So…What DO you eat?!

UPDATED 2013

Where’s the Corn in Foods:  http://cornallergygirl.com/2013/06/03/wheres-the-corn-in-foods/

Yipi and I are currently doing the GAPS diet in an attempt to counter dysbiosis and to heal our bodies.  With that being said, we no longer ingest the majority of foods listed below and haven’t for quite some time (I will put an * beside what we do eat).  You will need to contact each company before trying the products.  A few notes:

  • Corn does not have to be labeled and corn derivatives are widely used in the preparation, cleaning, manufacturing, processing and packaging of almost every food available today, including meats, dairy items, alternative food items, and even organic items.
  • You should make sure you are as informed as possible when you contacting companies.  The customer service people have no idea how individual products are made and what hidden ingredients are lurking in a manufacturing or packaging processes.  Be prepared to explain calmly what you are attempting to avoid and how they can help you gather the necessary information to avoid illness.  Some companies are not receptive to questions about their products.  For those companies, you should either decide to guinea pig whatever it is you want to trial and risk a reaction or simply move on with your next selection.
  • You should frequent your farmer’s market and talk to as many farmers as possible (some are receptive to questions, others….not so much).  I have ONE safe farmer, they know my family and they look out for us.  We are attempting our own garden again this year.  I hope and pray that it goes well.  Go here to learn how corn is included in the basic processing of meats.

Protein Sources:

  • Eden Foods sells both canned and dry beans.  We were eating these just find until August 2012 and our digestive systems finally completely failed us.  To my knowledge, they are corn free.  You will need to contact the company for yourself.
  • KOL Foods – Lamb and Beef  (AVAILABLE DURING PASSOVER ONLY).  I have NOT contacted KOL Foods this year.  Please see Delphi Forum: Avoiding Corn and this recent post from the Avoiding Corn forum
  • *Private source of lamb and beef (and possibly duck):  If you are in the SE and do not mind driving, email me for more information about these sources (cornfreelifestyle@gmail.com)
  • Private source of chicken, eggs, goat and cow milk:  If you are in the SE and do not mind driving, email me for more information about this source)
  • *Meat/bone broth, lots of gut healing going on with the meat broth!

Baking / Cupboard / Snack Food

  • Eden Organic has a few pastas that were safe for us when we were eating starches.  Mung bean noodles and the kuzu pasta.  Please call the company should you decide to trial these products.
  • Tropical Traditions offers many coconut products that worked GREAT for us…until coconut decided it hated us.  I am hoping to reintroduce coconut by the end of the year, but only time will tell.  Products include coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut cream, and coconut flakes/shreds.
  • Besan Flour / Chick pea / Garbanzo Bean Flour- Nirav
  • Baking Soda – Mountain Rose Herbs (Frontier baking soda has begun to have an odor)

  • Organic Arrowroot Powder – Mountain Rose Herbs (not ingested, used for compounding medication if a filler is needed)
  • Ultimate Superfoods offers cacao products that were company confirmed corn-free in 2011.  That’s a long time ago…call the company.  They offer cacao paste, powder, nibs and butter.
  • Let’s Do…Organic has a tapioca flour that others seem to be able to use.  I last tried it in 2010.
  • *Natural Zing offers a range of products.  I have only tried the Brazil nuts and figs.  The figs did NOT help the dysbiosis and candida overgrowth one bit, however I don’t think it was a corn contamination issue.  The Brazil nuts I allow myself to eat when I feel myself detoxing faster than my body can handle.  As always, you should contact the company before trialing anything.

Spices / Herbs

Beverages/Teas

  • Traditional Medicinal Teas
  • George’s Aloe Vera Juice  –  WE DO NOT CONSUME THIS.  WE DO NOT USE IT AT ALL…WE CAN NOT HAVE ANYTHING IN THE LILY FAMILY.  This might be corn-free and it might not be.  I’m leaving it up here to dispel any confusion.  We no longer use this.
  • Cafe Cristina, Corn-free Coffee (The hubby drinks this)
  • Homemade Coconut Milk
  • We currently drink filtered water (filtered twice, we have a whole house filter and two Berkeys), milk thistle/dandelion tea and meat broth.  That is it.

Frozen Vegetables

  • Birds Eye – Broccoli.  Birds Eye sells other single ingredient vegetables in their “Pure and Simple” line, however we cannot have them.  Please bear in mind, corn is not only food we avoid.

Fresh Foods Straight from the Farm, Farmer’s Market, or my Garden

  • Organically grown dark leafy greens (collard, mustard, kale)
  • Organically grown kohlrabi and greens
  • Organically grown bok and pak choi
  • Organically grown napa cabbage and regular cabbage
  • Organically grown turnips and greens
  • Organically grown radishes and greens
  • More foods should be available from your farmer.  Really get to know your farmer and suggest that they install high tunnels for winter growing.  Assure them that you will be a customer and convince others to buy from them in the winter.  This will allow you to have produce all winter long, especially if you can’t grow your own.
  • Also consider sprouting broccoli, radish, and other seeds during the winter months.  A safe and cheap source of vegetables.

Medications:  Our diphenhydramine and ibuprofen are compounded at a local pharmacy.  The pharmacists does not us a filler/excipient for the ibuprofen.  The filler/excipient for the diphenhydramine is arrowroot starch, which I provide.

We have implemented many changes to mitigate our allergic reactions to foods and chemicals.  We have detox baths multiple times a day in an attempt to lower our overall toxic load.  In these baths we use dead sea salt and baking soda with one drop of organic lavender EO.  Afterwards we cover ourselves with tallow (rendered from safe fat – very easy) that has glutathione dissolved into it or olive oil and homemade magnesium oil spray.  The glutathione is very important.  You can read more about it here.  I will be doing a blog post about it soon.  The magnesium oil spray is made using filtered water and Ancient Minerals Flakes, following these instructions.  Occasionally, if a rash is attempting to take over the Yipiyuk, I will spritz her with calendula hydrosol during her bath.  We also do skin brushing to decrease our overall toxic load.  Implementing these changes has made a world of difference for us.  If we react to something now, our reactions last only a few short days, instead of the 2-3 weeks that was typical of a year ago.  Healing is happening…we just need to be patient.

21 thoughts on “So…What DO you eat?!

  1. Pingback: New Muffins and New Grain Free Flour Recipe « Corn Free Lifestyle

  2. Hi Erica, thanks for your blog it is very helpful. I was wondering if you have a good recipe for bread that you would like to share?

    thank you

    • I don’t really make “bread,” I make muffins. I wasted a lot of money trying to make bread without grains or yeast. KristyReal suggested I abandon traditional breads and try muffins, flat breads, pancakes and soccas. Best advice ever.

      Here is a link to my CornFree+ Food Recipe Page. All of my “breads” are on there. I’ve used pancakes for breads. You could also use the pancake batter in a waffle maker and use that as bread.

      Thanks for visiting!

  3. Hi – KOL Foods beef and lamb are still corn free through the end of this week. When placing the order please provide the instruction “corn free order.” If anyone has any questions, please call 888-366-3565.

  4. I just noticed the yacon syrup has been removed! And carrots and some of the Birds Eye veggies! I knew you were removing buckwheat and sweet potatoes. I’m so sorry you had to remove more foods from your list. 😦 Hopefully it will lead you to better health. I hope to read the story behind their removal in upcoming blog posts.

    • Stories coming soon. I’m reacting pretty severely (trying to ignore it) to the chemical fumes from the DMV office and our guests from two weeks ago. Too many typos to actually make sense in a post.

      The yacon syrup was resurrecting our dormant, not gone, yeast issue and the other foods have been out of diet for more than 5 months now, it just took me a while to remember to update the list.

  5. I’d like to get some Ibuprofen and Diphenhydramine compounded for my daughter but I’m nervous. Do you recommend I supply the pharmacy with my own Tapioca or arrowroot starch or do you have a place you recommend? We’ve tried two places and I’m not sure who to trust. I’d like to finally get it right with a pharmacy.

    • I would recommend taking your own, safe filler to the pharmacy. We use the organic arrowroot powder from Mountain Rose Herbs. We do not consume the capsules. I break them open and hide the content in mashed up beans. We use the local compounding pharmacy; it took a LONG time to get them to understand our sensitivity level and the level of accuracy our prescriptions involve. I would say they’ve just gotten it completely correct and it’s been two years.

  6. Hi! My daughter and I basically eat the exact diet you guys eat. I was just wondering about the Eden’s foods you are not currently eating. Have they started d to bother you? I feel like all we can eat is rice and beans..I sure hope they contine to work! 🙂

    • Hi Kate,

      We can only eat certain varieties of beans. I haven’t researched legumes enough to know why we do well with the cannellini, navy and garbanzo but react to the red kidney, black, aduki, soy, etc. We’ve actually avoided black, red kidney and pinto for well over 1.5 years now. Perhaps one day we’ll be able to reintroduce them into our diet. If that happens I will probably use the dried beans instead of the canned.

      Wanted to add, be thankful for the rice! What vegetables are you and your daughter able to tolerate?

      • Well..no more beans for us! 😦 My daughter is having a major problem with yeast. The sad part is I know the steps to take..but she LITERALLY cannot tolerate anything. To make matters worse she is having bad acid reflux and EVERYTHING burns her throat 😦 ACV, REAL saurkrat, Baking Soda..they all seem to hurt her. AHHH
        I am at a loss with the yeast..she can no longer tolerate any raw veggies..they burn her tounge..AND coconut oil burns her throat. She can only tolerate frozen broccolli..and red potatoes. But the potatoes are a no no on the candida diet. I want to cry!
        Anything you can think of??

      • What is in her environment? Fumes? What is she breathing in? What are you using on her skin, in her hair, toothpaste, toiletries? Medications, ointments, gels, creams? Are you still nursing? What are you eating if you’re still nursing her? What are you using on your skin, in her hair, toiletries? Perhaps there are some sources of hidden something still in her environment. What are her toys made of, her clothing, her bedding? What are you cooking with, teflon some other nonstick? What is she drinking? Filtered water, city water, well water? What contaminants are in the water? Do you have a shower filter?

        Let’s look at everything. Something is still somewhere. Also it sounds like her body is attacking everything.

        And as an aside, I cannot tolerate any raw veggie either. Instant projectile vomit. I definitely can’t tolerate ACV or any vinegar and ferments are hurting me and I’m guessing it’s because of small traces of mold. If you want to email me off of the comments feel free to do so. cornfreelifestyle@gmail.com

  7. Did you stop the Once Again peanut butter because of corn or other issues? I just found this brand in our local health food store and was wondering if it is corn free.

  8. Hi there! Great blog! 🙂

    Know of any corn-free aspirin? Was getting it compounded. Too expensive because I have to keep getting prescriptions.

    • Unfortunately, you will need to have aspirin, tylenol or ibuprofen compounded if you want to take it. Some individuals in the corn-free community do well with the Goody’s headache powder (it is corn-free) and others do well with White Willow Bark. The active ingredient in White Willow Bark is the same as what is found in aspirin (only it is synthetic in the aspirin). White Willow Bark is not as damaging to your stomach lining as aspirin. Some individuals report doing well with Nature’s Way, White Willow Bark in Gelatin capsule (no other ingredients) and others order the WWB from Mountain Rose Herbs. Hope that helps.

  9. I can not tolerate any antibiotic. I know they have corn in them, the capsules, fillers, binders, etc. Do you have any suggestions?

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