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? :)

 

nutritionist, nutritionist career, becoming a nutritionist, how to become a nutritionist, dietitian nutritionist

so you want to be a nutritionist…

On a weekly basis I get a sweet email from someone who is a Nutrition major or someone who wants to make a mid-life change to follow their passion and move to a career in food and health. After writing similar emails week after week, I decided to just write a post about it since

Read more…

oh, hi.

It’s me. As you can see, I’ve taken another long break. Truth be told, a few weeks ago, I was ready to give up on blogging, but after much back and forth, I don’t think I’m ready to quit quite yet. I’ve put so much into this little website, spent so much money and taken

Read more…

italian pressed sandwich

italian pressed sandwich

Last weekend I saw Liza Minnelli at the Hollywood Bowl. I had no idea what she sang, did, etc. but I knew it had to be a good show and I was really excited for it. The Hollywood Bowl is an LA institution and for good reason – you picnic, drink wine out of plastic

Read more…

MAZON

my new job

Last month, I started a new, full time job. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am to be working full time again. Working from home and working part time has its advantages, but I was starting to get bored. I’ve shared a little bit with you – through the #SNAP4aWeek Challenge and

Read more…

90210

lately i’ve been…(viii)

playing tennis hanging out (ok, walking by) the 90210 beach house having absolutely perfect weekends (hiking, tennis, relaxation, pool) attending a super fun wedding downtown LA having Minnesota friends around for a few days laying out at the beach adjusting very nicely to my new job celebrating the 4th of July with classic BBQ food:

Read more…

amorroma

lately i’ve been…(vii)

attending trunk shows for AMORROMA Swim and buying a fun, new suit! eating buffalo chicken pizza (recipe from janetha @ meals & moves) finally watching Mad Men celebrating our first LA Pride weekend in West Hollywood (SUR float with Lisa Vanderpump featured on Satisfy My Sweet Tooth thrilled to find the newest Trader Joe’s favorite:

Read more…