Vanilla Honey [dot] com

what to do when your immune system hates you

Further reading


further reading

"Allergic to everything" is a difficult condition to deal with when it comes to food. My issues are so very specific to me that I am not entirely comfortable recommending cookbooks for this or that diet. If you really love coconut flour, or almond flour, or paleo food, there are plenty of cookbooks from which to choose which cater to those specific types of foods.

When you have multiple food allergies, there will be very few recipes you can eat which don't require a lot of substitutions to be usable for your needs. You are going to have to learn to cook, which means knowing your foods from the ground up. It means looking at food in an entirely new way.

To me it's more important to provide some options for food sources you may not have considered. I can think of few medical professionals who will tell you not to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, for example. Hopefully some of these recommendations might prove useful to you if you have medical issues.

Make good food choices

In Defense of Food In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (Penguin Press, 2008): An excellent and eye-opening reminder: eat food, not chemistry experiments. Processed food is not good for anyone, especially those with chronic illnesses. If your great-grandparents wouldn't recognize it as food, don't eat it. This one is a keeper. Food Rules Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollan (Penguin Books, 2009): A simple, common-sense guide to eating real food. Yes, each rule is short, but most of us have a short attention span anyway. It makes for a good quick reference on why the family doesn't need to go get "fast food" for dinner when the fridge is full of actual food. If it's not food, don't eat it. It's that simple.
Cooked Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan (The Penguin Press, 2013): An exploration of the ways traditional cooking transforms ingredients into food. This is an excellent reminder that food should be a living thing, not a slab of processed food-like product.

The Omnivore's Dilemma The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (Penguin Books, 2007): An insightful look into the cost of choosing industrial food vs making good ethical food choices. The difference is in not just the quality of the finished product, but in our very health and our daily lives. This is a must-read.

The Botany of Desire The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2002): All four plants in this are fascinating reads. The main message to take from this is very much pro-biodiversity. The potato section also echoes from the author's other books: eat food, not chemistry experiments. Monoculture is undesirable on many levels, and this book reinforces to me why we should all just steer clear of GMOs. Instead, let's work with Nature, not against her.

These books can be difficult to find since many are out of print. Some great places to buy used books online include:

Tealmermaid's Treasure Grotto