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What can i eat?

mikilu May 10, 2013 06:13 AM

Doctor says no red meat,no eggs,no dairy! So my questions is help what do i eat? Turkey,fish,seafood,chicken. Only so much i can do withthem,help please?

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  1. PinchOfSalt RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 06:22 AM

    Do you like Chinese food? There is almost never any dairy, and countless recipes that use poultry or fish as a protein.

    Also, take a look at recipes from the Mediterranean region. There olive oil is used instead of butter as a cooking fat. There are so many delicious things to try. Think southern France or Italy, or Greece, the Balkans, the Middle East and Turkey...

    1. Chemicalkinetics RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 06:25 AM

      High cholesterol? There are so many things beside red meat, eggs and dairy. Obviously, a shift to vegetables will be beneficial for most people. In term of meat, like you said, fish, chicken, and turkey are great. Beware of "seafood", as many are high in cholesterol -- assuming you are doing this due to a cholesterol problem.

      For inspiration, I would look into Indian cooking and Chinese cooking. Indian cooking is vegetarian based, with little meat, and eggs. Traditional Chinese cooking has little red meat and little dairy. There really are many options out there, but you have to start to explore and willing to accept.

      1. hyacinthgirl RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 06:32 AM

        This is probably a good post for the special diets board.

        As Pinch and Chemical said, there are still tons of foods you can eat, but not knowing what you like, I wouldn't know where to begin to direct you. What were you used to eating for your meals? What foods and cuisines do you most enjoy?

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          mikilu RE: hyacinthgirl May 10, 2013 09:07 AM

          I am just an allergy prone person. Chocolate,milk,eggs,coconut,also peanuts. Just have to be cafeful where i eat. Willing to try new foods just thougt i might ask .

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          mwhitmore RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 07:47 AM

          Sorry to question a Medical Deity, but is this about cholesterol or something else? If the former, s/he seems to be using old, outdated information about what is healthy to eat. I won't go into details, just suggest you do your own research before, um, swallowing this.

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            mikilu RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 09:02 AM

            No cholesterol problem. Just can't digest red meat it makes me sick.i am lactose intolorent and eggs went when the milk went. Since this diet change i have lost weight but having to find the food to eat is hard for me. Also no coconut or chocolate bummer too. It is mostley allergies.

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              mwhitmore RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 09:22 AM

              You have my sympathy. So no beef or lamb. Does pork count as 'red'? Does boar count as pork? There is a wide variety of game (often farm raised), you might check the D'artagnan website--dartagnan.com. A variety of birds beyond chicken and turkey, which do get boring. And there is far greater variety of seafood than land food. Don't forget frog legs!

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                lynnlato RE: mikilu May 13, 2013 04:47 PM

                I'm sorry for you too. It sounds like a big shake up to your normal dietary habits and that is difficult, to say the least. Do you like tofu and tempeh? They are good sources of plant-based protein. Avocados would be a good source of good fat and I find them to be very satisfying - especially smeared on a piece of toast w/ cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes, s&p. Of course you would need dairy-free bread.

                Often times I pick an ingredient - say tempeh - and then I search Chowhound for new ideas on how to prepare it. Even ingredients you are familiar with - say chicken thighs. There are countless threads about what to do with chicken thighs. Or start a new thread.

                Hang tough mikilu. Good health and feeling well will be your reward.

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                  hotoynoodle RE: mikilu Jun 27, 2013 03:38 PM

                  eggs aren't dairy. or do you mean you used to use milk when preparing eggs? there are about a gajillion ways to eat eggs without dairy.

                  also try incorporating coconut milk in place of cream. you should also be able to tolerate ghee since it has no milk solids.

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                  GH1618 RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 09:17 AM

                  There are countless ways to prepare fish and poultry, so perhaps you just need more cookbooks for ideas. And salads, of course.

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                    Miri1 RE: GH1618 May 10, 2013 11:41 AM

                    I haven't eaten meat since I was a child and I rarely eat dairy so I can sympathize. There are a lot of faux meat alternatives that I enjoy experimenting with. I use almond milk which is delicious on cereal. Tofutti instead of cream cheese, Earth Balance instead of butter and I recently found a garlic herb flavor tat I use for garluc bread. Don't forget nutritional yeast! It adds flavor to savory foods and is reminiscen of parmesan.

                    Make a mick meat loaf from nuts.
                    Make vegan mac and cheese wuth Daiya.
                    Tofu scrambles are delicious!
                    Have sorbet or almond milk frozen dessert.
                    Tofu stir fry. Yum!
                    I make a big quinoa salad ofcquina, chopped celery, carrots, red bells, scallions, dried cranberries and toasted slced or slvered almonds plus a little lemon juice, grapeseed oil and S&P.

                    You will find yourself getting deliciosly creative!

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                    maxie RE: mikilu May 10, 2013 11:44 AM

                    It becomes less difficult when you start thinking outside the box. Cheese can usually be omitted. A rich chicken stock can be subbed for dairy in a number of savory dishes. Olive oil subs for butter is most cases. And it seems you have a whole world of bean, grain and veggie options. I tend to focus on the veg, and use the meat as an addition. So many soups, salads, braises to try! Keep it interesting by trying foods of different cultures. Use lots of fresh herbs, citrus and spices.

                    1. firecooked RE: mikilu May 11, 2013 02:49 PM

                      Definitely check out some vegan recipes, as that gets you away from eggs and dairy (although coconut may be an issue). You can always add some fish or fowl to them. I have found a lot of vegetarian recipes are much better with a little bacon added, and if you can't have bacon, try duck cracklings (which I'll take any day over bacon). And duck fat gives wonderful flavor to most anything.

                      Wild game was also mentioned... My mom has problems with beef and eggs, but is OK with venison and elk (and pork).

                      1. Ttrockwood RE: mikilu May 23, 2013 10:11 PM

                        Mark bittman's book " how to cook everything vegetarian" is where you should start. Its also an iphone app now, he lists modifications to make recipes vegan and if you still feel compelled to add poultry or seafood you can.
                        The book has great sections that really teach you like "how to make a salad a meal" and suggested sides for dishes etc

                        1. Sandwich_Sister RE: mikilu May 26, 2013 08:26 AM

                          Go to whole foods and get some vegan butter that will really help you transition - Earth Balance is a great brand - http://www.earthbalancenatural.com/re...

                          Check out the chow recipe for baked fished.

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                            sueatmo RE: mikilu Jun 1, 2013 09:14 AM

                            If I could I would be experimenting with the newly available ancient grains, like emmer. You can find these at WF usually, and they really fascinate me. Unfortunately I need to eat low carb. But they are freely available to you.

                            You can also prepare granola with grains and nuts. Again, this is something I miss.

                            Don't forget that fish is available in cans. I find that canned tuna and salmon are staples at my house. And there are some good varieties of Italian canned tuna out there. You have the perfect reason to seek them out and try them. You can make a lovely puttanesca sauce with anchovies and fresh or canned tomatoes.

                            And, you can snack on a variety of fresh nuts.

                            You can make whatever legume you love, and you can freely add potatoes. Lucky you!

                            For dessert, investigate Tofutti. For milk, try almond milk, or soy. But I prefer almond. And I believer there are some cultured almond milk products to mimic yogurt, although I can't vouch for how good they are.

                            Good luck on your journey!

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                              sueatmo RE: mikilu Jun 13, 2013 01:32 PM

                              So how are you doing?

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                                Querencia RE: mikilu Jun 23, 2013 12:07 PM

                                Re "Only so much I can do", really? Chicken, sans dairy: Roast, fried, sauteed, poached, rotisseried, grilled, broiled. Sliced with canned chicken gravy. Julienned in a chef salad. In non-gravy made with broth and then used with rice or potatoes or on toast hot biscuits or in crepes or on a baked potato. Chicken salad using a dressing that doesn't violate dietary rules. BBQ chicken pizza. BBQ chicken. Chicken tandoori. Chicken baked with a Chinese glaze of hoisin sauce etc on it. Curried chicken with couscous or rice. Chicken loaf made by the concentrated broth jelling naturally. Chicken and noodles. Chicken and dumplings. Chicken pot-stickers. African chicken (cooked in slow cooker with onions, peppers, and tomatoes, with some peanut butter and hot red pepper added). Chicken Adobo . In a taco. In a sandwich. Chicken noodle soup. Chicken potato soup with dill.Chicken tortilla soup. Chicken breast baked on a bed of sage stuffing. Country Captain. Orange Chicken. Baked covered with raw rice, saffron, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms. Chicken egg foo yong, chop suey, chow mein. Teriyaki (baked with soy sauce, garlic, and crushed pineapple). There must be a thousand things to do with chicken, a different one every night in the a year, and you haven't even started on seafood and fish yet. Don't get discouraged!

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                                  pedalfaster RE: mikilu Jun 27, 2013 03:52 PM

                                  As one with medical dietary restrictions, I have found it helpful to focus I what I CAN eat.

                                  When you look at your banned food list, it is actually pretty small.

                                  Many great suggestions here. Set your mind (and your culinary skill) on preparing delicious foods that you CAN eat. Fish and fowl. Grains(get outside of the white-bread box). Vegetables. The world is your table!

                                  Happy eating.

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