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So it turns out I am allergic to guar gum. I found this out after a reaction to a coconut milk curry I made. This seems to be a fairly inconvenient additive to be allergic to for a vegan. I had to ditch a soy dream ice cream as well as vegan sour cream and vegan cream cheese. Does anyone else have a problem with this? Any suggestions....I really love imitation dairy products (daiya, follow your heart cream cheese, etc.) I guess the solution would be to create my own sauces, such as cashew sour cream. I have done this in the past but the taste is not as close to the dairy I miss.
sorry to hear this, am sure in time, you'll find a great tasty alternative. I tried cooking brown rice really well once, then blended it with a sweetener; or one could try some vanilla and maybe banana or date or add some soaked raw cashews to thicken. I was also reading Peter D'adamos book on Cancer this week and I know all blood types have foods which are superfoods and also foods on the avoid lists; if I remember I am supposed to use tapioca to thicken as I am a Blood Type O. Also, it is good to know if you are a non secretor or a secretor, I have yet to order a kit, take a saliva sample to send and get analyzed, but non secretors seem to lack digestive enzymes to metabolise certain foods and this can even include soy foods, so I am having a bit of a dilemna (www.dadamo.com and www.genotypediet.com). By the way, if there are other Blood Type O's or 'Hunter' genotypes out there, please write in and let me know how vegan diet is going, as some writers/nutirionists out there say that Blood type O people and the Hunter type must eat red meat ie organic grass fed beef. I'm still trying to find my ideal diet and foods which suit my constitition and individual health issues, would love to go partly raw but my vata dosha goes out of balance very easily and symptoms are terrible - this relates to Ayurvedic philosophy (traditional India). Would love to hear from other blood type O people or vata people on how they feel on mostly or partly raw plant diet? which foods balance you and keep you calm and energetic with good digestive function? just saw article on Santa Barbara wellbeing site on this topic. Thankyou and best wishes.
Thank you for your response Amanda. I had heard of a diet based on blood types but never looked into it. I am blood type B. In terms of personality traits and the exercise that is most beneficial to me it is spot on, interestingly. In terms of diet recommendations, it may be correct but I'm not willing to make the switch since I'm vegan for ethical rather than health reasons. It says to limit corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, nuts. Unfortunately, these food groups make up a large part of my diet?? The recommendation was to eat eggs, lowfat dairy, and benefitial meats. I guess I can take this to mean I require more protein in my diet. I eat a lot of vegan proteins though. In fact, the person who cut my hair yesterday commented how thick it has become and that I must be eating a lot of protein.... I have been vegetarian for years and now vegan for a little over a year and I feel that I have more energy and thicker hair and nails than ever :)
I think I may be allergic to certain vegan food additives though. I think I need to make my best effort to wean myself of processed vegan foods and eat more whole foods instead, such as homemade cashew sour cream instead of the prepared vegan sour cream. Does anyone have any good recipes for vegan sour cream, cream cheese, etc.???
My names kim!
i just read your comments.. I am also blood O Positive and have been told that i NEED red meat. I am similar to Ali, I am vegan for ethical reasons, and also my health. I avoid all processed,sugars and anything that is not in its natural form.
I dohowever, like to make almond milk and cream cheese on rare occasions. To do this i soak almonds (cashews are good but they are acidic) overnight. Then drain and blitz up. I then add nutritional yeast and probiotic and let it sit in the sun until it curdles... it is great as a treat and there are only three ingredients.
I am 60% raw as it is a vital part of being healthy.. i just grate everything like zucchini carrot capsicum radish everything, and add some beans or homemade tomato sauce.. tastes great and feel amazing afterwards.. also juicing is AMAZING!!
Amanda,Id love to know more about the vata dosha you have mentioned??
Kimmy, Thank you for your suggestion to use soaked almonds to make dairy substitutes..Ive only seen recipes with cashews so Ill have to try this. I feel like I must be the only vegan who thinks nutritional yeast tastes bad ha :( In terms of being type O and needing meat, I tend to believe that if you listen to your body it will tell you what it needs. If you feel satiated and healthy on a vegan diet then I don't think you need meat even if you are type O?
I'm beginning to wonder if I have an allergy to coconut milk and not to guar gum. I broke down and had about half a pint of tempt ice cream last night which has guar gum as a half-experiment/half-indulgence and I was fine. Does anyone know if it's possible to have an allergy to coconut milk and not to coconut?? I seem to be ok with shredded coconut. I really want to figure this out. I spent 6 months in Thailand about 2 years ago and it seems like the times I got sick were around when I had a coconut milk based soup?
Hello Kim - the best people to explain Vata dosha are some of the Ayurvedic sites out there, ie www.jiva.com (from India), or www.getbalance.co.nz (from New Zealand). One can also sign up for their free on-line newsletters which give interesting info from Ayurvedic philosophy. Everyone has vata, pitta, kapha in them, but some people are governed by more vata, etc. A vata person, will usually be thin and if out of balance, will be underweight; they usually have wavy/curley hair, and a sensitive lower digestive system, plus can get anxiety / insomnia easily, if stressed. Good books availalbe in some libraries, or on-line! I agree that we probably don't need meat, perhaps Peter D'adamo mentions beat and oily fish, because Type O's need a lot of omega 3 fats in our diet. so I try and have sea vegetables/sea weeds every day, plus some chia seeds, walnuts, and lots of leafy greens. Plus it is best to get to know whch foods are high in omega 6 as too many of those can cause an imbalance in the body which can weaken digestion, eyesight, and cause depression, insomnia. I will only have chia and hemp seeds for now, and walnut/pecan/macadamia nuts until my digestive health improves. Also, nuts can be hard to digest after 2pm, so I only have little portions, and usually soaked around lunchtime when digestive fire is strongest! Too many nuts can be too acidic, and undigested food turns unto toxins in the body. best regards, Amanda
Hi, I am an ''O'' neg. blood type and a VATA dosha.....yeah, not an easy combo. I have yet to do the secreter test and have been out of the loop for a few years, so kinda not updated on a lot of new stuff regarding O's and such. It was a search on nutritional yeast and O's compatibility that brought me to sign up on this site. So, pleased to meet you all and hope I can help and also find some answers for myself. Now, about the vata, I do get out of balance when I eat too much raw especially at this time of the year. I live in Canada and the autumn brings cool days and sweaters and cozy fires in the fireplace....raw just doesn't comfort me I need warm food in the winter. I do however, steam and stir fry so I eat my veggies almost raw, certainly crunchy and I've started taking enzymes on a regular basis with my food. I simply feel much better and the odd ''milk thistle'' capsule with a bigger meal. Also, I know they recommend red meat, but beef just doesn't go down well, especially if it's not organinc. On the other hand wild game such as deer, moose and farmed game like bison and elk, I do very well on. I must say though that I don't crave large amounts of meat and I do better on small amounts but fairly regular and lots of veggies. My downfall is staying away from carbs!!!! And I really do feel the difference when I indulge in the carb fest....low energy and high glycemic levels. I feel in the end, it's about eating whole natural foods and certainly less of it and if we all raised our vibration more we'd probably need very little to sustain us....of course, I'm certainly not the best example of that and I am readily admitting it, but I do believe in what I have just wrote. It's a balance that I strive to achieve in my life at this point.
Hello JoAnne and other readers - thankyou for writing in JoAnne, nice to chat to a person from Canada. I live in Australia. I know what you mean about some of the raw foods and imbalance for a 'vata' person. I have borrowed the book, 'Conscious Eating' written by Gabriel Cousens M.D., borrowed from a public library, and he gives great info to help all types of constitutional types adjust to raw cuisine and raw food, this includes vata people; ie avocados with our salads, nuts/seeds soaked, and making seed/nut sauces and milks/smoothies, use of spices/herbs with food, etc. I may end up buying a copy of this book, as he covers so much, including macrobiotic diet, blood type diet, acid/alkaline balance. Gabriel also mentions he is a blood type O, kapha-vata person and he eats mostly or entirely, a LIVE raw food plant diet! This intrigues me a lot! My system is taking to the recipes quite well, it can take a little time for a person's system to get used to raw food dishes/meals, but I think it is well worth it, for the many reasons people adopt a mostly raw food diet; ie nutrients/enzymes destroyed by heat and cooking! It helps if I eat slowly and chew well! Also, some people are fast oxidizers - this has to do with metabolism and so the proportions of protein/fat/carbs at each meal needs to be different from the 'slow' oxidizers; Gabriel writes about this in some detail in his book, so I relate to what you say about carbs and blood sugar imbalances. I find fruits and sweeteners affect me a lot, but perhaps I am not having enough plant proteins and/or healthy fats with my meals, I would prefer to be eating a plant diet these days, and not any type of animal or fish proteins, or too many acidic protein. So, I will try and increase my sea vegetables, chlorella, spirulina, or brewers yeast. Not sure about bee pollen (not allowed in strict vegan lifestyle). Seeds/nuts are good sources of protein/fats. I am still learning and adjusting my diet/food. If there are other underweight/thin people out there who have been able to gain some muscle/weight; please write in and let us know, especially if you are a 'vata' blood type O person. Regards, and bye for now.
OK, this post is quite old but i'll answer anyway cause Ali ! I am also allergic to guar gum ! I'm so happy to finally find someone else. I honestly started thinkin I was the only one !!
My allergy consists in awfull bloating that are so painfull I can hardly walk or stand straight. It usually appears 24 hours after eating something with guar gum and disappear within a day.
I made some experiment and found out i am also allergic to guar's sibblings, tara & carroub. I do have strong doubts about tapioca flour too...
Anyway so far I haven't find any remedies, beside a strong dose of ibuprofene but I try to take those in last resort, I don't like the idea of my body getting used to ibuprofene...
If you want to exchange more on the subject send me a PM !!!