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Food frustrations

I feel like depression has changed eating from something enjoyable into a fucking onerous chore, so that whenever I get ready to eat, it's like "So what am I going to cram in my throat-hole this time? *sigh*" And now my IBS makes it so I can't have dairy, spicy food, or anything in the onion or garlic family, so the few foods I still kinda liked are pretty much stolen from me.

What's worse, all this is happening to me in the summertime, when the oppressive heat already makes eating a chore, and makes cooking anything something to be avoided at all costs, because the oven adds so much extra heat to the air.

I'm looking forward to the winter, like seriously it can't come fast enough for my taste. At least in the winter, I can cook stuff without dying of heat stroke. And winter means soup season! Soup is basically my favorite food, it's so easy. Heat some water, boil some noodles, throw some ingredients together, and BLAM, soup's on. This coming winter is going to be a little more annoying, since all my ramen packets have onion and garlic in them, so I can only use the noodles, but whatever.

Then too, I make sandwiches, but sandwiches without cheese kind of suck. And I get damned tired of sandwiches anyway. At night when it's cooler, I sometimes make chicken for a cold chicken salad, but that's a shitton of work, and so often - between the depression and the fucking daystar's hideous heat - I just don't have the spoons to eat anything that takes more than 5 minutes to make. Which normally would mean stocking my freezer full of microwavable dinners, but hey, EVERY GODDAMN ONE of those fucking things has either dairy or onion in it, so eating those would mean more fucking diarrhea.

Yeah, I don't blame my roommate for consuming pretty much nothing but smoothies this summer. I would do the same, but I need protein, and plant protein doesn't do diddly squat for me. Also, smoothies have like, zero staying power; I drink one and I'm just hungry again a half hour or hour later.

I would really love to find a grocery store that caters specifically to people with food allergies/sensitivities, with like a whole aisle or two devoted to zero-dairy, zero onion-family, zero hot pepper foods. Because every trip to the grocery store this month has been me wandering around the store looking at stuff, getting more and more frustrated as I go along at all the stuff I can't eat. I can't even make a grocery list anymore because I no longer know what the fuck to even get.

I'm getting more and more tempted to just go "Fuck it" and eat whatever the fuck I feel like eating, and damn the consequences. Chase every fucking meal with an anti-diarrhea pill or something.

This was cross-posted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org/1247856.html
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kengr
Aug. 13th, 2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
Not a lot of help I can offer, but can I ask you to save the "soup" packets out of the ramen for me? I can use them with rice.

Also, have you tried to see if you react to the chicken or beef soup base from Winco? I just checked and the ham soup base from that place down by our storage has onion powder in it. I can't check the Winco stuff because I'd need the bin number to look it up on their site.

We should check Trader Joes to see what "flavoring" they have on the way back from Skyline Burgers.

I think Ill post a call for suggestions in a few places.
kengr
Aug. 14th, 2014 01:32 am (UTC)
Ok, posted a help request here"
http://callahanians.livejournal.com/724353.html

Got two replies so far. BTW, one of them mentions that caffeine is bad for IBS.

And I think you should see if the dairy problem is lactose intolerance. If it is, you can just use lactaid instead of giving up dairy.
franklanguage
Aug. 14th, 2014 04:03 am (UTC)
As I posted on Dreamwidth…
I finally decided to add you as a friend on LJ, so you've already [presumably] seen what I wrote on DW:

Well, the good news is that there are lots of non-dairy cheese alternatives—which are much more appetizing than that sounds.

You're in Portland, right? There may be no such thing as a grocery store that has specific aisles for celiac, IB, lactose intolerance, etc.—but there is Food Fight! grocery, which is sensitive to people's allergies, besides which nothing in the store has dairy or egg or any animal product in it.
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2014 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: As I posted on Dreamwidth…
Thanks!

Though I don't know about cheese substitutes. When I briefly tried being vegan, I tried eating soy "cheese." It was actually good for a while, no worse than American Slices, but then one day it just spontaneously stopped tasting good. I tried another package, same deal. It hadn't gone bad, my body just basically said "No."
franklanguage
Aug. 14th, 2014 01:40 pm (UTC)
Re: As I posted on Dreamwidth…
With all due respect, I'd give it another go with the cheese; admittedly, I don't know how recently you tried being vegan, but there are more new varieties of vegan cheeses all the time, and not all made from soy—after all, some vegans are even allergic to soy. (People who say, "I could never be vegan because I don't like/I'm allergic to soy" are getting fewer excuses all the time!) There are nut cheeses—even a macadamia nut cheese. (Although that's available in South Africa, and I admit is probably not that available here unless you want to get it shipped halfway around the world.) Daiya™ brand cheese is made from cassava and melts very convincingly—pizza, anyone?

Your body will crave dairy, because dairy—particularly cheese, which is concentrated milk—contains casomorphins, which are Mother Nature's opiates. The reason they're in milk is that the mother cow—or goat, I guess—produces them to prevent the calf from rejecting her milk. This is why weaning is so painful; I could go on, but you can read about it here (or here) if you want to read further.

I asked if you were in Portland because they have a vibrant vegan community and probably have a number of vegan food festivals; here in New York City, we have a monthly Vegan Shop-Up where all sorts of vendors come together. Via a web search, I see you have a Veg Fest coming up in Portland, and that would be a great, pressure-free way to sample vegan cheeses. Just sayin'.
fayanora
Aug. 15th, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: As I posted on Dreamwidth…
More faux cheeses than just soy? Well I'll look into that. Thanks.

Yes, I am in Portland, Oregon.
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