These are my limitations, on my Anti Flushing (Anti Migraine) Diet --
• No caffeine, and low salt;
• No sugar; no high carb foods that spike insulin;
• No wheat, no grains;
• No soy, no tempeh, no Textured Vegetable Protein; no soy sauce, tofu, soy milk or soy oil;
• No processed meat that's been aged, canned, cured, fermented, marinated, smoked, tenderized, or preserved. No sausage, salami, pepperoni, ham, bacon, smoked fish, anchovies, or liver;
• no nuts;
• No onions, eggplant, tomato, mushrooms; no sauerkraut, beans, or lentils;
• No citrus, bananas, or dried fruit; the only fruits I can tolerate are pears and blueberries;
• No spices; no MSG; no seasoned salt; no chili, no curry, no pepper, ginger, or garlic, and
• Nothing fermented-- no soy sauce, no bread with yeast, no alcohol, no yogurt, no sour cream, no vinegar and no cheese. The more aged the cheese, the more pain I'll get.
It's actually easier than it looks. Some folks call it a Paleo Diet, others call it Atkins or South Beach-- I call it the Steak and Salad diet! I eat lots of chicken and green veggies. I can eat almost all vegetables (except those listed above), and I practically live on them.
The "no vinegar" is hard, I miss it in salad dressings, and the "no cheese" is hardest-- I do love a large chunk of salty aged cheddar. But apparently it's full of a chemical called tyramine that triggers vasodilation and pain. Such a shame!
I never mind if there's food there I can't eat when we go out. In fact I sometimes serve stuff I can't eat to our guests, otherwise things are so limited. It's just nice to have some things I CAN eat while everybody else is chowing down.
It's embarrassing to accept a lovely dinner invitation and then put a bunch of rules on it, but there it is. I'm thankful for my friends understanding!