So I have managed to successfully and safely become completely vegan, despite that everyone said I wouldn't be able to cuz of stupid food allergies. (I assume everyone knows already but in case you don't, a vegan diet consists of only NON animal foods... I don't eat any form of meat, chicken, fish, etc, or eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, foods with casein or milk based lactic acid, honey, and i try to avoid refined sugar because it is often refined in a process that uses animal bones--agh!! although i do eat chocolate sometimes.. dark of course, no milk. additionally, it means no leather, suede or whatever thats spelled, or any products known to be tested on animals or contain animal by-products. I feel like I'm forgetting some aspect while I'm typing, but essentially-- i dont eat animals or anything that came from them).
I've realized that tons of specifically vegan foods are really careful with labeling and are smaller companies, completely aware of their ingredient sources and can tell you all about allergies and what not.
my long time favorite vegan mac n "cheese" is nut safe, and they even make it gluten free. i never noticed that part till recently.
i know there have been questions about vegetarianism and its plausability when combined with nut allergy, so i thought maybe someone would find this posi.
it also provides for a lot more home-cooking of really healthy food which equals more safety when eating... AND it does somewhat limit the restaurants one can go to, which makes you a bit of a familiar face which always helps when dining out with PA. Additionally, vegetarian and vegan restaurants tend to be keenly aware of their ingredients and can tell you all about it. On top of all that, veg and vegan FRIENDLY restaurants tend to be health conscious and familiar with food allergies.
I started putting together a big recipe collection of peanut-safe, vegan foods. maybe i'll make a cookbook someday :-P. It's amazing how much healthier I feel, not to mention how much less guilty I feel (I'm insane about animal rights and animal safety. I cry when I hear about abused dogs. I might be ridiculous).
i posted this in the adults section because i figured most 4 year olds probably don't care if an adult can be successfully vegan and and PA. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
So yea. If this inspires anyone (or maybe bores you right outta yer skull)...
On Feb 17, 2006
what are you allergic to? my son is allergic to beans, what daily diet would a vegan have if you remove beans,and nuts? ( ok with split red lentils, and green beans and peas) interested as always thought it wouldnt be possible.
On Feb 17, 2006
I am interested in your recipes. My seven year old PA son decided to become a vegetarian in November (we're not) and has been sticking to it. He did it not for the economy of hunger reasons but because he doesn't want to eat animals. He's not elected to become vegan yet, will eat jello but not other similar foods, will wear leather shoes, etc.
But he could get there someday.
It's funny--I was going to reraise his thread--the thread I created when he became vegetarian asking for ideas. I learned about Morningstar Farms from that thread, and we have loved their stuff. But I can't imagine it's okay for vegans at all. I haven't read the labels for that.
It's good to get your take on restaurants. I wanted to take DS to a Hobbit-themed vegetarian restaurant in Houston but have been scared to. I have been imagining all kinds of nuts. I'll call though.
In any case, I'm very interested in what you found to eat.
P.S. My best friend lost **tons** of weight when she became vegan. And she looked great until she started snacking on nuts too much. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by McCobbre (edited February 17, 2006).]
On Feb 18, 2006
I found being vegetarian and peanut-free very easy. Even soy-free wasn't hard. Gluten-free, soy-free, and peanut-free while strictly limiting dairy, eggs, and nuts? Well, I had trouble not wasting away.
So, meat is back in my diet until I decide whether I can waste away.
On Feb 26, 2006
I saw a vegan Morningstar Farms product the other day while buying for DS. I can't remember what it was, and I didn't have time to look at the label to make sure it was peanut free--but the rest of their products seem to be. Of course, they label so well, so you could easily tell.
Anyway, we've loved their vegetarian products, and if you've not tried this vegan product, I thought I'd pass it on.
On Feb 27, 2006
I'm back to wasting away. My anemia got severe. It's a heme malabsorption problem and I didn't want to wait ANOTHER two months after the specialist bumped me this week. For whatever reason, I lose all my iron if I eat any flesh--it's why I went veg in the first place over a decade ago.
So now I'm back to lacto-ovo vegetarianism and trying desperately to get enough calories and protein in. I'm using fitday to chart what I eat.
I'm allergic to peanuts, soy, wheat, papaya, and moldy cheeses (Penicillium albicans and P. roqueforti and related strains). I'm gluten intolerant. Because of a skin issue, I have to go easy on the eggs. I'm moderately lactose intolerant, so I tend to stick with cream, butter, yogurt, and hard cheeses. (Lactaid does *very bad things* to my system.) I have GERD, so I have to avoid refined starches and sugar.
I'm eating so many beans and so much quinoa. Tonight's main course is quinoa chili with kidney beans and hominy. I'll probably make some collards and turnips, too.
*sigh* I was really hoping to have options, but it looks like I'm not gonna have many.
Ah well, a couple more weeks and the bruising should ease up, the palpitations should stop, and I might just have some energy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
On Feb 27, 2006
oh man, that is ROUGH.
if you're ok with rice (which sounds like you are) you should make my favorite meal ever, passed on from my grandfather (he's puerto rican). It makes me feel awesome, so maybe it will make you feel good too... Here's a recipe, although loose: brown rice dark and red kidney beans sofrito (the leaves of a bunch of cilantro, 1/3 small onion, 2-3 cloves garlic, 1 red bell pepper, a little oil, salt, pepper) manzanilla (green) olives with pimientos and capers
Puree the sofrito up till smooth but still kinda textured, then cook down in a pan so you release the garlic/onion gasses. Add the beans, and stir (gently but constantly) until the sofrito gets a little darker (the ingredients are coookin!). COok your rice, mix it all together and add as much olives as you want. It's easy and fast and tastes good, so I hope this can help you change up your repetoire a bit. I eat it with avocado with lime juice and braised greens usually, so if thats all safe for you maybe it will help you get some grain-bean variety [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Can you eat falafel? Brown rice pasta? Potatoes? If you're low on ideas for food, I have a lot. Also, I assume you are, but are you on any kind of supplement to help this? Vitamin or herbal? I can look into some homeopathic stuff if you want to see if it would help you out [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
On Feb 28, 2006
Falafel generally contains bulgur. I can make it from scratch, though, just using chickpeas.
The problem isn't finding ideas for food or variety, it's eating *enough* so that I don't lose weight. And I can't eat many potatoes--too starchy, triggers the reflux.
And cilantro is not meant for human consumption. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] (Just kidding--I fall into the group of people who tastes cilantro as soap. Hubby loves it, I can't stand it.)
There are no OTC multivitamins I can take. I make shakes with whey protein for extra protein punch and calories. I take folic acid and iron. When I am closer to conception time, my doctor can write me a prescription for the one safe multi-vitamin I've found (Citracal Prenatal Rx).