Saturday, 23 May 2009
My diet is horrible. I have two options right now: starve to death, or continue feeling nauseated all day, every day. I need help.
No matter what I eat, often times I feel sick. A few years ago, it got so bad and painful that I went to a gastroenterologist, got a biopsy, and told I was cancer-free (for now), and given the option of Zelnorm. Sure, that this was part of a bigger issue, I passed on the meds at the time.
Then I tried to change my diet, and for a while, assumed I was lactose intolerant. My diet of soy milk was clearly not helping, so I gave that up and just tried to eliminate stress and stayed away from foods that I even thought made me feel queasy.
It got a little better, but then about two years ago I had my allergies retested and discovered I was allergic to peas. I was told to (obviously) stay away from peas completely, but she also said I should try to stay away from all related legumes: beans, peanuts, etc. Well I've done pretty well about staying away from beans and peanuts, but recently, I realized I've been neglecting soy.
And therein lies the problem. Assuming that soy is the reason I felt even sick during that "lactose intolerant" stage, and the reason I'm often queasy, I started checking labels last week of things I eat all the time, a lot of which are "healthy" prepackaged meals and fast foods and drinks -- and EVERYTHING has soy! I am not kidding. Every soup, every sauce, every french toast stick... everything has soy, soybean oil, vegetable oil, etc. I've also recently switched to a more vegetarian diet, and all you ever hear in the way of meat substitutes and healthy eating is SOY. I'm screwed!!!!
Those who know me well know that I cannot cook. Sometimes people would joke that I'll learn someday out of necessity, but I assumed I could continue to microwave frozen things and munch on healthy snacks. Apparently now, I really will starve to death if I don't learn to cook for myself, because I have such a restricted diet, I can't eat anything prepared unless I know exactly what's in it. And unfortunately, the one thing I'm allergic to is the stuff of choice. It's like putting a fish in a bucket of windex and telling it to breathe easy.
Since cutting soy, I've been feeling less nauseated, but I am practically starving. I think I've lost five pounds in the last two weeks (albeit, I wanted to lose those anyway, just not this way).
Does anyone have suggestions for a vegetarian diet that does NOT include soy? Or does anyone know of prepackaged meals (or desserts, for that matter) on the market that are soy-free? Keep in mind that I also have blood sugar issues, so I can't eat a diet of straight carbs either. I eat fish, I love veggies (and I used to love peas...), and I take iron supplements, but I would really like some natural, easy, TASTY alternatives for my very difficult diet.