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Nuts {including Peanuts}, Coconut, and Milk Allergy on Paleo

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Created January 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Hello there!

Milk: I have been mildly lactose intolerant since I was a toddler - my mother had to switch me to soy formula due to breastfeeding issues when I was young. I can have milk/yogurt/ice-cream and then have some stomach issues for the next day or two, but it's always been a "I'll deal with it, I want to actually have some ice-cream" but I have never noticed a problem with Greek yogurt. So I've pretty much been using soy products for who knows how long.

Nuts {including Peanuts}: When I was 13 or so, I noticed that when I ate peanut M&Ms, my ear canals would itch. At the time, it wasn't a widely known thing about allergies, so it was sorta just this "funny" thing that happened. I didn't love nuts so I didn't eat a ton of them or encounter them too often. Later, when I was 16 I ate ONE chocolate covered cashew and my tongue didn't fit in between my teeth anymore. The next day I went and had a scratch test done and the doctor said that since everything was reacting, it was hard to pinpoint which one was reacting and which ones weren't because everything was red and swollen. So he just suggested I avoid it all. I have heard so many different things about this, people saying you cant be allergic to both, but I am. I'm hoping to get allergy tested again soon but since I was 16, I've avoided everything. However thankfully, I'm not extremely sensitive {if it was manufactured in the same factory or if I touch something, I don't react}.

Coconut: At 20, my mother cooked a chicken recipe that had coconut milk in it. I never loved the texture of coconut so I didn't really eat it. About 30 minutes or so after eating the coconut milk, I felt like I was dying. I went to the emergency room and just sat there waiting to either get so bad I would admit myself or I'd feel better. After some Benedryl and time I felt back to normal. I've always thought coconut was a fruit...apparently it's a nut? And I'm allergic to that as well - which again, I've been told that since I'm allergic to pine nuts, I shouldn't be allergic to coconut. I AM. I've won the allergy jackpot apparently.

So Paleo has been a bit difficult...and by difficult, I mean a little bland. I cannot cook anything with Almond Milk or Coconut Milk and Soy isnt allowed on Paleo. And quite honestly, since I've cut it out, my intestinal issues are amazingly better - I feel great all day long, not issues! So part of me kinda doesnt want to add soy back in ever. I also cant cook with Almond Meal, Almond Flour, Coconut Flour, anything. So my question!

  • How can I cook those "occasional tasty treats" on Paleo when I cant use any of the flours. I've used Sunflower Butter for a cookie recipe I found and it was good but I thought I would put that out there and see if anyone has any recipe suggestions or ideas?

Help!

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5 · February 06, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I'm testing out tapioca flour this week so we'll see how that goes!

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5 · January 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Hmmm that made my mouth water! How have I never thought about that!

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454 · January 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM

also, idk if you can have flaxseed, but there is a muffin-in-a-minute recipe that is popular with the Atkins crowd. I really like it. You can do your own variations like add a banana for pseudo banana bread.

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5 · January 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Thanks for taking the time...but I was only asking how I can make some occasional treats or if anyone had recipes that didn't include the things I'm allergic to - not eat stuff that makes me feel like crap or could kill me. I'm really curious now to get more information about my allergies but I doubt I'd have the nerve to try something after all these years!

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8014 · January 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Well, the obvious answer is that you do not "have to" make any of the "Paleo treats" -- cookies, banana bread, cakes, crackers, etc., that use nut flours and coconut products.

BUT...I certainly understand the desire for a little somethin'-somethin' now and then.

You might find a lot of good stuff on Dessert Stalker. Granted, a ton of recipes there do use almond flour, other nuts, and coconut, but I'm sure if you look long enough, you'll find a couple of recipes that would be suitable for you.

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19120 · January 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM

First, I want to suggest that you look into following a restrictive FODMAPS or GAPS diet to narrow down exactly what you are having issue with. FODMAPS worked for me, I and quickly learned about my issues with dairy and cruciferous vegetables (luckily for me, it stopped there).

Second, peanuts aren't nuts, and they're definitely not paleo. Stop that.

Thirdly, and this may blow your mind: most culinary nuts aren't nuts at all, but are drupes. Ever had a problem with hazelnuts or chestnuts (true nuts)? The edible portion of nearly all other common culinary nuts, like coconuts, are within the stone of the drupe. I guessing here, but I suggest you look into it.

You don't need any of those milks to cook paleo. Granted, I would miss my curry if I didn't have coconut milk, but you don't need to have it. And nuts flours are a faileo food product -- fun to have every great once in a while, but they should not be a part of a daily paleo diet; so don't sweat that.

Now, onto the main question -- to paraphrase: "How can I eat items that make me feel miserable, without feeling miserable? Also let me just say the word: 'paleo'."

... sorry to be harsh, but that's basically what you are asking. If you just cannot live without your treats and such, and you still want to be in the paleo/faileo realm, I would probably look up tapioca and potato starch based brownie type recipes. I can't imagine they'd be good, but with your desire to eat faileo foods, and all your allergies, that's probably the best you can get.

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5 · January 28, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Thanks for taking the time...but I was only asking how I can make some occasional treats or if anyone had recipes that didn't include the things I'm allergic to - not eat stuff that makes me feel like crap or could kill me. I'm really curious now to get more information about my allergies but I doubt I'd have the nerve to try something after all these years!

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0 · January 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM

What about spelt or Amaranth flour? Are those paleo friendly?

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5 · February 06, 2013 at 4:18 PM

I'm testing out tapioca flour this week so we'll see how that goes!

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11048 · January 28, 2013 at 8:04 PM

I peel, core, and slice apples, then saute them in bacon fat or ghee with a ton of cinnamon. I like to use Fuji or Gala apples. If you like a more tart apple, go for Granny Smith. I serve this with pork or by itself.

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454 · January 28, 2013 at 7:54 PM

maybe try baking some apples w. cinnamon & honey? never tried it.

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5 · January 28, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Hmmm that made my mouth water! How have I never thought about that!

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454 · January 28, 2013 at 7:59 PM

also, idk if you can have flaxseed, but there is a muffin-in-a-minute recipe that is popular with the Atkins crowd. I really like it. You can do your own variations like add a banana for pseudo banana bread.

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