no more eggs

07.17.14

So I have some depressing news. I can’t eat eggs anymore.

The depressing part is that this isn’t by choice. The non-depressing part is that, in the grand scheme of life….wait, life without eggs?!

Life without eggs... OMG! | A Nutritionist Eats

 

And honestly, it hasn’t even really sunk in yet. I’ve been finding good alternatives (like gelato instead of ice cream and just mayo instead of mayonnaise) but I do feel a twinge of jealousy when I see delicious-looking brunch recipes or a poached egg.

What happened? For the last 5ish (?!) years, I’ve had on and off-stomach issues. I’d take enzymes, sip kombucha, swallow peppermint pills (in addition to my probiotics) and contemplate brown rice-only diets and then it would go away and I’d forget about it. This past winter, after some really bad days, I decided to finally do something about it. I went to the doctor. No answer. I went to the Gastroenterologist and left with a prescription and an endoscopy appointment. (No answer.)

Right before my scheduled endoscopy, I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who had similar issues. She took some food intolerance tests and urged me to do the same. And after thinking about it for a little while, I decided that I wanted to pursue a more holistic route. I wasn’t ok with automatic pills and procedures that I had a feeling wouldn’t lead to any answers. I figured my issues stemmed from food, but I was never able to pinpoint it to a certain food.

So I took some tests (blood and others!) and my results were…surprising. No reactions to the common suspects like dairy, soy or gluten. I had really high responses to eggs (both yolk and whites) and green beans.

Life without eggs... OMG! | A Nutritionist Eats

OH! You mean the foods I eat ALL THE TIME!? I eat (ate) a ton of eggs and definitely had green beans on a weekly basis. I was a little shocked, but it was the beginning of an answer so I was ready to explore further. Next, I cut out eggs and green beans for two weeks, which actually took four weeks because I kept accidentally eating foods that contain eggs! It made me realize just how many eggs (and products containing eggs) I was eating – A LOT! And if you want to see an example of that, check out all of the posts that mention eggs.

Then, after that egg-free period, I re-introduced them to see what happened. After a glorious day of eating breakfast at eggslut, deviled eggs, fresh egg pasta AND a cupcake…I got a rash all over my back and chest. And now, whenever I eat eggs (once it even happened after a mayo-based salad!), I get a rash, almost immediately. I haven’t tried green beans yet (to see if I have a reaction), but for now, I’m ok not having them.

And that’s how I determined I can’t eat eggs. I’ll still eat a few bites every now and then because I can deal with the rash, but I know what happens if I have too many of them and I definitely don’t want to go back to that.

Favorite Egg Recipes | A Nutritionist Eats

Because I like to torture myself… my favorite egg recipes (L to R): Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | Anthony Bourdain’s Egg Scramble | Spicy Egg Scramble

Why tell you? Because mainly, I thought you might find it interesting! But also, I want to recommend the Naturopathic route if you’ve ever considered it. I have to pay for the visits and tests out of pocket (which is so frustrating because I know seeing her cost SO much less than all of the tests I would have taken going the traditional route) but she is so thorough, thoughtful and the Naturopathic route just makes sense to me. (More info on Naturopathic Medicine)

Any egg alternatives I should know about? :)

 

29 Comments (Reply )

  1. laura z
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    Tofu scramble… Oh She Glows has a good recipe that would fool you if you didnt make it yourself.

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    • Emily
      Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:17 am

      Thank you Laura! I’ll have to check out her recipe, I’ve been looking for one!

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  2. Mary
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 8:35 am

    Chia seeds

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  3. Mellissa
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    Do you know what about the eggs and beans cause the issues? As I have been dealing with all my sinus issues I have done as much natural as possible, sometimes you have to do traditional but I like to mix the two.

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    • Emily
      Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:30 am

      I don’t, I have an allergy to something in eggs (and its both whites and yolks) and I think the stomach issues were due to constantly eating a food that I shouldn’t have been. (I haven’t had the stomach issues since I cut out the foods) It seems like you have exhausted all options with your sinus issues…but you might be surprised by visiting a Naturopathic Dr. and it could be at least worth exploring?!

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  4. Crystal
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    I’ve been a fan of Ener-G egg replacer when breading food. It’s not a real egg replacement but it’s something! And I much prefer it in zucchini and salmon cakes.

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    • Emily
      Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      Good to know! Have you ever tried chia seeds in salmon/veg cakes? I was just thinking about that yesterday…

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  5. Jessica
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Hi Emily,

    Tofu scrambles are delicious and equally versatile. Ground flax seed can be used as an egg sub.

    Also, I just spotted this recipe yesterday and it looks great in case you get tired of tofu scrambles (unlikely but possible, I guess). Scrambled ricotta. http://food52.com/blog/10842-diana-kennedy-s-scrambled-ricotta

    Kind regards,
    Jessica

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    • Emily
      Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:22 am

      I love the scrambled ricotta idea Jessica! Thank you!

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    • Megan (Braise The Roof)
      Jul 18, 2014 @ 11:45 am

      I’ve tried chia in both! It works better with veg cakes (because they tend to be more watery) than salmon (which sorta crumbled on me) – I think chia just ends up with less moisture than an actual egg.

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  6. Mercedes
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    Oh no you love eggs! I am happy to hear that you figured out what the culprit was and are feeling better!

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  7. Rachel
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Ugh I’m so sorry to hear that! But at least you have found out the cause of the problem and hopefully you will continue to feel better!

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  8. Eydie Desser
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Hi Emily,
    Thank you for this post. I too have stomach issues and never thought it could be related to a particular food. I live in the LA area, as well. I’d love to know the name of your Naturopath.
    Do you feel comfortable in referring me?
    Thank you,
    Eydie

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  9. Eydie Desser
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    Hi Emily,
    Thank you for this post. I too have stomach issues and never thought it could be related to a particular food. I live in the LA area, as well. I’d love to know the name of your Naturopath.
    Do you feel comfortable in referring me?
    Thank you,
    Eydie

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  10. DIane
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    Sorry to hear it. I quit eggs (and dairy) three months ago and it does get easier. Hang in there. There are many vegan themed boards on Pinterest that have great breakfast suggestions. I just pinned this recipe and plan on trying it out this weekend. http://www.connoisseurusveg.com/2014/04/smokey-sweet-potato-tempeh-scramble.html

    Best-
    Diane

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  11. sarah k @ the pajama chef
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    ugh, i’m so sorry about this! but i am glad you’re feeling better even if it wasn’t a constant thing. it’s always nice to have answers! i can’t wait to see what creative substitutes you find for eggs!

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  12. allie@sweetpotatobites
    Jul 17, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

    aww that’s such a bummer! I’m allergic to corn, soy and walnuts so I totally feel you. I would recommend vegan recipes or using flax/chia eggs as a replacement in baked goods?

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  13. Catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    I don’t know if you enjoy baking much, but “The Joy of Vegan Baking” is a great book that might help you get started. I tried a primarily vegan diet for a long time, and some of the egg replacers that I used included pureed silken tofu, Ener-G, ground flax seeds whipped with water, cornstarch mixed with water, mashed banana, or applesauce. (It depends on whether you need the egg for binding and/or leavening.)

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    • Emily
      Jul 18, 2014 @ 10:31 am

      I don’t bake much, but that is a good idea, Catherine! Have you ever checked out the Babycakes cookbook? I love their vegan baked goods, so it might be time to pick up that cookbook too!

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  14. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Jul 18, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    I’m sorry to hear this! No fun having to give up a food because of health issues. That being said, I was thinking of experimenting with cutting out eggs, too, because of some stomach funkiness…I’ll be just as sad if I come up with the same result! What will we eat at brunch?? Steak and eggs, no eggs, extra steak? ;)

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    • Emily
      Jul 19, 2014 @ 5:51 pm

      Ha! I know, brunch just isn’t the same. I’m going to cross my fingers that your issue ISN’T eggs!

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  15. Karla @ Foodologie
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    Oh wow! Sad to hear no more eggs for you, but if that will make you feel better, then it’s worth it.

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  16. Jenny
    Jul 19, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    I’m so sorry. I love eggs. It’s too bad, but I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. :)

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  17. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    Jul 20, 2014 @ 1:50 am

    i don’t know what i would do with myself if i couldn’t eat eggs anymore so i definitely feel for you! that honestly sucks!

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    • Emily
      Jul 20, 2014 @ 11:12 am

      Yes, it DOES! :)

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  18. lynn @ the actor’s diet
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    I’m so sorry, love! Do NOT eat these vegan eggs: http://theactorsdiet.com/2013/08/14/vegg-ed-out/

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  19. lynn @ the actor’s diet
    Jul 25, 2014 @ 11:08 pm

    I’m so sorry, love! Do NOT eat these vegan eggs: http://theactorsdiet.com/2013/08/14/vegg-ed-out/

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