I've written a lot about my diet, eating issues and food, probably too much and more than anyone really cares to read. To most it's boring, but to me it's simple, it's an out from all the frustration I have. It's called journaling, and here's is public.
So, what's new? Not much, but I thought I would describe the foods I can eat, experiment with and simply can't eat, so far anyone, but then it's somewhat incomplete and inaccurate because many foods on the can't eat I stopped eating months, if not years, ago, so I don't know anymore if I still can't eat them, but I'm not interested in testing it.
Ok, onward with the description.
To begin with the recommendation from the Gastroenterologist was to add reducing the intake, or more so avoiding, FODMAP's, the newly discovered class of foods which contributes to food problems for people with IBS.
This is on top my existing restrictions, which are the following.
For one, dairy products. It's restricted to lactose-free, non-fat milk, some hard cheeses, namely Gouda, Edam, Cheddar, and similar ones because I love the taste. This means no soft cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc. So, it's just one type of milk and a few cheeses.
Alternatives are soy, almond, and other based milk-like products which I've tried because I still haven't acquired a taste yet.
For another, gluten free grains and really less grains and carbohydrates. I'm not gluten intolerant, but it's more about the grains than the glutens which restricts myself with a lot of grain-based foods. To date I can tolerate one type of local bakery bread and Ritz crackers.
This means no bakery product too, like cookies, cake/cupcakes, pies, rolls, buns, etc. This means no cereal except a very few (see below for stuff found in cereals or other grains).
For another, no beef, no lamb and occasional poultry. Limited fish and seafood, my favorite foods which includes salmon, tunafish and shrimp. A few types of pork, namely sandwich ham and one type of locally produced bacon.
For another, no eggs except cooked or baked into products. For now anyway. I love egg dishes for breakfast and that's out for awhile.
For another, vegetables are simple, carrots and tomatoes, and occasional potatoes or potato chips.
For another fruits are equally simple, bananas, raspberries, blueberries, oranges.
For another, really simple, no nuts, no seeds, no whole grains, none but a few green vegetables and no leafy vegetables.
For another, no carbonated drinks (hate them anyway), no fruit juices (artificial sugar or flavors),
For another, only one spice, salt. Nothing else or with caution. No artificial sweetener ending in "ol" in the name.
Food I haven't tried and are untested in some time, rice, oats (oatmeal), quinoa and tapioca.
Food I miss a lot are pizza, roast chicken, turkey, stuffing, most soups, many fresh fruits, many fresh vegetables, any egg dish, cupcakes, cookies, pies, rice dishes (eg. Rice-A-Roni), and on and on.
You get the picture. Yeah, sucks but it's better than some people I've known. And it's still food and a diet I like eating what I can, so it's not that I hate eating, I love eating and am always hungry. I just don't get a variety of choices.