Are you looking for some yummy new commercial foods for the low chemical diet? Have you found the Danone Ultimate yoghurt? It is plain nicely sweetened yoghurt with no added flavour. What about the Menz Caramel Honeycomb? It is like the old Violet Crumble but has no chocolate covering! It does have a little natural colour and flavour and 322, but I am suggesting no more than one each day. Store in the fridge for extra chilled delight. What about the Mini Meringue drops from WW Select? They have vanilla which only one in four react to. Just a couple added to pears and cream can feel like having a pavlova. They store well. You can also consider Cake-mark large coconut macaroons. Again having one does not provide much coconut, and dessicated coconut can have sulphites so be careful if you have asthma. People often ask what is the least problem museli bar. Try nature Valley Oats and honey. Taste it and see if the honey is mild enough for you, and remember oats are a luxury for those with eczema.
Of course you should try each of these one at a time. Once managing on the diet you gradually get an idea of what you need to be careful about. Everyone is different in their tolerances. My rule is that the more scared you are about a product the smaller the amount you begin with, perhaps just a taste to decide if you want to go further. Take the seven days to find out if one a day is managed.
When we think of treats we do think of sweets but the other treat that we miss out on is dining out. When you think of the cost of a meal eaten out you can remember to buy yourself more expensive meats, chicken or fish that are easier to cook while staying home. Serve sizes do not need to be big as there is no waste. Put plain frozen chips in the oven and cook up your favourite mixed vegetables to have an elegant meal. I am allowing myself the Birds Eye Ocean selections fish fillets which look inexpensive in comparison to eating salmon when dining out!
When you do eat out you will usually tolerate plain steak, hot chips (with no savoury salt!) and salad with no dressing.
Have you remembered to try different fruit juices such as mango and guava nectar, even pomegranate juice. Some of the apple juices are sweet if you are lucky enough to tolerate a small amount diluted with cold soda water. Try what you yourself want.
I saw a patient recently who was really struggling with the restricted tastes. When he tried foods he wanted he managed mushrooms, vanilla icecream, some watermelon and a home-made nacho sauce with mince, onion, carrot, peeled zucchini and red kidney beans. Yes some savoury flavours bought back bad headaches so they are staying off the diet, but life without bad gut pain, gut urgency and frequent bowel motions, or headaches is so much better!
Remember you should always be testing something. Good luck with making your diet more as you would want for yourself.
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