Monday, March 15, 2010

Food I Like

I know you guys were asking about some of my favorite foods that are within my dietary restrictions. Since I know I won't be able to think of everything at once, I decided to do a blog post rather than an email- that way I could keep updating it as I thought of things to add. I'm assuming you're asking for grocery store items, so I will list lots of my favs from Trader Joe's in mind (although some of these things you could obviously get anywhere). I also don't know exactly what kinds of food you're curious about (snacks, apps, desserts, meals, etc.), so I'll try my best to add a little of everything. I'm just going to pretend I'm making a shopping list.... Feel free to make comments or email me if you have more specific requests!
  • roasted red pepper hummus
  • 3-layer hummus (layers are: roasted red pepper, original, cilantro)
  • everything bagel chips
  • pita bite crackers
  • organic baby spinach salad
  • organic blueberries
  • organic strawberries
  • organic baby carrots
  • organic apples with organic creamy, unsalted peanut butter
  • organic corn chips
  • Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or any FRESH salsa without additives or preservatives
  • T Joe's all-natural vanilla cake mix (if you were looking for a dessert item)
  • chicken shu mai (T Joe's all natural asian apps in the frozen food section)
  • all natural egg rolls (I'm pretty sure Trader Joe's has these too)
  • organic white wine (I generally don't drink, but could make an exception for the shower if there is going to be alcohol- if not, that's completely fine too :)
Just to sum up the restrictions/foods that I avoid again (along with a few strong opinions I threw in), here they are:
  • organic when possible
  • when organic is not possible (b/c there are many times it's not), all-natural is the best alternative - just make sure that it is really all-natural (meaning nothing artificial is included and there are no preservatives used)
  • no dairy products (almond milk is my milk alternative)
  • for chicken or beef (which probably will not apply for the food you guys are getting, but just in case...) I will only eat chicken or beef that is all-natural, free-range, vegetarian fed, never treated with antibiotics or hormones - if it doesn't say this on the package, that means that you're eating medicated meat that's been caged in a dark, unsanitary living area on top of other animals that are sick and sometimes dead... yup, pretty gross... I highly recommend watching the documentary Food Inc. if you'd like to see what I'm talking about. Oooh, I just learned that I can post the trailer for the movie. Watch below.
  • NO artificial sweeteners (this includes sweet n lo, nutra sweet, splenda, anything with aspartame, etc.). Aspartame causes cancer, this is a fact. Another documentary, Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World (while very informative, it is rather boring...) that I will post clip of below.
  • avoid gluten when possible (this can increase my symptoms, but it won't hurt me if I have it here and there)
  • no alcohol (I haven't drank since New Year's and don't plan to drink again until the bachelorette, so I don't think a glass of wine would kill me)
*Will update more things as I think of them!

Food Inc Clip:

Sweet Misery, A Poisoned World Clip:


4 comments:

jenny said...

I think I am destined for cancer, I love aspartane.

Jessica said...

i used to drink diet sodas a lot too, but I stopped b/c it is really so bad for you. not only does it cause cancer, but lots of other diseases too (MS, neuro disorders, etc.) it seems silly not to stop drinking something that knowingly causes cancer, especially when some people who have cancer didn't have a choice in the matter.

jennyb said...

oh i didn't mean it like that, i meant that I have been drinking it for so long, wish i knew before

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