Egg Allergy/Intolerance? I sure hope not...

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For a long time (10+ years) I have had a reaction to eggs.  It used to just be uncooked yolks that would cause me to visit the washroom about 20-30 min after eating them and involved some cramping.  It was more an inconvenience than anything else and I could prepare for it.  It gradually has gotten to the point where the whites affect me in the same way as well.

In the past few weeks I have also noticed what I believe is a new symptom.  Achiness and muscle fatigue to the point where I have some trouble walking around without muscle relaxants.  I had attributed this to being obese and a general result of eating poorly, but I think this symptom may just be tied to eggs.  Because I can now look back and see what I have eaten back to October 9, 2015, I can see my egg consumption.  And it overlaps with my physical symptoms that I am talking about.

Now, let me be very clear.  I love eggs.  I love them fried, scrambled, poached, over-easy, on burgers, in noodles, stone bowl, omelet – every which way.  They are full of healthy and yummy goodness, and I am quite sad over this development.

So I am going to go three weeks without eggs, starting on February 15.  Why wait you ask?  Well Christine is heading away for a week and I will looking after the kids full-time and I don’t want to add the burden of different breakfasts in that time.  I also don’t know if this includes eggs in baking as I don’t think I have the same reaction.

I know of one other person who has egg problems, are there more of us?

Egg white omelet

A delicious egg-white omelet

I almost ate a whole bag of cracker chips or don't eat alone while looking at your phone

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I came home a little late from work after picking up my car (I had a flat tire on the way into work) to sick kids and an injured and exhausted wife.  I made dinner and sat down to eat by myself. It was a delightful prosciutto and blue cheese whole-wheat baguette sandwich with a salad. I ate it quickly while reading articles on Hacker News.

Prosciutto sandwich

I was still feeling hungry because I didn’t pay attention while I was eating (being mindful) and ate too fast.  I went to the cupboard for something and found these:

Zesty Lime Tortilla

12 crackers for 90 calories is a pretty good deal, so I ate 12 while reading more articles and then ate almost the whole bag – at least 500 calories worth, all without really realizing I had.   I still had a great eating day overall, but wow this snuck up on me. I felt uncomfortably full and had to work through feelings of guilt and gluttony.

I would love to hear strategies and advice that helps you to eat mindfully, or tricks that you use to stop the train to eating too much once its left the station.

Menu Plan December 5 – 11 Rose Reisman's Weekday Wonders Week In Review and the Slow Descent into Sickness...

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Last week was our first cookbook/blog author feature.  We chose five recipes from Rose Reisman’s Weekday Wonders and ended up cooking four of them last week.  The Baked Mac & Cheese was met with rave reviews – everyone at the table wanted seconds – and the Cheesy Beefaroni was met with the same enthusiasm.  Half of us loved the Greek Chicken and the other half thought it was fine and the Roasted Chicken with the tomato sauce was too ‘saucy’ for my crew.  Interestingly, Paul wasn’t an instant fan of the ‘cook from one cookbook’ approach and thought he would like some of our staples mixed in throughout the week.  I suppose we will give the current approach another try and take it from there.

This week illness and injury have taken up residence at our house.  I am not feeling particularly inspired and I feel like the menu plan reflects this.  Instead of dwelling on my lack of inspiration, I choose to focus on the positives of the plan: this plan is realistic – I feel like it is manageable so we will be more likely to follow it; most of the meals are light on prep time so I can tend to sick littles and my injured foot, and; the food is reasonable healthy and always includes veggies.  I bet the kids will really enjoy this week…well, maybe apart from Monday!

 

Menu Plan December 5 – 11

Saturday – Sandwiches and fresh veggies

Sunday – Burgers, Salad and Cucumber

Burger with caesar

Monday – Split Pea Soup, Biscuits and Roasted Cauliflower

Soup

Tuesday – Burgers, Broccoli and Potato (Paul ended up with a sandwich and salad)

Sandwich and salad

Wednesday – Beefaroni and Edamame ( Paul ended up with a sandwich and salad)

Prosciutto sandwich with blue cheese

Thursday – Homemade Pizza and Fresh Veggies (Paul ended up with the beefaroni, salad and some buttermilk)

CHeesy beef noodles

Friday – Feta and Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breast, Brown Basmati Rice and Green Beans

chicken stuffed