We will be starting a new regular segment here at TeamDK… Cooking For K. As some of you may already know, I have a number of food allergies. Back in 2009 after a severe bout of food poisoning, I began to develop issues with a number of foods. My symptoms (bloating, stomach cramps/pains and severe diarrhea) gradually worsened with time, which resulted in numerous trips to the doctors.
After all of these years, I have yet to be diagnosed with any illness or condition, yet the symptoms still persist. For years I endured these problems. The constant diarrhoea was affecting both my physical and mental health, and as the years past I began to gain weight and developed many issues with food. I was often unable to eat anywhere but home and would eat the same ‘safe’ foods over and over.
This was no way to live, so we decided to finally get to the bottom of my allergies and cut out the problem foods once and for all. This was a very lengthy process with much trial and error. This method involved trying and isolating new and potentially ‘bad’ foods each week, along with other known ‘safe’ foods. Some of the results were as we suspected, yet there were a number of surprises along the way. I became increasingly ill during the testing stages and this was an extremely unpleasant time for us both. However, it was certainly worth it in the end, as my symptoms have eased significantly.
This continues to be an ongoing process for us both, and we continue to try different combinations, recipes and new foods each and every week.
We have compiled a basic list of items that I need to avoid –
Caffeine (Coffee/Fizzy Drinks)
Milk Substitutes (Almond, Hazelnut, Soya etc.)
I know, it’s a pretty big list, right? Because the list is so long, and includes ingredients that are frequently used in everyday cooking, D decided to developed Cooking For K. He has created new recipes and has cleverly reworked existing meals that cater to my dietary needs. Each week D will be sharing his exciting cooking ideas, techniques and recipes here.
If you too have dietary issues, please feel free to share your stories, advice or send us your questions here. We would love to here from you.
Posted by K.