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Help with Restricted Diet?

nothingswrong | Apr 28, 2010 09:40 PM


So I'm hoping to get some ideas on how to vary my limited list of bland "tolerated" foods. I have a digestive disorder and other chronic health problems which have slowly weeded out many of the delicious foods I used to enjoy. I'm starting supplemental IV feeding soon so I'm not worried about well-balanced meals. I just want to enjoy eating again.

I'm fine for breakfast (oatmeal) and don't eat lunch, so it's dinner that gets me. I tend to eat the same two or three things every night on rotate. I'm not supposed to eat raw fruits or veggies due to immuno-suppression from my meds. So I know this leaves limited options, but any help would be greatly GREATLY appreciated. I'm 25 and have been sick more of my life than not at this point, but food is one thing I really wish it didn't affect.

Anyway, I hope this doesn't sound silly. Was just hoping someone out there could help with some new ideas or recipes to vary the following foods. Thanks in advance!

Foods I can eat:

No meat, tofu, or "fake" meat products, but I do use chicken stock for soups

Produce (must be cooked): Potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, peas, green beans, asparagus, tomatoes, avocados, corn, sugar snap peas, bell peppers, cauliflower

Rice, pasta, and bread (or "bread-like" things--crackers, panko, cornmeal, pita, flatbread, tortillas, etc.)

Small amounts of seeds or certain nuts (almonds/peanuts)

Very small amounts of harder cheeses

Olive oil, garlic, and cooked herbs (parsley, oregano, basil, bay, etc.), lemon juice, pepper and salt.
Definitely nothing rich or heavy like cream, wine, or butter, and no spices like curry or turmeric.

Thank you (times a million) in advance!

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