Monday, February 25, 2013


Well, I'm trying a cleanse - eliminating elements from my diet for a number of days, then adding them back to see if they affect me negatively. Since my biggest health concern is arthritis, I'm using a cleanse designed to address inflammatory issues. The idea is to eat no gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, nightshade vegetables (potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes), citrus, peanuts, or corn. I'm using this list of recipes as a starting point, and we'll see how it goes. I'm also probably cutting caffeine, since I don't really like soy milk creamer, I'm supposed to cut soy anyway, and I don't like coffee black.

I can't decide if I want the test to show I have no dietary sensitivities. or if I'd rather find a dietary cure for my knuckles. I guess I'll see how it goes!

Today, however, I tried cooking kasha and it did NOT go well. All I wanted was some pot full of grain that I could use in salads, but this stuff - whoa. Mushy and just not nice.
I don't know where I went wrong.. I will try one more time without any confidence. I will also cook a lot less of it!

Anyway, so far today I've had:
breakfast: oatmeal with half an apple cut into it
lunch: butternut squash soup (from Trader Joe) with some spinach leaves stirred in, half a banana.
snack: likely will be tea and nuts.
dinner: TBD.


  1. One of the best healthy food bloggers I know: because she addresses a wide variety of food allergies. Hope it helps, and hope that you can find something that works. (Good luck with the mush!)

  2. Check out She has some great recipes that shouldn't include anything on your list.

  3. Thanks you two! I'll check them out.

  4. Don't forget to eat some protein!

  5. This immediately made me think of Tara of Tea & Cookies, but it turns out her kasha cooking tends to include things you are currently avoiding. I wish you the best of luck with the cleanse.

  6. Hi there! I am so excited that you are using those recipes! With kasha, if it gets mushy, use less water. Sometimes, I will soak it over night and not even cook it.

  7. Oh! Thanks for the feedback on the kasha. I will totally try the soaking overnight method. I do that with oats sometimes.