Friday, February 13, 2015

Elimination Diet: Favorite Lunch

I am on a super restricted elimination diet most of the time.  It took awhile, but I finally found a lunch combination that I love:

Half an avocado, chopped
Sea salt
1 Medjool date, diced
9 healthy crackers or chips
Teriyaki sunflower seeds

The variety of textures (soft avocado, crunchy chips, chewy dates) and combination of salty and sweet (sea salt on avocado and sweet dates and seeds) are what I think makes this lunch such a winner.  I'm amazed that after having it for so many weeks and months I still look forward to it every day.

I originally used Beanitos Original Black Bean with Sea Salt chips, but I have recently switched to Edward & Sons Baked Whole Grain Brown Rice Snaps, Onion Garlic.  It's a nice change.  The ingredients for the black bean chips are: whole black beans, whole long grain rice, pure sunflower and/or safflower oil, guar bean gum, and sea salt.  The ingredients for the brown rice crackers are: whole grain brown rice, whole grain black rice, expeller-pressed palm oil, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.

I got the sunflower seed recipe from one of my favorite healthy recipe sites, Nourishing Meals.

Teriyaki Sunflower Seeds

1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tbsp. coconut aminos

Heat a skillet (11-inch is great) over medium heat for a few minutes, or until the pan is hot. Add the sunflower seeds and keep them moving in the pan, using a spatula. Toast them for a few minutes until they start popping and begin to brown. Turn off heat and add coconut aminos. Immediately stir the aminos with the seeds. Let cool in the pan (off of your heat source); transfer to a glass jar for storage. (I store them in a sandwich bag, but that's probably not healthy somehow.)


katrina said...

Is this diet helping? Are you able to include chocolate? :)

Farrah said...

It's SO good to hear from you, Katrina! Thank you for your comments!

It helps a TON!! It kicked my arthritis into remission and keeps my current symptom at bay. If I go off it too much, I start noticing the current symptom. The longer I am off it, the worse the symptom gets. But when I stay on this diet most of the time, I barely notice the symptom at all. I'm incredibly thankful to the Lord that I no longer need to deal with the side effects of medication to control my illness. =)

I can't have chocolate, unfortunately. Which is pretty annoying, because I'm crazy about the stuff! But I can go off the diet about one meal a week, so I will occasionally have some. :-)

katrina said...

This is absolutely amazing! What a blessing. I had no idea changing diet could be helpful! This makes me happy to hear :)