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Strategies For Those With Food Allergies
In recent times people have had a greater awareness of the effect that food allergies have on both their weight, and their overall health. Almost everyone is allergic to one type of food or another. The most common food allergens are corn, eggs, milk, soy, sugar, yeast, wheat and lately there has been a lot of concern regarding gluten. One may wonder, do I have food allergies and how would I know. One common symptom of food allergies is having a strong craving for a particular food. Another symptom of food allergies is the withdrawal effect that happens when a food is not eaten for a period of several days or more, an allergy sufferer could experience fatigue when withdrawing from a particular food. Other symptoms of food allergies are weigh fluctuations, hot flashes, strong heart palpitations, migraines, and even irritable bowl syndrome.
Food allergies are often the product of monotonous diets, which is when food are eaten repeatedly, and the diet consist of a very small variety of foods, usually thirty types of foods or less. Food allergies can lead to a condition called leaky gut syndrome. In leaky gut syndrome, the intestinal linings break down and this creates tiny fissures that allow partially digested food to seep out of the intestines and into the bloodstream. Leaky Gut Syndrome is major culprit in creating food addictions. The body actually craves foods that it cannot digest.
What is one to do in order to maintain a healthy body, and be able to eat a well balance diet if one has food allergies? The most common allergens are often part of the composition of most of the foods we eat, so how do we strategize a plan of cooking that is allergen free? Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N. has written an outstanding book titled The Allergy Self-Help Cook Book. This book gives many wonderful alternatives to common cooking ingredients used in many recipes. For example if you are allergic to wheat flour you can substitute wheat flour with any of the following: amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, brown rice flour, buckwheat flour, Kamut brand flour, potato, oat, quinoa, and spelt flour. As you can see there are ways to still have pancakes in the morning even if you suffer from food allergies. If you are allergic to eggs there is this fantastic method for making a seed based egg substitute in less that five minutes. Just do the following recipe when you need an egg substitute.
Egg Substitute page 212
½ Cup Water
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
in a small sauce pan you combine the water with the flaxseeds, bring to boil than reduce heat and stir till they reach the consistency of egg whites. Be careful with using high heat of mixture becomes thick and gummy.
This recipe is very handy when you have to make meat loaf or any recipe needing an egg like substance. There are several recipes in the book where this mixture is needed.
For starting you day right you might want to try one of her great breakfast recipes. One of my favorites is the Buckwheat Pancake recipe. Here is the delicious recipe for Buckwheat Pancakes found on page 90.
1 ½ cups white buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups soy, almond, rice milk or water
3 tablespoons oil
Preheat nonstick griddle or large skillet
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Make a well in the flour and pour in the water, or milk and oil. Whisk just until the ingredients are combined. Drop by spoonfuls onto the griddle or skillet. Cook until the tops are bubbly and the edges are brown. Turn and cook until lightly brown. Serve at once.
Here you have a wonderful and tasty pancake recipe with out the common allergens found in most pancakes recipes such as: wheat, eggs and milk.
The Allergy Self-Help Cook Book is a great resource for those who deal with food allergies and allergies in general. The book is divided in the following way: Part 1 getting started, gives instructions on: exploring new ingredients, planning a rotary as well as diversified diet, there are tips for maintaining an allergy free household, and keeping your children allergy free. The book contains over 350 recipes for everything from: breakfast dishes to dips, desserts, spreads, and an allergy free approach to preparing meat, poultry, and game dishes.
If you suffer from food allergies or one of your love ones, perhaps one of your friends suffers from food allergies, you now have a tool to deal with this problem. The Allergy Self-Help Cook Book is not just another cook book but a book full of practical strategies for dealing with food allergies and very tasty recipes.