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  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 7,150Member Member Posts: 7,150Member Member
    Libby283 wrote: »
    Libby283 wrote: »
    Spent 20 minutes in the grocery store today looking for anything baked goods/ sweet without eggs, nuts, palm oil or coconut.

    Nothing... any suggestions?
    Many people in my family have allergies to trees and grasses, but there is a cross reaction that happens during certain seasons where things like squash, bananas, etc. cause tingly tongues, hives, itching, and for some of the family, constantly taking allergy medication is enough to keep these things under control, for the rest of the family, allergy shots are necessary. If you have not seen an allergist about this, please do. These reactions can become life threatening if you don't. The doctor can also give you advise on what you can/cannot eat, what to avoid and when, and what other items could be causing reactions that you don't even know about.

    Saw the allergist on Monday. He said don’t eat potatoes, strawberries, eggs, nuts including almonds and peanuts, turkey and fish.

    I ate lettuce with carrots and chickpeas for lunch. Sucks... now I want dessert and can’t find anything.


    Make some cookies or whatever at home, with ingredients that you can trust. It isn't as hard as it seems.

    Also, there are way more things than lettuce and carrots that you can eat. Maybe have a ham sandwich, with lettuce and tomatoes and some vegan mayo, with some apple chips instead of potato chips, and a banana for dessert.

    Or, why not try some chicken tenderloins, smothered in BBQ sauce with some white rice?

    Or a couple tacos?

    Cheerios?

    Pancakes?

    Sloppy Joes?

    Roasted turkey in gravy?

    Allergic to turkey....

    I can’t cook, but I did contact some local bakeries to see if we can get a standing order of something that is allergy proof that will fill the need for my sweet tooth. A banana is fruit and I do sometimes have one for breakfast but it is not a dessert. I want cake, cookies and those yummies.

    I never realized how much stuff has eggs. Breakfast with eggs and potatoes have always been my favorite meal.

    I go back to the allergist the first week in July. Hopefully he has some solutions to be able to bring these items back into my diet. At least eggs and potatoes. I can live without the rest.

    I have tried allergy medicine in the past but it made me deathly ill. Maybe something new has been developed that we can try.

    You could call a vegan bakery and ask them if they have anything sweet without nuts, coconut oil, or palm oil. (By definition, a vegan bakery won't use eggs.)
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Posts: 7,150Member Member Posts: 7,150Member Member
    Libby283 wrote: »
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    When I was baking for vegans I had good success with Bobs Red Mill Egg Replacer https://smile.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-Egg-Replacer/dp/B01LX2AOMH

    This would be great but it has potatoe. I found out today that shredded cheese has potato.

    Not if you shred it yourself. Buy block cheese. Get a grater.
  • Libby283Libby283 Posts: 287Member Member Posts: 287Member Member

    jgnatca wrote: »
    From what I can tell you are waiting for the grocery store to get your memo so you don’t waste twenty minutes wandering the aisles looking for decent replacements to your favourite foods.

    You haven’t been terribly clear clarifying between what you can’t eat and won’t eat, what you can’t do and what you won’t do.

    I think there is a grief process in here as well, some anger and denial.

    There is no industry incentive to develop foods to satisfy highly individual intolerances like yours.

    And I am done providing suggestions.

    Perhaps your allergist will cave and let you eat eggs and potatoes again.

    Best of health to you.

    Last night was literally the first time I have actually went grocery shopping in 3-4 years. The only time I have ever stopped into one is swinging in on my morning commute to grab a yogurt, donuts or prepared salad for lunch.

    So yes not being able to just eat on the go is a struggle. I spent 20 minutes in Chick fil a and couldn’t get anything but an unsweetened tea.

    I can’t eat fish, nuts, peanuts, eggs, potatoes, coconut, palm oil, strawberries, turkey, lamb and oysters.

    I don’t eat steak and pork, with the exception of bacon. I also don’t like cucumbers, uncooked veggies
  • Libby283Libby283 Posts: 287Member Member Posts: 287Member Member
    shaumom wrote: »
    Libby283 wrote: »
    Ugh I think I might die of starvation... I know me and we are not good with food work.

    It is interesting that you say pain. I have been aching for the last 3-4 years. Like 80 year old pain...

    I can’t have peanuts either. I hate tofu.

    Darn - tofu is easy, if you like it. And peanuts - also easy, but only if you can have it.

    re: pain - I used to feel like I must be 90 years old, I had pain all over. Know lots of allergic folks who had the same. So...good side, hopefully the pain IS allergies and might go away after a few months. :-)

    And also - I am so sorry you are struggling right now. I am NOT a good cook myself. I don't like cooking; I could literally think of anything in the world I would rather do than cook. And I have had to slowly, slowly learn how to cook at least a little bit, just to get food that didn't make me want to choke and die.

    And it was not easy, and I still kind of suck as a cook, but every once in a while, I've managed to find a good recipe here and there that helps.

    I would just say, as encouragement - you will likely find something you can have that you like, whether that is some random food that has no allergens, or a recipe that finally works. It takes a long while, and a lot of meals with (if it's like me) some crappy, crappy meals where you just wanna look at your food and wish you could numb your mouth just so you don't have to taste it again. But it will get better. Slower than you would like, in all honesty, but truly, it gets better. :-)

    When it comes to looking for pre-made foods that are allergen free, I forgot to mention before - check out things online. A lot of foods that are allergen free are not available everywhere so they can be tricky to find anywhere BUt online. Amazon.com has a lot, oddly, and you can do some google searches and sometimes find some other possibilities. Typically cheaper to order in large amounts online, anyway. :-)

    re: desserts - oh man, I sympathize. one thing that saved my life - I got an electric ice cream maker. Just take ripe fruit (soft fruit, or cook harder fruit until soft). Blend it up in a blender until really smooth, and then just dump in the ice cream maker and make your own sorbet. You can add seasonings and such to make it better (cooked apple, blended smooth, with things like cinnamon added, seriously tastes like apple pie sorbet. Both weird and awesome). This is very quick and easy, but it's sweet and nice and kind of saves your sanity, if you really like desserts (like I do. ^_^)
    Lillymoo01 wrote: »
    ...Just buy a couple of cookbooks for beginners and go from there. The skill will really be mastering which foods you can substitute to make it allergy friendly for you but a dietician could help with that.

    Just to save you some time - yeah, the above won't work for the most part. Dieticians sometimes have a little knowledge about a few foods (like dairy, for lactose free diets, or gluten free for celiacs) but once you get 2 or more allergens, their ability to help you with recipes or substitutions goes down rapidly. Better to look at which people can't eat that food and check with that.

    Like vegans don't use eggs, so they have some good substitutions for that (apple sauce, flaxseed...)

    Cookbook for beginners - also sorta helpful, sort of not. Helpful if you know nothing about cooking and are trying to learn basics like, say, how to make pasta. Not helpful in that the majority will end up having ingredients you can't use, sometimes to the point that you literally have almost nothing left in the recipe that you CAN use...not helpful, you know?

    But learning about ingredients from basics can really help.

    I actually have an ice cream maker. Used it once. We do have a local creamery that can accommodate my allergies, so I will continue going. But sometimes I want cake, brownies and cookies. I did find chocolate covered pretzels and rice crispy treats at the grocery store last night. I am still on the hunt for cakes, danishes and donuts without eggs.

    I also grabbed some oatmeal, cream of wheat and grits. This is the most cooking that I do these days. Picked up some lettuce, carrots, beans, yogurt and fresh fruit. Basically what I ate the last time I lost 50 lbs. that diet gets old quick and obviously I went back to real food.

    I also live in the middle of farm country. You say vegan and they look at you like you sprouted a second head. Our nearest grocery store is 15 miles away. I have to make the trip further out to find vegan eggs and mayonnaise.
  • Libby283Libby283 Posts: 287Member Member Posts: 287Member Member
    Libby283 wrote: »
    Libby283 wrote: »
    Spent 20 minutes in the grocery store today looking for anything baked goods/ sweet without eggs, nuts, palm oil or coconut.

    Nothing... any suggestions?
    Many people in my family have allergies to trees and grasses, but there is a cross reaction that happens during certain seasons where things like squash, bananas, etc. cause tingly tongues, hives, itching, and for some of the family, constantly taking allergy medication is enough to keep these things under control, for the rest of the family, allergy shots are necessary. If you have not seen an allergist about this, please do. These reactions can become life threatening if you don't. The doctor can also give you advise on what you can/cannot eat, what to avoid and when, and what other items could be causing reactions that you don't even know about.

    Saw the allergist on Monday. He said don’t eat potatoes, strawberries, eggs, nuts including almonds and peanuts, turkey and fish.

    I ate lettuce with carrots and chickpeas for lunch. Sucks... now I want dessert and can’t find anything.


    Make some cookies or whatever at home, with ingredients that you can trust. It isn't as hard as it seems.

    Also, there are way more things than lettuce and carrots that you can eat. Maybe have a ham sandwich, with lettuce and tomatoes and some vegan mayo, with some apple chips instead of potato chips, and a banana for dessert.

    Or, why not try some chicken tenderloins, smothered in BBQ sauce with some white rice?

    Or a couple tacos?

    Cheerios?

    Pancakes?

    Sloppy Joes?

    Roasted turkey in gravy?

    Allergic to turkey....

    I can’t cook, but I did contact some local bakeries to see if we can get a standing order of something that is allergy proof that will fill the need for my sweet tooth. A banana is fruit and I do sometimes have one for breakfast but it is not a dessert. I want cake, cookies and those yummies.

    I never realized how much stuff has eggs. Breakfast with eggs and potatoes have always been my favorite meal.

    I go back to the allergist the first week in July. Hopefully he has some solutions to be able to bring these items back into my diet. At least eggs and potatoes. I can live without the rest.

    I have tried allergy medicine in the past but it made me deathly ill. Maybe something new has been developed that we can try.

    You could call a vegan bakery and ask them if they have anything sweet without nuts, coconut oil, or palm oil. (By definition, a vegan bakery won't use eggs.)

    I am working on finding one. A local place does do frozen vegan cupcakes but they can’t guarantee that it is nut and contamination free. I have a few more on my list to call in the nearest large cities.
  • Libby283Libby283 Posts: 287Member Member Posts: 287Member Member
    Libby283 wrote: »
    jgnatca wrote: »
    From what I can tell you are waiting for the grocery store to get your memo so you don’t waste twenty minutes wandering the aisles looking for decent replacements to your favourite foods.

    You haven’t been terribly clear clarifying between what you can’t eat and won’t eat, what you can’t do and what you won’t do.

    I think there is a grief process in here as well, some anger and denial.

    There is no industry incentive to develop foods to satisfy highly individual intolerances like yours.

    And I am done providing suggestions.

    Perhaps your allergist will cave and let you eat eggs and potatoes again.

    Best of health to you.

    Last night was literally the first time I have actually went grocery shopping in 3-4 years. The only time I have ever stopped into one is swinging in on my morning commute to grab a yogurt, donuts or prepared salad for lunch.

    So yes not being able to just eat on the go is a struggle. I spent 20 minutes in Chick fil a and couldn’t get anything but an unsweetened tea.

    I can’t eat fish, nuts, peanuts, eggs, potatoes, coconut, palm oil, strawberries, turkey, lamb and oysters.

    I don’t eat steak and pork, with the exception of bacon. I also don’t like cucumbers, uncooked veggies


    Why couldn't you get anything at Chick-fil-a?

    And why did you go to chick-fil-a without checking the website or app ahead of time to see if they had anything you can have? I have to literally check websites or call ahead to every single restaurant I want to visit before even thinking about going there. It's a pain in the neck, but it keeps things like that from happening.

    But, I do eat at chick-fil-a, and for the life of me, I dont know why you couldn't find anything to eat there...
    Libby283 wrote: »
    jgnatca wrote: »
    From what I can tell you are waiting for the grocery store to get your memo so you don’t waste twenty minutes wandering the aisles looking for decent replacements to your favourite foods.

    You haven’t been terribly clear clarifying between what you can’t eat and won’t eat, what you can’t do and what you won’t do.

    I think there is a grief process in here as well, some anger and denial.

    There is no industry incentive to develop foods to satisfy highly individual intolerances like yours.

    And I am done providing suggestions.

    Perhaps your allergist will cave and let you eat eggs and potatoes again.

    Best of health to you.

    Last night was literally the first time I have actually went grocery shopping in 3-4 years. The only time I have ever stopped into one is swinging in on my morning commute to grab a yogurt, donuts or prepared salad for lunch.

    So yes not being able to just eat on the go is a struggle. I spent 20 minutes in Chick fil a and couldn’t get anything but an unsweetened tea.

    I can’t eat fish, nuts, peanuts, eggs, potatoes, coconut, palm oil, strawberries, turkey, lamb and oysters.

    I don’t eat steak and pork, with the exception of bacon. I also don’t like cucumbers, uncooked veggies


    Why couldn't you get anything at Chick-fil-a?

    And why did you go to chick-fil-a without checking the website or app ahead of time to see if they had anything you can have? I have to literally check websites or call ahead to every single restaurant I want to visit before even thinking about going there. It's a pain in the neck, but it keeps things like that from happening.

    But, I do eat at chick-fil-a, and for the life of me, I dont know why you couldn't find anything to eat there...

    Chicken is cooked in peanut oil, fruit is cross contaminated with strawberries. Fries are potatoes. No point getting salad without chicken and egg. Not interested in a bowl of lettuce without flavor. The milkshakes are literally 700-900 calories so didn’t bother checking the ingredients.

    I do have two kids to feed, so regardless if I can eat or not, I do have to feed them somewhere.
    edited June 14
  • tracybear86tracybear86 Posts: 110Member Member Posts: 110Member Member
    Best egg substitute for baking that I have found.
    https://minimalistbaker.com/how-to-make-a-flax-egg/

    I honestly cannot remember your full list of allergies but this recipe has no eggs or dairy and makes really good cakes or cupcakes! This site has multiple flavor options. The recipe came about during the depression when people did not have access to eggs and a lot of dairy products. I have personally made the chocolate, vanilla, spice and lemon, all were good. There is a mug cake version on the site as well which takes about 5 minutes to make in the microwave.
    https://sweetlittlebluebird.com/tried-true-tuesday-crazy-cake-no-eggs/
  • FuzzipegFuzzipeg Posts: 1,886Member Member Posts: 1,886Member Member
    my experience was that shredded cheese was coated in maize starch!!!!!

    On the subject of mock egg white. vegan girls living with my granddaughter at uni used the liquid at the bottom of tinned chick peas instead of egg white.

    Intrigued by allergy medicine. Just to add something to your list of problems it could be preservatives they use in medications. Paraben and that does not need to be listed.

    A book and web site which might interest some of you, foodcanmakeyouill.co.uk/. In my day it was a book but as a site there is much information and the books are still available.
  • Libby283Libby283 Posts: 287Member Member Posts: 287Member Member
    mph323 wrote: »
    Out of curiosity, if you never set foot in a grocery store, and don't cook at all, what do you feed your kids?

    eta This is getting weirder by the minute...

    As I said earlier, we eat out a lot. Mostly local restaurants. Sometimes pizza delivered to pool. Sometimes Chick-fil-a. We don’t eat at any other fast food places.

    My fiancé stops into store to get basics like milk, coffee, tea, drinks, snacks. He cooks sometimes. Like throwing chicken on the smoker.
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