Sunday, 22 April 2007
An alternative to the usual layered dip...
This is my second week of the low-allergen cleansing diet recommended to me by my herbalist. The foods that are acceptable are: vegetables, raw or cooked (not fried) except for mushrooms, corn, white potatoes, tomatoes and bell peppers; fruits, except for citrus, dried fruit and bananas; peas, beans and lentils, except for soy beans and foods containing soy; raw nuts and seeds, no peanuts; gluten-free grains like rice, millet and quinoa, but not oats, wheat, spelt, kamut, barley.
It takes a lot of self-discipline to stick to this way of eating and a lot of thought about what the heck I am going to make for dinner!
Tonight I cooked some turtle beans and smooshed them up with some spices for a bean dip. I spread this out on a serving plate and covered them with a layer of cooked yam also with added spices. On top of that went some home-made guacamole and a sprinkling of chopped green onion. We scooped it up with raw snap peas and carrot sticks and it was very good.
I have been getting through the week with lentil soup, brown rice, brown rice pasta, millet, LOTS of vegetables, salad and fresh fruit, but I have really been missing bananas. However cutting out the sweeter fruits has made me appreciate the natural sweetness in some other foods.
My husband has been following the diet with me, and when I said I thought I'd treat myself to a banana at the weekend he encouraged me to stay strong and keep going! What a taskmaster, but it's good that he is doing that because otherwise I'd probably have fallen off the wagon by now.