grok on

everyone who knows me, in person and in blog, knows that i love grains. oats. wheat. barley. corn. oats. oats. oats…

turns out i’m allergic to oats.

i have to give up grains. what a bummer.

after eating oatmeal 3/7 days for breakfast. after endless batches of oatmeal cookies. cupcakes, muffins, breads.. i didn’t even know you could be allergic to oats!!!

no more grains. this was a suspicion of mine for a while, so i gave them up informally about 4 weeks ago. this was only one of my few dietary changes, as i started eating meat at the same time. then, after a conformation from my doctor, it’s final. i’ve given up for good. apparently, all grains are stored together, so for safety purposes, all of them have to be avoided in order to keep away from the oats. i have to add here that i feel a billion times better now that i’ve given up grains. apparently, if you eat something 4 times a day, and happen to be allergic to said thing, you can get pretty sick for a long time. i forgot what it is like to live day to day without constant nausea, a swollen (yes, swollen!) stomach, and a general feeling of death following me. please, if you think you are allergic to something, try not eating it for a while. sounds like common sense, yeah?

i’m on a basic caveman diet now, which is actually really yummy. this caveman diet consists of “real foods” only. like i said, no grains. none. no rice, oats, wheat, pasta, bread, rye, amaranth, you get the idea. i eat mostly vegetables, meats, eggs, cheese, and a little fruit. this may sound boring and stupid, but i assure you, it does not suck, and i will not starve. you may be thinking to yourself, “i could never give this stuff up… what DO you eat without grains?!?” i eat this every morning:

fried eggs, roasted sweet potatoes, & asparagus

fried eggs, roasted sweet potatoes, & asparagus

that’s right. i make time every morning to roast veggies and fry eggs. it only takes 10 minutes to prep, and it tastes amazing. i love it, and i love taking time to make good food for myself to start my day. this is my cave-lady breakfast almost every day. like i said, i will not starve without oatmeal!

and lunch is also a challenge free meal:

roasted chicken and veggies

roasted chicken and veggies

turns out, i really like the simple flavors of roasted chicken and veggies. i roast a whole chicken every weekend with rosemary, onions, garlic, salt & pepper, and plenty of butter on the skin. i pick at this throughout the week and take it in my lunch with some leftover veggies. who needs pasta?! this is easy.

what about sweets?

i bake with either no flour (yes, you don’t need flour to bake, you’ll see), or with grain-free flour, such as almond and coconut flours. they are expensive, especially when compared to wheat flour. but i don’t bake sweets every day, so baking with these things provide us with occasional treats.. like weekend and special occasion treats, not daily sweets. these treats are different from the wheat ones i’m used to making, but i’m excited to play around with them and make them palatable for “normal eaters”, as well as myself. we’ve made a few recipes with these new ingredients already and are very impressed with the results. although, since i’m baking slightly less, mr. hare misses all of my baking. the pound-cakes, cookies, muffins, soft pretzels… he’d become diabetic if we continued the course we were on anyhow. he was hooked, like agustus gloop. but he’s also taken well to my grain-free experiments thus far. he’ll have to get used to it, or starve.

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2 thoughts on “grok on

  1. I know this is an older post but I’m going to comment anyway 🙂

    I’m allergic to oats, too! I ate oatmeal every weekday morning for months before I found out. No wonder I was doubled over with stomach pain. haha! I also have a shrimp allergy… I find it so odd that you can be allergic to shrimp and not shellfish. Hmmm!

    Anyway, thanks for the great blog. I was referred over here by Elana’s Pantry and I can’t wait to try your recipes. They look delicious!

    • hi katie!
      thanks for the comment. yes, i hate having such a horrible reaction to oats, as they are super delicious and make winter mornings seem easier to handle… except for the whole violent reaction thing. i loved eating oats every morning and still enjoy the smell of them slowly cooking over the stove when my husband makes them for his own breakfast.
      avoiding grain is the easiest and best way for me to stay healthy, and i hope you find some recipes that you can get along with, too! elana’s pantry is a wealth of wonderful recipes, and i have many that are inspired by her. i think you’ll find that her recipes and mine are pretty similar. please try a few here and let us know how they work out for you!
      best,
      liz

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