I think it’s time I let you know a little bit more about me. You see, I can’t eat dairy (I haven’t eaten dairy since I was 18) and recently, I cut out most grains from my diet. The thing is, none of this is by choice. If I could have my way, I would eat macaroni and cheese, with a side of cheesecake, loaded with whipped cream. But alas, my tummy will not have any of it.
When I embarked on this cutting out more (not all) grains thing, I realized I needed a little help. I mean one can only live off of so much salad. So I started looking around at various websites and cookbooks, and found Against All Grain by Danielle Walker.
Against All Grain is loaded with beautiful pictures and yummy recipes, our favorite being the Maple Sage Sausage with Cinnamon Apples (page 32). The forward for this cookbook resonated with me. You see, many of these alternative diet cookbooks contain forwards filled with judgement statements like “this is a choice” and “commitment.” Well, believe you me, if I had a choice, I would be eating whatever the hell I wanted.
Danielle opened her cookbook with her story. She had gone through many mystery health issues and emergency room visits before she was able to figure out the issue. After much testing, trial and error, Danielle was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that required a dramatic change in her diet. She had to remove grains, lactose, and legumes from her diet. Wow!
And while, my situation is not as severe, (I just need to find the triggers that cause my tummy aches and heartburn), I appreciated Danielle’s honesty. She was not making a “lifestyle choice,” she was trying to find a way to be able to eat and enjoy food. And by sharing her story and her recipes, she is also helping people with similar issues.
Danielle also provided a lot of information about the products she uses and how she stocks her cupboard. She talked about alternative flours, such as coconut and almond, and what items to buy in bulk, which produce to buy organic and which cooking utensils she keeps handy. I especially appreciated her explanations of coconut and almond flour.
If you find you need to make a dramatic change in your diet, or if you simply want to cut out grains and dairy on occasion, I recommend starting with Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain cookbook. It is available on Amazon in paperback and for kindle, giving you cost and reading options. You can check Danielle Walker out on her blog (which is terrific!) and other social media, such as Facebook and Twitter.