take pictures of food that looks like koala poop.

UPDATE: 3:20 pm

Welcome to Corrections by Cecille.  This is where my SIL Cecille reads what I have posted, shakes her head and corrects me.  It needs to happen.  I am a mess over here.  Do NOT make any of my recipes before recieving a Cecille approved update.  Things could get messy.

” …cucumber? please tell me that was typo and you used zucchini? you can also use sweet potato and don’t forget some apple sauce or shreaded apples”  Now I didn’t use apple sauce because I have another random allergy to that.  But that’s another story for another blog.  It’s sounds yummy though and adds moisture so go for it.

“oh and maybe just stick with one herb at a time, like oregano. (ala italian meatballs)…” …Right.  Yeah.  (Hard facial shame blush)  I am…also new with using the fresh hhhherbs.  May be acting a little over zealous with them by adding them all together.  Food is tasting slightly like I am gnawing on a bush from the side of my house. Thanks Cecille!

UPDATE: 3:27 pm

first, let me out my wonderful friend, Tracy Nicolas, a.k.a. AWESOME.  She is, well, awesome.  She did however virtually punch me in gut informing me that SOUR CREAM HAS SULFITES.  Going to cry myself to sleep at naptime.  So, please replace sour cream above with yogurt!

*WARNING: This website is meant to suggest things for people with sulfite allergies.  There are many different types and degrees of food intolerences out there,.  Many of them can be dangerous.  I am, contrary to what you all may think reading my genius blog, I am NOT an expert on this.  So please don’t sue.  Thank You.


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15
Jun
10

I can’t have WHAT?


What I will try not to do in this blog.  Whine.

What I will try to do in this blog:  post helpful lists for fellow sulfite intolerant people…maybe some recipes…helpful tips when I finally figure out some.

Hi, my name is Heather and I have a sulfite allergy.  I have decided to do this blog because (1) this allergy is pretty rare and there is just not a lot of info out there.  (2) I can never find enough platforms to write stupid things.

So, yes, there is not a lot of  information out there in the WWW.  There are a few generic lists of things you CAN’T eat, but if you are anything like me, you need lists of ideas…I look in my fridge and I am like, WTF.  Most of everything in there, I can’t eat.

Oh yeah,  and I can’t cook for shi-

You know what?  I think I am going to try to NOT swear in this blog and try to, for once, not be offensive.  Great.  Another thing I have to give up.

See…that’s what I feel like now…I am giving up this and that and wine and booze and cheese and garlic…and I feel really pissed about it, but part of why I am doing this is to GET POSITIVE!

Good things:

*I will feel better and be able to move my limbs.

*I will lose weight.

*I will learn how two cook more than 4 things.

*I will meet other fellow sufferers and be able to commiserate/bitch bitch bitch.

*I will be able to help other people who suffer from this random and harsh allergy.

*I will be able to write this time off as one other thing that i do for my “business”.

I have a big job ahead of me, but I’m rather scrappy, so the odds are good that this blog will rock.

SO, thanks for peeking in…I hope that you will join my blog and that you might find some entertainment every once in awhile.  I am planning on taking pictures of the horrible cooking that I do, so that right there is worth the admission of a ticket.

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Crazed sulfite-free woman.

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