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2013-06-13 06:01:18 PM  

I May Be Crazy But...: Also, everyone loves grilled corn. Peel away the husk (but not off), put on a little salt and pepper, then wrap the husk back around it. Toss it on the grill and a little while later, you'll have pure deliciousness.


Yes INDEED
 
2013-06-13 06:01:26 PM  

akula: I have a minor shellfish allergy. It means I don't cook shellfish.


Have you tried popping a Sudafed or Zyrtec shortly before eating them? My sister developed a minor shellfish allergy (she gets a rash) ages ago but as long as she takes an antihistamine (she's allergic to diphenhydramine so Benadryl is out) about half an hour before she manages just fine.
 
2013-06-13 06:03:09 PM  

JesseL: Rhypskallion: Allergies vs Sensitivities.

I have to point out that for the medical community, it's not an Allergy unless it can cause extremely severe reactions.   They use the term:  "Sensitivity."    This is extremely unintuitive because both can often be measured by allergists as histamine reactions.   So, for example, minor reactions to peanuts are 'sensitivity' and major 'allergy'.   Most non-medical folks use the terms interchangeably.

Does it farking matter outside of a clinical discussion? If someone is 'only' going to break out in hives or maybe vomit if they eat something they're sensitive to, is it okay to blow that off? Does there have to be a risk of fatal anaphylaxis for you to give a shiat?


If you are sensitive to Latex, that is you have a skin reaction soon after coming in contact with it, it needs to be taken seriously. Anaphylaxis could happen the next time you visit your dentist if he wears latex gloves. I'd bet food allergies can follow the same trajectory. Get swollen lips one time you eat peanuts, and dead the next time.
 
2013-06-13 06:03:36 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: mysticcat: Does she have alpha-gal sensitivity?

I honestly don't know. I just know that she's had this problem with eating meat from hooved animals since she was a young child, and that's years before I met her. I felt it was too nosy for me to go in depth as to the reasons why. She's like me when it comes to reading labels too.

And I do have a legitimate peanut allergy. Have had it since I was 16 years old, so over 40 years of not being able to eat PB&J sanwiches. I miss PB&J sandwiches. :-(


I've had soy peanut butter (no peanuts of course) that I couldn't tell the difference.  Check it out.
 
2013-06-13 06:04:20 PM  

Calmamity: mysticcat: /Board Certified Allergist

Will you answer a question for me? A woman I know has been going through thinking she's allergic to this or that and finally went and got a full spectrum test (or whatever it's called).

Results all came back negative. Gluten, corn, whatever else. All of it.  Great, stop blaming your mood swings on nonexistent allergies, right?

But no, the farking Doctor told her that the fact that she had been avoiding those foods (she hasn't been, at least not religiously) may still mean that she is allergic. Gah! Fu*king thanks a lot Dr. Enabler.

Should I hunt this guy down and smack him around, or is that legit?


Thats what happened to me with the celiac test. You have to have a certain amount of antibodies in blood to trigger a positive result.

Long story short, after returning home from the hospital my mom put me on the gf diet bc she assumed I had celiac like my aunt.

I finally got my test done 2 weeks later and it came back neg.

Now doctors are saying that you have to eat gluten for 3 weeks to make sure to get the right result.
 
2013-06-13 06:05:56 PM  

Skywolf the Scribbler: I May Be Crazy But...: Also, everyone loves grilled corn. Peel away the husk (but not off), put on a little salt and pepper, then wrap the husk back around it. Toss it on the grill and a little while later, you'll have pure deliciousness.

Yes INDEED


I'm convinced that middle east peace could be achieved if only they'd grill corn at Camp David when they get everyone up there to yell at each other.

"Infidel!"
"Terrorist!"
"Murderer"
"We'll destroy your whole coun... hey, this corn is great! Can I have another?"
"Yeah, one over here also"
"Not until you promise to stop attacking each other"
 
2013-06-13 06:08:07 PM  

silverblues: Regular Kikoman tests at less than 20ppm for gluten, which is the threshold for a product being called "Gluten Free." The natural fermentation process actually breaks down gluten to amino acids which makes it safe for most people with gluten allergies.


Trillian Astra: This is why a lot of beer is low gluten (and some even test as GF when you get the testing kits). Only highly sensitive intolerant people or people with Celiac seem to really have issues with beer.


I'm familiar with this idea but it's not entirely correct, if anyone wants me to spew pages of stuff about this I can but "not entirely correct" is about it.

And the 20ppm threshold comes from the most widely/cheaply available test. There's no evidence that this limit corresponds to any safety limit for the human body.
 
2013-06-13 06:08:20 PM  

Bunny Deville: Egg allergies: substitute coconut oil for eggs when baking. I often do this anyway, it makes the cakes much more delicious.


fark you.  My wife is allergic to coconut.

You know why she's still my wife?  She avoids things she's allergic to and asks questions if she's not sure. People like you are trying to kill her.

/Exaggerated to make a point--if you have an allergy it's you responsibility to make sure your food is safe--not everyone else's.
 
2013-06-13 06:08:37 PM  
My sister has celiacs, and my mother is allergic to a dizzying number of things - corn, wheat, chicken, peanuts. @ 70+ years, there are a huge amount of generic medicines that have corn starch or wheat as filler, and she's had to get doctors notes for non-generics of several medicines because of what the generics do to her are worse than the disease.

I make my own powdered sugar to make xmas candies for both of them (*all* powdered sugars have corn starch in them to keep them from turning into hard lumps) and use Cane Sugar Syrup I get at foreign food stores (apparently Britain likes Cane sugar syrup). Vanilla can be a problem because the alcohol in them is often made from corn. Wheat and wheat by products are in a lot of things as well. Rice is about the only thing mom can reliably eat, and it's damn difficult to make decent bread with rice, due to the lack of gluten.

www.polyvore.com
 
2013-06-13 06:11:35 PM  

Stoker: GrahamManning: peanut, gluten and lactose intolerant people are all just pansies defective dna that need to be culled from the herd
-=-
They may not be pansies and beat your ass for saying so..., or perhaps I like pansies..., so I FTFY.

Well, I get headaches from peanut butter and some spices, but I didn't have any spawn to pollute the well.
(You're welcome.)


You stole my "Done in One" but did a much more elegant job. Thanks!

/also choosing not to procreate
//because I am smart
 
2013-06-13 06:13:37 PM  

mysticcat: No that's not legit. Food allergies in adults have a very specific constellation of symptoms and moodiness is not one of them. The NPV for food tests is quite high given her history. Also. avoiding a food allergen will not turn your tests from positive to negative, unless, of course, your food allergy spontaneously resolved, in which case you're not allergic any more.


I think this is the most frustrating thing ever. I've had beaucoup allergy tests, both scratch tests and blood testing done, to confirm all of my allergies. My former coworker insisted she was allergic to chicken and when I asked if she had ever had any allergy testing she just said her GP said it might be so she took that to mean it was and therefore she didn't eat chicken.

People suck so hard.
 
2013-06-13 06:20:02 PM  

Jacob_Roberson: I'm familiar with this idea but it's not entirely correct, if anyone wants me to spew pages of stuff about this I can but "not entirely correct" is about it.

And the 20ppm threshold comes from the most widely/cheaply available test. There's no evidence that this limit corresponds to any safety limit for the human body.


I'm sure there are pages about it. The truth is that there is no exact safe number because every person is different. When it comes to beer, though, a lot of it tests low enough that people who aren't particularly sensitive can get away with the occasional brew. It isn't correct for everyone, of course.
 
2013-06-13 06:20:30 PM  
Trillian Astra:
People suck so hard

THIS.
 
2013-06-13 06:21:18 PM  

Rhypskallion: My loved one blisters in minutes when she eats even a drop of vinegar.


Strange. Has she tried a distilled vinegar, or is this only apple cider/balsamic/some other vinegar with a lot of other stuff in it? Because I thought vinegar is an unavoidable natural metabolic product somewhere in the body... or microbes we carry around with us... or something. I could be wrong.
 
2013-06-13 06:23:55 PM  

CheapEngineer: I make my own powdered sugar to make xmas candies for both of them (*all* powdered sugars have corn starch in them to keep them from turning into hard lumps) and use Cane Sugar Syrup I get at foreign food stores (apparently Britain likes Cane sugar syrup). Vanilla can be a problem because the alcohol in them is often made from corn. Wheat and wheat by products are in a lot of things as well. Rice is about the only thing mom can reliably eat, and it's damn difficult to make decent bread with rice, due to the lack of gluten.


Buy potato vodka. It's not always easy to find potato vodka, but it's out there. Split a bunch of vanilla pods and stick them into the bottle. Give it about a month or three and you'll have a bottle of corn- and wheat-free vanilla extract.
 
2013-06-13 06:27:26 PM  

Joe Peanut: There is a big difference between regular allergies, food intolerance, and anaphylactic reactions such as peanut allergy.  Most people when they hear peanut allergy, they think it is just discomfort, or makes us a little sick.  What actually happens is that all of the soft tissue in you body swells within just a few seconds, including your lung vessels, respiratory passages, and so on.  So while the issue may be a big joke to most of you, it has put me in the the ICU with machines breathing for me for a week twice already.  So yes, if I had a kid with anaphylactic allergies to any food item, you bet I would do my best to make sure they wouldn't go through what I've been through.

And no, it isn't just a matter of "don't eat peanuts then".  I can have the reaction if I come in contact with something that has come in contact with peanuts.

And no, it is not about kids today being shielded from everything.  I grew-up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the 1960's & 70s, and my family had a farm.  I used to swim in highly polluted waters in the big city, and run through cow & horse dung infested fields barefoot at the farm.  And I didn't develop peanut allergy until I was in my 40's and living in NYC.

And for those who say people with anaphylaxis "need to be culled from the herd", fark you.  With a pineapple.


Yeah, same here.  The good news is, my mouth and throat swell up so fast it's almost physically impossible for me to eat any.  The bad news is, it's also pretty hard to breathe.

But I don't agree with the pineapple thing.  Being a crosspatch about allergies is just one of nature's natural warning signs, like popped collars, or wearing track suits to go shopping.  Nature makes jerks easy to spot so we don't have to bother about them.  Look at that 'griffer' guy who was trolling at the top of the thread, for example.
 
2013-06-13 06:29:38 PM  

Trillian Astra: Jacob_Roberson: I'm familiar with this idea but it's not entirely correct, if anyone wants me to spew pages of stuff about this I can but "not entirely correct" is about it.

And the 20ppm threshold comes from the most widely/cheaply available test. There's no evidence that this limit corresponds to any safety limit for the human body.

I'm sure there are pages about it. The truth is that there is no exact safe number because every person is different. When it comes to beer, though, a lot of it tests low enough that people who aren't particularly sensitive can get away with the occasional brew. It isn't correct for everyone, of course.


You just gave me fresh appreciation for cheap-o bud light
 
2013-06-13 06:39:32 PM  
Oh look, it's this thread again.  The one where somehow, 25% of the US miraculously contracted celiac disease within the last 3 years.
 
2013-06-13 06:42:09 PM  
feed them what they're allergic to.  they're never going to know their limits until they exceed them.
 
2013-06-13 06:44:38 PM  
I was gluten free until I was 14 due to a misdiagnoses.  I don't miss those days but for the life of me, I still prefer rice flour pancakes.  The edges get all crispy.  It's divine.
 
2013-06-13 06:46:16 PM  

mysticcat: Celiac disease (gluten) is nasty, but it is not an allergy.  Many people who are "gluten-free" have no evidence of celiac disease and are just being trendy.

Peanut allergy can be deadly.  For real.  Somewhere around 80% of people who carry a diagnosis of peanut allergy are not peanut allergic.

She cannot digest meat from hooved animals (i.e. no beef, pork, mutton/lamb, venison) -That's really odd.  Does she have alpha-gal sensitivity?

/Board Certified Allergist


However, gluten sensitivity can cause all kinds of problems. Especially weight gain around the waist.
 
2013-06-13 06:48:59 PM  

PsiChick: Eutamias21: I regularly get together with three girls for dinner and hanging out. One is a powerlifter, one is gluten sensitive, and one is Paleo. High protein, gluten free, no dairy/sugar/cultivated grains of any kind.

It's retarded.

That's my diet, only I'm okay with corn\rice. Just no wheat.

/I cheat
//A lot
///Still losing weight
////THYROID. It works miracles.


Agreed - I love being (95%) Paleo - I still eat legumes and cheat once in a while.  Shed 20lbs since March :)  I ate some pizza last night, and have been feeling terrible all day today.  For all of you that have general aches, pains, depression, low sex drive, fatigue, etc - try going grain, refined sugar and lactose free for just two weeks - it's difficult at first, but you will feel and look 100% better.
 
2013-06-13 06:51:05 PM  

neefafeefa: For all of you that have general aches, pains, depression, low sex drive, fatigue, etc - try going grain, refined sugar and lactose free for just two weeks - it's difficult at first, but you will feel and look 100% better.


Funny, I just send the wife to somewhere away from here with her friends for a couple of weeks.  After about the third day, I perk right up.
 
2013-06-13 06:54:10 PM  

GrahamManning: peanut, gluten and lactose intolerant people are all just pansies that need to be culled from the herd


Of course people with peanut allergies should be protected
But maybe... Maybe, if touching a nut kills you, you're supposed to die.
 
2013-06-13 07:01:45 PM  

abu ponster: Joe Peanut: There is a big difference between regular allergies, food intolerance, and anaphylactic reactions such as peanut allergy.  Most people when they hear peanut allergy, they think it is just discomfort, or makes us a little sick.  What actually happens is that all of the soft tissue in you body swells within just a few seconds, including your lung vessels, respiratory passages, and so on.  So while the issue may be a big joke to most of you, it has put me in the the ICU with machines breathing for me for a week twice already.  So yes, if I had a kid with anaphylactic allergies to any food item, you bet I would do my best to make sure they wouldn't go through what I've been through.

And no, it isn't just a matter of "don't eat peanuts then".  I can have the reaction if I come in contact with something that has come in contact with peanuts.

And no, it is not about kids today being shielded from everything.  I grew-up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the 1960's & 70s, and my family had a farm.  I used to swim in highly polluted waters in the big city, and run through cow & horse dung infested fields barefoot at the farm.  And I didn't develop peanut allergy until I was in my 40's and living in NYC.

And for those who say people with anaphylaxis "need to be culled from the herd", fark you.  With a pineapple.

Yeah, same here.  The good news is, my mouth and throat swell up so fast it's almost physically impossible for me to eat any.  The bad news is, it's also pretty hard to breathe.

But I don't agree with the pineapple thing.  Being a crosspatch about allergies is just one of nature's natural warning signs, like popped collars, or wearing track suits to go shopping.  Nature makes jerks easy to spot so we don't have to bother about them.  Look at that 'griffer' guy who was trolling at the top of the thread, for example.


Unclench, it was obviously a joke.

Unless that tightness is from an allergic response, in which case EPIPEN.

/still think a lot of self diagnosed 'gluten' intolerance is crap
//key being SELF diagnosed
 
2013-06-13 07:03:20 PM  
I recently switched to a plant-based diet (90% raw fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds; no meat) to calm down annoying but not life-threatening GI issues, and just to be healthier and a bit thinner.  It's working like gangbusters, and the only thing I really miss is turkey.

However, all the buzz about people getting massively sick from food allergies and being rabidly anti-gluten/lactose/carbs/whatever seems to have warped everyone's expectations about how to treat someone on a special diet.  Not only are people going out of their way to accommodate me, they're walking on eggshells.  "Can you eat this?  Will this be a problem?  We can always make something separate just for you.  Will this work?  I made sure to get pasta with spinach in it - is that better?  Will us cooking meat nearby bother you?"  Etc.

All I did was cut a few things out of my diet.  I still drink scotch and eat dark chocolate, for pete's sake.  I won't die if I have to pick the chicken out of the noodle dish.  It's fine.
 
2013-06-13 07:14:18 PM  
Man, some of you people are real dicks, you all must be so fun at your parties where you hate on everyone who isn't exactly like you in every way.  Seriously, are you farkers 5?  "Nyah, nyah!  You're allergic to something and it makes you a loser!  Here, try some of this stuff you're allergic to, loser!"

I have many friends with various food stuff--celiacs, vegan, vegetarian, whatever (and they are not obnoxious about it, and generally bring stuff that's safe for themselves anyway, because we're all farking adults).  When I invite them over, I know I'm actually, you know, inviting them into my home, so I try to be...uh...inviting when I do so, which means I do indeed provide stuff that's safe/preferable for them to eat.  Jesus christ, farking courtesy, how does it work?  Do people just invite other over so they can be superior biatches?  What a sad way to live.

General foodstuffs are, to me, pretty easy--stir fry, curry, pasta (there's pretty good gluten free stuff out there, or spiral up some zucchini to replace noodles), tacos, salads, grilled veggies--this shiat isn't hard if you realize that meat/bread/dairy does not have to be the feature of every single meal for your entire life.  It's just one party/event, have some farking vegetables.  Dessert seems to be where a lot of people get bogged down, so I've focused my efforts more on those, and I've found two really good options...

Vegan/wheat free cookies:

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup natural peanut butter

3 tablespoons ground flax seed

¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons water, divided

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon kosher salt

-Preheat oven to 350°F.

-Prepare baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or silpat mats.

-In a small bowl, combine flax seed and 3 tablespoons water.  Mix until it is one smooth mixture.

-Combine brown sugar and peanut butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or electric mixer).  Beat on medium until well combined.  Add flax seed and mix until combined.  Add vanilla, baking soda and salt.  Beat on medium until combined.

-Add remaining water 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing between each addition, until you achieve a nice cookie texture.  My mixture takes about 3-4 tablespoons of water.

-Scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet with a 1 tablespoon scoop or using with a heaping teaspoon.

-Bake for 8-10 minutes.

-Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 3 minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

I sometimes add in chocolate chips (a couple of the major brands at my grocery store uses soy lecithin instead of lactose, so they are indeed vegan, just check the ingredients label, it's more common than you think), and some orange zest really works nicely in these as well (if you're into that sort of thing).  The cookies will keep for a while, but they get sticky, so use some wax paper in between them.  I also imagine you could substitue other nut butters in to avoid peanuts, but I haven't gotten around to trying that yet.


Vegan/wheat free/nut free chocolate mousse:

1/2 cup chocolate almond or hazelnut milk
2 cups semisweet chocolate (ghirardelli makes semisweet chips that use soy lectin instead of dairy)
12 ounces silken or soft tofu
1/4 amaretto or grand marnier or 1 teaspoon or so of almond extract and/or orange extract or whatever else you want
espresso powder to taste
orange zest to taste
a bit of sea salt to taste
Simmer the milk, melt the chocolate (if you have a double boiler, all the better), mix both with the tofu and then blend/blend/stir like mad (immersion blender seems easiest).  Add everything else, stir some more, and then chill for at least 1.5 hours (the longer the better).  This will also keep for a while, but there will be some separation in the fridge--you just have to stir again to get the consistency back.

Both of these are pretty quick to make, very tasty, and get a lot of appreciation at parties.  Enjoy!
 
2013-06-13 07:15:33 PM  

bourbonslurp: akula: I have a minor shellfish allergy. It means I don't cook shellfish.

It's annoying. I miss shrimp something awful. That was good eating. Ditto scallops. I never really got into lobster- just didn't have much taste for me. I can eat clam chowder with no issues, but a seafood bisque will usually have me throat clearing a lot... the same reaction I get to cats.

Thank God I'm not allergic to peanuts. I love me some peanuts.

I shave the cats first and leave them on the grill a bit longer than most people do, so I don't have that problem.


Really?  From what I've been hearing, shaved pussy is going out of style.
 
2013-06-13 07:24:54 PM  

GladGirl: Gough: My wife, son, and grandson all need to eat gluten-free foods.  At first, having to read all the labels was a pain.  In the long run, it meant that we use a lot fewer ingredients that have labels.  As Michael Pollan would say, we shop around the edges of the grocery store.

/Thank goodness for Pamela's GF baking mix, Franz GF breads, and Blue Diamond Almond crackers.

San Francisco has a grocery store that's entirely gluten-free. Even if you don't live around here, you can order online from them:  http://www.gfrgrocery.com/


Thanks for the link.
 
2013-06-13 07:27:56 PM  

Skywolf the Scribbler: So here's a tough one: suppose you and some buddies want to throw a BBQ, and some vegan friends who are very offended at the concept of eating meat want to be part of things, but don't want anything to do with a BBQ? Is there any way to Shatner out of that situation, or do you just have to request to your offended friends that they join other festivities later on?

/This would be a fine fake Dear Abby letter


Just straight up tell them it's going to be a BBQ because that's what you guys want to do this time, and that they are welcome to come later after the meat cooking has died down, but otherwise, it'll be up to them what they want to do.  If they're that uncomfortable seeing people eat meat, they'll just have to skip, and if you're worried about your relationship with them you can have a different party/soiree/drink-'em-up later that better fits them.  But if they're so sensitive and prissy that they can't handle other people's personal choices, they're probably going to be unhappy about a lot more than just your party.
Some people like to be martyrs and be all up in everyone else's business--be it religion, sex, food stuff, politics, the kind of car/computer/phone/pet/shoes--and nothing is going to stop them.  I've been a vegetarian for years, but I certainly don't expect other people to change themselves for me, nor do I make a big deal about it (except for the time a former boss ordered pizza for the office, and every single pie was full-on meat-lovers, not even one cheese pizza; the muslim guy and I had a great time out at lunch together that day, after we both just kind of stared at boss and said "what is wrong with you?").
 
2013-06-13 07:33:48 PM  

stonelotus: feed them what they're allergic to.  they're never going to know their limits until they exceed them.


I'd be fairly amused if someone tried that with me, since my reaction to clams is copious vomiting, and I usually can't make it to a bathroom first. So go ahead and feed me some if you don't mind you and everything you love getting puked on.
 
2013-06-13 07:36:54 PM  

slobberbone: they can bring food from home.

/if i hear a vegetarian is coming, i put bacon on the salads.


I call shens--someone this petulant and immature can't possibly have any friends to invite over.


/Well, unless his mom starts allowing guests in the basement...
 
2013-06-13 07:38:52 PM  
my SO's cousin can't have hops/grain/whatever that is in beer, so we just serve'm vodka. Problem solved.

/what is it in beer that makes some people have a 'hives' type reaction?
 
2013-06-13 07:46:14 PM  

nanim: my SO's cousin can't have hops/grain/whatever that is in beer, so we just serve'm vodka. Problem solved.

/what is it in beer that makes some people have a 'hives' type reaction?


It could be the hops, since most people only consume hops through beer.
 
2013-06-13 08:07:51 PM  
My daughter is allergic to dairy and garlic (I tried to convince my wife to put her up for adoption after we found out, but to no avail).  Garlic is in EVERYTHING and its not a common enough allergen to ever warrant a special market.

Combined with the milk allergy, we enjoy the weird paradigm of making almost everything from scratch (to avoid garlic and dairy), and yet have to buy the lowest grade butter substitute and "convenience" foods such as pancake mix and biscuits.   (110% yellow colored lard! Generic pancake mix...now with 50% more sawdust!)

/could kill for a real pizza right now
 
2013-06-13 08:34:22 PM  

Theaetetus: Everyone loves my peanut-stuffed fried shrimp with cream sauce.


Recipe?
 
2013-06-13 08:40:28 PM  
Having a spouse who is highly allergic (not intolerant) to dairy has made me really pick up some tricks on baking and candy. Most of what I make is dairy-free and no one ever knows it. I tend to replace butter with a Californian olive oil that is very buttery in flavor or in a pinch, Fleischman's no salt margarine has no dairy (most margarine likes to throw in whey.) I've even managed to figure out a pretty decent dairy-free caramel... that took some work.  Today I made my first foray into vegan baking with ground flax and water for egg replacement.

/inveterate label reader
/even better baker
 
2013-06-13 08:46:22 PM  
tortured my college English prof. with pasta during the semester, as I was always bringing in something during class.  Offered to make something, but she and her hubby are both allergic to pretty much everything.

Never again.  That meal was both expensive and nigh on impossible.  I had to improvise for pretty much every ingredient in my normal fish casserole.  No cheese due to a casin(sp?) allergy, so I threw in a non-dairy casin-free cheese.  Gluten free pasta.  Sauce that couldn't be based in olive oil.  Farking nightmare.  Gluten free bread ... yeah, that about sums it up.

/they ate every bit of it, she said
//couldn't eat it: the cheese didn't melt.  Whoever heard of cheese that doesn't melt?
 
2013-06-13 09:00:30 PM  
The ex-fiance also was "allergic" to almost everything, too, except she was allergic because she didn't like stuff.  Tomatoes.  Celery. carrots.  The list goes on and on.  Caught her in her lie a few times, her having suddenly developed an allergy to something she had eaten with gusto a few weeks prior, but which I made a different way that night. "I'm allergic" translated to, "I don't want to eat that."  Fine, but say you don't like it, don't cross everything off the list.  My thing is Italian/Med. cuisine.  Can you imagine cooking my style without touching olive oil or tomatoes?  No garlic, are you kidding me?

/she started having negative feelings towards salt and I cut that shiat in the bud
//make your own damn food, I'm cooking here
///she started eating real food when I wouldn't specially prepare one-off dishes for her acquired tastes
 
2013-06-13 09:03:28 PM  

GrahamManning: peanut, gluten and lactose intolerant people are all just pansies that need to be culled from the herd


Wow, came to say pretty much the same.
Was still thinking about it sounding too mean.
But hey, right there at the top, someone said it for me.
 
2013-06-13 09:36:06 PM  

shortymac: Calmamity: mysticcat: /Board Certified Allergist

Will you answer a question for me? A woman I know has been going through thinking she's allergic to this or that and finally went and got a full spectrum test (or whatever it's called).

Results all came back negative. Gluten, corn, whatever else. All of it.  Great, stop blaming your mood swings on nonexistent allergies, right?

But no, the farking Doctor told her that the fact that she had been avoiding those foods (she hasn't been, at least not religiously) may still mean that she is allergic. Gah! Fu*king thanks a lot Dr. Enabler.

Should I hunt this guy down and smack him around, or is that legit?

Thats what happened to me with the celiac test. You have to have a certain amount of antibodies in blood to trigger a positive result.

Long story short, after returning home from the hospital my mom put me on the gf diet bc she assumed I had celiac like my aunt.

I finally got my test done 2 weeks later and it came back neg.

Now doctors are saying that you have to eat gluten for 3 weeks to make sure to get the right result.


Sure, but Celiac disease is not an allergy.  Very different

Princess Ryans Knickers: mysticcat: Celiac disease (gluten) is nasty, but it is not an allergy.  Many people who are "gluten-free" have no evidence of celiac disease and are just being trendy.

Peanut allergy can be deadly.  For real.  Somewhere around 80% of people who carry a diagnosis of peanut allergy are not peanut allergic.

She cannot digest meat from hooved animals (i.e. no beef, pork, mutton/lamb, venison) -That's really odd.  Does she have alpha-gal sensitivity?

/Board Certified Allergist

However, gluten sensitivity can cause all kinds of problems. Especially weight gain around the waist.


aka Biscuit Toxicity
 
2013-06-13 09:47:42 PM  

LeroyBourne: Bathia_Mapes: mysticcat: Does she have alpha-gal sensitivity?

I honestly don't know. I just know that she's had this problem with eating meat from hooved animals since she was a young child, and that's years before I met her. I felt it was too nosy for me to go in depth as to the reasons why. She's like me when it comes to reading labels too.

And I do have a legitimate peanut allergy. Have had it since I was 16 years old, so over 40 years of not being able to eat PB&J sanwiches. I miss PB&J sandwiches. :-(

I've had soy peanut butter (no peanuts of course) that I couldn't tell the difference.  Check it out.


Thanks. I'll see if I can find some. I've tried both almond and cashew butter, and I like both, but they tend to be expensive. And they aren't nearly as satisfying taste-wise as peanut butter.
 
2013-06-13 09:48:23 PM  
I am deathly allergic to crustaceans so no shrimp crab or lobster, but can eat other kinds of shellfish so I just avoid it.

On a side note I may have found a way to build up a tolerance to it, 2 years ago got some red cherry shrimp for my aquarium at first I would get a mild rash when I changed the water or worked in the tank so I had to have gloves but after 2 years I don't have any reaction working with the tank
 
2013-06-13 09:51:53 PM  

fickenchucker: She avoids things she's allergic to and asks questions if she's not sure.


Which is what someone with allergies should be doing. It's called personal responsibility.
 
2013-06-13 09:53:30 PM  

Trance354: tortured my college English prof. with pasta during the semester, as I was always bringing in something during class.  Offered to make something, but she and her hubby are both allergic to pretty much everything.

Never again.  That meal was both expensive and nigh on impossible.  I had to improvise for pretty much every ingredient in my normal fish casserole.  No cheese due to a casin(sp?) allergy, so I threw in a non-dairy casin-free cheese.  Gluten free pasta.  Sauce that couldn't be based in olive oil.  Farking nightmare.  Gluten free bread ... yeah, that about sums it up.

/they ate every bit of it, she said
//couldn't eat it: the cheese didn't melt.  Whoever heard of cheese that doesn't melt?


heh...must be the same I use with my daughter. I can't stand it either. The trick is to use less of the cheese...it doesn't become a gluelike mess then.
 
2013-06-13 09:53:35 PM  
EGGLESS MICROWAVE TORILLAS (tortilla press required)
Recipe makes two (2) tortillas.

1/4 cup each:
almond flour, chia or flax meal, and chestnut flour.

1 Tbsp tapioca flour

1/4 teaspoon psyllium mixed with 1/4 cup water (allow to gel for 10-15 minutes)

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 teaspoon spice mix (your choice- we use chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper in equal proportions)

1 teaspoon baking powder

INSTRUCTIONS:
Combine dry ingredients (IOW- everything but the psyllium and olive oil) in a bowl and mix.
In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients.
Combine both bowls together- you should come out with workable dough you can handle with your hands.

Use ice-cream scoop to measure out a ball of dough, place dough ball on small piece of parchment paper. Place doughball & paper in center of tortilla press. Cover dough ball with another bit of parchment paper and press. This should make an approximate 6-inch circle of flattened dough. You can make two (2) dough balls this size with a bit left over. NOTE- you can purchase parchment rounds in various sizes from Amazon.

Remove top sheet of parchment paper and, using the bottom paper, flip the flattened dough ball onto a microwave-safe plate (no need to oil the plate). Remove the rest of the parchment paper. Microwave on HIGH for 60-seconds (YMMV- our microwave is 1000W).

Remove plate to cooling rack and wait until cooled to the point where you can safely handle the plate. Use butterknife to gently loosen edge of tortilla from plate, slowly working your way in to the center. Once the tortilla is free from the plate, turn it over and return to cooling rack (minus the plate) so the bottom can cool off, too.

Stuff tortilla with desired ingredients. This tortilla is flexible, freezable, and re-heatable (on HIGH for 10 seconds).

You can also use this recipe for mini pizza crusts. Bake in oven vice microwave (350 for 10 minutes). This will make the tortilla rigid enough to eat with your hands.
 
2013-06-13 10:03:02 PM  
BREAKFAST BREAD IN A BOWL

1 Tbsp almond flour
1 Tbsp flax meal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 beaten egg white (the damned things refuse to submit, so we beat 'em)
1 splash of olive oil

Mix dry ingredients, then add egg and oil to create a wettish batter. Pour batter into greased microwave-safe cereal bowl or ramekin. Microwave on HIGH for 80 seconds.

Turn out and slice. Serve warm, or allow to cool and toast it.
 
2013-06-13 10:04:23 PM  
I got nothing.
As usual.
However, we do and will eat just about anything that does not eat us first, and a lot of stuff that might had had it seen us before we saw it.
And snakes.
Ever had rattlesnake fajitas?
Try Sweetwater Texas, Yummy fun, but seasonal.
 
2013-06-13 10:21:42 PM  

PsiChick: Eutamias21: I regularly get together with three girls for dinner and hanging out. One is a powerlifter, one is gluten sensitive, and one is Paleo. High protein, gluten free, no dairy/sugar/cultivated grains of any kind.

It's retarded.

That's my diet, only I'm okay with corn\rice. Just no wheat.

/I cheat
//A lot
///Still losing weight
////THYROID. It works miracles.

Calmamity: mysticcat: /Board Certified Allergist

Will you answer a question for me? A woman I know has been going through thinking she's allergic to this or that and finally went and got a full spectrum test (or whatever it's called).

Results all came back negative. Gluten, corn, whatever else. All of it.  Great, stop blaming your mood swings on nonexistent allergies, right?

But no, the farking Doctor told her that the fact that she had been avoiding those foods (she hasn't been, at least not religiously) may still mean that she is allergic. Gah! Fu*king thanks a lot Dr. Enabler.

Should I hunt this guy down and smack him around, or is that legit?

Her symptoms are mood swings? Uh...if that's bipolar, it may well be triggered by food, or at least blood sugar. You have to keep your body relatively balanced to keep moods to a minimum. And definitely different foods can do different things to unmedicated and unbalanced neurochemistry.

If her main symptom is mood swings, that might be a bipolar thing, not a food allergy.

/Though on the upside, chocolate will now be MAGIC.
//Seriously, chocolate is freakin' crack.


Not to be a picky know it all, but mood swings by no means indicate bipolar disorder.

Poor mood regulation and/or inadequate coping mechanisms for distress tolerance may be indicative of a mental health issue, but not necessarily. She should meet with a psychologist for an evaluation if she wants to rule things out.
 
2013-06-13 10:24:52 PM  

Shostie: ahab: Bathia_Mapes: She cannot digest meat from hooved animals (i.e. no beef, pork, mutton/lamb, venison).

That's one of the strangest things I've heard in the dietary restriction realm.

Are we sure she's not, like, Jewish?

Because I'm pretty sure Jews can eat that stuff, they just don't want to.


Animals that chew their cud and have cloven (split) hooves are Kosher.  Has to be both specifications, not just one. Shellfish and eating milk and meat together are no-gos as well.
I eat bacon... I'm a bad Jew. :(

I'd go nuts (no pun intended) if I had a food allergy- more props to those of you that find creative ways to get around them.
 
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