I am currently on an elimination diet of sorts to figure out what is causing some unresolved problems with my health. One of the things that I have temporarily eliminated is eggs! Life without eggs is totally hard! I have to say that being just gluten-free seems like a breeze compared to being egg, soy, milk, and nut-free amongst other things. But it is worth it to be able to start feeling better!
I usually don’t like to share too much personal stuff, but I want this blog to be a resource for people who have similar health struggles. Earlier this summer I had stomach ulcers caused by h pylori. It has done quite a number on my digestive system and after being on stomach-acid reducing medicine to allow the ulcers to heal, I am now having problems from not having enough stomach acid! Oh the viscous cycle. Luckily h pylori is a totally fixable thing. I am confident that with time and through a healthy diet, I can get back to feeling normal again! In addition to watching what I eat, I am:
1. Drinking a lot of ginger and dandelion root tea. I am also drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water.
2. Taking Vitamin U and Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice Supplements.
3. Trying to eat meals with protein and non-starchy vegetables separate from meals with a lot of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates make your stomach acid lower and conversely you need a lot of stomach acid to digest protein – so I am avoiding mixing the two.
4. Avoiding sugar, dairy, most grains, and processed foods.
5. Eating a lot of fermented foods with each meal.
6. Drinking homemade bone broth.
I tried taking HCL supplements and it did not go over very well for me! So for now I am just sticking to these other things.
I created this delicious peach custard to have as a special treat during this time! The great news is this custard is virtually allergy-free. It is made with creamy coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, peaches, and nourishing grass-fed gelatin powder. I would like this custard even if I wasn’t on an elimination diet. It is really easy to make as well which is always nice. I love a juicy peach this time of year simply on it’s own, but this custard makes them even more special. I will still be posting recipes during my elimination diet. Fingers crossed that once my stomach heals I can eat eggs again! But for now I am focusing on what I can eat. And that is still a lot of delicious things!
- 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup (or honey)
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoon grassfed gelatin (I use Great Lake Brand)
- 3 Tablespoons lukewarm water
- 3 large peaches, diced or sliced
- Place the lukewarm water in a small dish. Sprinkle the gelatin on top and stir to combine. Allow to sit about 5 minutes until it softens.
- Meanwhile, combine the coconut milk, maple syrup, nutmeg, and vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until very warm and just about to simmer. While whisking vigorously pour in the gelatin and whisk to combine.
- Stir in the peaches and pour into 4 ramekins or serving dishes of your choice. Allow to cool slightly. Them cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours, until firm. Enjoy!