Meet my masterpiece: a lavash wrap with chipotle vegenaise spread, zucchini, carrot, cucumber, lettuce, and sauerkraut. Spicy and fantastic.
I finally made some time after work today to fill up my cart with foods that not only don’t contain soy, but aren’t made in a facility that also processes soy protein. It is obscene to me that I actually am having to read labels this carefully now. But after months and months of getting hives on my forearms and ankles after eating certain foods, I FINALLY determined the cause. I pin-pointed what it is that was making me itch like mad. At first I thought it was gluten because I first noticed that soy sauce was causing a huge reaction. But after eating wheat bread and not getting the same reaction, I figured that maybe it was something else, like a vitamin deficiency, or a reaction to something in my environment. But after itching severely after having had only coffee in the morning… it dawned on me. It was the soy creamer. It is soy.
Soy has become a sort of hero for me in the past year and a half. It has been my cop-out, my go-to savior when I’m in a social situation that revolves around consuming food. When going out to eat, I’d first vehemently vote for Thai food, and once I got my way, order the tofu curry dish and smile from ear to ear the whole time. Or if I wound up at some burger joint either in town, or on camping trips when roads would go on for miles and miles with only one restaurant to choose from, veggie burgers would be my savior, usually Boca patties. They are gross and something I have never chosen to stock my freezer with at home, but when you’re super hungry on the go, a boca burger sooo hits the spot. And they’re convenient, and easy to find.
Just like edamame at sushi restaurants.
And miso soup.
And soy sauce.
And soy milk in coffee at Starbucks/any other chain coffee shop.
And tempeh dishes at my favorite vegan restaurants.
Before my trip to Mother’s Market today, I seriously could not stop mourning the loss of my old best friend.
However, I am pretty stoked that I’ve found a way to be inspired by the latest challenge. Food at home has always been my favorite, because it allows for creativity, optimal health, and it’s the most cost-efficient. While I’m still nervous about being invited to dinner at someone’s house and having some new food issue to worry about, or going out to restaurants and ordering the less than appealing plain salad with oil and vinegar, I have to say I’m not at all feeling a loss in my fridge at home. It’s easy to forget that the simpler the diet, the most satisfying. It’s easy to forget that faux meats and faux dairy products, while they may help you feel like you fit in with whoever you’re eating with, aren’t really something you should eat every day, let alone really even want every day.
So long, soy.