Alright gang, it’s Day 14 of my no nut diet. Two weeks. No nuts. That’s gotta be a world record or something.
Overall, I have been feeling better, and now it’s time to throw another ingredient into the mix. Wheat.
Wheat came through as the second highest on my allergy test. To be honest, I don’t eat that much wheat to begin with (says the girl who just posted a salad with seitan, a wheat-based vegetarian protein). Honestly, though, before I started my high-protein diet I was really only having wheat on pizza night, so I don’t think it will be all that tough for me to eliminate. Then again, I’ve been surprised at how many random things have nuts in them (what do you mean your veggie burger is fried in peanut oil?! Why is your veggie burger fried to begin with? I digress…).
So this week is no nuts and no wheat, but then next week, I get to add nuts back in to see if they really are the (or at least part of) the culprit of my tummy ailments. I. Am. So. Exited! I’m not going to go crazy as I don’t want my stomach to implode from all the nutrageous deliciousness, so I definitely want to choose my nut test carefully. I have a week to decide. Should I just add a little nut butter to a smoothie? Have some on toast? Make a little trail mix? Should I go for peanuts or almonds or cashews or a mix? So many options! Suggestions welcome!
But ok, back to the wheat. I’ll probably sub out the seitan in my afternoon salad for quinoa, egg whites, or tofu (though none have the same high protein to low carb ratio as seitan). As for pizza night, I’m testing out a new recipe for a high-protein gluten-free pizza crust you may have seen on my instagram last week (I’ll share that with you soon!).
That’s all I can think of that I’ll have to sub out for now, but surprise items are bound to pop up. I did make a point of going to the biergarden around the corner from my apartment over the weekend so I could get in some good beer before nixing the beerific gluten. I’ll always have my wine, at least!
Keep your fingers crossed that being gluten and nut free will kick these tummy troubles to the curb!
Do you know of any gluten-watch outs? Any wheat-free tips?