Wednesday, September 21, 2011

oh, nuts!

The plan for today was to post a comfort food kind of recipe in honor of Paleo Comfort Foods, recently released and on its way to anxious cooks and diners around the world, including me. I will do just that in a day or two, but today my mind and my body are fixated on what seems to be my newest food intolerance. I am not at all sure that this love affair I've had with food for most of my conscious life is not completely one-sided. In fact, I'm getting less sure all the time as one food after another joins the ever-growing category of "don't touch, don't even think about it."

Being newly re-energized by all I've been reading about primal and Paleo eating, I again stocked up on a variety of nuts. I soaked, then dried some in the dehydrator, others I tasted raw. I used an approximation of a recent recipe of Elana Amsterdam's for another batch. Some were good; some were okay. I was not totally excited by any of them, though. Recipes I can tweak, that's no problem. Pain, on the other hand, is a serious problem. I no longer mess around with pain at all. Problem is I did not expect the pain from the nuts. Maybe I should have, since I've had issues from time to time. Since I didn't expect a problem, I didn't approach it cautiously. I ate several kinds of nuts, prepared in multiple fashions all at roughly the same time. I don't know if the pain, which at this point has not fully subsided though it's been two days, was from one type of nut or a specific preparation or if each and every one was an equally guilty culprit. I don't know and I'm not willing to do what's necessary to find out: eat the nuts again. That is not happening.

For the time being, I will turn my attention and recipe selection away from nuts, at least walnuts, pecans, and almonds, since those were the ones I used this week. There's still lots and lots of good food out there. Right now I really need some serious comfort food.


  1. sorry gal.. I hate that... I hope almond, pecans, and eggs are things I never have to give up... but you are right, there are still healthy things you can eat without pain! Just keep staying positive!

  2. Thanks, Carrie. Oh my, yes, there are lots and lots of good foods left. I'm feeling much more optimistic now that the pain has passed. I have a delightfully comfort food style dinner in the oven. Yay!


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