I received such love and support this past week for my elimination diet - so thank you everyone! You all gave me some great recipe ideas, and even though the diet is over and I'm slowly re-introducing things, I'll definitely still take your suggestions, recipes, and other ideas to heart.
If nothing else, I've learned that I can give things up if I need to (never been one for dieting, I prefer the 'exercise your butt off' method).
Bottom line is I am 'mildly to moderately allergic' to chili pepper, black pepper, and garlic, in descending order.
I'll ask my doctor about scallions and grains of paradise as substitutes, and they're working on referring me to an allergist. Hopefully he or she will say something like "Take two of these before having garlic and you'll never have a reaction again!"
A girl can dream, right?
I do want to share a pretty kick-butt recipe I just threw together yesterday for lunch today and again tomorrow. Quinoa salad with goat cheese and veggies!
One whole tomato
Half a cucumber
Its delicious. I've found that I really do like quinoa, and really want to keep eating it... just, you know, with other stuff, not just steamed broccoli!
I guess I'll need to find something else to blog about now that I can't complain that I'm not drinking coffee or I can't find enough different foods to eat!