Foods Kelsey Can Eat

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Focusing exclusively on all of the things that I’m unable to eat do to food allergies and celiac disease (an autoimmune disease that makes it so my body can’t digest gluten, a protein fount in wheat, rye, barley, and spelt) is more than a bit discouraging.  When I think too much about everything that I’ll never eat again, how many flavors I’ve lost, how inconvenient eating has becoming, it’s really depressing.  But when I look at all the tasty things that are still options, it makes life–or at least the putting-food-in-my-month part–seem more manageable.

If you can think of any foods I’d be able to eat but have missed, I’d love it if you’d share in the comment section.  And, if you have food foes of your own, what are your favorite things that you can eat?

Fruits and Berries:

  1. Blackberries (I adore blackberries so being able to still eat them is a very good thing)
  2. Raspberries
  3. Blueberries
  4. Kiwi
  5. Oranges
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Mangoes
  9. Grapes
  10. Pineapple
  11. Plumbs
  12. Grapefruit

Veggies:

  1. Potatoes
  2. Sweet Potatoes
  3. Corn
  4. Pumpkins
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Broccoli
  7. Peppers (I love cooked yellow peppers)
  8. Radishes
  9. Celery
  10. Zucchini
  11. Cucumbers
  12. Artichoke (yummy!)
  13. Carrots
  14. Spinach
  15. Kale

Legumes:

  1. Black beans
  2. Kidney beans
  3. Red beans
  4. Garbanzo beans
  5. Lima beans
  6. Pinto beans
  7. Lentils
  8. Peas

Meats, Fish, and Poultry:

  1. Salmon (my grandpa loves to go fishing, so I may have been disowned if I couldn’t eat salmon anymore)
  2. Halibut
  3. Cod
  4. Lamb
  5. Chicken
  6. Turkey
  7. Duck (never had duck, but I’d like to give it a try)
  8. Goose (I had it once in Hungary and it was mighty tasty)

Grains and Starches:

  1. Brown rice
  2. White rice
  3. Basmati rice
  4. Wild rice
  5. Quinoa
  6. Amaranth (haven’t tried it yet)
  7. Sorghum (also haven’t had this one yet)
  8. Tapioca
  9. Buckwheat
  10. Millet
  11. Cornmeal

Pre-Made Foods:

  1. Rice crackers (as long as they’re free of gluten, soy, eggs, dairy)
  2. Chicken patties
  3. Turkey patties
  4. Chicken sausages (providing it’s free of milk, cheese, pork, beef, and gluten)
  5. Humus (watch out for soy)
  6. Guacamole (watch out for tomatoes and dairy)
  7. Artichoke hearts
  8. Five bean salad from Costco
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9 thoughts on “Foods Kelsey Can Eat

  1. One of my favorite foods this time of year is squash. I love acorn squash and butternut squash, but I usually smother mine in butter, pepper, and brown sugar. You could do olive oil, pepper, and brown sugar, and it makes for a delicious and sweet-ish treat. Cal’s in Kent Station also did (last year, hopefully will bring it back again this year) a squash in house-made sour cream–it was to die for. I know you can’t have the dairy, though, but you might find a suitable alternative to prepare the squash. AND, if you like Italian, you can always cook up some spaghetti squash and top it with your favorite type of pasta sauce (that doesn’t have tomatos or beef in it). I found a good one online that was essentially oil and lemon with some herbs. It might work for spaghetti squash. You never know.

    • Ooh, ooh! Have you tried some of the more exotic fruits yet? Dragonfruit, passionfruit, starfruit, rambutan (stuffed with pineapple–very good!),etc. They can be good (and pricey), but it might give you more variety in your diet. Same with the veggies–find those weird and exotic ones. Can you do any of the more exotic meats that we don’t find in supermarkets around here–I’m thinking like antelope, venison, bison(?), etc. You may have to go to a specialty butcher. Sometimes you can find those around here, but I don’t know how closely related to beef they are. The definitely qualify as red meat, though–might be a problem with your beef allergy. Is your shrimp allergy an all-crustacean ban, or can you eat crab and lobster and other shellfish? Okay, I’m out of ideas now, but maybe you’ll get the opportunity to try some of these, and it will give you a place to start.

      I have a friend who has rheumatoid arthritis (another auto-immune disorder) and a host of other issues with food (he might have Celiac, too) and he actually hunts and dresses his own meat. He eats strictly wild game and grows his own veggies and buys only organic, and he says it does wonders for his health. It might be something to consider. Not the hunting or anything, but the switch to wild game. It can be done, and you can find people who deal in wild game meat. Anyway. Here are places to start, maybe. Be creative, and perhaps you can really enjoy all kinds of coolness and interesting foods.

      • And, no, I haven’t really tried any exotic fruits or meats yet. I was just thinking about that the other day. They always cost more so I’ve never really bothered, but I think now it’d be worth the extra money to be able to add something new to my diet in order to mix things up a bit.

        I’m wanting to get my hands on some venison. I used to eat it a lot as a kid because my grandpa was a hunter, but haven’t had it for years now. It’d be a nice way to eat something other than chicken or turkey, although I do really like poultry.

        ~Kelsey

    • Ah, yes, squash! I can’t believe I forgot that one. It does taste amazing with butter. I’ll have to look into ways of serving it this year for Thanksgiving. It’d make a nice addition to the things on the table I’d be able to eat. 🙂

      Oil does seem to be the way to go when it comes to dressings now. I used to eat a lot of read sauce (and now I know why I was always sick!), but I think I’ll be making friends with olive oil these days. Adding lemon and herbs to it sounds great!

      ~Kelsey

  2. My sister-in-law has several food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies, including gluten. One thing we have discovered through this, is that gluten-free pretzels are waaaaay better than regular ones. So I always love it when her family brings pretzels to a party. They are so yummy. 🙂

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