Monthly Archives: January 2012

Should you take your Vitamins?

I’m aware of the importance to eat your vitamins, I’ve been taking them most of my life. One thing I’ve noticed is that some vitamins make me fall asleep – my body temperature drops and I have trouble breathing. I am allergic to many foods and found the culprit Magnesium Stearate! It should be clearer what is used to produce it and those ingredients should also be on the bottle. Become informed about Magnesium Stearate – http://www.livestrong.com/article/37138-side-effects-magnesium-stearate-/

Having food allergies is complicated to say the least!

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Toast and Jam anyone?

First you need bread…..

My food allergies prevent me from using the following ingredients:

  • NO Wheat Flour (Gluten = a long string protein)
  • NO Eggs (entire egg)

This first loaf I baked with my newly acquired Breadman Bread Machine was interesting at-best. My bread was extremely dense and felt like it weighed 5 pounds! It was amazingly tasty though but by the looks alone, would never sell in a grocery store bread isle. I didn’t finish eating that rubbery loaf, before trying my hand at another and my first attempt at a box brand.

Gluten Free, allergy free bread mix used

It doesn’t end up looking like the picture on the box if you have to eliminate eggs however, it’s pretty good compared to my attempts at baking my own recipe.

Successful bread despite no wheat gluten and eggs

I eliminated eggs by adding 2 Tbsp corn starch and 4 tbsp warm water and I opted to add milk in-place of water in attempts to add food content to the bread. Next loaf I’ll make with water to see if the bread itself becomes lighter. I also added a tbsp of onion powder to add a rich flavor without overpowering the taste of the bread.

Next….. JAM

When I was in Elementary school, we were treated to a field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm. This was long before it became the amusement park attraction it is today. Nonetheless, I was affected by this trip in a lifelong life-altering way. I remember learning about their new and exciting accomplishment, the “Boysenberry” . You may believe that there are boysenberries littering the hillsides of some coastal cities ripening as you read this, but that berry never existed before Knott’s Berry Farm created it.

They took 2 plants, 1-Rasberry & 1-Black Berry and spliced the two plants together creating this milder, sweeter berry. The tartness you taste when biting into the rasberry is notable and the blackeberry in it’s mild nature combined create a full-bodied smoother tasting berry. Unfortunately, we cannot run to the store and pick up a box of Boysenberries, so I am attempting to create that taste in my own jam. I would love to buy Knott’s Berry Farms Boysenberry jam, however they use LEMON JUICE and that is one of my allergies.

Toast and Jam wasn’t something I ate much, it was a painful meal for me my entire lifetime. I could feel the gluten cutting through my esophagus and the lemon juice – heart burn that followed reminded me throughout the day that “Toast and Jam” = “pop a heartburn pill” or suffer.

I was pleased to see how simple it was to make Jam, it’s basically only Fruit + Sugar… unless you want to “cut the sweetness” with lemon or add citrus to preserve the fruit. I opted to not add a citrus to this jar. However I canned the remaining jam with a bit of lime juice to preserve the jam once opened.

Gluten Free - Lemon Free Berry Jam

I added some Xanthum gum to add thickness to the jam, you can also add corn starch combined with water, during the heating process.

Clare Rowley's Gluten Free & Lemon Free Toast and Jam

This morning, my first toast with jam in over 5 months and I have:

  • No esophageal pain
  • No heartburn

I’m thinking about having a second piece ♥


Statistics on Food Allergies within the US

The following link is a report covering studies from the US alone and I believe, after my experience, that many more people suffer with food allergies without their knowledge. http://www.foodallergy.org/files/FoodAllergyFactsandStatistics.pdf

Movies frequently depict a person suffering an  Anaphylaxic episode with outward signs including exaggerated swelling on the face and neck. It is unrealistic as depicted in this photo of movie star and comedian Martin Short, in the movie “Pure Luck” with co-star Danny Glover.

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Or Will Smith in the movie “Hitch” as shown here:

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I’m not saying some people don’t experience this extreme swelling from eating foods they’re allergic to. In-fact, my tongue was swollen so often that I got braces to increase the space in my lower jaw to allow more room for it, I had a bee sting on my pinky-finger that proceeded to cause my entire arm and neck to swell. What I’m saying is that it doesn’t always happen, sometimes you simply have what appears to be an asthma attack and you can show no outward signs of Anaphylaxis but in-fact be experiencing it and putting your life at risk.

I hope this helps you see why I went most of my life suffering food allergies without knowing and save you from thinking that you or someone you love simply has Asthma.


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