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Nor_TX
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   Posted 8/2/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am doing fairly well on the gf diet and have addressed social issues that keep coming up, but I think I have fallen into a rut with my menu.
 
I have an Udi bagel or So Delicious coconut yogurt for breakfast.  Tomatoes and cucumber and maybe some leftovers and dinners are tomato sandwich or grilled chicken or salmon but I am bored.
 
I was hoping that some readers may have some ideas for meals to take to work and for dinners.
 
Any ideas would be appreciated.
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 5 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 5 weeks
                   B12 every 5 weeks              
                   12 Asacol daily
                   Zofran as needed
Dealing with Colitis since 2003, Gastro-Paresis, Reflux, IBS, GERD and Gluten and Dairy Intolerance and last but certainly not least - Arthritis.  Am officially a senior citizen - how lovely :P
"Food is in my dreams and in my nightmares!"

Post Edited (Nor_TX) : 8/2/2010 3:59:22 PM (GMT-6)


caligirl2001
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   Posted 8/4/2010 3:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm not familiar with what you can't eat with colitis or the IBS, so forgive me if I suggest something that is off limits to you, but I will offer some suggestions for things that I make and maybe it gives you some ideas. I've been in that stuck place before, and it's no fun at all. I did find it got easier, the longer I was GF. I have been GF now since Nov '08.

There are quite a few cereals available in health food stores that are GF. Vanilla hemp milk tastes pretty good as a substitute for milk, and my dairy intolerant step son says it is much better than soy. I have to agree, although I have tried them, I don't have to be dairy free. I don't know if they are available where you live, but Van's makes great GF waffles, and Kinnikinnick has fantastic pancake/waffle mix that can be mixed up dairy free- even my non-gf family members love them and say they would never know the difference. Just be careful of the fake syrups. I stick to genuine maple syrup, honey or agave now after having a bad reaction to a fake syrup.

Boars head deli meats are gluten free and I use veganaise for a mayo substitute, since I don't like miracle whip type taste, but that is a matter of preference. I use Udi's bread for sandwiches because it tastes like real bread and doesn't need to be toasted to taste good. I also make pasta salads using Ancient Harvenst quinoa pasta because it doesn't fall apart like rice pasta, and again I use the veganaise if I want a creamy based salad. Or fresh veggies, quinoa pasta and an italian or greek style dressing makes a nice change of pace. You can also throw in some diced chicken or GF cold cuts and make that a complete meal if you want.

Dinners are a little more thrown together for us, since I'm the only GF one. We do a lot of grilling. I can't eat chicken, so I eat something else when I make that for everyone else. Burgers are popular with my kids, of course. Or I make myself a separate GF meal if the family wants something I can't have or I'm not very hungry. Sometimes a simple baked sweet potato with some butter, or in your case non dairy butter substitute and a little brown sugar and a salad makes a great dinner for me. Or I saute some veggies and toss with some quinoa pasta. I don't always eat meat with my meals either.

I hope that give you a few ideas, and that at least a few are agreeable to your other dietary restrictions. Best wishes and good luck to you in escaping your dietary boredom! I know it can be tough.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin

Nor_TX
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   Posted 8/5/2010 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
caligirl2001, Thanks for your suggestions. I do have alot of restrictions with food - no salad, no tomato sauce, no nuts. I do buy the quinoa pasta and it is ok... trying to curb this weight gain since going gf.

I don't really eat waffles or pancakes - hard on the Reflux and Gerd.

I do love the Katz Gluten Free Challah and I have started eating small tomato and seedless cucumber salad with rice vinegar.

It is definitely hard to satisfy all the dietary problems... but at least it gives me "food for thought" daily!
Presently on: 600 mg. Remicade every 5 weeks
                   Venofer infusion every 5 weeks
                   B12 every 5 weeks              
                   12 Asacol daily
                   Zofran as needed
Dealing with Colitis since 2003, Gastro-Paresis, Reflux, IBS, GERD and Gluten and Dairy Intolerance and last but certainly not least - Arthritis.  Am officially a senior citizen - how lovely :P
"Food is in my dreams and in my nightmares!"

caligirl2001
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 197
   Posted 8/5/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Nor_tx, hmm. Sorry I couldn't be of more help! My family is kind of all over the place with food, and I have a few picky eaters as well. I'll eat almost anything, so my problem is finding something that satisfies the picky ones without boring me. Sometimes I feel like a short order cook! My husband thinks he is easy to cook for, but in reality he is difficult because he likes so few things. I have a little one whose diet consists of chicken, noodles, pancakes, eggs and crackers and cheese and the occasional quesadilla. One son who like me will eat almost anything, and a grown step son who is only slightly less picky than his father. And me, who has to eat GF and can't eat chicken ( a sensitivity that appeared after the gluten issue).

I had the opposite result going GF. I lost 35 lbs that had refused to go anywhere no matter what I did, exercise, calorie restriction - nothing worked. Rather perplexing to me because weight was something I have had to struggle with my entire life until discovering the gluten issue. But I know that is an issue with GF and I did notice that many of the GF equivalents to non-GF foods are much higher in calories, and cost. I didn't replace the prepared foods in my diet with GF prepared foods, outside of the pastas. I went to fruits, veggies and meats, and occasionally crackers once I found some that tasted okay. So I was relatively low-carb, outside of the naturally occurring carbs in the fruits and veggies. Maybe that had something to do with it. I hope you are able to find something to break your monotony! Good luck, and best wishes.
Fibromyalgia, High BP, Migraines, anxiety, Non Celiac Gluten Intolerant
Current medications: Topamax, Maxalt, Lotrel, Wellbutrin
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