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deluxehd posted:
Hello everyone,

As most of you know, I am an adult with food allergies that trigger my asthma. I have been eating bison meat since June 2009, like hamburgers, chip steak, sirlion steak. About a month ago I started having reactions to the meat. Bought from the same place and prepared the same as always. Our thought is that somehow my pollen allergy, the high pollen counts and what the bison eats all contribute to me not being able to eat it now.

Now the really sad and depressing part for me. I have been eating Chebe Bread for approx a year and love it! The company changed where they purchase one ingredient from and now I can't eat it. Last night I had a terrible asthma attack. My diet is very limited already because of everything I react to. The Chebe Bread was my only form of bread and cookies in my diet. Besides gluten, I am allergic to rice and potato which most gluten free products are made with. I really just want to cry but I know that it won't help. What makes me even sadder is to see the hurt on my husband's face. We feel each other's pain.

We have tried: buckwheat, tapioca, quinoa, casava root (all these should be okay). I am also allergic to sulfites (preservatives). My system is very sensative. It would actually be easier to list what I can eat (short list).

Thank you all for reading and any input would be appreciated.

Debbie
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LittleTandMe responded:
I really hate this for you. I know it must be so tough. It sucks to have the thing you have to do to live (eat) be that thing that hurts you.

I was watching Top Chef Masters last night, and one guy mentioned using chickpea flour, he said it was very popular in Nigeria. Anyway, I don't know how easy it would be to find, but it is not a grain, and I don't believe it has any relation to rice or potato.

Again, I feel really bad for you and I hope you can find something you can eat.
 
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deluxehd replied to LittleTandMe's response:
Thank you very much for your kind thoughts. And your understanding of how I feel. I have never heard of chickpea flour but will definitely check it out. Maybe I should try chickpeas first and if they go well move onto the flour.

Thank you again and have a good day.

Debbie
 
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KatieS83 responded:
All i can offer you is big cyber hug.
I hit a breaking point with my sons food allergies the other night, it seems no matter what i give him he breaks out.
Sometimes a good cry and release your mind and help you re-approach the situation. I am really sorry you are dealing with this, i can only imagine ((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))
 
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seeit2 responded:
Can you tolerate oats, Debbie? If so then I have a bread recipe that will work for you...I developed it myself when I could not eat gluten and found the flavors of many GF breads to be yucky, or the consistency too dense etc. Bean flours do work very well but some leave a very bean-y aftertaste, some people don't mind it and others do.

I understand that duck is another meat that is "rare" enough to be acceptable to people with sensitive systems - have you tried that?

Let me know if you want me to post that recipe - I'll go hunt around for some others that might work too.

Deb
 
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deluxehd replied to seeit2's response:
Thank you KatieS83 the hugs are much appreciated! I found a few stores with the old mix, so I was out running around to pick it up.

Hi Deb,

No I haven't tried oats. My concern is cross contamination. It would have to come from a facility designated to only oats. I would be interested in the recipe. My sulfite allergy makes it even tougher as far as ingredients.

No I haven't tried duck either. Can't do turkey or chicken, so we gave up on feathered animals.

Thank you very much.
Debbie
 
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Mainemommy replied to deluxehd's response:
duck is different and I believe a "greasy" meat
I'm pretty sure you can get it (chickpea flour) at the health food Store in Bangor if you can get it in Maine you probably can get where you are.
 
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seeit2 replied to deluxehd's response:
You can substitute sourghum, millet, quinoa or oat flour 1:1 for rice flour in any recipe. Potato starch and corn starch are interchangeable, and arrowroot is too but to be honest I"m not sure what that is lol...there is a high-fiber, gluten-free flour recipe in the "tip" I just posted for cooking substitutions that you can make without rice or potato flours. This is all assuming that you are interested in making your own bread.

I'll post the recipe and some other good links tomorrow.

Deb
 
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deluxehd replied to seeit2's response:
Hi Deb,

I am definitely willing to make my own bread, providing I can have all the ingredients. I can't do corn or quinoa, but haven't tried millet yet. As I had said earlier, I did find some of the old Chebe bread mix so today I will make some and make sure it is still okay. And if it is, call local stores that carry it and buy as much as I can. I will watch for you post of the recipe.

Thank you very much.
Debbie
 
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seeit2 replied to deluxehd's response:
check Amazon too - they have a LOT of GF stuff that you can buy in bulk on the cheap - and you can sign up to get emails when stuff goes on sale.
 
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deluxehd replied to Mainemommy's response:
I will look for it at Wegmans or maybe Whole Foods, they both have a lot of different meats. I am concerned with the greasiness though. It seems that greasy/fatty meats don't work, but you never know.

Thank you very much.
Debbie


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