What can I eat is a popular question and was one of my first questions. For the first several months I left the grocery store without buying anything more than I left with something. It took me quite awhile to finally get it. But after I did, it got a lot easier.
Here is the secret. Most of the things we can’t eat are prepared foods. Food manufacturers are focused on profits, not what is good for us. If you boil the foods to avoid list down (pun intended) into categories, it is simply:
Beans, Peas, Lentils, Soy (which really is a bean, but is so widely used I’m naming it separately), Peanuts and Garden Eggs.
There are just a lot of varieties and names for them. But the main problem is that soy is added to an enormous number of prepared foods. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and artificial blue food color are also added to a lot of foods. These three things are the reason most prepared foods are on the avoid list.
When you start preparing your own food, the number of foods you can eat becomes a lot greater.
- Almost all bread has soy in it, but you can make your own quite easily without it.
- Blueberry yogurt and drinks almost always have artificial blue food color in them. Buy fresh or frozen organic blueberries and plain yogurt and make your own.
- Chicken pot pie usually has peas in it but you can make your own without them.
- Mayonnaise has soy oil in it, but you can make your own without soy oil in less than five minutes.
And the list goes on.
There are benefits to learning to cook. My family told me at dinner the other night “you can’t get food this good at a restaurant”. I beg to differ. You can get food as good as I make at a restaurant about an hour away. But it is quite pricey. Another is that oxidative stress (free radicals) are responsible for some cancers and aging, so your family will be healthier. Even the ones who are not G6PDD.
You can have a wonderfully diverse menu that you will get tons of complements on and it doesn’t take forever to do. I rarely spend more than thirty minutes to an hour cooking dinner. I always cook too much and then I don’t have to worry about lunches. I splurge on breakfast and fix my usual eggs, toast (sauteed in butter on a griddle or in a pan), hash browns and juice. A local grocer makes his own sausage without sulfites, so I usually cook a little of that, or make sausage gravy and biscuits. Maybe pancakes or french toast. Occasionally chicken fried steak or chicken fried chicken. We eat very well and it doesn’t cost a fortune either. A meal like this at Cracker Barrel will cost $12.00, $14.00 or more per person, not counting the tip.
For those of you with babies, making your own baby food will save you a fortune. And an added bonus is that your baby will grow up eating the foods your family eats and won’t be such a picky eater when he/she gets older. At least most won’t. There’s always one who won’t eat. 🙂
You learn how to get around the restrictions. It takes a while, but you learn. Another benefit is that your family will feel much better. The ones with G6PDD will have more energy and be healthier. I know it is difficult at first, but I promise, it does get easier.
Take heart…there are a lot of other people in your shoes and they are all happy to share their experiences and answer questions.
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