I wrote about food sensitivity in late March. In that post, I also mentioned that I feared I suffered from food sensitivity as I have arthritis, nasal congestion and post nasal drip. Since that time, I have contacted a nutritionist and am beginning the elimination diet. Briefly, in the elimination diet, I will be eliminating dairy and gluten foods from my consumption. After a couple of weeks, I hope to see the symptoms of my ailments becoming less aggravating. If that is the case, I will have established that I have a sensitivity to either (or both) gluten and/or dairy.
The nutritionist was great to talk to. She gave me lots of materials to read that will aid in my following the diet.
This brings me to one of the first ‘challenges.’ Back in April of last year I wrote A Tasty Apple Dessert or Snack.
This snack consists of apple slices eaten with crumbled gorgonzola cheese. I love it and eat it every day. However, now that I am eschewing as opposed to chewing dairy, I can not have it. To put it mildly – darn!
This is especially frustrating as I just went to the grocery store yesterday and found some GIANT organic red delicious apples. I really have a problem with wasting food. Of course, I can simply eat the apples, but that is no where near as enjoyable as mixing them with that cheese.
As a compromise solution, I found my tub of Sabra Hummus in the fridge. It says right on the package – GLUTEN FREE. So … apple and hummus. It could be worse.
I set about cutting up the apple into about eight pieces and tried one of the pieces with some hummus spread on it. Pretty good. Not incredible like the cheese, but certainly a level above the apple alone.
One serving of the hummus – two tablespoons amounts to:
Calories – 80
Total Fat – 7 grams
Saturated Fat- 1 gram
Sodium 125 mg
Carbohydrates 4 grams
Fiber 1 grams
Protein 2 grams
This amounts to about half the calories in the gorgonzola and a third of the Sodium, so it is a nutritional upgrade.
The apple amounts to 95 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 1.8 mg of Sodium, 25.1 grams of carbohydrates, 4.4 grams fiber and 0.5 grams of protein.
I think it is worth keeping in mind that if you encounter a similar situation, there may be a sideways fix like this so that you aren’t going cold turkey on a taste treat. Maybe you don’t have to completely give up a favorite snack, just modify it.
We’ll see what happens with my reactions to being gluten and dairy free over the next few weeks.